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    A few thoughts, numbered for clarity: 1) Back...

    A few thoughts, numbered for clarity:

    1) Back in the very early days of contesting, some contests did indeed attempt to insist that all players had played for their bands for a certain amount of...
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    This was the point I was - perhaps clumsily -...

    This was the point I was - perhaps clumsily - trying to make regarding how it works today. The average championship section principal player is not as much better than the average 4th section...
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    It's music. Come on. Much of the greatest music...

    It's music. Come on. Much of the greatest music in history is inextricably tied up with religious intention. Do you throw that out?
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    I think that as an odious generalisation it tends...

    I think that as an odious generalisation it tends to be that the better the band, the better the players around the stands. It's not uncommon to find 4th section bands with quality players on the end...
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    Don't think it's a secret that St. Magnus wasn't...

    Don't think it's a secret that St. Magnus wasn't universally mastered, and enough performances have been posted online to garner a decent enough feeling for the general level attained around the...
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    It's been a while since I listened to it - don't...

    It's been a while since I listened to it - don't remember it sounding impossible - I'll give it another whirl later. My score perusal suggests that some of the hardest stuff is within the first 6...
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    smaca, judge for yourself - the full score of...

    smaca, judge for yourself - the full score of Spiriti is online here.

    Got to say, having had a first detailed peer through it, although there are some occasional poorly scored moments that are...
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    Not convinced by this larger field = easier to...

    Not convinced by this larger field = easier to stand out and then get promoted idea, to be honest... In fact it strikes me as opposite to my experience.

    1) Larger field = more bands to get lost...
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    If you're a 4th section band with no particular...

    If you're a 4th section band with no particular ambition to get promoted (as the floating voters are pretty much by definition), then it's a pretty similar proposition.

    Oddly enough, I was playing...
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    Also worth remembering that the non-competing...

    Also worth remembering that the non-competing group will include a number of bands that take advantage of a luxury that 4th section banding affords - the ability to only enter the area when one feels...
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    I suspect the owners of Les Mis copyright would...

    I suspect the owners of Les Mis copyright would object to having their music publicly performed with altered words.
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    He didn't post them in his earlier post if he...

    He didn't post them in his earlier post if he does... Are you reading, Lee??
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    Another squeaky bum opening for sop! But I'm...

    Another squeaky bum opening for sop! But I'm inclined to listen to Lee Downie, nominating 'Spiriti' - I've not yet seen him be wrong on a test-piece prediction. 'Torchbearer' would, despite its RAH...
  14. Andy - I sent you a PM in response to your...

    Andy - I sent you a PM in response to your Facebook post during the day yesterday. Kidlington Concert Brass (champ section near Oxford) suddenly find ourselves in need of one. If interested, contact...
  15. Sorry - I'd never heard of it - if I had, it...

    Sorry - I'd never heard of it - if I had, it would be on the map!

    But if you tell me what it was called, and where it was based, I'll pin it up as an extinct band. Even better if you know what...
  16. A useful online index of German British-style...

    A useful online index of German British-style brass bands is here:
    http://www.brassband-deutschland.de/brass-bands/bands/brass-bands/

    This is where I mostly populated the German portion of that...
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    If the cap fits! But seriously, Steve, this...

    If the cap fits!

    But seriously, Steve, this isn't an extrapolation from one example (fine institution though the example jumping forward may be). It's straightforward psychology - forbidding...
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    The drinking thing is interesting - if an...

    The drinking thing is interesting - if an organisation makes a big enough fuss about something, then some of its members will feel driven to it - it's my observation that some of the biggest drinkers...
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    "Portraying the message" is an interesting one....

    "Portraying the message" is an interesting one. There is what the musicians are putting out, and then there is what the devout are receiving from it. We don't demand that actors in TV shows and films...
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    It is commonly the case that some members of...

    It is commonly the case that some members of choirs that perform for church services (regular C of E or Catholic) are less than devout. Indeed, as someone with zero religiosity, I've been paid to...
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    It's a funny thing, but I have observed over the...

    It's a funny thing, but I have observed over the years that posting about posting hardly ever helps anything, and often quickly leads to discord in surprising places (prime example above). Few people...
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    I think he's the arranger...

    I think he's the arranger...
  23. These are all reasonable aspirations, and ones...

    These are all reasonable aspirations, and ones that a considerate band management will do its best to work with. But a band is made up of 25 players, and such reasonable desires cannot always be...
  24. You seem to have a ready supply of excellent...

    You seem to have a ready supply of excellent questions up your sleeve... Another good one.

    I've observed that bands tend to have a consistent group personality, often over surprisingly many years....
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    Just checking back on where the North of England...

    Just checking back on where the North of England area has been held over the years...

    City Hall, Newcastle: 1945-53.
    St. Nicholas Concert Hall, Gosforth, Newcastle: 1954-5.
    City Hall, Newcastle:...
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