How well does your MD wiggle?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by UncleStreaky, May 18, 2005.

  1. UncleStreaky

    UncleStreaky Member

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    After various comments posted on our guest book (see about our MD's wiggle, I wondered how many other MDs entertain the crowds with crazy moves!

    I once heard that during Aces High, the former MD of the Holmesquest Holdings Band used to run on to stage from the wings and do a mid air turn, to land (almost) in time to the music and (almost) on the podium! Must have been great fun to see!!!

    Must be some other good stories out there about what your conductors do when wagging...

    Should we start giving them marks out of ten? :clap:
  2. groovy

    groovy Active Member

    Our conductor does not wiggle exactly but likes to play various percussion instruments while we play, including spoons, which must be funny to watch!
  3. bagpuss

    bagpuss Active Member

    I could make an authoratative reply and even provide photographic evidence with regard to our illustrious MD and his 'wiggling' prowess. However, I prefer to play percussion with the sticks provided for my use rather than removing them from parts of my body I'd prefer not to mention!!!

    Discretion is the better part of valour and all that!!!

  4. LeDragon

    LeDragon Active Member

    Ours has got a full on swagger according to 4barsrest :p
  5. sterlingsop

    sterlingsop Member

    Our MD doesn't wiggle as such, but you should see Mr Tonge when he gets going!!

    I pray to god that Carl doesn't miss another rehearsal coz when Phil's got the stick he cracks us up something proper. It's like watching a body popper on heat!!

    It's all down to enthusiasm I hasten to add, and I love him to bits but his conducting wiggle is something that has to be seen to be believed!!! :eek:
  6. tinytimp

    tinytimp Member

    David Evans (ex Imps, Burry Port, now Faireys, Tredegar?) has got a few classic moves. Never figured out what most of them meant though, maybe that was the problem!

    Our uni orchestra/choir conductor is...well...unique. His head dances and he's not adverse to a bit of jumping up and down, looks like a Thunderbird sometimes.
  7. akwarose

    akwarose Active Member

    thankfully our MD doesnt wiggle.

    i'd be laughing too much to play if he did!!!
  8. Just Crazy

    Just Crazy Member

    We havent got a MD at the mo [​IMG]

    So I cant comment .

    TIMBONE Active Member

    I am glad that you didn't mention your last MD Jenny :)
  10. Just Crazy

    Just Crazy Member

    I could have!!!!
  11. UncleStreaky

    UncleStreaky Member

    Ooooh just remembered another previous MD, Eddie who was both left handed and very large. Sitting on 1st trom I could never see his left hand or his baton past his belly, which would wobble considerably as he beat his way enthusiastically through the music.

    After a while I managed to get accustomed to the timing of his belly wobble, which I have to say was also very expressive at times!!!

  12. Neil Glynn

    Neil Glynn Member

    If our band's MD can't make a rehearsal/concert there's a friend of his who normally stands in for him. His conducting style's rather unique, it more of a rowing action really, impossible to follow but quite amusing to watch!!!
  13. sevenhelz

    sevenhelz Active Member

    we once had a guest conductor for a day and guess what, we played serenade... she eventually said "well i'll just give you a downbeat" and not only was she out of time, she bent her knees as well so she was bobbing up and down while we played on sedately... lol ^_^
  14. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Pretty sure our MD doesn't wiggle, and if he did I'd find it disturbing. Not really built for wiggling isn't Steve...:eek:

  15. six pints

    six pints Active Member

    hey geordiecol, remember the shadow?! fantastic hair....
  16. bagpuss

    bagpuss Active Member

    Ther was a conductor at a band I used to play for that had a conducting action like a skier!!!!! I'm not going to name names because it's entirely possible that he is a member of tMP!!!!

  17. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Mike Denny looked like a racecourse bookie on speed...BMB
  18. bagpuss

    bagpuss Active Member

    The current incarnation at that particular organisation tends to look like he's about to start sewing when he's conducting. Hope he's not a member here, he's bigger than me and he'll kill me for that..............or his wife will!!!!!

  19. Lothianh

    Lothianh Member

    A neighboring band had an MD the past few years whose antics on the podium were frankly quite distracting. From the band's viewpoint I don't think it was very noticeable, but from the audience's it was *very* obvious and was the subject of a lot of commentary and joking. To say that he was the *butt* of a lot of jokes would be an undersatement. Frequently I just couldn't watch, and had to listen to the band with my eyes closed.

  20. sterlingsop

    sterlingsop Member

    I knew someone like that too!! Was never a member of the band though, only depped, but he conducted EVERYthing like that....hymn tunes, marches, broadway musicals, overtures...... Wonder if it's the same bloke!?!?!