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  1. Ross Berry

    Romford SA Band @ Williamstown, South Wales 12th May 2007

    I understand that the band now numbers 4 and so I suspect that there will be a second trombone no longer!
  2. Ross Berry

    Romford SA Band @ Williamstown, South Wales 12th May 2007

    Romford SA band will be presenting a 'big band' night at Williamstown Salvation Army, Penygraig, South Wales at 7pm on May 12th. The programme will feature big band style music from composers including Glenn Miller, Jerome Kern, Manning Sherwin, Len Ballantine and William Himes.
  3. Ross Berry

    Why do people sing Carols so slow?

    On Remembrance Sunday in Romford we accompany the singing at the centotaph which is quite a big affair. The choir from the parish church sing an anthem and the band play some music during the endless laying of wreaths. The service closes with Cwm Rhondda and after the service the choir master...
  4. Ross Berry

    Who heard the ISB at Hadleigh?

    I heard the ISB on both Saturday and Sunday. Enjoyed both programmes but my preference was for the repertoire used on Sunday (something of a retrospective view of SA music). The quality of the playing was high all weekend. Sitting in 2 different places my perception of the volume was...
  5. Ross Berry

    Salvation Army and banders

    As the bandmaster at Romford, I would be happy to see any of them at Romford band practice! Interesting we have only this week been having some discussion about doing something together in the future and strangely there seems to be no sense of tension/fear of mass conversion strategy, just a...
  6. Ross Berry

    Salvation Army and banders

    I have read this thread with interest, some alarm (relating to the more extreme views expressed at either end of the spectrum) and now tired eyes (due to the length of the thread). However, to add to the length if not the interest, my views would include the following: 1. There seems to be a...
  7. Ross Berry

    SA music - minor or forgotten classics

    Interesting you should mention this. In my band I have put out an open invite for any of the players who wish to conduct a favourite piece. The first volunteer chose Pakefield and did it for the first time last week. I had never heard it before but really rate it after just one hearing. It has a...
  8. Ross Berry

    Matt / Frosted finish on instruments.

    How many people used to play an Imperial? Happy days!
  9. Ross Berry

    Glorifico Aeternum and ISB...

    No, Ross Berry and John Brooks, its about some SA people DID get off the fence and make their comments known. Its very easy to play the "holier than thou" trump card. You HAVE to have an opinion, and realise that its very easy to hide in behind a very insular view. There is a world of music...
  10. Ross Berry

    Glorifico Aeternum and ISB...

    You are true; however, once again it has drifted into a debate off-topic that does no credit to anybody. The merits of a particular piece have turned into an opportunity to: 1. air chips on shoulders; 2. SA bash; 3. debate the merits of contemporary christian expression; and 4. border...
  11. Ross Berry

    Wonder Brass and Bancroft's singers

    In concert 23rd April 2005, 7.30pm at St Mary's Church, Woodford High Road. Admission free with a collection towards the Redbridge Night Shelter. Concert to include: Gloria - John Rutter Cortege from Mlada - Rimsky-Korsakov Sonata Pian e Forte - Gabrieli Wonder Brass are an...
  12. Ross Berry

    Brass on TV and radio at Christmas

    Casualty@Holby City My favourire banding moment was when the hospital was still blowing up after the tanker crashed into it and people were being dragged out of the blazing building, they finished with a small SA group strolling through the emergency services playing carols.
  13. Ross Berry

    British Bandsman Editor thread

    Nice to see that after pages of rubbish, we finally get round to mentioning something connected to the theme of the thread. Although I am very concerned that being connected to Whitburn we might start to see lots of propaganda extoling the virtues of Whitburn. Then again maybe he has a...
  14. Ross Berry

    Sold/Expired Personalised plates - Euphonium players

    My Euphonium partner in the band is selling his car and personalised plates. The plates are H1 3UPH. If anyone is interested in the plates, I am happy to pass on your details.
  15. Ross Berry

    Does the conducting 'bug' exist?

    Definitely is a bug. I have not conducted properly for a couple of years and am definitely twitchy about it at the moment. You find yourself listening to groups and thinking things like.... I would have done that differently, or I wonder how the band would get on with that?
  16. Ross Berry

    Best SA piece

    It's been a few years now since the SA released its music to non-SA groups (although some pieces such as 'Praise' appeared to crop up on the black market before then). As someone who has grown up with SA music, it would be interesting to know what pieces other groups were most pleased that...
  17. Ross Berry

    Sov Baritones - Tuning problems?

    Having recently spent a week on tour playing baritone (not my usual instrument), I found that to get A's in tune required 3rd valve and A flats required 1st. The downside of this is that in quicker passages you need to keep your brain in gear to use the fingering that is not natural, the upside...
  18. Ross Berry

    Musical pranks played on band members/conductors

    Similar story but taken to the next level. On tour with the Household Troops Band, the same said machine was placed near the front of the stage by the conductor. At regular intervals when he was introducing items the machine would be activated so that the audience could hear as well...
  19. Ross Berry

    Who are the cornet players with the nicest sound????

    You are very correct. I think the point Hot lips is making though (or if not I am now making it) is that with the who is the best ..... type polls, we drift from who is the best into who am I friends with, who plays in my band etc. etc.
  20. Ross Berry

    Henry Wood Promenade Concerts - Poll

    I will be there too and am really looking forward to it. I don't think that I am as excited about it as you are though!
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