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    Poll: Aus and NZ have used audio adjudication for many...

    Aus and NZ have used audio adjudication for many years with no more/less controversial results than before. You also get a sheet with a brief written summary and score (presumably for ease of putting...
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    The Aussie nationals has new commissions for each...

    The Aussie nationals has new commissions for each section in 2015. I have yet to play any of them (and will probably only play one of them!). Feedback from my Aussie friends is that they are a mixed...
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    ...and then us poor trombonists have to deal with...

    ...and then us poor trombonists have to deal with alto clef too, boo-hoo sob. I used to have a book called 'clef studies' by some chap called Blazevich, basically full of studies where all of the...
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    fsteers, I'm not sure you need to change the...

    fsteers, I'm not sure you need to change the octave, remember that treble clef Bb for trombone in brass bands already sounds an octave lower than written.

    As a trombone player myself moving...
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    Duh! Yeah, being on the wrong side of the world...

    Duh! Yeah, being on the wrong side of the world is affecting my brain blood-flow or something.

    I'm trying to find the key differences here between football and brass bands to see if this...
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    Here in NZ it is fair to say that bands are...

    Here in NZ it is fair to say that bands are predominantly white (and also a lot more British than some other pastimes here!) but there are a fair number of Polynesian players around. Many of the HUGE...
  7. I thought about this but found it hard to find...

    I thought about this but found it hard to find consistent qualities in the successful conductors I have worked with. A few examples of the best from my own experience (and sticking with the...
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    My first new trombone as a wee boy was a Conn...

    My first new trombone as a wee boy was a Conn 88H, I was lucky to be able to go to a shop with 4 of them in stock, all identical setups. I think they had some school orders to fulfill. With the help...
  9. Thread: Sunny Banding

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    New Zealand is only a day on a plane away...

    New Zealand is only a day on a plane away...
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    'Selections from Spamalot'?

    'Selections from Spamalot'?
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    Prometheus also got a run-out circa 2000 in the...

    Prometheus also got a run-out circa 2000 in the Spring Festival in one of the sections, I remember hating it as a teenager. I should dig out a recording and see how it sounds now I am more...
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    Then those bands need to get the resources and...

    Then those bands need to get the resources and work around the practicality. Otherwise it is hard to see anything other than sour grapes.

    Why not complain about bands with stronger players, better...
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    Well done Steven, if anyone else tries to cut you...

    Well done Steven, if anyone else tries to cut you down or suggest your achievement was gained through some kind of 'unfair advantage' please keep putting them right.

    One small step away from the...
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    Did the two bands who rehearsed there live very...

    Did the two bands who rehearsed there live very nearby and get access for free?

    Were other band barred access to booking the venue?

    It has already been said on this thread, just because another...
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    JR is correct (as I played in that extraordinary...

    JR is correct (as I played in that extraordinary performance) and the 'percussion check' is not uncommon down here. If you can get your whole band on the stage and have a blow, all the better, nobody...
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    I can recommend the Wessex course, top quality...

    I can recommend the Wessex course, top quality conductors and teachers, very reasonably priced and fantastic inclusive atmosphere.
  17. Our eyes can fool our ears - I went to a large...

    Our eyes can fool our ears - I went to a large contest a couple of years ago and spent a couple of hours in the hall just thinking about this. The bands I expected to do well took to the stage...
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    Also, don't forget second hand and saving some...

    Also, don't forget second hand and saving some money! For the price of a new trombone I own two glorious Elkhart era Conns (8H and 88H), one looks like it came out of the factory yesterday, the other...
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    If I want to discuss 2016 area piece rumours...

    If I want to discuss 2016 area piece rumours should I start a new thread? :)
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    'Mindfulness' exercises can be good for a quick...

    'Mindfulness' exercises can be good for a quick fix. These are unlikely to get rid of nerves altogether but I use them in times of stress or anxiety with good results. Just a few seconds can take the...
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    At Dalewool we do the standard Christmas fare but...

    At Dalewool we do the standard Christmas fare but throw in some other stuff. We'll be doing Perpetuum Mobile, Georgia On My Mind, Peace (John Golland), Ad Optimum (Peter Graham) and some other things...
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    I've had a couple of bones that would fall apart...

    I've had a couple of bones that would fall apart if the join was overtightened - if it was just screwed together lightly it would hold fine. I couldn't understand why (I don't know how to physics)...
  23. Thread: Help needed

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    I tried hanging around the bogs with a tape...

    I tried hanging around the bogs with a tape measure in an effort to gather data at band last night, for some reason people did not want to be measured. I suggested taking a photo instead, also to...
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    Remembrance/ANZAC Concert

    Hi all, Dalewool do an annual ANZAC Day concert (the downunder equivalent of UK Remembrance Day) which is always a crowd pleaser.

    Must admit though, a few of the players are getting a bit tired of...
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    Spoil-sport.

    Spoil-sport.
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