Testimonials
"What really 'knocks off' my socks are two new features:

1. bar code scanning of inventory, music library, and uniforms, and
2. extensive global email functions

It is simply amazing to see how powerful bar code scanning can be once you have put official tags on instruments and their cases. The global email capabilities can significantly speed up communication with parents and students."

John Kuzmich
SBO Magazine



"WinBand [and WinChoir] is an easy-to-use set of pre-defined databases for sorting and tracking all band activities. For Band Directors who have struggled setting up their own databases to track all items (and never got around to finishing the job) or for those thinking about computerizing their record keeping, strong consideration should be given to this program."

BD Guide

News and Updates

The following information about bug reports, events or other news is dated with the most recent information shown first.

 


July 25, 2010 WinBand, WinChoir, FLASH! Rhythm Trainer, and WinEnsemble appear to be working correctly on Windows Vista (32 bit) and Windows 7 (32 bit).

The following procedures need to be done when installation is complete:

1) Locate C:WB5 and right click on it. Select Properties. Left click on Security tab. In the top box, select Authenticated Users, then Edit. Check the Allow box by Full Control. Click OK until you've closed all boxes.

2) Locate C:WB5/WINBAND5 (this is the application program, 4.77 MB in size). Right click on it. Select Properties. Left click on the Compatibility tab. In the upper box, check "Run this program in the compability mode for:" and then select Windows XP (Service pack 3). Then below in Privilege Level, check "Run this program as an administrator". Now click on the button the button that says "Change settings of all users" and do the same as you just did on the previous screen. Now select OK until you've closed all boxes.

3) The first time you open WinBand/WinChoir, please make sure you enter data so the program will begin constructing all of its internal tables. If you don't enter data, you will receive error codes and may not be able to close down the program correctly. Once data is entered, you will not have this problem.

4) Possibly in Vista and always in Windows 7, the internal Help Files will not work to begin with. This is because of a change MS did in the construction of Help Files, not a problem with our software. When you open a Help file, a box will pop up from MS telling you that you need to download a "fix" file for this problem. Please follow the instructions given and download this file. After this is done, all Help files will be functional.

It is not recommended that 64 bit version of Windows 7 or Vista be used with our software. We cannot predict the compatibility and cannot certify that it will operate correctly.


7/16/2006 WinBand© and WinChoir© - version 5.1f - Program Updates

This release adds an option to the Other Options section of the Options screen to allow users to manually enter check-in and check-out serial and district catalog numbers. It also includes a bug fix for an error on the Student Info screen Balance of Accounts fields, and fixes a problem with the Student Info Form report.

NOTICE: The extracted file should be saved to the main program folder.

Both programs were updated - download below.

NOTICE: Be sure to download and install the Supplemental Program Update (dated 8/1/2004 below) if you utilize the Music Library bar code labels feature.

 


2/8/2006 WinBand© and WinChoir© - version 5.1e - Program Updates

This release fixes a problem with the Remove Filter button not always appearing on the Music Library screen.

NOTICE: The extracted file should be saved to the main program folder.

Both programs were updated - download below.

NOTICE: Be sure to download and install the Supplemental Program Update (dated 8/1/2004 below) if you utilize the Music Library bar code labels feature.

10/16/2005 WinBand© and WinChoir© - version 5.1d - Program Updates

This release fixes a bug in the bar code scanning process, and also renames the Student Info field from 'Sex' to 'Gender' (to prevent some reports from being considered spam by email filters).

NOTICE: The extracted file should be saved to the main program folder.

Both programs were updated - download below.

NOTICE: Be sure to download and install the Supplemental Program Update (dated 8/1/2004 below) if you utilize the Music Library bar code labels feature.

7/19/2005 WinBand© and WinChoir© - version 5.1c - Program Updates

This version fixes a bug with uniform matching and adds a Voicing field to the Music Library screen in WinChoir.

NOTICE: The extracted file should be saved to the main program folder.

Both programs were updated - download below.

NOTICE: Be sure to download and install the Supplemental Program Update (dated 8/1/2004 below) if you utilize the Music Library bar code labels feature.

7/1/2005 WinBand© and WinChoir© - version 5.1b - Program Updates

This version fixes a bug that prevents filtering on class 3 or 4 on the Student Information screen, and adds an option to exclude titles with the Music Library filter.

NOTICE: The extracted file should be saved to the main program folder.

Both programs were updated - download below.

NOTICE: Be sure to download and install the Supplemental Program Update (dated 8/1/2004 below) if you utilize the Music Library bar code labels feature.

