Why do Brass Bands Contest?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Jasonp, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. Jasonp

    Jasonp Member

    I'm not sure if this subject has already been covered so please point me in the right direction if it has.

    I want to know as much about contesting as possible,

    Why did bands start contesting?
    When was the first band contest?
    Why do we continue to contest?
    Should we continue to contest?
    Is contesting a good thing for brass bands?
    Will it continue for another 100 years?

    If there is any literature out there or websites that I can research please let me know.

    JP
     
  2. Di

    Di Active Member

    There's a couple of threads come to mind, here and here. :)
     
  3. JesTperfect!

    JesTperfect! Member

    Why did bands start contesting? To get better?
    When was the first band contest? NO idea-a long itme ago
    Why do we continue to contest? Because it's the most fun bit of banding?
    Should we continue to contest? ohhhhh, yes! (to quote the Churchill dog)
    Is contesting a good thing for brass bands? see previous answer
    Will it continue for another 100 years? Yes, if I have something to do with it!

    Well answered? I think so!
     
  4. Jasonp

    Jasonp Member

    Thanks for that, you've been such a big help!!!
     
  5. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    I always thought of Churchill as more of an...


    Awww, yes! (rather than the ohhh)
     
  6. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    Elgar & Patrick Howarth: What A Performance! - The Brass Band Plays
    Arthur O. Taylor: Labour & Love - an Oral History of the Brass Band Movement
    ibid.: Brass Bands
    Trevor Herbert: The British Brass Band - A Musical and Social History

    All good references for brass band history, with interviews from leading figures of the last 50 years or so. Sorry, don't have ISBNs or publishers, although I think the Taylor books were published by Granada, and Herbert's might be OUP. Although the first 3 are probably out of print you should be able to get them on Interlibrary loan via your local library.
     
  7. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    And you can read this book on-line here
     
  8. Jasonp

    Jasonp Member

    Brilliant stuff, thanks to you all.
    JP
     
  9. Most of us enjoy it and its kinda addictive
     
  10. JesTperfect!

    JesTperfect! Member

    Hmm, do I detect a hint (albeit small) of sarcasm?!

    I'm sorry, but it is quite clearly 'oohhhhhh yes'.
    Listen next time it's ont'telly! :p
     
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  12. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    Jason, I have a copy of Labour & Love, and the British Bandsman centenary book - I can give them to Mr K for you if you're interested (yep I know how sad I am!). Rich's brother is doing something on contesting for uni so it might be worth picking his brains, he's Euph Chris on here.
     
  13. Jasonp

    Jasonp Member

    Yes please Alex, you're an egg.
    Catch you soon.
    J
     

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