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  1. MoominDave

    Have we got 'Slaidburn' all wrong?

    We all know William Rimmer's march Slaidburn, right? Churned out on a million parades down a million high streets, its oddly funereal tones are probably the single piece of our repertoire most widely known within banding. As such, we take it for granted - it's just Slaidburn, suitable for any...
  2. MoominDave

    Kidlington 25th/125th anniversary concert, Sun 16th July, to include massed past players

    Calling in particular all past players, whether of Kidlington Concert Brass/Morrell's Concert Brass, Kidlington Silver Band, or Oxford Concert Brass/Hartford Motors Concert Brass/Hall's Oxford Concert Brass... We'll finish the evening with a massed band segment with all past players that wish...
  3. MoominDave

    Long serving conductors

    Chat in the pub after band the other day had me thinking... The question was: "Which conductor has conducted a brass band for the longest period?". Scratching my head a bit, I've come up with a few that stayed with one band for notably long periods, but I'm sure there are many more. Here's what...
  4. MoominDave

    Sat 11th July: Joint summer concert with Kidlington and Bletchington bands

    To feature sets from Kidlington Concert Brass (championship section), Bletchington Silver Band, and Bletchington Juniors, finishing with massed bands. Under 12s get free entry! Come listen to two of your local bands playing together. Click on poster for larger version with details. Gosford...
  5. MoominDave

    The perfect test piece

    What makes the perfect test piece? What test pieces have you loved playing, and why? What test pieces have you hated playing, and why? What things in a piece turn you off it? Are there pieces that you've taken for or against straight away, but then changed your mind on as rehearsals have...
  6. MoominDave

    Rath R9 valveset - anyone interested in a trade?

    I have a dual independent Hagmann set (with heavy valve caps, for what it's worth). Does anyone have a dependent set they would be interested in swapping for it? Rotax preferred. Feel free to email me ( or PM. Ta!
  7. MoominDave

    What's happened to the Greater Gwent Youth Brass Festival?

    Was adding some of these to BrassBandResults yesterday - found online results for 2007-10 and 2012, which had a new format. 2011 was cancelled, as was 2013 - due to low entry apparently. Can't find any references online to either a 2014 event or another cancellation. Is this festival still...
  8. MoominDave

    Passing of David Owen ('Tojo')

    It doesn't feel like I'm the right person to be doing this, as I'd never met him in person (only online), and he was evidently very well-loved by those around him. But there's as yet no thread announcing this, and despite the news appearing on Facebook, there are probably people here who don't...
  9. MoominDave

    WMBBA vs Birmingham Association contests - historical question

    Calling West Midlands banders of a certain vintage... Just wondering if these two contests are historically distinct, or if the Birmingham Association was renamed to the West Midlands Association at some point. Any info out there?
  10. MoominDave

    Wrexham Brass contact number

    Does anyone have such a thing? Assuming that they are still going - even their 10-piece website doesn't look very well tended these days. I want to ask whether they have a particular piece in their library.
  11. MoominDave

    John Harrison vs Joseph Harrison vs Jack Harrison

    Wonder if anyone here has info that could shed light on a confusion... John Harrison conducted Crossley's Carpets band (near Halifax) and also Cory in the 50s and 60s. This is known. A John Harrison also conducted Elland Silver (which is quite near Halifax) in the 80s and 90s. Was this the...
  12. MoominDave

    Kidlington Concert Brass Edinburgh Tour Wed 29th May - Sun 2nd June 2013

    Kidlington Concert Brass Edinburgh Tour Wed 29th May - Sun 2nd June 2013 KCB will be travelling to and from Edinburgh on the above dates for a jolly little trip, and still need the following players: Tutti Cornet x2, 2nd Euph, 2nd Trombone, Eb Bass x1, Perc (Kit) £150 per head gets you coach...
  13. MoominDave

    Sound familiar?

    So who wrote that? 4barsrest last week/month/year, perhaps? No... British Bandsman editorial, August 6 1938.
  14. MoominDave

    Happy 10th birthday to tMP!

    I think we've missed it by a couple of days (TheMusicMan's founding account was activated 11/11/2002), but definitely a milestone worth noting... 10 years of keeping this place open is a superb effort. :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
  15. MoominDave

    Differences between older and newer Imperial euphoniums

    Late Imperials (60s/70s) as I recall blow larger than early Imperials (pre WW2 - often also labelled 'Class A' or 'Solbron') - am I right in thinking this? Does anyone have any bore size numbers? How about the bell? Is the needed mouthpiece shank size different? Been a long while since I had one...
  16. MoominDave

    1966 4th section areas

    Just received a feedback item to brassbandresults, apparently about the NW 1966 4th section area contest, which confuses me on a couple of points... The feedbacker didn't leave an email address, so I thought I'd see if anyone here had any info... - It says that it was held in the Glenda...
  17. MoominDave

    Historical Walthamstow bands

    Was just nosing around some 1890s contest results when I spotted that some results for Walthamstow bands had got into a mess - however, further probing revealed that the tangle was worse than I'd feared, with no fewer than 4 bands with 'Walthamstow' in their names competing against each other at...
  18. MoominDave

    Don't do this

    Bashed the bit above my front teeth right in the middle hard with the end of my toothbrush while brushing vigorously on Tuesday night. Ow. Makes playing difficult too. I recommend giving the experience a miss.
  19. MoominDave

    National brass band forums on t'internet

    Just trying to work out where all the chatter goes on that relates to bands in specific places and/or languages... UK: Scotland seems to be well covered between the Kingdom Brass forum ( and here. Northern Ireland...