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    Thanks for that Dave - I knew you knew her so...

    Thanks for that Dave - I knew you knew her so this is good background and I suspect not dissimilar to many other female musicians.
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    There will always be people with prejudice -...

    There will always be people with prejudice - that's not restricted to banding though. The OP was specifically asking about sexism in bands - and generally I do not see that.
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    I have indeed read them all -You think the 2 or 3...

    I have indeed read them all -You think the 2 or 3 people on here represent what's going on on the real world?
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    Back to the OP - it is clear from the evidence...

    Back to the OP - it is clear from the evidence that at one time, there was discrimination in bands, However, in my opinion and experience, there is no discrimination now, simply an imbalance that is...
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    It's not just here that this has been raised - an...

    It's not just here that this has been raised - an amusing piece on how to be a conductor also managed to get comments on the lack of females:...
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    Thanks Andrew - the reviews on their site seem...

    Thanks Andrew - the reviews on their site seem good so I may just give one a try.
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    Thomann Cornets - any experiences?

    I am looking for a cheap cornet for occasional use - as I am living in Germany, the Thomann range has come to my attention - does anyone have experience with any of their range of cornets?

    Thanks!
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    My army bandmaster had the letters FAMD after his...

    My army bandmaster had the letters FAMD after his name on his office door. ###all musical diplomas......
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    You can acquire the skills to be an effective MD...

    You can acquire the skills to be an effective MD without having to go through higher education - and there are plenty of examples about. The military has also given us a good flow of great band...
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    Poll: and you reasons for saying that?

    and you reasons for saying that?
  11. I have always contended that this would be the...

    I have always contended that this would be the case - good to see some evidence of that view.
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    Hope you enjoyed the French Horns in that. To...

    Hope you enjoyed the French Horns in that. To help your education, its correct name is "FROM The New World." [/pedantmode]
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    Not much different to what you look for in a good...

    Not much different to what you look for in a good leader in any context - you are describing many poor managers I have known over the years! The list of skills mentioned by 2nd tenor is good - add...
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    You didn't ask a simple question about the...

    You didn't ask a simple question about the history of instruments in brass bands - you asked a specific question about why we don't have French Horns. That will always lead to comparisons with Tenor...
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    The upgrade hasn't changed the fundamentals of...

    The upgrade hasn't changed the fundamentals of the forum - it was a software upgrade, not an upgrade in the mentality of the people who post here.
    Changes in vBulletin have simply made it more work...
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    Where's the like button when you need it? ...

    Where's the like button when you need it?

    Orchestral snobbery is a myth perpetuated by brass band players who have never done serious orchestral playing. I have and can tell you that in most...
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    Aha! Misread that as being part of the list of...

    Aha! Misread that as being part of the list of ones that have gone! Thanks for the clarification that I have not missed a major story! ;)
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    Did I miss some news?

    Did I miss some news?
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    Exactly - that's how most of the bands I was...

    Exactly - that's how most of the bands I was referring to survive.
    Also to Stella's point, for the most part, those same bands rehearse just once a week. (exception being run up to a contest or...
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    Are you able to split that by section? I am...

    Are you able to split that by section?
    I am wondering if the suggested decline is in the higher sections where loss of sponsorship, poor results etc may be a cause?

    Where I used to live in...
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    Totally agree - during the 9 yrs I spent as MD of...

    Totally agree - during the 9 yrs I spent as MD of a 3rd section band, I always bought in a top band trainer for a 1 day rehearsal prior to any contest. The band really benefited from this and it gave...
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    Agreed - plus the distractions of other...

    Agreed - plus the distractions of other entertainment forms which we didn't have as kids and improvements in musical tuition where instruments that appeal more to kids are being taught. (There were...
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    The irony of Ian discussing debating...

    The irony of Ian discussing debating skills........
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    with just 4 followers on twitter he's hardly...

    with just 4 followers on twitter he's hardly dangerous
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    But if you want a double entendre, Bob will give...

    But if you want a double entendre, Bob will give you one
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