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    I can see the point that Arthur was making, that...

    I can see the point that Arthur was making, that it is the music that matters rather than the Band. This is evident in another quote I have from Arthur:

    My first day back at school in September...
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    Arthur Butterworth thoughts regardin Brass Band Contesting

    The quote is as follows
    After the war and my entry into orchestral life I felt that the very principle of musical competition and the brass band notably so, a flawed one.
    For, unlike a ball game,...
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    Brass Band Adjudicators

    I have been thinking about Brass Band Contesting after reading the thoughts of the recently deceased, Arthur Butterworth, with regards to contesting.
    He was definitely not a fan, but I personally...
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    Eccles

    Eccles
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    Brilliant and more or less the same for me. There...

    Brilliant and more or less the same for me. There was a surge in Banding in the 1970's I believe and so there should me lots more ex Banders in a similar position.
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    I tried to move from Baritone / Euphonium to...

    I tried to move from Baritone / Euphonium to Trombone for a bit of Variety and a challenge way back when. I probably taught myself the wrong way though i.e I saw a note and its relative fingering of...
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    Again, you are probably right, but I am talking...

    Again, you are probably right, but I am talking about the running of a Band Back Office. Contest secretary, concert Secretary, Equipment, Accounts blah blah blah. The Musical Direction of the Band...
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    Maybe you are right, but I would have thought...

    Maybe you are right, but I would have thought that this is the sort of age that is ideal. Hopefully retired from work, family all grown up and with a wealth of experience. All I am saying is that...
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    One thing that I have noticed about the Bands...

    One thing that I have noticed about the Bands that I have been associated with is that they are run by Committees that are made up from the playing members of the Band. I have watched this system...
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    This is such an important Topic and it saddens me...

    This is such an important Topic and it saddens me greatly that many of the Bands that I have played for since starting as a teenager in 1970 have disappeared. (Windsor Salford, Swinton, Greenway)....
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    Eccles Borough took 1st place in the 2nd Section...

    Eccles Borough took 1st place in the 2nd Section and 2nd Place in the 1st Section, losing out to Poynton by 1 point. I am pretty sure that Poynton are moving up to Championship Section as are at...
  12. Besses are looking for new players. The new MD,...

    Besses are looking for new players. The new MD, Dean Jones, has brought immediate success for Besses since taking over the role in May 2014. Prizes at Saddleworth Whit Friday Contest and Prizes at...
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    Where are the results posted

    Where are the results posted
  14. I have had the privilege of playing in a Band...

    I have had the privilege of playing in a Band with Dave King in the Middle. It was at the start of his Career as an MD but you knew that you were in the presence of someone very very special
  15. I moved back into Banding after a 20 year break...

    I moved back into Banding after a 20 year break with RUGBY being my passion. I think the way Amateur rugby Clubs are run in general is a great template for Banding. There is an Old Boy mentality...
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    Sounds interesting - I will give it a go later

    Sounds interesting - I will give it a go later
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    Before email and the like came the good old...

    Before email and the like came the good old telephone. A friend of mine used to refer to those that hid behind the Mouthpiece as "Telephone Tough Guys"
    What about a similar name for all the...
  18. Thread: Clowns

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    Mr Chuckles ............. We've still got Mr...

    Mr Chuckles ............. We've still got Mr Chuckles .........
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    Half an hour into Manchester by car in moderate...

    Half an hour into Manchester by car in moderate Rush Hour Traffic. Probably 20 minutes to half an hour on the Tram and probably a bit more on Busses
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    Prestwich and Whitefield to the North Of...

    Prestwich and Whitefield to the North Of Manchester near to M60 Junction 17 have good Metrolink connections to Central Manchester. You get to see more trees and green spaces with Heaton Park being...
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    My son plays Guitar and when I went with him to...

    My son plays Guitar and when I went with him to buy a new Electric Guitar I reckon he tried out every one in the flipping shop. You are right that Brass Players should do the same, in order to find...
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    I bought a York 4 Valve Baritone back in 2008. I...

    I bought a York 4 Valve Baritone back in 2008. I struggled with sticking valves and had it fixed at McQueens. The problem moved from 1st to second to third and finaly to the fourth valve but once...
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    How similar are any instruments of a certain...

    How similar are any instruments of a certain manufacturer, model and series in terms of tone, tuning and playability. Can they ever be identical? How large can the variations be between supposedly...
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    I was only discussing this topic on Friday. If...

    I was only discussing this topic on Friday. If you have an opportunity to acquire a Round Stamp then I believe that you should snap it up. Take the instrument to a specialist like McQueens to get it...
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    thinking about it, I remember having this march...

    thinking about it, I remember having this march in our pads for a short while and playing it. If it the one that I am thinking of, I do not remember it being one that I liked.
    I seem to remember it...
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