Navigation Band

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Tubadale, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. Tubadale

    Tubadale Member

    Hi all, I have see a poster for The Navigation Band playing at Uppermill civic hall on the 27th Jan.
    Does anybody know who they are, and who plays for them ?
  2. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

  3. Tubadale

    Tubadale Member

    EEErrrrmm that is not a Brass Band................... Doh !!
  4. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    It is when the info is correct.

    The Navigation Band advertised in Uppermill is a scratch team. AFAIK Gilbert Symes gets the players together.
  5. Frontman

    Frontman Member

    It is normally a scratch band made up of some of the best players in the country, including several from Kings of Brass and several from the best Bands in West Yorkshire.
  6. I am sorry to ask, but what is the meaning of "scratch team"?
  7. Tubadale

    Tubadale Member

    Does anybody know who will be playing ?
  8. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    All it means William is that it's a band made up of players from several other bands that get together for a one off gig (or occasionally a few odd concerts or a competition where the band doesn't need to be registered - like the Whit Friday march contests)
  9. Thanks for the info. We would call that a "pick up" band.
  10. tpcornet12

    tpcornet12 Member

    I might try and get to this gig. Would be interested to know the player list too.
  11. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    It's usually a good do.

    Gilbert seems to know the world and his dog when it comes to banding and there are usually a few big names playing.

    Jim Shep has played for the Navi Band a few times along with Les Beevers, John Gillam and the current Dyke Bass section.

    Get on down there!
  12. Hove Edge

    Hove Edge Member

    Gilbert Symes Concert is on 16th Jan 2010
  13. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    In Belgium, it would be referred to as a "telephone orchestra", which I've always thought is quite nice; whimsical, even ...
  14. Al

    Al Member

    Didn't the Navigation Band used to clean up a lot at the Whit Marches?

    Although I think the adjudicators hidden in the various caravans and tents etc. might have had an inkling who the band was because they used to play "The Navigation March" which only they had a copy of!!
  15. Tubadale

    Tubadale Member

    OOOOhhh the cloak and dagger of the Brass Band world :p
  16. foxyflug

    foxyflug Member

    Gilbert's concert is an annual event.........I've played at it every January for ages! There will be a few of us from Fodens around the stand (Me, Glyn, Lesley Howie, Mike Warriner) and I know my brother in law Aled from Northop is playing too. The line up changes slightly every year depending on peoples availability.

    Its always a fun concert, usually including lots of "yellow" music, and lots of solos.

    Helen Williams
  17. DobX Dave

    DobX Dave Member

    With Roy Newsome conducting, Gilbert Symes as compere and a band comprising of good players ~ the ‘icing on the cake’ is the yellow music and lots of solos ~ at least we are not going to educated by modern music that most MD’s seem to think audiences want.

    I hope it is well attended by local bandsmen as the concert is to raise money for the Whit Friday contests, they might appreciate good quality music played well.

    So to those players who are giving up their time to put something back into the movement ~ well done.
  19. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    Ye Olde stuffe....

    Think late 1890's and early 1900's overtures, like 'Merry Widow', 'William Tell', etc - stuff that was arranged for brass way back when....

    ... and the paper's turning yellow with age...
  20. Robhibberd29

    Robhibberd29 Active Member


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