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    Yeah, the simple idea of a 4 mile radius would...

    Yeah, the simple idea of a 4 mile radius would create some odd situations. Faireys could draw from half of Manchester, but I'm not sure Grimey and Carlton Main would be up for the collaborative...
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    It'll be in the small print somewhere, they don't...

    It'll be in the small print somewhere, they don't need to 'send it out' if it's a given for bands registered with their local association.
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    Indeed. That's why a 19th century contest ended...

    Indeed. That's why a 19th century contest ended in arguments, because the euph player switched to a valved trombone halfway through, and won two prizes as a result.

    That's why there's rules...
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    If the contest follows the example of the rules...

    If the contest follows the example of the rules for the area contests, then the list of brass instruments to be used is quite specific.
  5. You'd have to add a whole new layer of...

    You'd have to add a whole new layer of bureaucracy to the registration system, to record not just who is playing for each band but which instrument/part is being played, and then also cross-checking...
  6. I think there's a limit on how frequently they...

    I think there's a limit on how frequently they can change registrations, though?
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    Targetting only a 'brass band follower' audience...

    Targetting only a 'brass band follower' audience is a problem, not a solution, as you have already identified. Instead, target and cultivate new audiences. There's no need to be based in traditional...
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    The results are inevitably going to vary. One...

    The results are inevitably going to vary. One factor for us was that, in the area we are based, a 'normal' ticket price is a lot of money for quite a few people. There's also the 'unknown' quantity...
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    Absolutely. It's infuriating how low "find new...

    Absolutely. It's infuriating how low "find new sources of income" can be on the list of priorities!

    FWIW, our last self-promoted concert was free, as opposed to typical ticket prices for the ones...
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    Pardon?

    Pardon?
  11. With enough misplaced determination and a big...

    With enough misplaced determination and a big bank balance, any half-decent player could spend your life finding opportunities to fill in a seat on the back row at some gig for "XYZ (Ranked 82nd In...
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    Aren't they being paid to be a leader, though?...

    Aren't they being paid to be a leader, though? (If they're not succeeding, or not pitching it right, they're maybe not right for that band.)




    Stunning logic. Do harder test pieces cost less?...
  13. All of them.This thread dies now?

    All of them.This thread dies now?
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    Learning a new clef fluently is not hard....

    Learning a new clef fluently is not hard. Violin-to-viola transferees have alto clef sorted within weeks at most.

    If they've been told that it is hard, or that they will have to perform mental...
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    As are baritone and bass saxophones....your point...

    As are baritone and bass saxophones....your point is?
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    Yep, from the 1980s onwards the costs could be...

    Yep, from the 1980s onwards the costs could be passed on.
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    The volunteer in question isn't necessarily...

    The volunteer in question isn't necessarily empowered to disqualify a band on the spot. Allowing a performance to take place, and making a decision about disqualification after the event and...
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    Stop focussing on school tuition, or school...

    Stop focussing on school tuition, or school support of any kind, at all. It's great where it exists (and Wardle is a superb exception to the trend), but even if the damage of recent decades is...
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    Two problems: organisers not necessarily getting...

    Two problems: organisers not necessarily getting to the coaches in the order they arrive (not all venues create a logical queue of vehicles), and potential safety issues with coach drivers encouraged...
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    I don't know about those clubs, but Boarshurst...

    I don't know about those clubs, but Boarshurst run concerts regularly. It looks like they might be petering out for the summer, though, unless they just need to update their calendar?...
  21. There are a small number of contributers who deem...

    There are a small number of contributers who deem it necessary to participate in almost every thread.

    Unwittingly, they become little more than trolls and/or spam, and make it difficult for others...
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    If in doubt, frown at the slides for a moment,...

    If in doubt, frown at the slides for a moment, then move one of them. Nobody will have a clue what you actually did.
  23. Which only helps to demonstrate how copyright...

    Which only helps to demonstrate how copyright legislation is unfit for purpose.

    As David suggests, it's not a simple task to produce such a program! Just deciphering from a printed page what are...
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    One of these, maybe? ...

    One of these, maybe? http://brassbandresults.co.uk/search/?q=aaron
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    From Wikipedia, on the Fixed Parliament Act: ...

    From Wikipedia, on the Fixed Parliament Act:


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