Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tracking down deadbeat band parents

WE RENT BAND instruments. There are always a few parents who rent instruments and don't pay the monthly rate.

Deadbeat band parent? Meet Sheryl Hart of Second String Music. You, DBP, have no chance.

That's the great thing about living in Quincy. It's big enough for Sam's Club. It's small enough we can find you. And we will find you.

Sometimes it's just a case of forgetting to pay, and we understand. But the DBP rents the instrument and has no intention of paying - none. We try our best to screen people, and as usual 98 percent of the parents are great and pay their bills. We love helping kids learn about music and seeing them grow up in band.

The other day Sheryl went on a "Finding DBP Binge" and reclaimed a saxophone and a trumpet. I'm sitting in the car at the last collection attempt, I see Sheryl knock on the door. This DBP folded his or her arms, looked down, looked around, and then went to get the instrument out of the car.

I'm not giving away secrets here. But usually DBPs are active on social media. And they have pasts. You can look them up.

We have one DBP left. They have moved several times. We are getting close to finding them and getting the instrument back.

It's a matter of time.

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