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  1. Straightmute

    Soundcloud

    For anyone interested, I've just started a Brass Band Group on www.soundcloud.com This is intended primarily for composers to upload any recordings of their work they'd like to share. (Copyright laws obviously preclude recordings of published music, and in any case there are already plenty of...
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    Northern Line

    Performers including the EYMS Band and Laudamus Chamber Choir present a concert of recent music by David Lancaster as part of York St John University's CREATE 11 festival of arts. The programme will include the premiere performance of 'Enemy Within' in its complete form and Northern Line...
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    Sold/Expired Vincent Bach Strad C Trumpet

    I've decided to sell my C trumpet since it is such a long time since I've played it in anger. It's a lovely instrument in terms of its sound, tuning, valves etc but the lacquer is looking shoddy now - if replated it would make a very attractive proposition indeed. Find it on Ebay...
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    Sold/Expired For sale: Sounding Brass magazines

    I'm selling a couple of dozen copies of Sounding Brass magazine, a fantastic publication from the late 70's which included many of the top brass musicians amongst its authors; they provide a fascinating reminder of what was, for many, a golden age of brass music. Sounding Brass became Brass...
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    Sold/Expired British Bandsman collection available

    The time has come for me to say goodbye to my British Bandsman collection. I have the complete set (so far as I'm aware) from late 1988 until spring 2007, stored in box files or lever arch files. It makes compulsive reading... I'm happy to give it to anyone who would like it, provided that...
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    Imps play to the Gallery

    The Yorkshire Imperial (Urquart Travel) Band will be taking brass band music to the doyens of the avante garde art world over the next few months thanks to a collaborative project which Imps’ Musical Director David Lancaster and the internationally renowned artist Rory Macbeth have undertaken in...
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    Any York University or York St Johns Uni Students?

    At York St Johns University (where I'm in charge of Music) we have a number of good brass band players but sadly never quite enough to form a full band. I imagine the same is true at York University where I remember a brass band starting a few years ago (under Andrea Crossley's direction) but...
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    Valve Guides for Sovereign Basses

    Sorry if this has been asked before, but does anyone produce metal valve guides for Sovereign basses? The plastic guides seem to break or wear down very easily, allowing the valves to turn around. Ironically, the more frequently the valve is removed and replaced in the instrument the worse...
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    Fanfare for the Royal Hall - Harrogate

    Sunday 25th March, 7.30 p.m. Harrogate International Centre Box Office: 0845 130 8840 The bands of Harrogate will present a concert this Sunday to raise money for the restoration of the town's famous Royal Hall - one of the finest concert halls in the north of England. The hall is due to...
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    Solo Euphonium - Yorkshire Championship Section

    The Harrogate Band are looking for a Solo Euphonium player to lead a great team! The band is an ambitious and dedicated group with lots of exciting projects already lined up for next year, including a CD recording and an overseas tour, not to mention Isiaih 40 and Ballet for Band! We rehearse...
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    Open Rehearsal - all welcome

    The Harrogate Band North Yorkshire’s Championship Brass Band Are you a top class cornet player? Do you know any fantastic trombonists? We are seeking enthusiastic and committed players, looking for a new challenge, to join our friendly yet ambitious band. Why not come and join us for an...
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    Bands in Belgium

    The Harrogate Band will be on tour in Belgium next Easter and we are hoping to enhance our concert (and social!) schedule by collaborating with a Belgian Band in a concert performance. We will be staying in Brussels but are willing to travel if any band will promote a concert for us or share a...
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    Wingates and Nyman

    Big congratulations to all at Wingates Band on the release of their Nyman CD. For me this is the most significant band CD of the year; it's great to see a band working with one of Britain's leading composers, showing him what a band can do and recording it so that we can all hear the outcome...
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    Drake's Drum

    Does anyone know of a march called 'Drake's Drum'? I was contacted today by a lady who is trying to trace it on behalf of relatives in Canada who heard it played on the radio by a band from New Zealand! It's a new title to me - I have no idea of the composer or publisher - but I reckon it must...
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    Rehearsals in Harrogate

    As usual The Harrogate Band will be offering rehearsal facilities in our bandroom (and possibly elsewhere in town if the demand exists) during the weekend of the Lower Section National Finals. The bandroom is approximately two minutes drive from the International Centre and there is ample...
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    Brighouse Composers Contest

    Last night I was fortunate to attend the finals of Brighouse and Rastrick Band Composers' Contest where ten of the entries were performed and winner announced. Full marks to the band and to James Gourlay for what turned out to be a fantastic evening thanks to the quality of the entires but also...
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    Mart Theatre, Skipton

    The Harrogate Band will be presenting a concert at the new Mart Theatre in Skipton this Saturday - 17th December - at 7.30 pm. I understand that this will be the first band concert in the theatre but hoping that it will be the first of many if it is well supported. We'll be playing music by...
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    Position of the month?

    From www.4barsrest.com Hmmm ... 4th cornet. Do duties include making tea and cleaning the bandroom floor, I wonder? Congratulations to all at Wingates on their recent successes. D
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    Low Brass in York

    The Concert Band at York St John University College is very short of low brass players this year so this is an appeal to any Yorkshire-based trombone, euph or tuba players who fancy an informal blow on Monday evenings (7.30 - 9.00) to come along. French horns too, I suppose! The group accepts...
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    Blockade

    I've heard on the grapevine that bandsmen from all regions of the UK are planning to converge upon King's Road, Harrogate in roughly ten days time. I can only assume that they intend to mount a blockade of the premises of Dragon Music Publishing, in which case, supplies of music may become...
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