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  1. Dyddgu

    The Ultimate Question?

    But I'd hardly call myself a professional - who am I to say whether or not I'm any good?
  2. Dyddgu

    The Ultimate Question?

    Thank you all for your replies. Unfortunately we've just had yet another person dropping out citing "travelling so far and the frustration of not having a decent rehearsal" (as if no-one else there does), and I'm so angry and upset that I'm going to have to keep this reply very short or the...
  3. Dyddgu

    The Ultimate Question?

    Contradictory sentences or what? If I'm looking for an excuse to keep playing, why should I give up? I live: 30 miles away from band. In rural Oxfordshire. I can't drive, so I can't get to bands in the middle of nowhere; and I also do one or two other things with my time, so I'm a bit...
  4. Dyddgu

    The Ultimate Question?

    That's what I don't know. We have occasionally tried to play some group stuff, but we don't really have any (I have no idea where the treasurer is, or whether we could persuade anybody to let us have some money for group music). The second problem as far as I can see, is without an MD, what is...
  5. Dyddgu

    Grumpy women of any age...

    And why, why, why, why are there so few ladies' loos? It means I have to drink less at contests and stuff. grr. (child of the 70s, just)
  6. Dyddgu

    The Ultimate Question?

    Oh gods, yes, me too and then some! I really need to learn to drive. This would make things a lot easier (I live pretty much in the middle of nowhere, with naff bus service)
  7. Dyddgu

    The Ultimate Question?

    I wish more people thought like that - it seems that people either want to be too heavily disciplined (not enjoyable), or muck around so much in the name of enjoyment that nothing is achieved. I might try to pick up my bari again in the house, but I'm afraid I'm one of those people who really...
  8. Dyddgu

    The Ultimate Question?

    Ian, thank you very much for all your messages of support. I'm trying to cling on to that last scrap of hope right now. All this would be a lot easier if everything didn't happen on the one day (why does everyone rehearse on a Thursday, which clashes with my martial arts class...) or happen...
  9. Dyddgu

    The Ultimate Question?

    Erk. That is currently what we are at right now, have been for well over a year and a bit, and I have been one of the core people who still care and still want to make it work, right up to now. And I still care and I still want to make it work, but I am all out of ideas, and if we're all out...
  10. Dyddgu

    The Ultimate Question?

    TheMusicMan - there speaks a manager! I think what I want most out of banding is a band of more than about seven players and no conductor, to be really honest... :S
  11. Dyddgu

    The Ultimate Question?

    Thanks for that tubafran - a very clearsighted view. No, I don't think anything's going to change at all - so many people are leaving because they have to travel too far and it's not worth it and they need to work; but then, so do I, but I don't leave because I have guilt. I'd move band, but...
  12. Dyddgu

    The Ultimate Question?

    Well, it feels a bit vain of me to sit there thinking that I'm bored and I want to be on the next desk up. Maybe that's just me... We just don't have enough people to do any concerts anymore at my band, I'm afraid :-(
  13. Dyddgu

    The Ultimate Question?

    I've been banding since I was 6, and I've been with my current band 8 years, so I can safely say I've "stayed there".
  14. Dyddgu

    The Ultimate Question?

    *small smile* We haven't been able to do either thing for ages. Though the last time I played in a concert for someone, I got put on Bari 2 and found myself very bored indeed. Which is awful of me...
  15. Dyddgu

    The Ultimate Question?

    So, I am on the verge of giving up playing and banding and whatnot for good. I think the last time I actually enjoyed playing was back with tMp band at last year's Whit Fridays, and I caught myself thinking over the weekend - why do we do it? Why, when banding is so full of politics and ego...
  16. Dyddgu

    Could bagpipes play a part in banding?

    Actually, there's another thread on bobdunsire.com regarding tuning pipes with wind bands/brass bands: http://www.bobdunsire.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=4;t=000744 And you'll notice that they can be almost as bitchy about us as we seem to be able to be about them... ;-)
  17. Dyddgu

    Could bagpipes play a part in banding?

    Actually, they do have such a forum, and My Best Beloved has in fact noticed this thread, and posted his own version of this thread there: http://www.bobdunsire.com/CGI-BIN/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=12;t=005136 So there! ;-)
  18. Dyddgu

    Could bagpipes play a part in banding?

    A dissenting voice? Now, I have to disagree here, whilst "registering an interest" (as the MPs have it) - my beloved is a bagpiper. And a Martial Arts Instructor - I don't think the two are entirely unrelated ;-) Anyway, massed pipes and drums do indeed sound awful. It's ****** difficult...
  19. Dyddgu

    Sold/Expired Looking for a baritone gigbag...

    *whimper* I think I love you all! You've just made a not-very-mobile baritonist very happy indeed, thank you ! :D
  20. Dyddgu

    Sold/Expired Looking for a baritone gigbag...

    Hi all! LisaHolley came to band last night with the most beautiful gig bag I've ever seen! It seems she bought it when she went to Pontins with TmP band, and it's fab - just what I've been looking for for years. But she doesn't remember from whom she bought it! Anybody got any ideas? It's...
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