How to Survive the Area Contests

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Hollso, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. Hollso

    Hollso Member

    Hello tMP, I haven't posted here for a long time!

    I'm compiling a guide to the Area Contest for our newsletter. What suggestions do you guys have to 'Survive the Area Contests', either good advice, serious stuff, or light-hearted jokes!


    Some I've had already are:
    Be forgiving of your conductor, he'll get stressed out and say things he doesn't mean,
    Be patient!
    and Don't blooming enter!
  2. Martin

    Martin Member

  3. Hollso

    Hollso Member

    after the contest!! :eek:
  4. Martin

    Martin Member

    I will be truthful and admit I don't have much (if any) before I have played. Afterwards, depends on whether or not I am driving. lol!!!:)
  5. Phil Green

    Phil Green Supporting Member

    If you don't qualify for the finals for goodness sake don't think, like so many other bands do, "that's it, our years over!"
  6. Hollso

    Hollso Member

    Thanks guys. I'm gonna add 'DON'T drink,' and 'don't take it too seriously' to my list!
  7. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    There used to be some licks in the test piece I "couldn't play"

    Funny enough, when I actually practiced it daily (like 20 times for each of those licks), put it on a metronome and worked my way up, I found improvement to the level I could actually do it!

    But it takes that diligence to stick to it everyday until you get it
  8. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    It's only a 15 minute gig in March, don't let it ruin your year.... or band....

    All you can hope for in a contest is for the performance to go to your plan. "Your" being what your MD has rehearsed with you for the previous weeks.... the result is out of your control. Be pleased if it goes to plan, expect the wrath of the MD if it doesn't. What the judges say, is just their opinion(s) of your performance in relation to others on that day... that's all.
  9. Robhibberd29

    Robhibberd29 Active Member

    Make sure all your players' registration cards are in order!
  10. T Winch

    T Winch Member

    Retire from playing and just go along for the beer and a listen. Oh, hang on. That won't work. There wouldn't be anyone to listen to! I'll get me coat :oops:
  11. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    Don't forget your instrument/mouthpiece/music.

    I turned up to a contest without my music once..
  12. Souter

    Souter Member

    Take a good book to read for when your drawn last to play!
  13. midlandbass

    midlandbass Member

    have the following day off to recover!!
  14. towse1972

    towse1972 Active Member

    And the day after.....Monday club!
  15. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Simple:Just make sure you qualifi for National
  16. Adamskied

    Adamskied Member

    don`t draw 1 or 2 in your section then you might have a chance of getting the man or woman in the box to remember your performance...hhhmmmmm...
  17. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    If you cant take a joke... don't read the comments :)

    oh and dont eat beans for breakfast...
  18. Queenie

    Queenie Member

    just do your job!
  19. cornetblower

    cornetblower Member

    Don't have a curry the night before

    Find time for some friendly banter with mates from other bands

    If you play a wrong note, forget it and carry on

    Have a curry on the way home
  20. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    Don't treat it as a life or death situation, it's more important than that! :biggrin:

    (with thanks to Bill Shankly amongst others....)