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    Soprano vacancy

    Your best bet is to look at all the websites of bands in London, and those outside that are easy to get to. I believe Regent Brass have a vacancy in their main band and I've found the best way to contact them is via Instagram but they do have a contact form in their website. They'll be in the...
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    Earplugs and playing

    It's not seen as out of the ordinary for professionals or students to wear ear protection, and if you have good protection designed for musicians it won't affect your playing (once you get used to it of course). Most seats in the band aren't really affected by direct loud sounds, but some seats...
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    What’s your favourite instrument and why?

    I suppose I meant lumbered in the physical sense! I don't mind the parts, but it is a London based band and my trip home afterwards at the moment means I'm not at liberty to regularly take the beast home. Therefore I can't play it as much as I like so I am frustrated with my progress, which is...
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    What’s your favourite instrument and why?

    I can approach this as a player and as a composer/conductor/listener/person with ears. As a player it would easily be the York 3 valved baritone I played with Porthleven. Lovely to play all through the range and I feel like I got a good sound out of it too. I'd love to return to 1st baritone...
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    Upper Range extension - the obvious that isn’t

    Fanfare and Flourishes is certainly a concert opener, can't really think where else it would belong on a programme (perhaps to open the second half?). For a bandstand/outside gig where listeners will be walking past (and not staying for the whole set) I think a march is generally a suitable...
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    Upper Range extension - the obvious that isn’t

    RE not going for top notes straight away: Before I moved to tuba I played 1st baritone. The band I played for at the time started concerts with Fanfare and Flourishes which might as well be a top C exercise for euph and bari players. Of course players SHOULD be warmed up but in the wonderful...
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    2019 Area test piece discussion thread

    I guess not then! I think it's pretty easy to guess what kind of piece each section will have: Championship section will either have a new piece or, more likely, a recent piece commissioned by a European band or a European band association. First section will have an old Champ section test...
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    2019 Area test piece discussion thread

    With the final round of area contests coming up this weekend is anyone aware of any rumours for the final test pieces? I know that we'll find out this weekend (I believe any way) but it's interesting to see if anyone has heard anything?
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    2019 Area test piece discussion thread

    Borrowing players is only really a short term solution to what is a long term problem. Bands need to be very active in their community and constantly drive their beginner's programmes at every concert. My old band (Porthleven Town) play every Sunday night on the harbour (it's very picturesque)...
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    Harmonic series and triggers

    Sorry if this has been mentioned before, I've just be skimming through this thread: Part of the warmth of the brass band sound comes from the fact that they are never really 'in tune' in terms of equal temperament. The flat major third and sharp minor third intervals between, for example, C E...
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    2019 Area test piece discussion thread

    I'm somewhat amazed that I missed the fact there is a missing section in the Chaconne - I've listened to the original version many many times since I knew I would be playing it at the areas so I'll listen out for it at rehearsal tomorrow night! Regarding re-scoring sections of a test piece I am...
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    2019 Area test piece discussion thread

    It does feel like there will always be people complaining about at least one of the test pieces every year. I'm not familiar at all with either of the Championship or First Section test pieces - I've listened to them a few times - but Seascapes certainly seems well picked and is definitely the...
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    2019 Area test piece discussion thread

    I don't think there is one, however the vast majority of errors players can find errors fairly easily. I've only spotted one problem in the BBb bass part which is there is a G in the last bar of the first movement when it should be an F
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    2019 Area test piece discussion thread

    Well I suppose the origin of the Holst may be a mystery then!
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    2019 Area test piece discussion thread

    I was, but I'm not convinced anymore! I had it somewhere in my mind that this arrangement was published with the wind band version or soon after but I after doing some digging I see that it was first used in 1970 at the 2nd section areas and in 1972 as an own choice piece. Now I'm even more...
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    2019 Area test piece discussion thread

    I seem to remember a thread like this last year so I thought I would try my hand and create one for this year's test pieces. I'll be playing Holst's First Suite at Stevenage and I'm largely unimpressed (as I imagine many 3rd section players/conductors are!) in its selection as a 3rd section...
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    Best way to recover from over playing

    My advice would be to practice a particular amount regularly. Doing a significantly larger amount of practice in the week leading up to anything is a surefire way to ruin your lip for the performance that actually matters! I must admit that before the areas I hadn't practiced as much as I should...
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