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    a bit unfair to compare the Areas, where every...

    a bit unfair to compare the Areas, where every band has to take part if it wants to move up the grading table, and Butlins where bands only enter if they choose to, it's also not long before the...
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    interesting to see what happened 1998/9 1998...

    interesting to see what happened 1998/9

    1998 Solemn Melody (I've never heard of it) - 18 entered, 16 played...
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    Which comments

    Which comments
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    If a band has no aspirations to move up the...

    If a band has no aspirations to move up the sections why is it competing?

    Surely that's the whole point, if you don't like competing that's fine don't compete.

    Test pieces in ALL sections...
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    something new possibly?;)

    something new possibly?;)
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    Does he have any suggestions for other sections?

    Does he have any suggestions for other sections?
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    thought I would add a rumour for the Areas ...

    thought I would add a rumour for the Areas

    Championship - The Torchbearer
    1st Section - London Overture
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    since opening an online gambling account I have...

    since opening an online gambling account I have increased my investment by >50% :D



    wits dulled after a couple of pints, mmmm. Do you have much personal evidence of this? Personally it takes a...
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    interesting idea, rather than, or at least as...

    interesting idea, rather than, or at least as well as, leading worship playing in the band could be see/used in an outreach role.
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    I can't think who you might have been thinking of...

    I can't think who you might have been thinking of Dave.

    But for what it's worth, I didn't drink out smoke whilst a senior soldier and bandsman in the SA.

    My reasons for leaving had nothing to...
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    looking for a blow

    I've been away for a couple of weeks and returned to my band tonight - I was rubbish

    I'm no good at practicing on my own so I'm looking for any band in the Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire,...
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    I've followed this thread with interest so I...

    I've followed this thread with interest so I thought I'd put in my view.

    I've played primarily in brass bands for 40 years (gulp, am I really that old?) and have played a little on orchestras,...
  13. bass trom looking for a whit friday band

    Any band out there short of a bass trom for Whit Friday?

    Or EEb bass if necessary.

    PM me or email Steve.anker@hotmail.com

    Cheers
  14. 1. The last one I played in 2. The one before...

    1. The last one I played in
    2. The one before that
    3. etc...
    ......
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    :clap::clap:

    :clap::clap:
  16. The regional committees are free to re-balance...

    The regional committees are free to re-balance sections, Midlands did this last year (or maybe the year before ?) to rebalance 3rd/4th sections
  17. and how do you decide the relative standards of...

    and how do you decide the relative standards of the bands?

    maybe a contest held every year and then perhaps look at the last 3 years?

    the 1st section is way too large, 3 down 2 up for a few...
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    Commission new test pieces in all sections for...

    Commission new test pieces in all sections for the next Areas
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    Monday's and Fridays for us Spread apart with...

    Monday's and Fridays for us

    Spread apart with time to digest the previous rehearsal also we have our own band room with a bar for apres band relaxation

    😃
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    I hate wearing the old 'lion tamer' jackets. ...

    I hate wearing the old 'lion tamer' jackets.

    They look old fashioned (at least 100 years out of date)
    They are uncomfortable to wear (made to measure but unfortunately they didn't measure me)...
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    I was in a discussion about the pros and cons of...

    I was in a discussion about the pros and cons of open and closed adjudication and a very week known conductor was against open adjudication because it is impossible not to judge with your eyes and...
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    If we don't trust our adjudicator we might as...

    If we don't trust our adjudicator we might as well give up.

    They do their best to give a honest opinion.

    That's it.

    Give them a break.
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    Is that what you were after? :-)

    Is that what you were after?

    :-)
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    Drawn first on Saturday, came 6h. A bit...

    Drawn first on Saturday, came 6h.

    A bit disappointed
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    Can't edit the post so I'll add some info. In...

    Can't edit the post so I'll add some info.

    In 13 years we have been drawn in the 1st half on 5 occasions, of these 5, 3 have been our worst 3 results taken as a proportion of the number of bands...
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