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  1. Mello

    Is it me or does no one post here anymore?

    Obviously COVID has blocked all Banding as we know it....and some bands have begun virtual concerts which they stream . At least one band have tried to keep their players interest alive by holding Zoom evenings,. which Newhall MD Kevin Holgate organises for his band members. He invites well...
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    DEVILS GALLOP

    I know there is one as I played it with CWS Mcr in the '50s. Sorry I dont know of any others
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    What’s your favourite instrument and why?

    Interesting to look back on some of these 'old' posts. Seeing how they wander in and out of the original topic. for what its worth , my favourite instrument is the Trombone . I used to do the odd gig in clubs on bone , after that my next fav is Euphonium. However , as time passed , other...
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    A DELIGHT to listen to!

    Hearing them live? That must have been quite something.Too true it was ....... I had the good fortune of organising the Canadian Brass group UK work for a number of years as promotions manager of Yamaha UK. That meant driving them around the country...booking hotels ...organising meals...
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    Mouthpiece information

    It may well have been made as a specific player model....a kind of copy of a special players own mouthpiece . That used to happen at B& H ...and with other makers also. It still happens but no longer at B&H obviously.Unless some one who has one of those m/pieces recognises it ..there is...
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    "Band Bashing"

    A sad situation indeed..I have no idea of who is the 'said' band are .Which - if I were in the area would make me wary of all bands in that area. Also there seems to be an acceptance by some ...and ignorance by others as to if in fact there are any problems.. May I suggest that problems...
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    Earplugs and playing

    .. To help illustrate: The late Frank Bryce used to relate the time he first took a rehearsal with James Shepherd Versatile Brass, ( on his Toccata) He said . when they opened up, he was amazed at the weight of sound that hit and surrounded him. Like a thick wall of sound ....fabulous ...and...
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    Earplugs and playing

    ""higher section bands make a bigger sound, but that's as much down to better intonation and balance as it is to individual volume "". I am not disagreeing with anything which has been said, but bear in mind many of the top bands have an audition process which tends to equate to cherry...
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    Brass Bands England Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

    Wow Thank you Graeme, That certainly is a blast from the past. One for my Scrapbook for sure. And thankyou for your kind words. Cheers Gordon
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    Brass Bands England Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

    Thanks for your kind words....as I mentioned ..I am gradually accepting it ..just a strange feelinG to begin with.
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    Brass Bands England Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

    May I through these columns Thank all the people who sent me congratulations and good wishes on my receiving the BBE Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 . during the BBE Conference in Manchester on 28th Sept. I have to say it was a very , big surprise , and a really weird feeling. I can best...
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    RAH MASSED BANDS BROADCAST

    Alan Catherall is one of the most unassuming , talented , versatile guys I have ever met. He also is a tremendously loyal bandsman and willing to help anyone , anywhere. His arrangements are fabulous . His stuff is always liked , & I ALWAYS tried to include his Evergreen in my solo gigs Tried...
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    RAH MASSED BANDS BROADCAST

    Oops sorry.! ...I read it as you were in a band that had a mellow player .Certainly no offence taken ...no problem at all ...I thought maybe you had been with Templemore whose flugel player was involved with the Bee .....and got mixed up as it was so long ago. .To be honest I had to Google it...
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    RAH MASSED BANDS BROADCAST

    Incidentally the 1984 version fron the Europeans features our own Mello playing Le Cor Vole and the Blight of the Fumble Bee. Brings back wonderful memories of listening. ( Pastit ) Reply An interesting comment ...I am curious which band you were in when you say our own Mello played Le Cor...
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    RAH MASSED BANDS BROADCAST

    Just a stroll down memory lane....and to allow younger players the chance to experience what used to be . After the tensions of the National Finals contest in the RAH, there used to be Three concerts the same day. A short one usually Televised on BBC whilst awaiting the results which were given...
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    THANK YOU

    Some folk have asked me why my tenure is closing, Simple really, no hassles. As part of an army reshuffle, , the band of The Kings Division have relocated , leaving Weeton Barracks for pastures new. Much too far away for me to travel. The move was no surprise , as we knew it would...
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    THANK YOU

    Now that my tenure with The Band of The Kings Division is coming to an end, I thank every single member present and past, for their friendship and kindness during our time together, including Ant working away in the background. I wish you all , the very best of success & happiness in the future...
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    Earplugs and playing

    As you say, If the MD cant hear the drums and hardly the Troms , neither can the audience ....or adjudicators ! I played regularly for 3yrs with a Radio Band , recording stuff for such progs as Nightride. The percussion was always screened off , watching the MD thru the window.. However...
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    Earplugs and playing

    Without delving into H&S which these days seems to overrule everything. I am just glad I never had to wear them whilst playing . I do know that recent H&S regulations have messed up what I considered the balance - and tuning, of many bands where the rules are strictly applied. Take the Army...
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