Full Rehearsals???

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Di B, Mar 7, 2003.

  1. Di B

    Di B Member

    Bands are known for having at least one player not being at a practice near enough every practice you have (expect maybe for the very top bands!) This can be due to work, illness or laziness.... it still leaves you without a full band!

    Has/did anyone here manage to get a full band at any rehearsal before the contest?

    Do higher setion bands find it easier to turn out a full band the week before the contest? (In my own experience genuine reasons still prohibited the band from having a full band!)

    Currently playing in the fourth sections I was astounded and amazed when a week before the area we had a full band at rehearsal. I really cannot remember the last time I have been in a band that had a full band for a contest rehearsal prior to the night before a contest hence this question! :)

    Cheers
     
  2. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    we normally have a full band at most rehearsals... we have a chart on the wall of the bandroom so u can put down when you're not going to be there, and we just get a dep in for the rehearsal, simple... :D but if you dont turn up for rehearsals before a concert or contest, you better have a bloody good excuse for it :wink:
     
  3. BoozyBTrom

    BoozyBTrom Member

    I think most bands even the top ones will struggle with full rehearsals. What with shift workers and getting babysitters and the like.
     
  4. satchmo shaz

    satchmo shaz Active Member

    I must be lucky! I get very good turn outs, some people in my band will do owt to get to band (me included)...... my horns are amazing, they just turn up to everything....... even ALL the sectionals, mind you I dont think any of them have a TV at home :lol:
     
  5. Di B

    Di B Member

    Your solo horn player spends most of her time working, ordering kebabs for her other half or making lovely wine! (you willahve to ask her about the time I went over.....*grins*)
     
  6. satchmo shaz

    satchmo shaz Active Member

    shes crackers I tell you !! she books off annual leave before a contest so she can get to band !! :wink:
     
  7. Di B

    Di B Member

    Intereting to get a dep in... do you pay them or are they friends? Is is a combination?

    Do you do this before a contest too? Are you worried that (for example) a soloist may come and help you and gain insight from your ideas?

    Jsut being nosey!!
     
  8. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    yeah just normally friends, our conductor also conducts st. helens youth, so we sometimes have some of their best players depping in a rehearsal. Good for everyone i spose
    not really done it before a contest.. we sortof have for the areas, had some recent concerts and a listen to the band recording in the last couple of wks, where we had a dep or two, and we may have done prague at the end of a rehearsal or something. But if they wanted to copy us, id see it as a compliment more than anything else... as long as we did it better :wink: or it would be war :)
     
  9. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    No full band yet... we got a week to go.... I think our conductors gonna have a nervous breakdown soon ... :(

    Still could be worse (well for me anyway) we could be doing Passacaglia on a Theme of Brahms, I understand all the local institutions are getting filled up with Sop players at the mo (not to mention the smell in the toilets before hand) :lol:

    Anyone know what Passacaglia means anyway? personally I reckon it's Bavarian for "Expiration of the small high noted one".
     
  10. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    AHA... Sorry I'm answering myself here ....

    PASSACAGLIA,
    the name of an old Spanish dance
     
  11. dyl

    dyl Active Member

  12. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    Thanks Dyl, I got as far as continuous variation before I dozed off. Started reminding me of Grade 5 theory (gave up on that one too, perform yes, analyse no..)

    :D
     
  13. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    In answer to Steve!

    WE HAVE NOW FINALLY HAD A FULL TURN OUT - wahey!!!!! (bet its the only one before the contest thought :(:()
     
  14. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Hey, the penny finally dropped - Ha ha ha - I didn't realise I was this slow, I thought you were being serious Steve!!!
     
  15. Heather

    Heather Member

    We do quite well for rehearsals. When we know there's a contest coming up we all do our best to get to rehearsal.
    We've been nearly full (just 1 or 2 missing) for a while. A couple of our band have jobs where they have to work nights (policeman, paramedic) so they've got no choice to miss and everyone understands.
    We're at band tonight and there will definately be a 100% turnout.
     
  16. HBB

    HBB Active Member


    Do you live in a special world where everything that SHOULD happen does?????? How do you manage to do that - we ususally have at least 4 or 5 missing!
     
  17. Heather

    Heather Member

    No, not at all!!
    I'm talking about before contests.
    There are times when we have that many missing too, but to be honest not that many.
    I do have to admit though that in all my years of banding this band has the fullest rehearsals.
    I think alot of it has to do with our conductor. He understands people can't be at every rehearsal and you aren't scared to tell him you won't be there!(as has happened in a previous band!!).
    Because of this, I think people really make the effort TO BE THERE!
    I hope this doesn't sound like double dutch!
     
  18. HBB

    HBB Active Member


    I mean - in your band - is it the same people who constantly DON'T TURN UP, and they don't even bother to tell our MD, Now I think that that is wrong - not even phoning - or EMAILING in a technological world, don't ya think :?:
     
  19. Heather

    Heather Member

    No , its not.
    We all have our fair share of missing rehearsals. Its unavoidable sometimes but I would say there is nobody in our band who takes advantage.
    By the way, have you had nothing else to do today?
    You must have broken the record of number of posts in one day!!
     
  20. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    I was going to do my GCSE MUsic stuff - but I thought -"Nah, can't be bovvered!!!!", so I thought I'd waste 4 hours on here!

    I realise that missing rehersals is unavoidable, and I didn't mean to be abrupt :p:p:p, the trouble is, in our band there is - I guess it must be a "London" thing! :D:D
     

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