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    Earplugs and playing

    Acoustics and volume of other instruments all have an impact. I've lost count of the times I've been told to play louder when I'm marked piano, then a few bars later told I'm much to loud when marked mezzoforte, but other instruments have reduced their dynamic or are resting.
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    Earplugs and playing

    Maybe I'm stating the obvious but if for example the sop player turned his seat a little so he's playing towards the conductor rather than the back of the principal cornets head he would be quieter from the principals perspective and the audience could hear him better so could reduce his volume...
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    New cornet or restoration. Your opinions wanted.

    If you join a band and they are predominantly playing one brand of cornet, they may well prefer you to play that brand too so as to blend with the rest of the section. They would probably have a cornet of that brand anyway, so buying your own is probably not really worthwhile. If the band are...
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    Old returning cornet now trumpet player

    Your story is surprisingly common. I started playing at about 10 with the Salvation Army, first cornet then onto flugelhorn, until I was about 16 when circumstances decided I had to stop (long story and nothing related to playing) Spool on 30 years and my son decided he wanted to play an...
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    What’s your favourite instrument and why?

    Most people will say their favourite is whatever they play. To bend this rule a little I'm going to say the flugelhorn, though I played it in my teens, I now play cornet but still consider myself a flugel player who happens to play cornet. Love the parts and the sound from the flugelhorn.
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    Petition re. Bands and Child Performance Licences

    To put things into perspective, this is not a new piece of legislation but an old piece of previously unenforced legislation that has suddenly been given a lot of publicity. Many local authorities were oblivious to the need for bands to have licenses and different local authorities have...
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    Petition re. Bands and Child Performance Licences

    I think the problem may be there are multiple similar partitions about. People are all signing different ones.
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    Conducting workshop - why so little interest?

    To say that singers need to use digital effects is a tad harsh. They have them available, why not use them? We have and use a vast array of mutes to alter our sound, if a mute were available at a reasonable cost that would automatically correct intonation or split notes, and were legal to use...
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    Has it started already?

    I suspect this has more to do with reputation than section. You have your well known bands that attract sponsorship relatively easily and can easily sell out the average concert hall a few times a year. Thinking Cory, Dyke etc but you have many other championship bands that don't have their...
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    Has it started already?

    There must have been a few votes cast since I posted, it was looking decidedly against at the time but has since leveled out. I don't know what it is that I love about it, in theory it's terrible and always leaves me cold wet and exhausted by the end, but within half an hour I am counting the...
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    Has it started already?

    It's a pity that the the poll is heading for the majority hating it. I think if it were my band it would be even more of an extreme though. I wonder if there would be a change in bias between sections.
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    Has it started already?

    Yes, it was raining. I was stood outside their hall, it was a bit of drizzle.
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    Has it started already?

    I was a bit taken back by it. I thought the SA were all into helping the homeless etc but it turned out they were only able to do that if it's sunny.
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    Conducting workshop - why so little interest?

    Reminded me of a discussion in the band room a while ago that started off why do so many people dislike Cory... It went in for a while with some very extreme viewpoints from the pro and anti Cory sides.
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    Has it started already?

    Is there no bands nearby that would need a hand? We're always desperate at Christmas, everyone seems to have some excuse to get out. I love it myself, even offered to help out in the SA as they had no cornet players, was due to play on Saturday morning but they cried off with some drizzle.
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    Conducting workshop - why so little interest?

    My mother sings in a choir, doesn't read music and insists that the higher the conductor raises his hands the higher she has to sing. Hardly surprising then that a choir conductor can't conduct a band. The choir conductor seems to actually have very little control over the choir and is actually...
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    Conducting workshop - why so little interest?

    I've seen a few bands do joint concerts with a choir, one that stands out was Cory and Morriston Male Voice Choir. With the choir conductor conducting, Cory were all over the place, sounded like a youth band at times, yet the choir were fine, even when Harper was conducting them. Even watching...
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    Know anything about Morris Concert?

    Morris Concert? Wasn't that the prototype for the Austin Allegro?
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    Has it started already?

    I might get a bit sick of it after eternity, but a month disappears far too quickly for my liking and then we get back to playing test pieces again. Give me a carol book over a test pieces any day (in December)
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    Has it started already?

    Love it or loath it, it's like marmite to us. Personally it's the highlight of my year and it's about to kick off if it hasn't already.... Yes, the annual pilgrimage in the cold playing Christmas carols. Had our Christmas party on Saturday and kick off the hard work on Wednesday with a concert...
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