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    Is banding going the same way as athletics?

    I've seen a recent ad in another respected banding internet organ regarding newly available performance enhancing drugs for nerves. Limelight Products Ltd Please remove the link mods if this breaches site rules (sorry). I remember when the only thing required to steady the nerves before a...
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    Brass In Concert Draw

    Might as well pre-draw the result. It'll be a long wait until November to find out what order Grimey, Cory and Flowers will be placed. Still, competition for last place looks like it could be fierce!
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    2016 Area Test Piece Rumours

    Surely a bit of a nod to the recently (too recently to feature in 2014 choices) deceased Butterworth / Macabe is due? Mind you it wouldn't surprise me if somebody at Kapitol decided Cloudcatcher or Odin are now 2nd section test pieces because they dont have enough cadenzas with high notes or...
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    Advice on BBflat Bass

    Through your ears?
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    Scorchio! Advise from the stars?

    Should be a 'c' in advice (sorry)
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    Scorchio! Advise from the stars?

    In the absence of anything about the weather on 4br I was wondering how our top bands and star soloists plan to stay cool in this current heatwave? While us mortals sweat , what to the top guys do to keep their cool? I'm going to see if we can open the fire doors at the back of the band room to...
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    Whit Friday

    To be fair to Dyke, I doubt the complainants sense of fair play would have been so greatly aroused if Dyke had come 10th instead of 1st - perhaps a touch of sour grapes? On a more positive note, much has been said about the Dyke MD's unfortunate Dale Winton stylee tie and perma-tan combo at Whit...
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    Whit Friday

    Meanwhile in another coup for impartial and objective journalism 4br decides to publish this random article in responce to Dykes latest disqualification fiasco! http://www.4barsrest.com/articles/2015/1508.asp
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    Whit Friday

    lol. Without wishing to stick a pin in your happy balloon of delusion, I'm pretty sure that any 4th section band (no matter how good) would be more than 9 points behind even the most ordinary Dyke performance by the end of the first three bars of their march. There is of course every chance that...
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    Castell Coch - Why do it?

    There are probably layers of detail that only the best bands manage in most decent contest marches. Perhaps the op thinks that any bands below the top section should just play Slaidburn?
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    Whit Friday

    It would seem that Dyke have thrown away both the area and whit friday by an unfortunate adherance to the actual rules by the organisers of both events. It also makes that strange result a Diggle even more significant I think. If Dyke were as good as Diggle band and beaten them to second place...
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    Whit Friday

    The Diggle result is clearly just one of those anomalies that happen in contesting (assuming you are correct as I've not seen any results). It's an awful long time to adjudicate and the judges are only human after all. I've no idea who adjudicated this contest, but I'd imagine they would need a...
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    Endorsers, why so many?

    I'm sure the rock-star lifestyle many of the top band performers become accostomed to does not come cheap and they are happy for any financial assistance they can get. Performers like Ceri deserve the most respect in my opinion, as she plays Eb/Bb bass rather than the more obviously flashy...
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    Castell Coch - Why do it?

    How can something 'stick out' if it's missing?
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    Whit Friday

    If you look at the sort of high profile engagement that Dyke normally undertake then I think it's fair to say we are very lucky that they deign to participate in Whit Fridat at all. Why on earth should they also have to spend the night queuing up behind a plethora of lower section, scratch, and...
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    Why is it so many people have stopped commenting on threads?

    To be honest I've never noticed anyone having a pop at you, although I'll concede that I don't check the forum very regularly. The worst I've seen is that you are ignored, but i think that's at least partly due to you stating in many of your posts that it is your last post (no pun intended), you...
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    Should Kevin Pietersen be recalled to the England Cricket Team

    I know you asked about Kevin Peterson or Flugel Horns, but I know absolutely nothing about them, but here's my opinion anyway and here's a link to a shop a sells brass instruments- check it out!
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    Brass In Concert Draw

    Is BiC open adjudication? If so the draw won't matter surely?
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    Advice on BBflat Bass

    At the very top level I'd imagine the best Bb players are on a par with any of the other instrumentalists. In the lower sections there does seem to be an element of 'put the fat kid in goal' about selection for Bb bass suitability. I think it's a good thing that there is still room for people...
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    Cory changes

    I very much doubt it. My memory is not perfect,but as I recall no player has ever been sacked from Cory - certainly not in the modern BAYV/and Harper eras. It seems players seem to leave due to family/work commitments, or due to the pressure of banding at this level. They don't seem the firing...
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