I think that our final concert went well. I got very lucky with the PowerPoint presentation — especially considering that the conductor unknowingly started the second movement before I had even pulled it up on the screen. I've got nothing but compliments about it.
The silent auction, though, was pitiful. We didn't even have two dozen items up for auction. (Last year, we had over 30. But we also had a larger audience.) Last year we made about $1,000; this year we didn't even break $400.
I just don't know what to do to get people in the band to put in some extra work. I know I need to help create a sense of ownership among the band-members, get them invested, so that they will stop just expecting things to happen the way they're supposed to. Most of the people just come and play, and the behind-the-scenes machinations that keep the ensemble going are just SEP: somebody else's problem.
I think we need some measurable goals to work toward. We need both monetary and musical goals, and some way to report how close we are to achieving those goals. That way, it won't just be a string of individual concerts, but a single continuing season. But how do we do that?