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    By the way, apropos of not much - there is a bar...

    By the way, apropos of not much - there is a bar in tenor clef in the bass trombone part to Whitsun Wakes by Michael Ball, written 1997. The only example I've seen in a brass band part published more...
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    The accidentals bit isn't as confusing and...

    The accidentals bit isn't as confusing and arbitrary as it's been made to sound here...

    Any specified accidental on what you are reading as an F or a C becomes one accidental sharper. Combined...
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    I think that each band has a distinct "band...

    I think that each band has a distinct "band personality", made up of a combination of the individual personalities of the current band members, the inherited 'culture' of the band in question, and...
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    Big place, "down South". Also a big place, "oop...

    Big place, "down South". Also a big place, "oop North". Cornwall is a very long way from Norfolk (and neither is much like London). Manchester is a very long way from Newcastle.

    Don't think it...
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    Question, only tangentically related to what's...

    Question, only tangentically related to what's gone before: Does a band have to be affiliated in some way to enter these contests?

    I sometimes think that with Blaenavon being only a couple of...
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    Marple only, I believe

    Marple only, I believe
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    It seems only fair to see how the various...

    It seems only fair to see how the various predictions did, then... Certainly it's clear that my set overlooked some excellent bands! But then so did other sets.

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    In any case, a 5 raise is hardly profiteering!

    In any case, a 5 raise is hardly profiteering!
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    Courtesy of all4brass.com Regional Finals 2015...

    Courtesy of all4brass.com
    Regional Finals 2015 Test Pieces Announced
    The Regional Finals 2015 Test Pieces have been announced in timely fashion, just prior to the National Finals. They are:
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    I've been trying to melt your frontal lobes twice...

    I've been trying to melt your frontal lobes twice a week for several years now. Is it having an anaesthetic effect yet?
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    Bad manners to quote yourself I know, but it also...

    Bad manners to quote yourself I know, but it also occurs to me that if we are looking for a pastime where white British and Asian British demographics mix (and also non-Muslim and Muslim), a better...
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    Di's been humphing about this for months. It's...

    Di's been humphing about this for months. It's gerrymandering, pure and simple, and most of the justifications she's been presented with have been offensive - variations on "these people [EU economic...
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    Football would seem the obvious one.

    Football would seem the obvious one.
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    Whoops, brainfart there, thanks for pointing out....

    Whoops, brainfart there, thanks for pointing out. Doesn't change the point I was making.
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    And 4BR have got up 3rd and 4th now: 3rd...

    And 4BR have got up 3rd and 4th now:
    3rd, 4th.

    For those who like to accuse 4BR of Welsh bias, it's perhaps worth noting that whereas both A4B (Yorkshire-based) and my humble effort upthread...
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    Definitely more of an 'end player' kind of test....

    Definitely more of an 'end player' kind of test. Could be worse, could be 2008 again...
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    NABBA employs multiple judges giving separate...

    NABBA employs multiple judges giving separate points, which are then combined. Not saying that never happens here, but it is not so common.
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    Correct me if I'm wrong any band adjudicators out...

    Correct me if I'm wrong any band adjudicators out there, but I believe the most commonly employed method of scoring points is to first place all the bands in order, then decide how many points the...
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    I think it's just a confused usage, to be honest...

    I think it's just a confused usage, to be honest with you. Whether it was deliberately done confusedly for some purpose or not, I don't know. But "National" suggests political and "Great Britain"...
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    I think you are confusing the political entity...

    I think you are confusing the political entity with the geographical entity - see the Wikipedia quote below, taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Britain. But then so are the owners of the...
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    If you've got enough of a sample, the random draw...

    If you've got enough of a sample, the random draw will make all this come out in the wash anyhow
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    "The National Brass Band Championships of Great...

    "The National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain"
    "British Open Brass Band Championships"

    The clue's in the name - "Great Britain" = the big island in this archipelago, which contains all...
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    As did Dyke last Saturday, coincidentally enough...

    As did Dyke last Saturday, coincidentally enough
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    I fear the worst with Paddy... The huge amount of...

    I fear the worst with Paddy... The huge amount of time he put in on his band stats could only have been achieved by someone who didn't have much else to do, and as a project would have well suited an...
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    All I did was browse BBR a bit and write down a...

    All I did was browse BBR a bit and write down a few likely names, I'm afraid. Like I say, not a very rigorous manoeuvre. You might like to note that when Paddy was running his fantasy league, I spent...
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