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  1. marksmith

    midlands Area Contest.

    I see that the central area draws least interest on 4br, again! No runners or predictions yet, last to be listed-as usual. A busy weekend, I know, but it takes place tomorrow. Come on band world, we have the same hopes and ambitions as 'oop Noorth'. Show an interest!
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    Duty of care.

    I was wondering if all bands are trying their hardest to fulfil their duty of care responsibilities for members? The most obvious is the requirement to obtain a Disclosure certificate (old CRB) for those taking charge of minors, in their capacities as responsible adults. Most will have covered...
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    I am a ...........?

    Not a rude thread, just an observation on an increasing trend. I have noticed a recent increase in the number of players moving around the stands and announcing themselves a "cornet/sop/euph/bari/trom/bass.." etc, player. Obviously, they are entitled to do so but are they correct? Surely, these...
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    Euph/Bari player available.

    Capable but rusty euph/bari player available in Walsall/Birmingham area. Played at all levels over the past 40 years. Will travel sensible distance. PM me, please.
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    Merry Christmas!

    I have been out of playing for over a year now, I presume that my lip is knackered and my technique shot . Thank goodness for the social media sites that keep us 'retired' players in touch with our hobby. With that in mind, I would like to wish other 'mouthpiece' followers a Merry Christmas and...
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    'Black Dog' exposed.

    A rather delicate subject; often feared, too often misunderstood and sends 'friends' and colleagues, running for a place to hide when it indirectly affects them. I am talking about depression (Churchill's 'Black Dog'). As society becomes more pressured and aware of itself, we would expect the...
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    Euphonium/Baritone player available. West Midlands.

    I am an experienced player, looking for a place in a local band. I have retired from playing but as always happens in our hobby, am now missing playing. Euph seat preferred but will also consider Baritone. If you are seeking a horn player, I may also be able to persuade my patient and...
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    Amington Band player vacancies.

    We are looking for a Principal Baritone player, and Repiano/Solo Cornet players. Amington Band is based in it's own bandroom, near to Tamworth, Staffs. We are a friendly, ambitious, second section band, eager to welcome like-minded individuals into our fold. We are easily accessed from...
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    Players forum?

    Remembering back to the distant past, we had a group called The British Brass Band Club (or something similar). Though in itself not a political forum, it enabled individuals to register an individual interest in our hobby and share a common thread. Presently, we are witnessing the most...
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    West Midlands (county) contests.

    In recent years, we have witnessed a decline in the number of contests available to enter, in the wider Birmingham area. Gone are the; West Midlands Police entertainment contest, the Dudley Zoo entertainment contest, WMBBA entertainment contest, WMBBA open contest, WMBBA solo/quartet contest...
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    Banding Veterans.

    I applaud the brilliant opportunities being offered to our younger, aspiring players (a real credit to the bands concerned). My question is: Is there a place for players of a certain age/ experience, beyond being relegated down the ranks? Would an organisation such as the National Lottery...
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    Euphonium seat required, West Midlands.

    Experienced Euphonium player, (40 years!!!!) Snow on roof but still a raging fire burns within. No instrument, so a little rusty, playing principal Euph in top section bands until 2011. I am looking for a seat in the Midlands Area, prefer within 30/40 miles of Walsall North. No more offers of...
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    Innovations in Banding.

    What, in your opinion, has been the greatest innovation in Banding, during your involvement? The introduction of the larger bore Sovereign instruments in the mid-seventies, is certainly amongst my own suggestions. As a Euphonium player, the difference in depth of tone, ease of note production...
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    Sold/Expired Euphonium required

    Now enjoying the benefits of semi-retirement from work, I am looking for an instrument to re-discover my lip and playing! To buy/hire/borrow? I would like something not too expensive, good playing order, with a recognised pedigree. Please PM me with any suggestions/offers. Much appreciated.:tup
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    Playing position required. (West Mids area).

    Looking for a band in the West Midlands area. Experienced Euph/Bari player. Section not important. Slightly rusty but easily polished!
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    WMBBA contest cancelled.

    After seeing the announcement on 4barsrest, that this year's contest has been cancelled, I was wondering how individuals feel about this? The decision to take the contest to Pershore was debated last year, and the post-contest 'opinion' (according to the Association press release) , was that it...
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    Slow Melodies

    What constitutes a 'Slow Melody' at a solo contest? After recently adjudicating at a Midland solo contest, I felt frustrated at what some players now consider to be a 'Slow Melody'. Surely the title suggests a steady tempo, with a melodic foundation? I sat through 30+ performances, with some...
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    Outside of banding.

    Most posters on tMP have familiarised themselves with other 'regulars' and their banding interests. I thought a thread on other interests, outside of banding, might be fun. I am something of a telly addict, being a child of the 50s, I have watched TV develop and grow in influence on our lives...
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    Get a life!

    A simple question: If you play in a brass band, is it possible to have a life outside of it? You may think this a pointless enquiry, with an obvious 'yes, of course' response. However; there does seem a determination within some banding circles, that the band comes before all else - and God help...
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    Spells and Curses.

    I just cannot find a band, despite looking for nearly 2 years! It is as though someone has cast a spell or curse on me.:confused: Have you ever felt as though your destiny is out of your hands, for totally unexplainable reasons? Is there a seeming spell or curse that you would like lifted from...
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