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  1. EIBB_Ray

    Bass Learning Curve

    A child returned from his first music lesson on the tuba. "How did it go?" asked his father. "Great," said the child. "I learned how to play a 'C'." The next week the child took another lesson and his father asked about the lesson. "Terrific," said the child. "I learned how to play a...
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    Wingates People

    Just wanted to post an early welcome to the folks with Wingates Band who are coming to the US for the US Open in November. I look forward to hearing you. Be sure to stop by the "fast becommng Infamous EIBB RV" for a beer after the contest. Drop me an PM or email, if there's anything I can...
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    Less Popular than Spelling?

    I heard on the news this morning that the American Scrip's National Spelling Bee is going to be aired in prime time on one of the national networks for the first time this year. Spelling Bee? National Prime Time? Okay, sure there are Spelling Geeks, Chess Geeks, Band Geeks etc. But...
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    Clarify Terminology Please - Round Stamp Sov Horn

    I'm quite confused about the whole history of Boosey and Hawkes and Besson. I'm trying to figure out if a tenor horn listed as a Boosey and Hwakes round stamp Sovereign and a Besson Round Stamp Sovereign are really the same thing or not. Does the round stamp or globe exist under both the B &...
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    Horn Players Unite !

    I don't know how people feel about the Kelly Lexan mouthpieces, but I think we should at least have the option of getting one (which they do not offer a tenor horn mp now) So, please go to their website and click on the "vote here" link (under the Win a Free...
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    NABBA this weekend

    Just a note to let everyone know that the North American Brass Band Association Championships are being held this weekend in Chicago. Contest info is at: Not going, but thought I'd share.
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    Funny things happen when you read ads

    I don't know where all the banner ads come from, I see the ads by google reference and I assume they resell ads to various sites or some such arrangement...anyway I say this one at the bottom while reading a random OT thread and it caught my eye because it said "Wedding Photography in Iowa." It...
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    Need Welsh Help

    A question came up at band about what the hymn name "Blaenwern" meant. So far we have failed attempting to translate it (other than to discover that "blaen" apparently means "fore," or "Forward.") It occurred to us that this may be a place name. I've found some references to Blaenwern as...
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    10th Annual GCBB in Review

    The tenth annual Grand Celelbration of Brass Bands was held Saturday, June 19th at Usher's Ferry Historical Village, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. The weather was absolutely gorgeous as crowds with their law chairs assembled to hear the Eastern Iowa Brass Band, Prairie Brass Band and Illinois Brass...
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    Grand Celebration of Brass Bands - Iowa - USA

    The Eastern Iowas Brass Band will host the Prairie Brass Band and the Illinois Brass Band for the 10th Annual Grand Celebration of Brass Bands, Saturday, June 19th at 11:00 AM at Usher's Ferry Historical Village, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA. Each band will present 2 different hour long concerts...
  11. EIBB_Ray

    Hey Cornetgirl....did you hear....

    ...about the Buddist who refused his doctors Novacaine? He wanted to Transend Dental Medication!!!! Probably and old one, but I HAD to pass it along.
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    Who has snow?

    We just got our first measurable snow of the year overnight - about 3 inches. Anybody else want to brag (or complain?)
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    Horn Opinions

    I'm in a bit of a quandry about horns. Currently I'm playing an older Yamaha 202 that belongs to the band. I'm trying to buy a horn of my own and even thoughI'm not the best horn player in the world I think I might as well buy a quality horn. So, initially I thought I'd find a good used...
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    One thing I love...

    ...about this forum is the use of "Whilst." You absolutely never hear it in American English. I'm kind of a language buff and I just love the word. (Then again, I'm easily amused.)
  15. EIBB_Ray

    US Open

    I've been gone for a while, so sorry if I missed any mention of this before. The inaugural US Open will be in Arlington Heights, Illinois on November 8th. It's the first entertainment contest to be held in the US. My band (Eastern Iowa Brass Band) is going and I see Fodens Richardson are...
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    Benefits of "Buzzing?"

    After reading the thrilling thread on valve oil and the widespread disagreement on do's and don'ts, I thought I'd open up discussion on another practice. I had a teacher, at one point, advote the practice of "buzzing" with a mouthpiece, in order to extend practice time beyond when one can...
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    NABBA Championships 4/12

    Just for the record...The North American Championships are this coming weekend, in Little Rock Arkansas. Championship section test piece is Peter Graham's Montage. Only 5 bands competing in Championship this year (guess we have a lock on a better finish than last year's 6th place :wink: )...
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    How Young is too young?

    Okay, please retrieve your minds from the gutter. Here in the states, it's somewhat the norm not to start wind instrument lessons with kids until 4th or 5th grades (9 or 10 years old.) I have a son who's one year old tomorrow and he's been helping practice (by pushing down the third valve...