The Brass Band Dictionary

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Will the Sec, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Veering off from Andy_Euph's thread, please find some entries from "The Brass Band Dictonary".

    "Unique" = something that the speaker/poster believes is worthy of note.

    "Innovative" = an initiative or happening where the promoter/poster uses the word "innovative" more than three times, thereby making it "Innovative" no matter how old hat it actually is.

    "New Music" = anything still in Copyright

    "Friendly Band" = Every band that ever advertised for players

    "London Band" = Any band within 60 miles of the M25

    "Close to" = Within 5 miles of a motorway junction (except the M25 - See "London Band").

    "Dep" = A person who covers an empty seat in a band at (usually) a concert, who we will "forget" to pay if they don't get over the embarrassment and actually ask the treasurer

    "Brilliant Opportunity" = A chance to put your band on display without remuneration. (See also "LOCOG")

    "Forward looking band" = Sets up in two straight lines facing the audience.

    "Subs" = 1. An obnoxious concept. 2. Fantastic value if you compare it to belonging to a sports club.

    "LOCOG" = An organsation that does not believe that any musicians are actually professional.

    "Anonymity" = 1. Used legitimately by parties to contribute positively to an online community, whilst maintaining a degree of separation from the band/organisation they play for/represent. 2. The right to spout hurtful untruths, usually in the guise of humour, because it perceived there is no comeback as "they don't know who I am".

    "Oldest band" = (Usually related to particular area/region) Any band for which evidence that it did not exist from the stated date cannot be found.

    "Contest" = An event that starts (usually) several hours before the "We Wiz Robbed" brigade pipes up.

    "Composer" = 1. Person who creates new music. 2. Anyone with "Sibelius"

    "Sibelius" = 1. Finnish Composer. 2. A music notation tool. 3. (colloq) A music composition tool.

    Any others?
  2. Andy_Euph

    Andy_Euph Active Member

    "Wroughting (raw - ting)" = Mostly prevalent in the 4th section or lower Championship section. Consists of blowing ones spuds off in order to try and imitate a "top" band.
  3. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    "Percussionist" - Kit drummer on timps.

    "Up-and-coming band" - 4th place at the last contest is their best result so far...

    "Music library" - disorganised mess
  4. DRW

    DRW New Member

    '2nd Baritone' - Treasurer'Hymn Tune' - A device used at the start of a rehearsal to fill time until all players arrive.
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  5. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    'Sibelius' (Sib-alias) A form of cheating whereby one member of a family plays for another band, in the place of another member of the same family. The former using the latters registration card.
  6. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    'Arranger' - The nominated band member who gets deps for gigs and contests
  7. Bonjour_Laura

    Bonjour_Laura Member

    "Bar" - a nice friendly place where an assortment of players congregation to socialise and/or celebrate/drown their sorrows.
  8. DRW

    DRW New Member

    Bar line - Queue for after-concert / rehearsal refreshments.
  9. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Conductor - someone you hope gets struck by lightening when he stops for the umpteenith time just before your entry!
  10. Bungle

    Bungle Member

    Musical director: Someone who chooses the music to play

    Principal Bass: Nominated bass player who stays sober enough to play the tricky bits.

    Social Band: Half the band go down the pub after rehearsal and talk about the other half
  11. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    Movement: 1. A section of a symphony or suite. 2. A group of people who do not move. (Bram Gay: They call it a brass band movement. Somebody let me know the next time it moves.)
  12. simonium

    simonium Member

    The reason it doesn't move is because there is an (old?) school who value the opinions of the likes of Bram Gay far too highly, and hark, ceaselessly, back to the days of Harry Mortimer, in banding's cretaceous period.
  13. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    It's probably just me being dense, but I don't understand your point - could you explain, please? Sorry.
  14. Bonjour_Laura

    Bonjour_Laura Member

    If only you could "like" posts!
  15. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    troll (t-roll)- 1. A tremolo performed on either timpani, triangle or trombone 2. A fictional character that lives under a bridge 3. A disruptive individual who interrupts threads with comments that are off topic, and then illicits a response from the original poster, which take the thread off topic :tongue:
  16. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    PP - A musical direction that allows players to discern that there are only two dynamics. This one being pretty powerful
    FF - A musical direction that allows players to discern that there are only two dynamics. This one being frightfully frantic (edited for family viewing)

    These are mostly appplied to Trombone players :-?
  17. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    mp - One of a pair of musical dynamic markings which are used to indicate the same level of noise. mp is used to mean Mighty Powerful. Its counterpart mf is used to mean Mighty Forceful. Both of these dynamics are meant to be played louder than f. (2 letters makes it louder!)
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  18. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Trumpet - a dog that suffers from flatulence.
    Tympani - Like orphan Annie, but more badly beaten.
  19. simonium

    simonium Member

    My point was facetiously expressed and off topic - in essence put with the old and in with the new! The sooner we stop harking back to halcyon days of Mortimer, Boddington, Hargreaves et al the sooner we can develop as a movement. Mr Gay, as a senior member of banfing's elite is happy to stay precisely where he is. I'd love to develop this as an idea so new thread perhaps?
  20. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    OK, I'm with you. Although to be fair, Mr Gay was very much a force for advancement back in the seventies. As Music Editor at Novello he nurtured, encouraged and commissioned new music from composers unknown to the brass band fraternity - Joseph Horovitz and John McCabe are two who come immediately to mind. As Editor of Sounding Brass magazine he tried to find areas of mutual interest between bandsmen and other brass players and bring bands more into the musical mainstream. And of course, not only was he the man responsible for inventing the entertainments contest format, he persuaded Granada Television to broadcast the first entertainments contest to a nationwide audience for 14 years before Granada called time.

    The 1970s were exciting times, with new music being commissioned from a wide variety of sources and bands reaching new audiences through television and prestigious engagements at the Proms, London's South Bank, Cheltenham and Harrogate festivals and much more. Bram Gay was one of the people who brought some of those things to fruition. If it's reactionaries you're looking for, I can think of many more eligible candidates.

    Anyway, back on topic, and I'll keep an eye out for any new thread on this subject!
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2012

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