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    Fire - Sandy Smith

    Can anybody recommend a good recording of this? Played it at band last night. Really good piece.
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    Tubas are dangerous!

    Am off school at the moment, due to a broken collar bone, and one of my mates had to cover a lesson for me today, and some pupils came up to him in the lesson and said, 'we've heard Mr Robinson's tuba fell on him, that's why he's off!' Seriously considering working round this when I get back...
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    Awful christmas music (not in band, or not just in band)

    When walking to work from Doncaster railway station I have to walk through the Frenchgate centre, where my ears have been tortured this week by some absolutely dreadful christmas music blaring out over the speakers even at 8 in the morning. Not sure I can cope with that every week day until Dec...
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    Alcoholic impairment

    In what way do you find that having supped too much affects your playing when practising or (and I'll hold my hand up here sometimes) on times when you've had too much before a rehearsal. I find the thing that alerts me is breath control, ie losing breath far more quickly and things like not...
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    Rhapsody in Brass

    Can anybody recommend a good recording of Rhapsody in Brass by Dean Goffin. We've played it recently and I really liked it, but not sure what CD to buy.
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    Singing in the Rain!!!!

    My schools been closed due to the weather. All the kids have been sent home, and they're off tomorrow. Just thought I'd have a gloat.
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    What do they mean?

    I know this is confessing gross ignorance, but what do LOL and LMAO and other such text speak words stand for?
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    Every child matters?

    Found out this week that for the GCSE's and SATS exams my school is going to send minibuses round to pick up the pupils who can't be bothered to turn up on time directly from their house. When questioned about this the staff were told that 'its part of our every child matters policy.' Surely by...
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    As there are lots of people on here who seem to be good with grammar can somebody explain what on earth gerunds and gerundives are?
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    Should he stay or should he go?

    What do people think about whether Prince Harry should go to Iraq or not. Can see why people are saying he shouldn't go, its bound to make him, and consequently people around him a target, so put other soldiers in even more jeopardy than they are already. Seems a bit hard on him, as he...
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    Value of different degrees?

    When facing a situation: A science graduate asks: Why does it work? An engineering graduate asks: How does it work? An economics graduate asks: How much does it cost? A media studies graduate asks: 'Do you want fries with that?'
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    What band pieces do you sing?

    I have a habit of singing bits of band pieces a lot. At the moment its the bass part from the beginning of Amparita Roca or bits of Prelude and Jubilate. What band tunes do other people sing?
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    Robinson's Law

    Trying to come up with a formula to model drinking done at contests. Felt that the biggest factors were time between playing and results and where you came in the results, ie winners and losers drink more than mediocre middle finishers. First approximation is: Modulus (x-median finish) + 2h...
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    There must be a better way to announce results

    At Butlins last night I don't think I heard who won any section, due to them doing the results (like at every contest) 'In first place the band drawn number (whatever).... [cue loud screams]'. Cant they just say who the band are not the draw number?
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    Sports Personality

    Who do you think should/will win. Will it be someone who has done very well in less popular sports (Beth Tweddle, Nicole Cooke, Zara Phillips) or someone who has done OK in a big sport (Monty Panesar, Andy Murray), or even a comedian who achieved an impressive athletic achievement but wasn't...
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    Trombone piece at Last night of the Proms

    What did people think of that trombone and motorbike piece? Personally I thought it was awful. One of those pieces that seems more concerned with showing how clever the player is than actually being a nice piece of music.
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    What's your wettest ever band job?

    On Saturday Dronfield pllayed at Eyam in the Peak District. It started off wet, and got wetter as the march(a long one progressed) went on, plus we played for 20 minutes before with nobody listening to us. By the end I had litres of water down my bell, was soaking wet and couldn't see a thing...
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    12 into 11 won't go

    When Flintoff is fit what would your starting line up be for the ashes. Mine would be: Strauss (Cap) Trescothick Cook Pieterson Bell Flintoff Read Mahmood (or Jones if fit, or maybe Plunkett not sure) Harmison Hoggard Panesar
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    Well done and thanks to Shaggy

    Last night at rehearsal our conductor was not there due to ilness, and Andrew Stanton (Shaggy on tmp) was coming to help us out on percussion. As soon as he walked through the door he was asked to conduct, having never conducted us before. He proceeded to do a really good rehearsal, so I thought...
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    Tips for pedalling?

    We have been playing Procession to the Minster recently and its got a pedal Bflat in the Bflat bass part. Any tips on how to get this note, and at any volume louder than ppppppp.