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    In Switzerland (Eric Ball)

    I have heard the one on YouTube it is played by the Oakmead School Band, recorded in the late 1960’s, I have tried contacting them with no far
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    In Switzerland (Eric Ball)

    I am trying to get hold of a recording of In Switzerland by Eric Ball Mostly for my father who is in his 90's as it was one of my first test pieces sat next to him in the very early 1970's. Also if I can get a recording I would like to feature it on my radio programme. I know that Oakmead School...
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    New Soprano Cornet Solo

    Available from 1st July 2019 All By Myself the 1975 hit for Eric Carmen arranged for Soprano Cornet and Brass Band. Commissioned by Amanda Gardner the Soprano Cornet player with the Lanner & District Silver Band this solo has been a huge hit with audiences. You can listen to a recording of the...
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    Piano Accompaniments

    Does anyone know of where I may be able to get hold of piano accompaniments for La Belle Americaine (Hartmann) or In Dixieland (Rimmer) written for Eb Instruments instead of Bb. Thanks.
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    J W Chadwick

    Can anyone help? I am trying to research J W Chadwick who I believe (but may be way off base) started his playing career in the North of England (Wingates or Besses?) and then moved to Illinois and became a very successful Band Leader in America with the Carco Band (sponsored by the Mt. Vernon...
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    *New Release* (28/09/2018) E Da Sa Qaqa

    **NEW RELEASE** E Da Sa Qaqa (We Have Overcome). This beautiful Fijian Gospel song arranged in a reggae style for Brass Band. To listen to it or order your set go to:
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    John Ridgeon mouthpiece for Euphonium

    I had a job finding one but ended up getting one from ebay. It is a shame that production was stopped on them, I found a great mouthpiece for both upper and lower range as well as being comfortable. Good luck but your best bet is either somewhere like ebay or if a band has one kicking around in...
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    Eb Tenor Horn Solo - An Huni a Garav

    Tenor Horn Solo dedicated to the composer's partner Barbara "An Huni a Garav" is Cornish Language for "The one that I Love." This beautiful melody will fit well into any concert programme. Horn legend Gordon Higginbottom said "Lovely piece...a nice change to have a good melody not ruined by...
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    Old Royal Albert Hall Finals Recordings

    Didn't know where else to put this one so here it is. Does anyone know if you can get hold of old performance recordings from the finals at the Albert Hall. I played Harmony Music there in 1987 and would really like to try to get hold of a recording of the performance. Were performances recorded...
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    Pendennis Brass (Falmouth)

    We would like to invite applications for the position of percussionist to complete our percussion team for the Area Contest. Please apply in the strictest confidence to the Musical Director Kevin Ackford on: 07866 510 297
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    Pendennis Brass (Falmouth)

    We are currently looking for Solo Cornet, Flugel and Euphonium players. Expressions of interest are to be made in the strictest of confidence to the Musical Director Kevin Ackford ( or 07866 510 297). Alternatively send a private message through our Facebook page...
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    St. Minver Silver Band Vacancies

    We are a friendly non-contesting village band and through our M.D. (Composer/Arranger Kevin Ackford) have a fresh outlook on music and entertainment. We are currently looking for: Soprano Cornet, 2 x Front Row, 2nd/3rd Cornets, 1st/2nd Horns, Trombones and Percussion. Please drop us a line if...
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    SWBBA Torquay Contest

    Full Results: 4th Section (Four Little Maids) 1 Hatherleigh Silver 2 Weymouth Concert Brass 3 Indian Queens Silver 4 Tiverton Town 5 Okehampton Excelsior Silver 6 Totnes 7 Porthleven Town 8 City of Exeter Railway Training Section (Own Choice) 1 St Keverne Junior 2 Launceston...
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    Sold/Expired New Brass Band Radio Programme

    From the 28th January I will be producing and presenting a new Brass Band programme entitled “Brass In The Bay.” The programme will be broadcast every Monday at 9pm on the new local radio station Radio St Austell Bay on 105.6FM. Although the station will only be broadcast to the St Austell...
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    Cornwall Championship Section

    The Lanner & District Silver Band are currently looking to fill positions in the following sections: Cornet (front and back row), Horn and Eb Bass. Anyone interested in any of the above positions can email me Kevin Ackford (M.D.) in strictest confidence on Come...
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    M.D. required for up and coming N.W. Band

    Any up and coming (or established) conductors out there this band is well worth a look at. Yes they are 4th section so can't afford huge wage bills, but I had the pleasure of rebuilding and working with the band from 1998 - 2004 (before moving away), and when they put on their web site "The...
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    Keyboards for tuned percussion

    It would be an ideal world if we had people like Ray Payne dotted all over the country, but unfortunately we don't. Maybe percussion parts is something that contest organizers can look at when choosing a test piece, and if your area does not have access to services from people such as Ray then...
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    Keyboards for tuned percussion

    Back in the late 70's early 80's I seem to recall electronic keyboards and electric drum kits being used by some bands at entertainments contests. This produced a flurry of complaints from bands that used traditional percussion, so the organizers of these contests banned them. I have used...
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    Demelza, Hugh Nash

    The piece was written about a character in the BBC programme Poldark. Demelza was a pretty young lady in the programme. Hopes this helps.
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    Contesting? Forget it.

    All very good points Mr Payn. Isn't it funny though that all the nastyness toward the qualifying bands or the adjudicators, seems to be coming largely from people that have no experience of adjudicating, or as in the case of the lower sections have probably never spent time playing in the...