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  1. Anno Draconis

    Middleton Band Vacancies

    Middleton Band are looking for a 2nd trombone player for Rochdale contest and beyond; we're a 2nd section band in the North Manchester area. In our 140th anniversay year, we're now 18 months into an ambitious five year plan of exciting concerts and tours, having just come back from a successful...
  2. Anno Draconis

    Are you a conductor? Can you spare 5 minutes for a survey?

    OK, I have a request for that elite group of human beings - the brass band conductors :) I have created a short survey to investigate conductors' attitudes to new music and I would massively appreciate you filling it in. It will only take 5-10 minutes, and you will be contributing hugely to the...
  3. Anno Draconis

    Beautiful dissonance...

    I have a slightly odd request (it's for a research project). Can anyone suggest a well-known brass band work that has an extended period of unresolved dissonance in it that you regard as attractive to listen to? Things like the 'Angle Tarn' movement of Cloudcatcher and the slow movement of...
  4. Anno Draconis

    Were you at Butlins or Bolsover 2013?

    Specifically, did you hear Wingates Band at the Sunday entertainments contest at Butlins, or Derwent Brass at Bolsover a few weeks ago? If you did, you will have heard both bands play "Episodes, Occurrences and Interludes" by Paul McGhee. As part of the research for my Masters thesis I'm...
  5. Anno Draconis

    Instrument Valuations

    Can anyone recommend the most efficient way of getting a band's stock of instruments valued? My current band doesn't have much of a handle on what the instrument stock is worth, so I've been cataloguing it - I have an excel spreadsheet on the go which has make, model, YOM (if I can find it)...
  6. Anno Draconis

    Wingates & Exchange Communications Whitburn - Bolton, 30th June

    Wingates Band will be teaming up with special guests Exchange Communications Whitburn for a joint concert at Bolton's Victoria Hall on 30th June at 7.30. Come and join us for a great night of music! For tickets, which are £10 and £9 for concessions, please call Tony Smith on 01942 883944 or...
  7. Anno Draconis

    New faces at Wingates Band

    Wingates Band has had a busy period of rebuilding and consolidation during the last few months, with a number of new players joining and following the recent band AGM the band has made some changes in its management structure. A new Chairman has been appointed, bass trombone player Adrian Bird...
  8. Anno Draconis

    Robert Childs & Cory

    According to his status on Facebook, Dr Bob Childs is taking a break from banding once he's taken Cory to the European. Bit out of the blue! One of my most cherished recordings (not just bands, but all music) is the recording of Pickard's Gaia Symphony, which I was also privileged to see live...
  9. Anno Draconis

    Wingates and Carlton Main in Concert, Bolton, 17th March

    Wingates band are pleased to present "Red & White Rose Brass", a rare opportunity to hear Championship bands from both sides of the Pennines in concert together. Wingates Band and the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band will be joining forces for a top quality joint concert. Carlton's...
  10. Anno Draconis

    Peter Gane Horn Mutes

    Does anyone have a pair of Peter Gane tenor horn straight mutes that Wingates could borrow for this week? Having decided this weekend that we like the sound of these more than the Humes & Berg ones, we discovered that two of our set of three are missing! They're made to order, so we can't buy...
  11. Anno Draconis

    Wingates Band: Uniform & Instrument Amnesty

    Not sure if this is in the right place, apologies if not. Wingates Band have recently undertaken an audit of uniforms and instruments, and found that some are missing We are particularly short of blue concert jackets and walking out jackets. As we're not a sponsored band, replacing these in...
  12. Anno Draconis

    Sir Charles Mackerras 1925-2010

    I heard this morning of the death (from cancer, at the age of 84) of the orchestral conductor Sir Charles Mackerras. This is a sad day for musicians. I had the privilege of working for Sir Charles briefly while I was in charge of the library at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; I got to watch...
  13. Anno Draconis

    Transatlantic Brass: Wingates, NSBB and Doug Yeo in Concert - SPECIAL TICKET OFFER

    Wingates Band are proud to present Transatlantic Brass, a joint concert in Bolton's Victoria Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 2 July, presented as part of the Natural State Brass Band's tour of the UK. The concert will feature a suitably transatlantic programme, with each band focussing on music from...
  14. Anno Draconis

    Great Northern.....

    http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=11572 In case anyone in the upper half of the country is at a loose end tomorrow; not sure what the other bands are playing (I'm sure it's on 4BR somewhere) but the Wingates programme at 12.00 will include music by James Curnow, PLC, Lucy Pankhurst...
  15. Anno Draconis

    Wingates Band on BBC Breakfast

    Not sure if anyone saw it, but Wingates were the latest band to make a TV appearance this morning, as part of BBC Breakfast's feature on the Bolton West Constituency. Some members of the band got their 30 seconds of fame when asked for opinions about the forthcoming elections, and the whole...
  16. Anno Draconis

    Marimba

    Who's got one? I'd love to write marimba parts in more of my band pieces, but obviously they're big, expensive beasts. So how many bands have one, or access to one for rehearsals on a regular basis? Anyone know? I think there's a marimba part in Extreme Makeover, but I'm not sure what else...
  17. Anno Draconis

    Logging in to 4BR

    Has anyone noticed that you now have to log in to 4BR if you want to listen to the audio news/interviews? Any idea why they would suddenly ask users to do this? (and before anyone asks, yes I have emailed them to ask!) The only reason I can see to want to collect users email addresses is to...
  18. Anno Draconis

    On The Scrounge.......

    Hi there folks, On 17 May I will be again risking life and limb - well, life and flab, anyway - on the Great Manchester Run, 10 arduous and sweaty kilometres in the tropical Manchester heat. Those of you who know me will realise that I'm built for comfort and NOT for speed, and may be...
  19. Anno Draconis

    Sold/Expired Anyone want a Brass in Concert ticket? FREE!!

    I have a ticket for Brass in Concert ticket (this Sunday, 16/11 at the Sage in Gateshead, starting at 9.30, in case you didn't know). Owing to a bit of a family crisis I now can't go :mad: dammit. Anyone want it? Free to a good home (that's £25 worth of FREE ticket, can't say fairer than that)...
  20. Anno Draconis

    Bolsover Entertainment Contest

    Anyone going? I believe there are 18 bands entered? Coppull & Standish have decided to enter this (we usually go to Fleetwood on the first weekend of October, but it's been moved to the second weekend this year so we can't go) and I'd like to know if anyone knows anything about the hall so we...
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