A quick note as I sit in a sunny Glasgow cafe digesting the entertaining editorial that was the band’s score sheets from yesterday’s contest in Dunoon (what a great day, by the way – congrats to Boghall! I’ll share more when I have easier access to technology).
I wasn’t fully aware – until this trip – how truly pricey it is to move a band from one place to the other – especially by air. The Toronto Police Pipe Band faced surcharges of around $3000 (Canadian) to transport drums from YYZ to GLA. One tenor drum alone was $400. The total sum all-in would’ve been way higher had we not hired snare drums on the UK side (we reckoned we avoided spending a couple of grand in excess freight charges doing this).
Cheap air travel is well and truly a thing of the past – unless you’re maybe travelling on your own with your luggage in your pocket.
Knowing this it strikes me event organizers will have to take this unfortunate newish reality in to consideration when planning financials. Just sayin.
A pub crawl on the Grassmarket calls …
PS. As some in the band found, for individuals, it’s £10 for every one kilo over the alloted 20 kg.
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