courtesy of 4BR - http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=6996 ABBA make percussion statement The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators have given a statement on percussion in the lower sections. The Chairman and Executive of ABBA has made the following annoucnement in respect to the performance of percussion at the 2008 Regional Championships. Statement Further to our Annual General Meeting of yesterday 30.12.2007 where many adjudicators voiced their concerns and opinions over the playing of percussion parts in contests, especially within the lower sections. The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators wishes to make the following announcement. "Whilst we understand there may be a shortage of percussionists, or lack of access to percussion equipment for rehearsal purposes, we do expect the percussion parts to be played as per the score, unless otherwise directed" We do suggest that bands should seek the guidance and assurance from the respective bodies, as to who may or who may not play percussion; and how many performers are allowed on stage for a contest performance. We respectfully point out to all bands, especially to lower section bands, that there are many other pit-falls and problems on contest pieces they have to overcome, and the use, or lack of use of percussion, is not necessarily the deciding factor of prize winning performances." Derek Broadbent (Chairman) I love the last paragraph. They've certainly covered their backsides on this one. :clap: What does concern me here is the selection of the 3rd section piece 'The Dark Side of the Moon'. Written for Brass Band and Percussion - (big letters on front of score!) This is a really well written descriptive work and in my opinion (and no doubt the composers) the percussion plays an integral part of the composition. So how can the adjudicators say "and the use, or lack of use of percussion, is not necessarily the deciding factor of prize winning performances." Another point which concerns me is the lack of percussion instruments in bands. If Bands have decided to contest, why haven't they got the basic necessary equipment to do so. I wonder how much influence a recent post by an adjudicator/conductor on tMP had regarding the decisions made by the ABBA? http://www.themouthpiece.com/vb/showthread.php?t=31105 And where is all this going to end. We have music being selected by one organisation only to be told by another independant body that this music isn't going to be judged in its entirety. No wonder the ABBA understands that there is a shortage of percussionists, they are actually causing the problem. :-?