Labour turnover : The New Zealand Army Band, 1978 to 1988
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
The primary aim of this research was to determine why past members of the New Zealand Army Band had left the organisation over the last 10 years. The secondary purpose was to identify problem areas and sources of dissatisfaction for members, and to ascertain whether current bandmembers held the same views as past bandmembers. Sixty-five past members and 49 current members answered questionnaires. In addition, nine past members and 12 current members were interviewed. The results showed that the most common reason for both groups joining the band was to pursue a career in music. The most common reason for leaving was that members could not see a worthwhile future for themselves in the band. Fifty-three percent of current members indicated that they may leave the band within the next two years, for reasons similar to those of past members. Problems were related to inadequate job previews, touring commitments, the communication system, stress effects on individuals and families, the type of music played, a perceived lack of control, insufficient promotional opportunities, inadequate opportunity for musical advancement, the unsupportive attitude of the Army, and dissatisfaction with the Musical Director. The main recommendation to emerge from the results of this study was that the band have its own corps which would allow it to have more control over its structure and functioning.