1/31/2005 Business Address Change (Effective 2/1/2005)

Effective 2/1/2005 our business address has changed. Please update your address book with the following:

LBG Enterprises
534 Mattie Lane
Lake Dallas, TX 75065

Email addresses and the fax number (888) WIN-BAND [946-2263] remains unchanged.

1/17/2005 WinBand© and WinChoir© - version 5.1 - Program Updates

This version supercedes 5.0g, and fixes bugs involving label creation and importing data.

NOTICE: The extracted file should be saved to the main program folder.

Both programs were updated - download below.

NOTICE: Be sure to download and install the Supplemental Program Update (dated 8/1/2004 below) if you utilize the Music Library bar code labels feature.

9/13/2004 WinBand© and WinChoir© - version 5.0g - Program Updates

This version corrects a scanning problem for uniform ID numbers where an error would occur when scanning 2 or more uniform ID numbers that are different lengths (varying numbers of characters) long.

NOTICE: The extracted file should be saved to the main program folder.

Both programs were updated - download below.

NOTICE: Be sure to download and install the Supplemental Program Update (dated 8/1/2004 below) if you utilize the Music Library bar code labels feature.

8/1/2004 WinBand© and WinChoir© - Supplemental Program Update

This supplemental update fixes a bug in the Music Library bar code labels.

NOTICE: The file should be extracted to your Reports subfolder located inside the main WinBand (or WinChoir) folder. The default location is C:\WB5\Reports (for WinBand) and C:\WC5\Reports (for WinChoir).

Both programs were updated - download below.

7/28/2004 WinBand© and WinChoir© - version 5.0e - Program Updates

This update corrects several bugs and also adds new sorting options to most screens.

NOTICE: The extracted file should be saved to the main program folder.

Both programs were updated - download below.

4/1/2004 WinBand© and WinChoir© - version 5.0b - Program Updates

This update fixes several bugs on the Music Library screen, reports, and labels as well as a bug affecting the backup and restore functions.

Both programs were updated - download below.

3/20/2004 WinBand© and WinChoir© - version 5.0a - Program Updates

This update features a new sorting option on all screens that allows you to sort on up-to-three fields of your choice. It also fixes two bugs; one related to the importing of student data from text files, and the other that occurred sometimes when printing with filters on the Student Information screen.

Both programs were updated - download below.

2/18/2004 New Information! New software has arrived!

New PML for 2003-2006
New version: Texas UIL FormsMaster 3.0
New version: WinBand© 5.0 / WinChoir© 5.0 includes:
  • Either single user of fully networkable versions
  • Export data to spread sheet, word processor, and mail merge
  • Associate picture files to Students Information, Uniforms, and Inventory
  • Associate sound files to Music Library
  • Additional new fields in Student Information and Uniforms
  • Launch newly available Texas UIL FormsMaster 3.0 (purchased separately) directly from WinBand/WinChoir
  • Plus all the great features of WinBand/WinChoir 4.0 including bar coding, email functions, and pre-formatted reports and labels

 


7/26/2003 WinBand© 5.0 & WinChoir© 5.0 - Coming Soon!

WinBand© 5.0 & WinChoir© 5.0 are coming soon! New features include:
  • A student picture may be displayed on the Student Information Screen. Here is a screen shot (don't be frightened - it's only me in the picture).
  • Sound files for selections in Music Library may be linked and played.
  • Pictures of items in Equipment may be linked and displayed.
  • Screens may be opened directly into Microsoft® Excel® and Works spreadsheets.
  • Perform mail merge, write form letters, and complete other functions through Microsoft® products.
  • Optional network version with Administrator Multi-User functions.
  • Added various fields and reports from user feedback and suggestions.

 


7/26/2003 The Website has been Updated!

We have a great web host who also does our design work. In trying to add some new life to our website while also trying to keep the general look and feel of the original website that everyone has become so used to, we asked them to do their magic again. Here's a brief rundown:
  • Minor layout modifications
  • Changed the color scheme abit for a lighter and brighter feel
  • Tried to make the order form easier to use
  • Added a general contact form
  • Added information about our newest educational software program, FLASH! Rhythm Trainer©

Some of the page (file) names have changed, or were consolidated into the main web script. All previously named pages, if accessed through their old page (file) names, will auto-magically take you to our home page. Please be sure to update your bookmarks.

We are interested in your comments. Please let us know what you think.


