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  1. Thread: Exciting Openers.

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    True, although I always preferred to hear the...

    True, although I always preferred to hear the piece taken a bit slower, so that the triplets could be single-tongued; felt it had a bit more maestoso about it ...
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    Poll: Well, yes, but playing a contest without a...

    Well, yes, but playing a contest without a "warm-up" immediately prior to playing is no different to a trombone player having to sit idly on stage throughout the first three movements of Beethoven 5,...
  3. Thread: Exciting Openers.

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    If you're happy to go with the tried'n'tested,...

    If you're happy to go with the tried'n'tested, James Curnow's "Fanfare and Flourishes" is a reliable choice. Used to be a bit overdone, but I haven't heard it for quite a while now, so might be due a...
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    Indeed; our withdrawal was caused entirely by...

    Indeed; our withdrawal was caused entirely by difficulties with player availability. FWIW, personally I would have been in favour of open adjudication.
  5. Thread: Conducting Style

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    I think the root of the problem might be that...

    I think the root of the problem might be that most of the skills that are required in order to be a successful MD (with the possible exception of a sound understanding of musical theory) can't really...
  6. Thread: Conducting Style

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    "2 cents" is an Americanism, however there is an...

    "2 cents" is an Americanism, however there is an English precedent:

    "That's my twopenn'orth" (contraction of "two pennies worth")
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    To the best of my knowledge, Egham have withdrawn.

    To the best of my knowledge, Egham have withdrawn.
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    I have a few recordings; probably not of interest...

    I have a few recordings; probably not of interest to the wider forum membership, so I'll send you a PM with more details.
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    I have been using Finale professionally for...

    I have been using Finale professionally for around twenty years now. Most people would consider me an "expert" user, although I will readily admit that there are areas of the programme where I have...
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    Contrary to what I said in an earlier post, I now...

    Contrary to what I said in an earlier post, I now find that Finale2014 does indeed have a brass band template. I have never used it, having always set up my own from scratch, so I can't say how...
  11. Thanks all; seems that I may have remembered...

    Thanks all; seems that I may have remembered hearing the preface read out somewhere and confused that with a narration in my memory.
  12. Malcolm Arnold - "Peterloo" Overture; Narration?

    Going from memory here, so there's a distinct possibility I'm way off track, however I have a recollection of several concert reviews/reports on 4BR and the like concerning performances of the brass...
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    Oh dear; we are getting dangerously close to...

    Oh dear; we are getting dangerously close to re-hashing the whole of the David Walton thread, but the clarification has to be made.



    This statement is only true if it is being written for in...
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    Ermm, no, it's not; I have to assume this is just...

    Ermm, no, it's not; I have to assume this is just a typo, otherwise I am really worried about your understand of transposition ...
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    The latest Finale (2014d) does not have a brass...

    The latest Finale (2014d) does not have a brass band template. It is no big deal to set one up, and, with the exception of BBb bass, all the transpositions are already set up and can be selected from...
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    I think you may be misreading 2nd Tenor's post...

    I think you may be misreading 2nd Tenor's post and confusing treble clef with tenor clef ... The TC abbreviation isn't helpful when it can mean one of two things.
  17. Thread: Bass question

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    I'm Spartacus.

    I'm Spartacus.
  18. Thread: Bass question

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    Of course, I meant to type "ensure", not...

    Of course, I meant to type "ensure", not "endure"; ****** time-out ...:mad:
  19. Thread: Bass question

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    Doesn't really make sense; I understood the idea...

    Doesn't really make sense; I understood the idea of the penalty was to endure that it was always preferable to compete and come last than to not compete. The way you explain it, it seems there's no...
  20. Thread: Bass question

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    Matter of principle; disqualification at the area...

    Matter of principle; disqualification at the area qualifiers means last place + 1 point. The extra point might make the difference come relegation time ...
  21. Thread: Bass question

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    Not as far as I know, although it may have...

    Not as far as I know, although it may have changed recently. Zone one brass used to play four Eb's, and as far as I know although there are rules concerning instruments you can't use (like Eb...
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    I'm too transfixed by the sight of all those beer...

    I'm too transfixed by the sight of all those beer barrels to pay any attention to the band ...
  23. Thread: Bass question

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    Went to a Steve Sykes masterclass a few years...

    Went to a Steve Sykes masterclass a few years back where he was talking about the modern Bb bass, and said much the same thing; I recall he described the sound of the instrument above the mid-stave...
  24. Thread: Bass question

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    Some people feel that working on a Bb bass for...

    Some people feel that working on a Bb bass for some of the time can improve sound quality, power and projection on the Eb. I know of a few tuba teachers who recommend spending part of one's practice...
  25. Thread: Bass question

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    In theory, the Bb bass can produce a bigger sound...

    In theory, the Bb bass can produce a bigger sound in the lower register, particularly in the low C to low G range, which in terms of sounding pitch equates to the low 'G' downwards 4th valve register...
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