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  1. midwalesman

    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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    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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    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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    A Glastonbury for Brass Bands

    It is quite clear to me that there are currently too many contests for bands to enter and compete during the annual calender. Having played at the Preston contest last week I am completely convinved that having more contests with the traditional format, rules, regulations and rituals is...
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    BBC Sports Personality/Team of the Year

    It's that time of the year when the BBC tries to con us into believing the people that they propose as personalities and teams of the year are the best people. Well quite frankly I await to be amazed yet again this year with the dross that people will vote for in the competition. Last year I...
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    Ord Hume Marches

    Hi, Does any band or person out there have any of these pieces in their library? The Commandant (J. Ord Hume) Grove House (Ord Hume) Old Nobility (Ord Hume) Old Glory (Ord Hume) They are fabulous marches. Has anyone any information on them?
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    Book Review: John Philip Sousa

    The Incredible Band of John Phillip Sousa Paul E. Bierley 437 pages ISBN: 0 – 252 – 03147 - 4 University of Illinois Press £38 Towards the end of my PhD at the University of Sheffield I was asked by one of the book referees for the academic periodical World of Music to review the current...
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    World/Polka/Folk band in Sheffield seeks players

    Hi, I am currently playing in a folk/world/polka band in Sheffield. We meet on Sundays in a pub in Sheffield, pm me and I'll let you know the location. At the present we are looking to start and maintain a band that includes guitars, drums, brass and vocals, which may go along the lines of...
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    Wife beater or Peroni ???

    I have been a fan of wife beater for a while and nowbut I face the dilema of liking Peroni, formerly Nasro Azzuro. Both are equally nice but the next morning I can't seem to make my mind up which gives the best hangover? Can anyone help with this quandry?
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    Hangover in Huddsville!!

    Since it's summer time and Huddersfield seems to have developed sunshine! Are there any of you out there wanting a mass drinking session in Huddersfield on Saturday??
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    Friday Whiticisms and much much more!!!

    Having read the recent comments on 4barsrest (www.4barsrest.com/comments/063.asp) I have been motivated to reply to some of the views that have been expressed. I will deal with these in a concise bullet-form style to avoid people fearing one of my long rants without drawing breath. Here...
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    Contesting with a twist?

    Hi, Contesting, the mainstay of the brass band movement, the pillar of strength on which we lean (say some!!) has its positives and negatives. However, as much as we all enjoy the buzz of playing and even more the socialising afterwards (the cups of teas and gentlemanly banter) the whole...
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    Contesting irregularities?

    Hi, I would ask these questions at our next band rehearsal but I think it would not be a viable and adequate reason for hampering your visit to The Crown! Congratulations on your views on categorising in adjudication methods and hope that others take these on board. My questions on...
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    A Skegness excursion?

    I'm not sure whether this is the right place to put this but nevermind. I'm thinking of going to the Butilns event for the first time and am looking for accomodation on the Saturday night. I looked on the website and you can only get a room for the whole weekend (or in my ineptitude that was...
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    Number 501 to stop at Morrisons!!

    A funny thing happened as I walked in to Morrisons yesterday, no good ol' Frankie didn't appear as a spooky yet funny ghost, but I heard the dolcissimo tones of the Emley band. At last they had something other than Morrison FM music, and had the privilege of eating my daily meal with the melodic...
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    What women like?

    As a member of the male species I am trying to cope with a number of scenarios in life! Women seem a puzzling species.....?? What kind of things do they like blokes to give them? Do they like surprise gifts? For example, if a bloke turned up at an event with flowers and/or chocolates because...
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    Changing the Meaning?

    Having enjoyed my first experience of the Brass In Concert event a number of questions have come to mind. Many, if not all bands were criticised for the programmes of music and the type of entertainment provided. My initial questions are:- a) Does the changing of venue from Spennymoor Leisure...
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    Music Conference in London...

    If there is anyone that's around the Horniman Museum, near Forest Hill, South London tommorrow morning feel free to come and support a fellow banding person. I will be discussing the role of Instrumentation on the Culture and Interaction within a brass band. My talk starts at 10 am at the museum...
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    This is a party political broadcast by the........

    Hi, I'm just writing a chapter on my thesis involving relationships and power structures in brass bands. I have found a lot of information on certain subjects and have a few examples of the political issues that could affect bands in the championship section. I have however, far less examples...
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