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British Bandsman - Message to Subscribers

Monday 15 October, 2018

An email was sent out to all the subscribers on our database on 1st October 2018, with a letter going out later that week. However, we realise not everyone may have received these, so please find details below which clarify the transfer of ownership of British Bandman and what you need to do to continue to receive the publication.

Dear British Bandsman Subscriber,

You are receiving this email because you are either a subscriber to British Bandsman or have subscribed to the publication in the past. It my is huge honour to write to you as the new proprietor of British Bandsman magazine. The magazine has been in existence since 1887 and it is a rare privilege to carry the baton forward on the world’s longest-running and best-loved brass publication. We are also pleased to welcome Andrew Wainwright, well known as the Editor of SA Bandsman since 2011, as the new Editor of British Bandsman and wish him a long and successful tenure in this prestigious position.

Over the last few months there has been some disruption in publication and some confusion over subscriptions. The purpose of this email is to answer all questions surrounding this and also to clearly inform you of how the Bandsman will be produced and distributed ongoing.

Why was there no July and August issue?
The previous owners of the Bandsman, KGC Media Ltd., were in discussion with another party for the sale of the magazine. These negotiations went on through July and early August, but the sale was not completed. We began negotiations with KGC Media Ltd. after this and completed the acquisition on 15 August. Therefore September was the earliest opportunity to issue the magazine.

What happened to our subscriptions for July and August?
As there was no publication, no Direct Debits were processed. If you are a subscriber and pay annually, your subscription will automatically be extended by two months.

So what is now happening with the Bandsman for future issues?
From our next issue, launching on 4thOctober, the Bandsman will once again become a weekly publication, with 48 issues per year. The main difference is the magazine will now be digital, but with the ability for us to include video and audio content, thereby making the publication multimedia and interactive. All that happens is you will receive an email each Thursday from Joomag,our digital publisher,with a link to the new issue. Simply click on the link and your new issue is there - very simple! Please be aware that the first time the email arrives it may go into your junk folder if your email account doesn’t recognise the sender.

What if I don’t want a digital issue or don’t have digital access?
The digitally formatted magazine will be available to view on any computer, tablet or smartphone. However, we have anticipated we would have some readers who either don’t have digital access, or simply prefer to have a copy to read. With this in mind, we shall be making an office printed copy of the magazine. Whilst this is not a glossy professionally printed magazine, it is nevertheless very good quality and perfectly readable. For subscribers who prefer this, we will post, once a month, the previous four issues of the Bandsman in one envelope to UK residents for a small surcharge. This option will not be available to overseas readers. To sign up for a printed copy, please call +44 (0)1422 882885 or email your name and full postal address to
How do I renew my subscription?
Whether on digital or printed copy, we will send you an email or letter confirming your subscription is due for renewal as appropriate. Your subscription will automatically continue until its renewal date.

How do I now pay for my subscription?
We would prefer ongoing that subscriptions are made annually, but if you still wish to pay by monthly Direct Debit, we can arrange this. Payment can be made by cheque, credit card, or bank transfer.

How do I cancel my subscription?
If you pay monthly or annually by Direct Debit, simply inform us and we shall not take your Direct Debit for the following month. If you have an existing annual subscription and do not like the choice of new formats, please email info@britishbandsman.comor call +44 (0)1422 882885 and we will cancel your subscription and arrange for a refund of the unused portion.

Why did I not receive SA Bandsman in the September issue?
SA Bandsman returned to the keeping of The Salvation Army in August. It is still unclear what they will do with the magazine going forward, but an announcement is expected soon.

So what do I do next?
Quite simply we need to hear from you. Please fill in this short surveywhich will give us the information we need from you to be able to access the digital version of the Bandsman:

How do I get in touch?
By email:
By telephone: +44 (0)1422 882885
By post: IBB Media Ltd, Unit 7 Topland Business Park, Cragg Road, Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire HX7 5RW

Signing up for a subscription is very simple – just go to www.britishbandsman.comand sign up through the subscription window on the home page.Alternatively, please call +44 (0)1422 882885 if you would like to sign up by direct debit or pay by cheque, or you are interested in receiving a paper copy.

Digital annual subscription: £42.99
Printed copy annual subscription: £62.95
*Please note, if you subscribe to a paper copy you will also have access to the digital version, as long as you provide us with your email address.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope everything is very self-explanatory. I look forward to hearing back from you regarding this and that your subscription will contribute to a long and prosperous future for this iconic publication!

Yours sincerely,
Martin Gernon
Managing Director