Rules of the South of England Temperance Brass Band - 1903
- That any person wishing to join the band must be a total abstainer.
- That any person who is deemed by the bandmaster to be qualified for the band on being proposed and seconded by two members, become a candidate for election by the band.
- That the entrance fee be one shilling & a weekly subscription of one penny to be paid quarterly, both of which shall go to the band fund.
- That the majority of the band shall have power to transact all business.
- That the band being entirely self supporting it is therefore expedient, that all new members provide themselves first with an instrument, & as soon as convenient, provide themselves with clothing and uniform of the band.
- The members of the band shall meet not less than two evenings a week for practice, the nights to be decided by a majority of the members.
- Any member absenting himself from the practices for two successive nights shall be fined twopence, unless he can produce a reasonable excuse to the band through the secretary.
- That it is strictly to be observed that the sounding of instruments between the time of playing is prohibited.
- That smoking and indecent language be not allowed in the practice room.
- Any member breaking either of the above rules shall be fined one penny
- That any member entering a public house while under the control of the bandmaster be fined two shillings & sixpence.
- That any member not being at the stand after the time allowed be fined sixpence.
- That any member leaving the band at an engagement without permission be fined two shillings.
- Any member of the band wishing to bring a friend to the practice room can do so, but on no account can any non-member be allowed in the room during the conducting of business.
- That the bandmaster shall be chairman of any & all the meetings that are held, & also to have sole control of the music & playing in every sense of the word, & he will also see that the above rules are strictly adhered to.