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  1. 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
  2. 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...
  5. Thread: Clowns

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

    Mr Chuckles ............. We've still got Mr Chuckles .........
  6. Thread: Manchester

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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
  7. Thread: Manchester

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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...
  12. Thread: Arabian

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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...
  13. Thread: Arabian

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    Besses have it in their Library and it is listed...

    Besses have it in their Library and it is listed as having been purchased 2007 via "Dragon Music" ?
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    Good call. Try and resurrect contests that would...

    Good call. Try and resurrect contests that would have a General Public profile though. Try and provide entertainment as well as catering for just the Brass Band Community. Try and get some Brand...
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    How many Bands are there in your region whether...

    How many Bands are there in your region whether contesting or not?
    Or do you mean 100k for the whole UK?
  16. Besses o'th' Barn Band research - ex Players/Members Records

    Besses is approaching its Bicentenary Year in 2018. We know that it has had name changes over the past 200 years and was not a true "Brass Only" Band until 1853 but we are working from the Original...
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    I thought that he played for Man Utd?

    I thought that he played for Man Utd?
  18. You would like to think that this is what is...

    You would like to think that this is what is going to happen. I cannot think of any other Competitive Activity where you are not allowed to replace an injured team member. You should only lose your...
  19. Thread: Ray Payne

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    Just a note to support the above. Ray has just...

    Just a note to support the above. Ray has just refurbished Besses o'th' Barn Timps and saved us a fortune in replacement costs.
    He did a great job
    Steve
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    There is the original Joseph Hampson Biography of...

    There is the original Joseph Hampson Biography of Besses o'th' Barn Band that covers 1818 - 1892. There are original copies knocking around on the Web but we have had it republished on Lulu and it is...
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    Besses may be going (2nd Section)

    Besses may be going (2nd Section)
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    I believe that she played with Besses in the...

    I believe that she played with Besses in the 1950's

    There was an article in 4BR
    Was the remarkable Gracie Cole the first female to play with Grimethorpe in a contest - some 68 years before Sheona...
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    Also, what about Gracie Cole Gracie Cole was...

    Also, what about Gracie Cole
    Gracie Cole was born on 8 September 1924 in Rowlands Gill, County Durham.[1] Her father Albert moved to Yorkshire in search of work as a miner when Gracie was two years...
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    Found this Bandsman cutting ref Besses and3444...

    Found this Bandsman cutting ref Besses and3444 first female player
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    Brass band Audiences

    I am a 1970's player that took a 20+ year break and returned to Banding in the 2000's. I remember that the usual Audiencees were in their senior years in the 1970's and 1980's and this seems to be...
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