Frequently Asked Questions
Can you purchase products online, from this site? No. We do not have a shopping cart on our site. If you are interested in any of our products you must contact us in our New Iberia, Louisiana offices at 337.519.9478, Monday thru Thursday, 9 to 4, central standard time.
Do you offer individual figurines for sale? We offer a single PMC mounted cadet for Texas A&M and a Texas A&M Bugle Rank Cadet paperweight. Other than these two specific figures, we do not offer any other individual figures from any other band or set. All band figurines are sold only as a set.
Why are the bands made up of only white males? The bands we offer are only meant to be a "representation" of the actual bands we try to dipict. We are not exclusive nor are we trying to avoid recognizing the diversity that these bands represent today. We have routinely filled orders for African American musicians and will gladly work with any customer that wish to have us modify any band that we offer to meet their request.
Do you sell female band figures? At this time we do not. When the company was started we contemplated how we were going to incorporate female musicians into the band sets. However, there was one considerable barrier - the major cost to create virtually every musicial position for every band we offer. We were looking at having to create an entirely new set of musicians per band and sadly, we just couldn't afford it. In addition, we thought, since all of the bands we offer require the musicians to wear headgear it is nearly impossible for fans sitting in the massive college stadiums to really even tell which musicians were male or female. To the fans, we believe, that the band is not made up of males or females, it is made up simply of musicians. We honestly wanted our band sets to be a "representation" of the actual band. Never did we set out to exclude or not recognize the diversity in these bands today. We will be working in the future to rectify this situation to the best of our ability.
Do you wholesale any of your products to retail accounts? Yes. We only offer wholesale products for resale. There is a minimum order requirement to qualify for wholesale pricing and sales are not guaranteed. If you are a retailer and have interest in carrying our products in your store please take the time to contact us at 337.519.9478 and we will be happy to give you more information about opening a wholesale account.
Can a University band department contact you about re-selling your bands in their physical shops or their online shops as a way to raise money for their band department/program? Yes, of course. Like any other wholesale account, we have special discount pricing as well as a minimum order requirement. In fact, we can even arrange to drop-ship bands on the departments' behalf so your band department never has to take physical receipt of the band. The bands sell very well to alumni band members and graduating seniors and are often used as incentive gifts for band department donations.
I don't see my favorite college marching band on your site, will you create it for me? From time to time we do get requests to create a band that we have not yet created. In order for us to create an entirely new band many months of research, sculpting, molding and painting samples need to take place. The cost is high and really only works out if the client is willing to take on a large order (120 plus pieces) or multiple bands (15 plus band sets). However, depending on the project, we will consider it. We recommend that if you have serious interest about this process to please call us to discuss.
Tell me a little bit about "custom band" sets. From time to time we get a request to create a custom size band or even a request for a band that we do not have in stock. For example, we have created 121-piece bands and even a few 200-plus piece bands. These clients will give us the exact break down of the number of musicians each set should have and how many musicians per musical position. We also have fielded requests for African American musicians - which we have honored. For this service we charge by the figure ($30 per figure). We require a 50% deposit to begin a custom order and require payment-in-full prior to shipment. If you have a custom idea in mind please call us to discuss.
Tell me about the origin of The Little Band Man Company? My younger brother and I received our first box of toy soldiers on a family vacation to London. It was a set of Wm. Britains. And for many years after that, whenever my family was in New Orleans (we lived in Louisiana), my Dad always walked us through the French Quarter to visit Le Petit Soldier Shop; the classic little toy soldier shop that stood in the Quarter for more than 40 years (now sadly closed). The store was filled with various toy soldiers, but what always made an impression on me were the military marching bands. I thought those bands were so very cool. Many years later, in an upscale toy store in Chicago, I came across a miniature Navy band. Immediately I thought it would be great if there were college marching bands in miniature too. I asked the shop owner if he knew of any company that manufactured college marching bands, he told me that he did not. Not long after that shop visit I decided, if I could, I would start a company that would produce college marching bands in miniature. For many years I had seen many depictions of military bands of all sorts, but never had I seen a college marching band. Knowing the popularity of college marching bands I felt it was a safe idea to create this range. I decided to write to the then-editor of the Toy Solider & Model Figure magazine to see if he knew of anyone that I could contract to sculpt original toy soldiers for my new company. He directed me to one of the finest band figure sculptors in the world located in England. Once the scupltor agreed to do the sculpting the company was off and running.
The name of the company, "The Little Band Man Company" came to me naturally. It seemed to be a perfect, descriptive fit. The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band of Texas A&M was the first band we completed. I had obtained my Master's degree from Texas A&M and knew of the overwhelming pride and passion their fans had for their beloved Aggie Band. They were known for their patriotic songs and precision marching. Even opposing fans love the Aggie Band. ( It is a common saying around Texas A&M that they have never lost a halftime! You have to love that line.) The fact that the band is also military in its attire and is comprised of students in the ROTC Corps of Cadets made it a bit more attractive to create. I felt we could start with a band that appealed to both college fans and military enthusiasts alike.
And as for myself, I have never been in a band nor was I ever a musician. When I started this company I didn't know the difference between a marching baritone and a slide trombone. But I did like college sports and always enjoyed that moment on game day when the band would strike up and bring the crowd to their feet. I dove into research and tried to learn as much as I could about instrumentation, formations, band history, uniforms, marching styles and traditions. I really enjoyed the research portion of the work very much. So many bands have great traditions that I was unaware of. In the end, I came to have a sincere appreciation for all of the bands we create and how each band has made unique contributions to their Universities and their loyal fan base. I can honestly admit that I have a ton of respect for all of these musicians as well as their dedicated staff and supporters.
Our products are not for everyone, and they don't fly off the shelf. But when discovered, by the right person, it is a dreamy little product that brings smiles, amazement and genuine enjoyment.
Still today we are only one of two companies, in the world, that produce college marching bands in miniature. And some of the bands we create are only created by us. So you are looking at a real, genuine, one-of-a-kind product. We do not mass produce these bands by any means. Each band is hand-made and hand-painted, slowly, and are our own cleaver representations of the bands we set out to mimmick.
To former college band members our band sets are the ultimate gift. No other gift can represent their four grueling years of practice and performance any better. It is a gift that will last a lifetime and serve as a lifelong reminder of the very best four years of their musical endeavors.
What are the sizes of the figurines and what are they made of? Our figurines are 54 millimeters in size (nearly two and a quarter inches tall). They are 1:32 scale. They are made out of white metal. All of our figures are painted with a high-gloss finish giving them a traditional toy soldier look and appearance.
Where are your figures made? All of our figures are originally created by our master sculptor in Northumberland, England. Moulding, painting, assembly and packaging is completed in Nottingham, England and then shipped to our offices in Louisiana. Our products are 100% British made.