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    Perhaps so. Certainly SA corps should be clear...

    Perhaps so. Certainly SA corps should be clear about what they are doing and why and make sure this is properly explained to old and new alike. As for SA members wanting it both ways, this is sadly...
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    Not sure about the first couple of sentences but...

    Not sure about the first couple of sentences but nothing would surprise me!

    I'm concerned that we are getting quite deeply into religion here and I don't want to put people off. However, once you...
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    This comes back to the point I was making earlier...

    This comes back to the point I was making earlier about the priesthood of all believers. As an example: Stephen Fry is a gifted actor and talented public speaker with a capacity to really engage an...
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    James, I think I agree with pretty much...

    James, I think I agree with pretty much everything you say. Unfortunately, there will always be people who resist change out of fear or misplaced priorities. However, these decisions do have to be...
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    As a current SA member, the point that for me...

    As a current SA member, the point that for me seems to have slipped under the radar on this thread is that an SA bandsman must first be an SA 'soldier'. This debate therefore applies a lot more...
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    'Victorian Snapshots - On Ratcliff Highway' by...

    'Victorian Snapshots - On Ratcliff Highway' by RSA might be a good one to look at.
  7. Well Dyke and B&R always do Saddleworth and...

    Well Dyke and B&R always do Saddleworth and Leyland usually do a few that side. Fairey have had some success in the odd contest they've done in Saddleworth in recent years and not so much in Tameside...
  8. Thanks for the heads up - am tuning in!

    Thanks for the heads up - am tuning in!
  9. Now I would queue round the block to get into...

    Now I would queue round the block to get into that contest!
  10. If so, what a massive disappointment for Leyland...

    If so, what a massive disappointment for Leyland that they didn't make it to the RAH, since the piece was commissioned by Burgermusik Luzern and a certain Michael Bach.
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    Steady on old chap! That rule has caught me out a...

    Steady on old chap! That rule has caught me out a couple of times too.
  12. Ah - 0.28p as opposed to 0.28. See what you did...

    Ah - 0.28p as opposed to 0.28. See what you did there! :oops:
  13. Slight quibble, 140k x 10 = 1.4m, not 140m. ...

    Slight quibble, 140k x 10 = 1.4m, not 140m.

    140m is 1000 x 140k so 1000 x 0.28p would = 280. Still pretty darn measly!
  14. With respect, I think taxing the internet is the...

    With respect, I think taxing the internet is the worst idea I've heard this year. Besides which, it would be utterly unenforceable. If this were to happen, the money should certainly come out of the...
  15. Slightly off-topic but how about: e) I have...

    Slightly off-topic but how about:

    e) I have always felt that it would be good if adjudicators remarks were published, rather than just made available to bands. Contests often complain about low...
  16. I'm sure that there are many many factors that...

    I'm sure that there are many many factors that have contributed to the declining sales of CDs. I understand that legal downloads don't compensate for the shortfall but that may simply be because...
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    Understood but I did deliberately put SA...

    Understood but I did deliberately put SA 'composers' not just 'repertoire'. I agree that music not originally written as a test piece may not be appropriate for (particularly the top section/s)...
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    2015 will be 150th Birthday of the Salvation...

    2015 will be 150th Birthday of the Salvation Army. As a tribute, could they pick reasonable test pieces for each section from the Army repertoire/composers?
  19. I am generally a big fan of B&R but this is...

    I am generally a big fan of B&R but this is really cringeworthy! Even if it's a spoof then it's not particularly funny. If it's not - just wow.
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    Speaking of personnel changes in Yorkshire. Was...

    Speaking of personnel changes in Yorkshire. Was interested to see Sheona White moving to B&R on solo horn but had seen no mention of Leah Williams leaving. I always enjoyed listening to her playing.
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    Am not quite sure how this would work. What if a...

    Am not quite sure how this would work. What if a band come on stage, frown, no audience engagement etc - then play brilliantly with style and musicality - then flounce off looking miserable. Surely...
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    ISB at Old Orchard Beach, USA

    http://new.livestream.com/samedialive/events/1927832/videos/26530316

    Second video down via above link is a full rerun of the ISB's concert in Maine yesterday. Video and sound quality is pretty...
  23. To be honest, any media coverage that isn't just...

    To be honest, any media coverage that isn't just a stereotype is real progress. I was quite impressed that this programme showed real, relateable people in an honest way. Yes the context (with the...
  24. Thread: areas 2014

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    I would absolutely love to see Goffin's Rhapsody...

    I would absolutely love to see Goffin's Rhapsody in Brass chosen as it is one of my all time favourite pieces. I also think it would be a decent test for the second section. My only concern is the...
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    My advice would be not to worry too much....

    My advice would be not to worry too much. Remember that it's not a concert, it's a music school audition and the point is to demonstrate the standard that you currently play at. No point working...
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