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  1. Well... yes, you can. They too have a choice,...

    Well... yes, you can. They too have a choice, much like the conductors and committees.

    Unfortunately quite a few bands have committees and/or players who judge success by contest results and...
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    Forgive me, I don't know your audience...

    Forgive me, I don't know your audience demographic, but aren't you in a sense 'preaching to the choir'? My impression (and a lot of the empirical evidence) is that those who listen to brass band...
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    Another interesting variant on that might be a...

    Another interesting variant on that might be a 'State of Origin' contest. Whether it's some sort of County Championship, or based on regions or boroughs or something, I don't know, but the idea is...
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    Words can't articulate how much I love this idea!

    Words can't articulate how much I love this idea!
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    I have to say, knowing nothing other than what...

    I have to say, knowing nothing other than what I've read on 4BR about it, that's exactly what it looks like to the outsider. There might well be other reasons and extenuating circumstances, etc etc,...
  6. Oh and the reason that 'big names' don't post...

    Oh and the reason that 'big names' don't post here? Personal capital. There's an article by Doug Yeo about this here. It's been posted before (almost certainly by Dave!) but worth putting up again if...
  7. There's also an element of - and I know...

    There's also an element of - and I know MoominDave has made this point before - the circular nature of posting on what is, after all, a fairly small scale area of the wider world of musical...
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    Wise words, and very sorry to hear your story....

    Wise words, and very sorry to hear your story. Best of luck with the treatment, here's hoping you're not 'resting from banding' for too long.
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    As far as I know, which isn't very far, EBBA just...

    As far as I know, which isn't very far, EBBA just asks that each representative body nominates a band for the contest somehow. The mechanism for nominating is up to individual associations. Hence the...
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    I almost entirely agree with you (apart from...

    I almost entirely agree with you (apart from Arabian Nights being a 'great piece'), but there's a contradiction there - Spiriti is based on 'Für deinen Thron tret´ ich hiermit', a Bach chorale....
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    I was thinking more along the lines of HK Gruber,...

    I was thinking more along the lines of HK Gruber, but OK...
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    No - the point I'm making is unpopular ones (like...

    No - the point I'm making is unpopular ones (like Aubade, or Prague) don't - or at least not ones that are immediately apparent, by which I mean they're often more or less the loudest point in the...
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    That 'separate weekends' drivel made me laugh,...

    That 'separate weekends' drivel made me laugh, it's the silliest idea since, well, the last silly idea in banding. If they'd actually implemented that there's have been three areas still to go,...
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    Is this another wind up thread? Leaving aside...

    Is this another wind up thread?

    Leaving aside the blockbuster top section testpieces for a minute, and leaving aside the concert work that puts bread on most bands' tables, and leaving aside the...
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    Another of the numerous things in that book that...

    Another of the numerous things in that book that might have been applicable in 1938 but make no sense now!
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    I'm tempted to argue that it's impossible, given...

    I'm tempted to argue that it's impossible, given the compromises required. In some ways, Contest Music fits the bill for me, because not only is it an outstanding piece of compositional technique...
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    For want of a better word, immediacy. Both...

    For want of a better word, immediacy. Both Paganini and Music for a Festival have an immediate appeal on first play/listen. If I had the time, I'd be interested to analyse a few of the most popular...
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    In an antipodean accent?

    In an antipodean accent?
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    Eikanger's top man and Geneva 'Symphony' cornet...

    Eikanger's top man and Geneva 'Symphony' cornet endorsee David Morton. His 3rd valve slide came out during their own choice performance, apparently - in the bit in 'Audivi' where top man, solo euph...
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    Surely (unless I've misunderstood) WRITING them...

    Surely (unless I've misunderstood) WRITING them is not the issue. Playing them back at the correct pitch is the issue - and if you absolutely need the playback why not write the euphonium in bass...
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    My predictions are that at least 30 bands will...

    My predictions are that at least 30 bands will come away having been robbed blind by deaf adjudicators after a mate of a mate who listened through the door told them they were nailed on to win, it...
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    I think the 3rd from the left on the front is the...

    I think the 3rd from the left on the front is the legend that is Terry Holden, one of the nicest blokes in banding. And isn't that Garry Cutt in the tux on the right? I know he was resident about...
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    It's quite true to say that the generous prize...

    It's quite true to say that the generous prize fund at the top (and indeed for the winners of the other sections) is funded by all the bands who don't win staying for the weekend and boozing all...
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    It's possible that earlier versions of Sibelius...

    It's possible that earlier versions of Sibelius don't handle the transposition of a BBb tuba part in treble clef correctly for playback (out of the box, at least). In 6, it's fine, but I seem to...
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    Really? Gosh. Tsk, tsk.

    Really? Gosh. Tsk, tsk.
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