Every Whit Way We Can [imgleft]http://www.themouthpiece.com/images/delph.jpg [/imgleft]tMP at the Whits For the 5th consecutive year, a tMP band was formed and set off to the Whit Friday Marches. There were mixed feelings throughout the week ... the excited aniticipation of a great evening at the Marches alongside the dread of what the weather channels were promising us - a mixture of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Well, Friday came, and along with it, a period of dry sunny weather with just a touch of breeze, considered by many ... perfect marching conditions. Having congregated at the hotel, the new tMP band got into formation in the car park and rehearsals were under way. After being put through our paces on both the road march and the contest march, the coach was loaded and we set off for an early start. We struck very lucky out our first village, Scouthead, with a very short queue. Following on from Scouthead, we made an early trip to Delph, possibly the busiest, most lively location. [imgright]http://www.themouthpiece.com/images/percussion.jpg[/imgright] tMP is for Everyone! We had several players with us for whom it was their first taste of the Whits. Amongst those was our youngest player of the day, 10 year old Rhiannon. When I asked Rhiannon what her favourite part of the day was, she replied happily "the singing on the bus". Also a "first timer", not only at the Whits, but in taking part in a brass band event was Pauline, aka "Magic Flute". After "observing" for a couple of marches, and under the tutiledge of our principal percussionist, Craig (Super_Sop), our brave flautist took up the clash cymbals. Good for you Pauline! One can only assume that Pauline enjoyed this, as she played on for the rest of the evening. Overall, we managed 6 events thanks to both a great bus driver, but also thanks to Ron, who supplied the "local" knowledge and navigating. I'm sure Ron and Roger must have thought we'd abandoned them at Lydgate. They both jumped off the coach to register the band and the coach was "moved on" and told to go and turn round before unloading the band. We drove a good couple of miles before coming to somewhere we could turn around and then were unable, due to hold ups, get back into the village. It was a good while before they came up the road to meet us. Anyway, thank you Ron, not only for the navigating, but handling the pizza delivery too. :biggrin::tup ********************************************* [imgleft]http://www.themouthpiece.com/images/player.jpg[/imgleft] tMP Awards tMP Player of the Day - 2007 We did this year, as last year have some awards to make. Once again, Brasscrest (Robert Schramm) in lieu of being able to take part in the Whits, generously sponsored the "tMP Player of the Day - Whits 2007" award. It is always difficult to single out one indivdual who stands out on any performance, but after a discussion amongst the team, the Player of the Day award, along with a bottle of champagne and a copy of The Mouthpiece march were presented to our bass trombone player for the day, Steve Ankar of Brackley and District Band. Well done Steve. [imgright]http://www.themouthpiece.com/images/split.jpg[/imgright]tMP Split of the Whits - 2007 Again, as last year, we also had the two "fun" awards, the first of which was the "tMP Split of the Whits - 2007". Fortunately, this is a little easier to judge as, inevitably throughout the evening, someone, sometime will eventually drop in a corker. This spot fell to the bass section this year, to Bb Bass Player Jack from the Lympstone Band. This was Jacks first visit to the Whits and he enjoyed himself so much, he said he'll definitely be back next year. Nice one Jack! [imgleft]http://www.themouthpiece.com/images/wit.jpg[/imgleft]tMP Wit of the Whits - 2007 And so on to our final award of the evening, the Wit of the Whits. Some of you may have seen mention that John (TheMusicMan) was hoping to make some podcasts during the day. Unfortunately, John was unavoidably delayed at work (pesky jobs eh? Who'd 'ave em? ), so I decided to try and have a go myself. Now, I know some of you will find this hard to believe, but I am quite shy you know. Yes, actually, I am, especially faced with a microphone and the thought of "interviewing" strangers. So rather than talk to strangers, I thought I'd try and talk to none other than long-time member, regular event attender - tMPs Craig. Bad idea! Baad baaaad idea. Still tongue tied and a little uncertain as to what to say, I tried to make a start, but shyness, and just that expectant look on Craigs face, and the giggles broke out. Craig tried "wiping the smile" from his face and giving it his best "serious" look, but it was no good, I still couldn't do it. Eventually, after several false starts, I managed to get a grip and finally came up with a quite coherent, and I thought, sensible question. "With me now is Craig. Craig, you seem to be quite a regular at these tMP events, what keeps bringing you back?". Now I was (obviously mistakenly) expecting an answer along the lines of "the great atmosphere", "meeting new people at each event" . In fact, anything other than the dry, straight faced delivery of : "bus usually". I am now scarred for life and may never face a microphone again! Craig .. the award may be yours, but Revenge will be MINE!