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Rules for Musicians
Presented by Gareth Kiddier, Foreman of Music,
at the Hook Eagle AGM 5th Oct, 1996
The Band, Boxing Day 2004
There was a dispute during the Hook Weekend of Dance regarding the rightness of musicians playing out of kit. The musician
concerned was referred to the foreman of music for a decision. As foreman of music (deceased), I have considered long and
Here is my decision which, unless I've been voted out, will, no doubt, form part of the constitution for the forthcoming
- Musicians don't have to be in full Hook kit to play.
- Musicians "in kit" don't have to know the tunes.
- Musicians "out of kit", who want to join in, must know the tunes.
- Musicians "in kit" must like the "out of kit" musician who wants to join in.
- Musicians "in kit", who don't like the "out of kit" musician playing, must state the reason
clearly, openly, and in a spirit of positive development.
- Musicians "in kit" are above criticism and must never be challenged by musicians "out of kit"
who know the tune.
- An accordionist is a musician whether "in kit" or not; a trombonist without a legally binding statement
of competence is not, and is a danger to all other musicians.
- None of the above apply to John Kirkpatrick who can play in a gold lurex leotard as far as I'm concerned.
(Please note that the opinions expressed above are not necessarily shared by the dancers
(especially Rule 7 part 1))