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    Aha! Misread that as being part of the list of...

    Aha! Misread that as being part of the list of ones that have gone! Thanks for the clarification that I have not missed a major story! ;)
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    Did I miss some news?

    Did I miss some news?
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    Exactly - that's how most of the bands I was...

    Exactly - that's how most of the bands I was referring to survive.
    Also to Stella's point, for the most part, those same bands rehearse just once a week. (exception being run up to a contest or...
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    Are you able to split that by section? I am...

    Are you able to split that by section?
    I am wondering if the suggested decline is in the higher sections where loss of sponsorship, poor results etc may be a cause?

    Where I used to live in...
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    Totally agree - during the 9 yrs I spent as MD of...

    Totally agree - during the 9 yrs I spent as MD of a 3rd section band, I always bought in a top band trainer for a 1 day rehearsal prior to any contest. The band really benefited from this and it gave...
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    Agreed - plus the distractions of other...

    Agreed - plus the distractions of other entertainment forms which we didn't have as kids and improvements in musical tuition where instruments that appeal more to kids are being taught. (There were...
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    The irony of Ian discussing debating...

    The irony of Ian discussing debating skills........
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    with just 4 followers on twitter he's hardly...

    with just 4 followers on twitter he's hardly dangerous
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    But if you want a double entendre, Bob will give...

    But if you want a double entendre, Bob will give you one
  10. I'm sure there must be an ex service person on...

    I'm sure there must be an ex service person on here who played with the b and - I never saw them but knew of them back when I was out there last in the late 70's
  11. Thanks Dave - the way things are looking I might...

    Thanks Dave - the way things are looking I might just have to start a band! You don't have any contacts for the former band at JHQ Rheindahlen do you? It was a band made up of mainly expats and...
  12. Cheers - I hadn't thought to go there! Sadly, one...

    Cheers - I hadn't thought to go there! Sadly, one of the bands is a University/College outfit and the Trinity Brass website is defunct. If anyone has contracts for that band it would be useful as...
  13. Seeking opportunities in the Dusseldorf area as player or conductor

    I am shortly relocating to Krefeld in Germany and am looking to either join a band as a player (Cornet/Soprano Cornet/Flugel), or as a conductor (I have most recently been the MD of a 3rd section...
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    You would be doing a public service though - if...

    You would be doing a public service though - if you own another 10 trombones at least those 10 won't be being played by others......[/removetongueincheekmode]
  15. Bands in Dusseldorf/Krefeld/Moenchengladbach area

    I would like to get in touch with anyone in the Dusseldorf/Krefled/Moenchengladbach area - in particular, are there any members of the former JHQ Rheindahlen band still living in the area? If so, is...
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    "From The New World" was one of the first major...

    "From The New World" was one of the first major contest pieces I played back in the late 60's early 70's and I enjoyed playing it so do understand where Ian is coming from - except that of course,...
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    Interestingly, these people are not as yet on the...

    Interestingly, these people are not as yet on the MU "Ask First" list
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    That's also a good point Mike about the other way...

    That's also a good point Mike about the other way around - I did one of Phil Sparke's works with a wind band and whilst I know he did the arrangement himself, it doesn't have the same feel played by...
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    Totally agree with you there especially Mahler....

    Totally agree with you there especially Mahler.
    Another thing, when a good arrangement does exist, and I have in mind here the Firebird, why do we have to tun it into brass band sound? The opening...
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    Good to see this revived and well done on getting...

    Good to see this revived and well done on getting a rehearsal with Nick Childs. (The youngsters last time really enjoyed working with Richard Evans).
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    Go for an electronic solution - Jonathan Chappell...

    Go for an electronic solution - Jonathan Chappell (who plays in a few bands in our area) does this to great effect. I'm surer the pro percussion guys can point you in the right direction
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    On that note, my favourite Bb is my Selmer Paris...

    On that note, my favourite Bb is my Selmer Paris - awesome instrument recently restored for me by Dean Pelling in Bexhill.
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    That's where the D trumpet comes in useful - just...

    That's where the D trumpet comes in useful - just up a tone again. Easy.
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    Ok, I tested out the idea of any relativity to...

    Ok, I tested out the idea of any relativity to the key of the music using 3 Tchaik Symphonies (1, 5 & 6) and can see that the key has no bearing at aall on the pitch the trumpet part is written in!...
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    The trumpet in G is Benvenuto Cellini spot on...

    The trumpet in G is Benvenuto Cellini spot on with Berlioz @GJG
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