New Concept in Banding

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by alanbry, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. alanbry

    alanbry Member

    Meeting once a month on a Friday evening, in Cheshunt this band has been established for just over 12 months. The band is not associated with and any registered band and players from 6 bands in the Southern region participate on a regular basis.

    So, if you fancy something entirely different, want to play challenging music, guaranteed full attendance, and enjoy a sociable atmosphere with a curry feast after rehearsal then give it a go.

    If you are interest please contact Kenny Durbin, musical director and innovator of this concept on 07903 521765.
  2. Brassy Lady

    Brassy Lady Member

    A bit too far for me, but certainly sounds really good, especially the full attendance (not to mention the curry!)
    Good luck with it! :clap:
  3. Baritonedeaf

    Baritonedeaf Member

    Superb idea.
  4. annieds

    annieds Member

    I play with this band - has it really been 12 months? - and I thoroughly enjoy it. It's good to spend a couple of hours without stopping and starting too much. Less pressure. And Kenny is good.
    I think that the best thing is that it is an extra banding experience. I wouldn't leave my own band, and would not be interested in contesting with it, but I would really like to do some concerts. It's a sort of banding bit-on-the-side. It's younger and hasn't lost its hair yet.

  5. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    Can you elaborate here? What is so different about this band?
  6. Simon_Horn

    Simon_Horn Member

    I go along to this band because it's pretty hassle free and a good opportunity to network and socialise after with some good players from other bands in the area. It's 'no strings attached' banding and an opportunity to run through pieces really!
  7. Pythagoras

    Pythagoras Active Member

    Still failing to see where the 'new concept' is. Is it the only practicing once a month?
  8. Di

    Di Active Member

    The way I see it is there are players from many different bands within the region, maybe even competing bands, getting together on neutral territory, away from the hustlel and bustle of contests, commitment, committees, politics and having a relaxed evening of music making followed by a stonking curry.
  9. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    A non contesting band, rehearse once a month with full attendance (why advertise for players then?).. and go for a curry afterwards....

    I still don't see anything that can be described as 'New Concept' or 'something entirely different'...
  10. Sharpy

    Sharpy Member

    I think its different because you just turn up and play. No strings attached, no polotics, no ego's and you can just play music. Sounds great to me. There's a big band that rehearses near me in Kirkcaldy, wxactly the same principle except they rehearse every week. Some great players, great banter and no pressure!!

    Imagine being able to play through some test peices or other challenging music, surely it would aid your sight reading if nothing else!

    I think its a novel concept because unlike a non contesting band, its a chance for some top class players to play together. just imagine if one was set up in the Leeds/Bradford area, imagine the players that could possibly turn up to that!!!!
  11. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    If you turn up and play, there must be strings attached.. you promised to turn up... and turned up..
    What if you didn't??
    Would there be no questions afterwards (politics?)..
    Would you be welcome again (politics?)
    Who decides whether you are good enough to come along, or stay (politics, egos)?
  12. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    I think the idea is rather simple and straightforward ... a bit like going down with your mates to the local playing fields for a game of football. I'm all for this idea as well.
  13. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    Perhaps the reality is probably better than the concept - I'm sure all the people who go along know how good it is and in fairness they would want to involve other people in this. Just discussing the concept leaves it open to be snipped at.

    Good luck it sounds great - perhaps one night you could change the curry for something a little more spicey - ask Simon Horn he'll know what you mean.;)
  14. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    sounds no different from any other band to me.....

    you turn up, play go home (or for a curry, or for a pint or for whatever.. somthing spicy Simon)
    if you are one of the organisers.. there is politics.. you have to organise venue and ensure there are sufficient players to make the rehearsal worthwhile..
    there must be music for everyone to play....
    other equipment, percussion etc etc..
    so you meet once a month, are non-contesting, players are registered from many different bands..
    I still don't get the new concept, something different thing...
  15. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    oo, controversial.. That would require a vote from all present... a bit political... :)
  16. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    I think I understand what they mean, where as at pretty much all other bands the rehearsals are meant for the good of the band eg rehearsing for a performance, this band turn up only for the good of the individual players concerned to get a damn good blow without giving consideration to the overall improvement of the band.

    There's a band in Yorkshire that does similar. It's great if you want to get your lip in, but you soon become frustrated with the quality as they don't seek to improve.
  17. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - but isn't that the whole point of the exercise ... have a blow with no social pressures?
  18. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    Absolutely, it's great providing you don't go too often, I found that not stopping and fixing basic errors became frustrating after a while, that's all.
  19. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    Sounds interesting. Two questions: what's it called? And what do you do for music?
  20. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    That just sounds bonkers to me...
    A band requires collaboration and cooperation between players... that sounds like 20odd individuals out for themselves...

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