Ambitions & Comparisons

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by brassneck, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Competitive bands usually have goals set so that progression can be demonstrated with comparisons made against equal or better opposition. One thing I have unsuccessfully tried bands to adopt over the years is this ... failure to qualify for the National Finals is an ideal opportunity to buy that test and rehearse it judging your own band against the successful ones (if you can get to the finals to listen). Same idea for Championship bands not making it to the European ... why not buy the score/parts and work on it as a comparitive guide. For a lot of the bands that want to qualify and play in the Open, wouldn't be interesting to run the piece and be in a position to draw direct notes? I know that bands can be stretched for costs and maybe wouldn't like the extra expenditure but I still believe that the concept is worthwhile to think about!
  2. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    Don't you think there are enough comments like "well we didn't play that bit as bad" or "we can play it better than that!" without encouraging those that haven't even got the piece out of the bandroom joining in?

    Playing on stage is vastly different to the bandroom anyway, so without the added pressure, how on earth can you make any kind of direct comparison?
  3. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    But surely the live aspect would be considered as well? Most players know their limitations on stage and know when their confidence or bottle is going to be tested.

    Regarding comments from the bandhall fraternity that didn't qualify, this happens anyway even if they haven't even tried the part!
  4. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    Except the live aspect wouldn't figure without a live performance. Couldn't think of anything more futile than rehearsing for something you're not a part of.
  5. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - We will have to agree to disagree on this aspect! Rehearsing something that did not qualify you to experience (for whatever reason) could bring some honest hometruths and posssibly inspire a higher committment and workrate to succeed the next time.
  6. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    Yep, and it would also mean not rehearsing for lucrative concert work as well.
  7. starperformer

    starperformer Member

    a lot of aspiring bands do run through testpieces that are beyond their capabilites when they have spare time in the calendar between real contest pieces and concert repertoire. however, fully polishing something up as you would have done had you qualified would be quite demoralising, particularly if you were annoyed about the situation in the first place.
  8. ronnie_the_lizard

    ronnie_the_lizard Active Member

    Which is, of course, a sad reflection on either bands or their audiences (or quite probably both) - why shouldn't a piece of music respected by the banding world as being exemplary of our genre be played at a concert? Why do we assume that audiences only want to hear Floral dance and William Tell and couldn't be expected to appreciate, for example, Judges of the Secret Court ??? (even played by a non qualifying band)
  9. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

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