What is your favourite type of Brass Band Event to attend/ participate in?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by DublinBass, Apr 29, 2005.


What is your favourite type of Brass Band Event to attend/ participate in?

  1. Heavy Concert

  2. Light Concert

  3. Brass Summer School/Clinic/ Workshop

  4. Brass Festival

  5. Entertainment Contest

  6. March Contest

  7. Set Test Piece AND Own Choice Test Piece

  8. Own Choice Test Piece Only

  9. Set Test Piece Only

  10. Own Choice Test Piece + March/ Hymn

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    I like to go to most any type of brass band event (although set test pieces begin to try my patience after 5 or 6 bands)...what do you like?

    Select as many choices as you want!!
  2. Bryan_sop

    Bryan_sop Active Member

    I selected all but 2 (because I haven't done them myself!) I pretty much like doing all of the others equally.
  3. Aaron

    Aaron Member

    I selected all from the list, as unfortunately ive had to do them all at some time in my banding career!! Seriously though, if you want to know which is favourite, you have to look at the bigger picture......

    If you take an event like Pontins, we all stay in the 'Concentration Camp', eat rubbish food & drink rubbish beer, but, no matter the result, come away every year saying the same thing ''cant wait till next years now''!!
    For me the social side is as important, if not more so than making music, so for that reason contests have to rule overall, cos as we say in yorkshire...''theres nowt like winnin' a pot, goin' to't pub n gettin rat-a@#ed!!!

  4. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    Voted for the first four as I don't contest, although I have attended the NABBA contest when it was close enough to get to without major expense.
  5. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Well i am a test piece, and entertainment contest person myself but when doing a concert i like to do a do a BIG CONCERT not a SUNDAY afternoon park job for 3 hours where no one listens to you or just walks past:mad:

    I just love test pieces contests own choice or set test piece contests.:D :clap:
    Plus i like to go to listen to contests as well AND i do listen to ALL the bands to, going to BUXTON on Sunday (1st May), where i will hear ALL the bands in the main hall:biggrin: :cool: :clap:
    just a pity our band are not going:(
  6. LeDragon

    LeDragon Active Member

    My favourite is a set test piece contest.
  7. March Contest
    Set Test Piece AND Own Choice Test Piece
    Own Choice Test Piece Only
    Set Test Piece Only
    Own Choice Test Piece + March/ Hymn

    all these r pretty good, depends on what the pieces r and who the adjudicators r tho, lol
  8. Liz Courts

    Liz Courts Active Member

    To play in I'd probably choose:

    -Heavy Concert
    -Entertainment Contest
    -Own Choice Test Piece Only

    But to listen to I'd choose:

    -Set Test Piece Only
    -Heavy Concert
    -Entertainment Contest

    I like to go to any events, and think that the social side and preparation (of contests especially) are also very important!
  9. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    I voted for heavy concert, light concert, entertainment contest, and own choice and set test piece contest.

    I'm not sure what "light" and "heavy" concert means exactly - are you talking about programme? In which case then both. But if by light concert you mean a parks type job then I don't always enjoy those - it depends on the venue and the day usually.

    Love contesting generally - even if I don't like the piece we're playing.

    As has been said the social side of the event is important to me, which is one of the reasons I enjoy contesting, and if that contest can last a few days, like Pontins and Butlins do all the better :D
  10. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Even If I didn't recognise you!
  11. euphfanhan

    euphfanhan Member

    Mine would have to be brass workshop/course, followed by own choice contests. I love courses, spending several days with the same people, you get to know fellow band members much better, and playing improves at the same time. Intensive but fun at the same time.
  12. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah I seem to remember you thought I was Neal, Ben. I must have the wierdest Irish Brogue ever...

    I can also remember you chasing me down trying to find out were we came..needless to say I wasn't much in a mood for chit-chat. After that the rest of the weekend kind of gets blurry...
  13. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Phwoarrrrr it's all coming back, me, sunday, not being able to sleep for every 15mins i was being sick, and the long drive back to london, by the car door (of a posh rover) getting ready to shout, "stop... i'm gonna throw up".

    Sad thing was it wasn't alcohol induced! :(
  14. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

    I love contesting, it's great, all the hard work you put in, the build-up, the excitement and on the day, the adrenaline before you perform and the knots in your stomach as they make all those speeches before the results are announced, and then on to the pub to celebrate your victory or comiserate your defeat, FANTASTIC!
  15. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    As has been said above, there can be some overlap between light and heavy concert programmes. As a player and listener I like there to be at least one or two substantial (preferably original) works, and I would be quite happy to sit through a concert of "serious" band repertoire, old or new.

    When it comes to contesting, my favourite is the two-part Set work/own choice format as used in the European: it gives each band the chance to show themselves at their best in repertoire that they feel will suit their individual strengths, while also pitting them against one another where they all have the same challenges to overcome.

    I'd also be quite happy to attend a music festival, with no adjudication.
  16. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    Agreed. I think the social side can make an okay contest (like Pontins) fantastic, or a good contest kind of ehh.

    One thing that I have found too, is that it is much easier listening to test pieces when you know them well. For that reason I have begun to enjoy test piece contest more and more as time goes on.
  17. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Totally agree ... contesting or any gathering of bands to one place is great for socialising. One thing I'm beginning to get tired of though is entertainment contests. Not that I don't agree with the principal of having them, ... too few bands take risks and play new music (and there's lots about!). There should be some sort of ruling brought in to stop bands playing the same pieces too often in one event. It must be frustrating for a non-brass playing, paying member of the public who walks in out of curiosity to hear the same piece getting played by a few bands. Something else that could benefit entertainment contests is to hold them open-air in a public place (weather permitting) to get directly involved with promoting what we capable of. So many things could bring attention to bands with this format. Each band can play a march up to the stage announcing their arrival and be judged on their performance before they launch into their concert programme. Those few minutes could attract more curious bystanders to the contest itself! That, with maybe some sort of exhibition of our traditions and history could put bands back on the public agenda. Just an idea! :cool:
  18. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    I'm real keen on the open air idea!!

    I am not to familiar with bands all playing the same songs (I think I may have heard 1 or 2 repeated numbers at Spennymoor, but that's it - of course it was my first entertainment contest)

    It seems the best way to get new music is to have a prize for best new composition and best new arrangement. The only other option is to have bands submit programmes ahead of time on a first come first serve basis. If a song is repeated, they have to change it.
  19. lewis

    lewis Member

    Definitely set piece, couldn't imagine my March now without the jolly trip to sunny Stevenage.
  20. backrowbloke

    backrowbloke Member

    From a performing perspective, a concert - but I can't differentiate between a heavy or light concert. For me, if it is one or the other, then we've choosen then wrong music as it should be a balance.

    Listening - then forget contests of any type - I rarely (unless supporting someone) listen to another band - especially test piece contests - bleugh!
    (Waits for the 'should support the movement brigade to jump on my back ;) )

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