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    BBE Conference Gregson's Observations

    It has been a long time since I ventured on this forum; having bored the living pants off people for years before that. Anyway, apologies now for returning to my modus operandi. Many years ago I went to a Brass Band England conference at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and listened to...
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    2016 Area Test Piece Rumours

    It would not surprise me that there will be a R.SA in one of the sections and it would not surprise me if there was a John McCabe piece as he has recently passed away and provided many great pieces.
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    Brass Bands:The Search for the Other

    At least there is a shambling of a debate. Glad to hear that some contests have relaxed the rules and glad to see that some out there can see the strangulation that contesting has on banding. On a different matter. Busking is when an individual or group plays from music, or without music but...
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    Brass Band 28/28 competition

    Nice to see that you have thought about this and offered a clear and incisive opinion.
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    Brass Band 28/28 competition

    I stand up and applaud this gentleman.
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    Brass Bands:The Search for the Other

    Brass bands around the world do have different sounds and many of the countries you have mentioned above actually have a brass band tradition of their own which is not of the British brass band model. Mexico for example has a brass band tradition, studied by American Helena Simonnett, and it...
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    Brass Band 28/28 competition

    Contesting. The Jekyll and Hyde of the music genre we love and hate. A schizophrenic character disorder that both provides a life blood but also a millstone around the neck of our hobby. Each year we peddle around the proverbial contest wheel wishing to get a little bit higher or faster and...
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    Brass Bands:The Search for the Other

    We all know it happens and to an extent it's pushing the boundaries of brass band timbre and textures. As a great composer, not just in the brass band genre, does it infuriate you that the sounds, ideas, feel and even texture of the music is so altered from the written score? If the rules...
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    Brass Bands:The Search for the Other

    It's only a given because bands are sheep and don't test and push boundaries. My pupils loved playing on the variety of instrumentation I have and ask why they can't play it in band. I say because 120 years ago organisers decided to neuter development. I would say that the 1860 to 1900 was the...
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    Brass Bands:The Search for the Other

    Shame. Never looked at the rules much. Just think it would open up bands to evolution. Just like it did in Jazz and many other music forms.
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    Brass Bands:The Search for the Other

    Just think it's brassist to exclude those instruments! They are brass instruments and most of them probably appeared in contests until around 1910. For example the Ophicleide. Open it open and explore new sounds and frontiers.
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    Brass Bands:The Search for the Other

    But do they state that in their info when they send it out or do they assume you will have the instrumentation everyone else has?
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    Cheating is ok, because it has always happened (and apparently everyone does it)

    The rules that are used today have largely remains the same for over a century. Minor ammendments apart. The people around when these were formed needed a viable national plan of action to avoid players exploiting banding for financial gain. Alas that happens now anyway. The rules of band...
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    West Yorkshire. Sop/Cornet/Flugel. Grade 8/Conducting/Adjudicating

    Hi. Currently play with a band but on the occasion like to help out other bands. Have 15 years top championship band experience on cornet. I would prefer not to travel miles and miles to dep as I am not the Proclaimed. If you are in the Huddersfield area then minimal or no fee for lower...
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    Brass Bands:The Search for the Other

    Hi All. A long time ago I frequented this establishment but then I found Championship Manager. I have now reformed, unlike the band movement. I am currently collecting/amassing odd brass instruments and wondered if they weren't listed as trumpet or French Horn whether I could form a band...
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