LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Band should have been paid
July 13, 2012 · Updated 4:19 PM
To the editor:
Regarding the Choochokam board vs. the closing band (South Whidbey Record, July 11):
We understand from the Record article that the board had informed the band three times that they must play only their own music. It would seem to us that with the band paying no heed to the admonitions of the board that after the second warning, but at least after the third, they should have pulled the plug on the band.
Amazingly, the board allowed the band to continue on to close the show. The board continued to use the band through the contracted period. The band thereby met its obligation and therefore their pay was an obligation. Had the board stopped them after the second warning, the pay could have been denied. But the board needed them, used them; what would they have done with all those angry folks who were seriously enjoying themselves? There should not have been an issue in the obvious obligation of payment! Personally, we would love to see more of our incredibly talented local folk back on the scene, booths as well as music.
Mike and Sydney Hoffman