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    Intonation Exercises for Brass Band?

    Question for adjudicators, if a band is in tune with itself but not playing at 440mhz is everything out of tune or is there some leeway?
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    New Brass Band Blog

    I have a blog here which is a real mish-mash of things (probably about 30% brass band related). I'm happy to share the blogging with other contributors and be able to drop blogs in as and when I've something interesting to say. I find single topic blogs a bit of a challenge to keep going with...
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    Website Attack

    All popular open source Content Mangement Systems have components and plugins from unrelated developers (unless you use the absolute minumum core product) All professionals know hacking can happen and is almost unavoidable. Components and CMS systems are continuosly being hacked and upgrades...
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    A Devon Fantasy 4th section area piece

    Well done, I rate some of Eric Balls arrangements and compositions as the very best of brass band music. Its my first encounter with Devon Fantasy and we're finding at Craghead that the piece has plenty to get right and is musically sound. The cycle of test pieces and changing of sections...
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    A Devon Fantasy 4th section area piece

    We won't under-estimate the technical and artistic requirements of Devon Fantasy. After English Folk Songs last year I'm sure many bands would have preferred a modern piece, or a top shelf Eric Ball classic.
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    A Devon Fantasy 4th section area piece

    We had our first blow through it on Sunday. It is a pretty dull composition, and I'm not sure what merits it has as a test piece. To me it sounds like a piece written by a man struggling with his faith and going though the motions of drafting music. If the committee that selected it wants to...
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    Brass Band Registry.

    Definitely will not be cheap It is a fair certainity that it will not be cheaper. The purpose of private companies is to produce a ROI (return on investment) for the shareholders. A brass band registry could be produced very cheaply if it was web-based. Either hand coded or using popular...
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    Brass Band Registry.

    Self registration (like a facebook page) could be done very cheaply, all the band contest secretaries do the data input.
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    spare parts, missing music

    Has anybody got a spare 2nd trombone part for an old march called The Hartonian - Westoe Band need it for our Centenary celebrations. The March was written by a former band master - George Allen (who conducted Harton Band to win the British Open in 1919)
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    Durham Miner's Gala 2011 ....Who's Going?

    Harton's New Banner and Band GPS tracking Westoe Band are leading the new Harton Banner to the Cathedral but (unfortunately) the banner will be blessed without the Band. tip. Playing in the Cathedral remember not to fill your bladder before hand or the service seems very very long. As an...
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    Miners Gala 2009 - Who's going

    Just been informed that Rockingham Band took in the Hatfield and Dodworth banners from S.Yorks. So still have a few bands to track down. Regarding Dunston not playing outside the County, perhaps it was because 6 bands were marching up to the Cathedral, leaving the Racecourse at 1:30. If the...
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    Miners Gala 2009 - Who's going

    The local BBC News for North East England announced that 46 bands took part in the 2009 Miners Gala - so far I know the details of 37 bands / banners. One band I need to identify was the French ensemble that played before GT Peterlee. See www.westoeband.co.uk Also that about 100,000 people...
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    Miners Gala 2009 - Who's going

    Just got in from the Miners' Gala - great day again. I think it was bigger in terms of crowds than last year. A theme of this thread is to compile a complete list of the attending bands and banners. I did hear a French brass ensemble a few bands ahead of Westoe. Westoe followed GT Peterlee...
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    Miners Gala 2009 - Who's going

    Just had word that Huddersfield and Ripponden Band will be taking in South Hetton - so that's 37 known Bands and Banners
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    Miners Gala 2009 - Who's going

    I am thinking of adding some extra columns to the list? Bands pre & post Durham Gala marches and concert? and piece played outside the County (Hotel)
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