1/23/2003 Texas UIL FormsMaster© - Form 7 Update

Form7REV.exe is not a full update. It contains the updated form 7 files only.

12/10/2002 WinBand© 4.2c & WinChoir© 4.2c

Version 4.2c fixes an error message that appeared when the programs were started that said "Progam error! File already exists".

7/5/2002 WinBand© 4.2b & WinChoir© 4.2b

Version 4.2b fixes uniform and equipment labels.

1/23/2002 Texas UIL FormsMaster© 2.5a

Version 2.5a fixes a problem which allowed only the first record on the Form 5 screen to print.

11/18/2001 Texas UIL FormsMaster© 2.5

Version 2.5 fixes the title on the printed Form 4 to show 'Concert' instead of 'Certification' (Certification was incorrect).

11/1/2001 WinBand© 4.2a & WinChoir© 4.2a

Version 4.2a fixes bugs which caused some reports and labels to ignore the filter set on the Student Information screen, and with printing filtered data.

10/30/2001 Texas UIL FormsMaster© 2.5 Updated

This update fixes a problem with the printed Form 4 'Organization Event' field. Program version number remains unchanged.

9/17/2001 WinBand© 4.2 & WinChoir© 4.2 Released

Version 4.2 includes a new student uniform information report and a new blank student info form report. This version also fixes bugs in the student info form letter and on the Grade Entry screen which prevented entry of class tests and evaluations has been fixed.

9/12/2001 Texas UIL FormsMaster© 2.5 Released

Version 2.5 contains the NEW 2001 UIL Forms. This is an upgrade version for Texas UIL FormsMaster© 2.0.

11/20/2000 Business Address Change:

LBG Enterprises
2316 Teakwood Lane
Plano, TX 75075

Please update your address books with our new address. All billing and other inquiries should be sent to this address. Our toll free number (1-888-WIN-BAND) for fax orders is unchanged.

Maintenance Updates
The following downloads are maintenance updates ONLY for the version of the program you have now. These will not upgrade you to the next full version.

The downloads are self extracting zip archives, but don't worry if you don't have a program to unzip the file. You don't need one! After you download a file, you can double-click (to open) it, and it will extract its contents auto-magically so you can then begin the installation process immediately.

INSTRUCTIONS: (you may print this page for reference)

1. Choose which program you need a Maintenance Update for and click on the linked filename associated with that program.

2. When you are prompted, save the file onto your hard drive:

* Look in the Save As window that will pop up after you have clicked on the file you need and find the spot that says "Save In". There will be a drop-down arrow to the right of it.
* Click that drop-down arrow and browse on your hard drive to the Default Install Directory. The Default Install Directory is noted below for your convenience.
* Once you have browsed to the Default Install Directory, make a mental note of (or write down) the name of the File you are about to download, then click the "OK" or "Save" button and allow the file to download and be saved onto your computer.

3. Once the download is complete, use Windows Explorer (Start, Programs, Accessories, Windows Explorer) or My Computer (double-click the "My Computer" icon on your desktop) and browse to the Default Install Directory where you downloaded the file. Locate and double-click the file in that directory to begin the installation process.

Click "Yes" every time when asked "Do you want to overwrite this file?"

4. Your data files will not be affected. There is no need to save or backup your data files unless you would like to.

5. NOTE: You must be running the same version of the program (example: 3.x, 4.x, 5.x, etc.) to make use of these maintenance updates. Previous versions will be rendered inoperable. You cannot upgrade from one full version to another full version with a maintenance update file. To upgrade to the latest/newest full version, please see our order information page.

6. Be sure to have your Authorization Code handy to activate the new upgrade. Your authorization code is generally located on a sticker on the back side of the CD Jewel Case your software originally came in.


PLEASE NOTE:
  • WinBand/WinChoir 4.xx updates Winband/WinChoir 4.x ONLY
  • WinBand/WinChoir 5.xx updates Winband/WinChoir 5.x ONLY

If you have a previous version, please order the latest version today!

Program Name Directory Updated
Winband© 5.1f C:\WB5 7/16/2006
WinBand SRU (Supplemental Report Update) C:\WB5\Reports 8/1/2004
Winband© 4.2c C:\wb4 12/10/2002
WinChoir© 5.1f C:\WC5 7/16/2006
WinChoir SRU (Supplemental Report Update) C:\WC5\Reports 8/1/2004
WinChoir© 4.2c C:\wc4 12/10/2002
WinEnsemble© 2.x C:\winens2 2/28/2001
WinEnsemble© Lite (free for WinEnsemble users)