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    Brass Ensemble in Surrey looking for a Tuba Player

    The Freedom Brass Ensemble is looking for a tuba player following the defection of our current one back onto euphonium! :( We rehearse once a month ( occasionally more if we have a concert ) in the Staines area on wednesday nights, and are a very laid back bunch with an undemanding concert...
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    French Horn Player required for Surrey / Middx based Brass Quintet

    The Freedom Brass Quintet ( www.freedombrass.co.uk ) are currently looking for a French Horn player ( yes I know this is a brass band forum but someone might know someone who knows someone :) ). We rehearse in the Staines area about once a month with a very undemanding contest schedule. Playing...
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    Trombone Required for Quintet - Middx / Surrey

    The Freedom Brass Ensemble currently have an urgent vacancy for a trombone player ( of reasonable standard , aprox grade 6 up , and preferable able to read Bass, Treble & Tenor clef ). We are an amateur quintet who meet around once to twice a month ( usually a wednesday eve ) in and around the...
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    Prs

    I was listening to the Radio this morning and a locksmith shop was told to pay to have their radio on ( for the staff ) , they had a guy on from PRS - music who alleged that the money went to composers ( was even more vague about where the money goes for deceased composers ... ). We also have a...
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    Learning Percussion - where do you start?

    Calling all you percussionists!.... My daughter ( 7 ) is absolutley dead set on learning percussion ( not just drums, she wants to do the whole tuned percussion as well! ) despite my "encouragement" in other directions ( Brass :D ). However whilst there seem to be hundreds of "drum" teachers...
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    Music Lessons not good enough...

    Seems they've finally noticed .... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7867627.stm and for once their not blaming the teachers....
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    Pointless Regionals

    Taken from 4barsrest How are adjudicators supposed to "place" 20+ bands? do they just pick them out of a hat?, surely the point of point ( no pun intended ) is to apply some measurement based on criteria, without that it just boils down to who the adjudicator likes the sound of irrespective...
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    Little cross box

    Why does my avatar / siggy thing at the side ( sorry don't know the official geek term for it ) have a red cross in box above it ? ( isn't that where the "Best Avatar" award used to go... have I been stripped of my award :) :D
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    The dead shall rise again.....

    Well dead TV programmes anyway ( for the 80's generation amongst us )! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7604192.stm just so long as it's more like the first series and less like the last ( it just got completely stupid towards the end ).
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    Ritter tuba Gig Bags

    I just bought my Son a gig bag for his tuba, and ordered a Ritter 18" ( according to the web site it's an Eb ) bag for his Sovereign 982 ( I think it must have the 19" bell ) . When we got the bag its HUGE and the Tuba is tight round the bell with about a foot spare at the bottom of the bag...
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    The Bitter pill off success!

    I foolishly told my son that if he passed his grade 5 tuba I'd buy him a soft case.... guess what he's just done... with MERIT... ARGH! :) ( actually I'm really pleased!, just a bit skint :( )..... Trouble is... I told him I'd get him a new Tuba if he got his grade 8.... umm better start...
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    Humorous Quotes

    From the world of music ... http://www.jazzprofessional.com/humour/famous_quotes_1.htm
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    Recognition!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7108840.stm Have a look at number 10! WooHoo!!! :clap:
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    Ensemble in West London Looking for Tuba

    Freedom Brass Ensemble are currently looking for a tuba player. Standard should be good ( Grade 6+ ) and whilst not essential reading bass clef would be useful. ( Sense of humour essential though :D ). Rehearsals are one to two a month. If your interested you can pm me here or for more info...
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    Valve Oil - Whats your poison?

    After a discussion with my sons tuba teacher regarding valve oil, I wondered what everyone uses? ( sorry for the "slidist" nature of this topic :D )
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    Concert, July 1st, Elliot Hall, Harrow

    Grimsdyke Brass Presents "Strike up the Band" A tribute concert to some of the masters of big band and Swing Including : Neal Hefti Duke Ellington Cole Porter Hoagy Carmichael and More Live at the Elliot Hall Harrow Arts Centre Uxbridge Road Hatch End Harrow London...
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    Whats on your Headstone?

    Whilst watching the Meaning of Life on BBC1 on Sunday night they got to talking about what people would like on their headstones... Alan Tichmarsh ( as told to him by the Queen on recieving his MBE ) "He gave a lot of women a lot of pleasure" :) Mrs WhatSharp had the best though "I want to...
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    Strange places for band references......

    Whilst perusing the pages on the bbc regarding the singing and sledging ( verbal ) match between the Barmy army and the Aussies, I came across what has to be the strangest place for a Brass Band to be mentioned : http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tms/2006/12/england_win_the_verbal_ashes.shtml ( have...
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    New Ranking Method?

    having just read the 4BR article on prize money, I was thinking isn't it about time a new system of ranking bands was used based on the major contests?. With such high prize money of offer (for lower section bands more than anything) at venues such as Butlins and Pontins the standard of...
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    Carnival - Comments?

    Ok Having heard Carnival (and quite frankly dreading what I they had in store for us this year following on from the last 2 years) I was pleasantly suprised. It's a fairly pleasant piece it doesn't (to the listener) seem to be technically difficult, and there are some real moments. I'm glad to...
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