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    I think we have covered this many times and have...

    I think we have covered this many times and have an FAQ on the topic - thread closed!
  2. Done!

    Done!
  3. Thanks Christian!

    Thanks Christian!
  4. Contest for lower section bands Holland 11th April

    I had the pleasure yesterday of helping out our Academy band at the Gouden Spiker Festival in Holland. This contest is for lower section bands only and was a thoroughly enjoyable day. There was a...
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    This thread is about National Finals test piece...

    This thread is about National Finals test piece rumours - banter is one thing, this is going beyond that so some responses will be deleted.
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    As this is clearly a serious post, please remain...

    As this is clearly a serious post, please remain sensitive in any responses.
  7. Have you contacted Sharon McCallum?

    Have you contacted Sharon McCallum?
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    Indeed - I would have had 2 stripes instead of...

    Indeed - I would have had 2 stripes instead of the one had I been in the guards.

    On a more serious note, we did have a number of guards players on tMp - perhaps one of them might respond.
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    As former principal cornet of a Parachute...

    As former principal cornet of a Parachute Regiment Band, I have never come across that concept of playing the second half slower. I can't recall what key we used though.
    For me, these awful slow...
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    You also only play half of it unless her maj is...

    You also only play half of it unless her maj is present when played as a salute.
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    One of my pet hates is MD's who drag the rear end...

    One of my pet hates is MD's who drag the rear end out of it. As an ex army musician, I side with their approach to it. Huge ralls at the end - also wrong imho.:mad:
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    Pedantically true of course - I was led down the...

    Pedantically true of course - I was led down the garden path on this one by our pearly friend who sadly, hasn't gone far out of town since his bladder operation and may not remember where those 2...
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    Time for your meds Bob - Being pleased to see 2...

    Time for your meds Bob - Being pleased to see 2 London bands being at the top of the London and Southern Counties Region is perfectly normal for someone who also supports a London football team and...
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    I'm going to have to disagree with you there...

    I'm going to have to disagree with you there Peter - I don't know of any conductor who would take on 2 bands and then show any favouritism - as a conductor myself, I would do the best job possible...
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    Not a bad result Jon - maybe next year both...

    Not a bad result Jon - maybe next year both Staines & Friary as the top dogs in L&SC?
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    Now you are just trying to entice Ian Perks back...

    Now you are just trying to entice Ian Perks back here!
  17. I can see what is not there so trust me, no...

    I can see what is not there so trust me, no deleted posts on this thread so far (and no, that isn't a challenge! ;) )
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    No posts deleted in this thread - tried specsavers?
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    You have to feel sorry for Rothwell, sandwiched...

    You have to feel sorry for Rothwell, sandwiched between 4 bands who go to London and they don't.
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    Whilst not related to contest pieces, Mark Freeh...

    Whilst not related to contest pieces, Mark Freeh often uses one of the baritones as the 4th trombone in his excellent big band charts for brass band.
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    Having only recently moved to Germany, my knowledge of what is going on here is limited. However, the band I now play with have released a number of video's on YouTube
    including this one about their...
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    There are clearly 2 aspects to the perfect test...

    There are clearly 2 aspects to the perfect test piece - It needs to have all the elements in it that test the band. However, that doesn't mean that the players or listeners will like the resulting...
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    Poll: An interesting comment on 4BR about "Geneva...

    An interesting comment on 4BR about "Geneva Performance Artist" David Morton playing with Harrogate at the areas: "The move to gain the services of one of Europe’s top players for the contest was put...
  24. Whether a band contests or not doesn't stop them...

    Whether a band contests or not doesn't stop them performing original brass band works or arrangements written for contests to the same high standard.
    I attended the last 2 concerts in the US by...
  25. Not so sure about the music services - certainly,...

    Not so sure about the music services - certainly, where I grew up in the South East in the late 60's/70's, there were a lot of youth bands but in the main, they were run by brass band enthusiasts,...
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