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    You assume that the only possible explanation for...

    You assume that the only possible explanation for the lack of women at the top is that women don't want to be there. Even if this is true (and, again, I find myself asking for evidence rather than...
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    But didn't you get the memo? Steve Trom has...

    But didn't you get the memo? Steve Trom has solved the enigma once and for all.

    Why are there few women conducting brass bands? "Women have breasts, men have willys."

    Why should women only play...
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    No, he's made a wild guess, and denies that...

    No, he's made a wild guess, and denies that there's any reason for it to be backed up with evidence.
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    Even if they are intended as tongue-in-cheek,...

    Even if they are intended as tongue-in-cheek, they nonetheless contribute to an athmosphere which is less welcoming towards women. Pointing this out isn't 'PC gone mad'.

    Also, I'm drawn to...
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    I didn't say that, and in any case, it's your...

    I didn't say that, and in any case, it's your assertion that I asked for evidence about.

    If I claimed that there is a teapot in orbit around the sun, somewhere between Jupiter and Saturn, you...
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    I asked for evidence, not further bigoted...

    I asked for evidence, not further bigoted clap-trap.
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    Where is your evidence that women are 'built...

    Where is your evidence that women are 'built differently or that they 'think differently' in a way which makes them less capable as a brass bander?
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    Even if the OP is trolling, how does that prove...

    Even if the OP is trolling, how does that prove that a problem doesn't exist?
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    For your safety, I hope you never encounter our...

    For your safety, I hope you never encounter our Val...
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    I disagree. What has been highlighted is how...

    I disagree. What has been highlighted is how quickly many participants are eager to descend to the rather dismal and embarassing 'banter' which can make a hobby unwelcoming for women.
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    But has it, or is it just a bit more subtle? Is...

    But has it, or is it just a bit more subtle? Is there perhaps still a greater expectation on women to 'prove themselves' before acceptance, especially as conductors?
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    It's no different to discussions of female...

    It's no different to discussions of female orchestral conductors: point out those that exist, and you get a "yeah, but apart from them" response. Individual women involved with top bands will often...
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    It's not just a matter of cost: it's also about...

    It's not just a matter of cost: it's also about having full rehearsals at which new music can be learnt, and players willing to do the work.
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    No, no it is not. Sponsorship of a sunday league...

    No, no it is not. Sponsorship of a sunday league team might consist of providing them with new shirts. Not a new clubhouse.


    Is it right to divide them into to distinct groups? Plenty of bands...
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    Baby steps...getting paper scores which don't...

    Baby steps...getting paper scores which don't require multiple errata would be one of them.
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    It's easy to say that money is needed, but it...

    It's easy to say that money is needed, but it isn't the only problem, nor is it necessarily a major one for individual cases. If it's to be 'diverted', then it has to be diverted from somewhere, too....
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    While it's true that instrumental tuition in...

    While it's true that instrumental tuition in schools via music services has been decimated, these alternative grass-routes approaches are essential. The vast number of bands and their followers in...
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    Poll: Anyone voting yes should try talking over a live...

    Anyone voting yes should try talking over a live performance, giving constructive feedback, without any mistakes or swear words or anything else.......and then declare which is 'easier'?!
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    I seem to remember that MakeMusic, who produce...

    I seem to remember that MakeMusic, who produce Finale, were bought out by a venture capital firm not long ago? A similar situation to Sibelius, asset-stripping by flogging one final major 'update' by...
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    Treating 'Muslim' as synonymous with 'immigrant'...

    Treating 'Muslim' as synonymous with 'immigrant' does cause difficulties....
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    It needs to be pointed out that there is no...

    It needs to be pointed out that there is no single or uniform 'Muslim opinion' about music. Some teachings are, indeed, emphatically anti-music. Other interpretations take a more contextual view of...
  22. Thread: Manchester

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    What's your definition of 'decent' commuting...

    What's your definition of 'decent' commuting time? Alderley Edge is about half an hour by train, but I suspect that if driving, you'd be needing a lot more time than that.

    For a change from 'big...
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    Watching the video, I couldn't help but wonder to...

    Watching the video, I couldn't help but wonder to what extent all other bands were given the same treatment, especially the bellowing of 'quiet!'...
  24. Eccles Borough Band (NW 2nd section, Salford): cornet & B flat bass needed

    We need a cornet (position negotiable) and a B flat bass, to join us in proving our worth in the second section since promotion. We've already notched up respectable results at Butlins and Blackpool,...
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    The euphonium retained the name 'tenor tuba' in...

    The euphonium retained the name 'tenor tuba' in Germany, too.
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