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    What became of Denis Carr

    BrassBandResults has his most recent conducting at a contest as 1991, and his most recent adjudication as the 1992 Open. Sorry I can't help more than that - that's the fruits of an internet search for me.
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    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    Some bookings are trickling in; others are trickling out. Park jobs are touting for summer business, but it isn't clear how possible they'll be - some contracts this year have acquired a no-fault organiser cancellation clause for obvious reasons. The "Kidlington 800" community concert we were...
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    The picture which inspired Victorian Snapshots

    If you take a wider perspective, rotary valves are very commonly used on brass instruments - on French horns more or less everywhere, on tubas and trumpets in many other countries (particularly those that follow a Germanic brass tradition), and of course as seen in UK brass banding, as a...
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    The picture which inspired Victorian Snapshots

    I suspect they look like the artist wasn't paying close attention to the layout of the individual instruments...
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    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    That seems a well-balanced viewpoint, 2T. Compassion and optimism are what will see us through in mental health good enough to look the facts in the face without flinching.
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    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    I see that whatever else you may be worried about not being able to do, you've not lost your ability to rant Jack! :-) Chin up, it'll be okay.
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    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    The vaccine will make a big difference, never fear Jack. With enough people vaccinated to achieve (the much-misused term) herd immunity, we'll be able to live lives around each other again pretty safely. We're not there yet, but vaccine coverage increases every day at the moment, and I suspect a...
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    How to find how old a besson euphonium is

    This (https://www.vancouverconcertband.ca/images/pdfdocuments/bandh_handlists_web.pdf) runs up to 2002. Looks like circa 2005 to me.
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    Left-handed trombone players...

    I wonder if the child that the 2004 post asked about still plays the trombone left-handed?
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    oldie; Beginning trombone. Played in Abingdon Band yrs ago --bass trom. So much forgotten! Live witney . Retired teacher. Took grade 2 piano 2017. 25

    Yes indeed, I'd make Witney band your first port of call. Message me if you can't find a contact for them, and I'll put you in touch.
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    What’s happening?

    The music hombre has been gone for many a year. As have most of us, it seems. Running on the occasional puff of nostalgia for the heady long-lost days of 2004...
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    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    We must be using entirely different constructions of cover, as I haven't been able to tell a difference with either my face or my ears. Perhaps placebo is also playing a part?
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    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    Bell covers don't affect the sound - they're just an elasticated circle of thin material. We held several rehearsals with all players using them before we shut down again this week; you can't tell the sound or blowing difference. It's nothing like a mute, much less a practice mute such as a...
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    Bruno Tilz Neustadt / Aisch Trombone mouthpiece Silver external Brass internal

    So a 1G/0G inner size with a small shank and a very narrow rim? Sounds a pretty unique design - what trombone is it designed for?
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    Converting a Bb or Eb instrument to C

    Both Wessex and JP are Chinese imports, and they likely ultimately come from the same factory! The added value is in the QA on this side. Both companies have a reputation for doing that quite well. I must confess that when I play G trom, I mentally move the music down a line on the staff, add a...
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