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    I played on Spectrum when it was first used at...

    I played on Spectrum when it was first used at the British Open in 1969 and most bands used two perc players plus, I remember our bumper up played the claves part to help them out.

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    Agreed Mike. As an EEb Bass player like yourself...

    Agreed Mike. As an EEb Bass player like yourself I have endured years of sitting directly in front of timps. Sometimes if the timps are pushed close up and rolling at ff I can't even feel the pitch...
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    What's it to you one way or the other ? Forget it...

    What's it to you one way or the other ? Forget it and do something else. There's nothing to be gained from this.
    I'm out of this thread now.

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    Percussion was first used in modern band contests...

    Percussion was first used in modern band contests at the British Open at Belle Vue Manchester in 1969 on "Spectrum" by Gilbert Vinter. It was used at most other contests after that date until present...
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    Agreed ~ The whole intention of the thread was to...

    Agreed ~ The whole intention of the thread was to open a can of worms and dish the dirt before anybody has been proved guilty of anything. The thread is malicious and should be closed as sub judice....
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    And I take it you won't be putting your hat down...

    And I take it you won't be putting your hat down on the pavement outside the theatre either :)

    Seriously, enjoy your gigs and bring home the sponds !

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    Ha ! Ha ! ~ My Lederhosen days are well behind...

    Ha ! Ha ! ~ My Lederhosen days are well behind me, in fact out of sight thank the Lord, and I gave up alcohol completely almost two years ago in the hope of reducing my rotundity but the results were...
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    Ha ! Ha ! ~ No I didn't mean he wouldn't be...

    Ha ! Ha ! ~ No I didn't mean he wouldn't be missed when he finished playing, he'd been a bit cruel on here and signed off "Bye bye for now" ~ I meant his cruel comments wouldn't be missed while he...
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    Eeeeeeee ! if tha's givin' it art tha's got to...

    Eeeeeeee ! if tha's givin' it art tha's got to know 'ow ter teck it tha nozz :)

    ~ Mr Wilx (Retired !)
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    Resurgam has it all. ~ Mr Wilx

    Resurgam has it all.

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    That's a really good one. Certainly worth...

    That's a really good one. Certainly worth dragging out of the library cupboard for a run through.

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    Poll: "Like" ~ Mr Wilx

    "Like"

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    This might be a bit of a challenge, but years...

    This might be a bit of a challenge, but years ago, after playing the bands eponymous signature march, Imps used to open with "Introduction to Act Three of Lohengrin" ~ What a cracker, full of...
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    I really like that Robert ~ Natural progression !...

    I really like that Robert ~ Natural progression !

    Mr Wilx
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    Poll: I love it, it adds adrenaline to rehearsals and...

    I love it, it adds adrenaline to rehearsals and the friendly rivalry between banding mates is a really great social plus. I honestly think it improves musical appreciation and technical expertise,...
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    Strangely Mr N Fixer, I have a feeling you won't...

    Strangely Mr N Fixer, I have a feeling you won't be missed :)

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    My feelings too. To me, contesting was my main...

    My feelings too. To me, contesting was my main interest in banding, but I do appreciate that it doesn't appeal to others. Some folk love doing concerts whereas I found them a necessary evil. Each to...
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    That sounds about right, although I used to enjoy...

    That sounds about right, although I used to enjoy the rivalry of contests and the preparation which I think helps to improve every players musicality and technique. Through being in the NYBBGB I had...
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    Me too, but it is frustrating when however hard...

    Me too, but it is frustrating when however hard you try you can't do things that you did a few years ago, even if you are doing all the right things in practice, and the more you try the worse you...
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    Personally I think that is very true. In the...

    Personally I think that is very true. In the main, I think a lot of brass band players consider audiences an irrelevance.
    The enjoyment seems to be in participating in rehearsals and the social...
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    Where's that "Like" button > ~ Mr Wilx

    Where's that "Like" button >

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    Well...... We started with Brass Bands, then we...

    Well...... We started with Brass Bands, then we had Silver Bands. Soon it'll be Plastic Bands and I suppose the natural progression will be to Rubber Bands :)

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    And pegs ! ~ Mr Wilx

    And pegs !

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    I was out of banding for a lot of years and when...

    I was out of banding for a lot of years and when I came back to it with a different band, they had borrowed some parts from my previous band and I found myself looking at pencil markings I had made...
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    Unfortunately you do have the right person. Brian...

    Unfortunately you do have the right person. Brian was in the Signals Band and the SA. I knew him at Yorkshire Imperial Metals Band in the late 1960s/early 1970s where he was a much valued cornetist....
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