Conductor/Compere: Section 4/3/2
Location/Region: West Lothian, Scotland
Name: Dave Kinross
Contact Details: 07703 431274
Instrument(s) played: Sop/Bb Cornet
Section of Band you are comfortable to deputise for: Any
How much notice do you...
I agree with the comments regarding the banding structure being outdated. The only reason the Nationals is viewed as an inferior contest to the Open by some is the fairer way bands qualify for the latter contest.
Given the strength of some of the outfits in Yorks and the North West, it's...
Smith-Watkins sops tend not to have the intonation difficulties you would have with a Shilke. They also have a similar quality brightness to the tone. They are a bit more expensive, but if you're going to spend £1800 on a Shilke you may as well go the whole way and go for the SW.
£215 would be OK if it was a half decent case but mouthpieces fall all over the place and you can't fit anything else in apart from the cornet itself. I swapped mine for one of the ruck sack type gig bag, the ribbing I get for carrying it is worth being able to get everything I need in one case!
We had a very well known guest conductor take a rehearsal because he was in the area. It was just before the area contest and when he asked where one of the back row cornet players was he was told she had a cesarian birth just 4 weeks previously.
When he uttered the words "shouldnt have...