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    Midlands MD merry-go-round

    Since the Midlands Area at least 3 bands are now looking for MDs

    Enderby
    Forresters
    Amington

    Any more?
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    But why do so many percussionist only play if...

    But why do so many percussionist only play if they are paid?

    If they want to be treated as an integral part of a brass band, join one and turn up to every rehearsal.

    In my experience many...
  3. Why not use a bass trombone to pay the bass...

    Why not use a bass trombone to pay the bass trombone part?

    They are different instruments for a reason, they create a different sound.
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    fair enough, the result is down to the opinions...

    fair enough, the result is down to the opinions of the adjudicators but we can all have our own opinions
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    so how many other bands did you hear? none of...

    so how many other bands did you hear?

    none of us can judge our own bands performance fairly.
    firstly we are sat in the middle so how can we hear what the whole bad sounds like?
    also, we are all...
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    Poll: the first rehearsal is sight reading, better than...

    the first rehearsal is sight reading, better than playing the same concert programme all year !

    oh and best not forget getting to grips with the same christmas programme you've played for the...
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    Poll: Contest force bands to play music they probably...

    Contest force bands to play music they probably would not play otherwise, wether you like the piece or not, wether it's old or new it must be a good thing to try something different rather than just...
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    Where are these lower section bands doing endless...

    Where are these lower section bands doing endless contests every year?

    http://brassbandresults.co.uk/
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    I've set up a spreadsheet to compare prediction,...

    I've set up a spreadsheet to compare prediction, my own, with 4BarRest, All4Brass and now I can add BbMad to the list :-)

    Any other takers out there?

    Can do other areas if anyone fancies it
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    this has been said for as long as I can remember,...

    not all contesting bands enter endless contests, find one that suits you.

    if contesting doesn't appeal to you, and liking/disliking of contests has nothing to do with the ability of the player,...
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    to many players, myself included, contesting is...

    to many players, myself included, contesting is the main reason I play in a brass band rather than a wind band or orchestra.
    Rather than look at it as "weeks and weeks playing the same piece over...
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    another reason could be the decline of local...

    another reason could be the decline of local Salvation Army bands and Junior bands, that's where I started and I'm sure there are many more ex SA players around.
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    Not enough bands train their own youngsters, if...

    Not enough bands train their own youngsters, if the only place to learn to play is at school there seems to be a tendancy to treat playing as another school activity which is left behind when they...
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    Wantage ran them close last year, and didn't do...

    Wantage ran them close last year, and didn't do too badly at the finals.

    dont count guise chickens too quickly!

    😉
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    probably a mix of MD's with ambitions beyond...

    probably a mix of MD's with ambitions beyond their/the bands ability and players without the ability/commitment to go where the MD wants to take the band.

    It won't last long.

    Personally I've...
  16. any experience of these mouthpieces MoominDave?

    any experience of these mouthpieces MoominDave?
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    Try here http://mabbc.org/ but I've heard that...

    Try here http://mabbc.org/

    but I've heard that Phoenix may not be going in the 1st section
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    L&SC Entries

    according to the L&SC website:

    http://www.regional-contest.org.uk/lsc/contest/contest-timings-for-2015

    Entries for 2015 are:
    Championship - 12
    1st Section - 15
    2nd Section - 15
    3rd Section...
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    so, in a section of players, you can hear/see...

    so, in a section of players, you can hear/see that one of them is playing a section wrong. You then tell the whole section they are wrong, why?

    surely this will only confuse the players who are...
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    What changes were proposed?

    What changes were proposed?
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    how many lower section bands have fat cheque...

    how many lower section bands have fat cheque books?

    I did suggest some restrictions, like only 1 band in a section, so top bands with fat cheque books won't be able to sign all the top players....
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    If players don't respond to gentle encouragement...

    If players don't respond to gentle encouragement can you really blame the conductor for moving on to mild/less than mild rebuke.

    I'm no conductor, but I can imagine the frustration when a...
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    I really can't see a problem with registering...

    I really can't see a problem with registering with 2 bands, some restrictions like different sections/regions world be ok.

    If I'm happy to go and rehearse with 2 bands why shouldn't I contest with...
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    But sometimes it needs "a little more edge" to...

    But sometimes it needs "a little more edge" to quote a conductor I have played for
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    I think you mean band training rather than...

    I think you mean band training rather than conducting - even I can beat 4 but I would never attempt to get a band to play better

    Personally I like the man in the middle to be honest - tell me when...
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