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    Is there anybody out there?

    How strange to stumble across this so randomly. Seemingly I joined in 2004 and I've not logged in for at least 10 years as my old email address I signed up with has been dead for at least that long. I was hardly prolific anyway (well ok I never posted) but 10 years is a long time to be away...
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    Whit Friday Results?

    Poor John ;) I spoke to him on the Saturday and he was absolutely gutted with that performance - they were pretty much the only slips he made all night. Listening to them at Denshaw where he won the sop prize I would tend to believe him too as to my ear he was flawless and well deserving the...
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    SCABA Entertainment Contest

    Welwyn performed Prelude for Tallis - Peter Graham Charivari - John Iveson Valero - James Swearingen Arr: Sandy Smith Benedictus - Karl Jenkins arr. Tony Small Shine as the Light - Peter Graham No march as you notice so we were a long shot for the march prize ;) Came in at a...
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    Official tMP L & SC Regional 2008 thread

    Thats what banding is all about for you ;) I'm not suggesting everyone is the same and I was using a broad brush where there are always going to be exceptions. There is, inevitably, a difference in approach generally of players from the top two sections to the bottom two both in approach and...
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    Official tMP L & SC Regional 2008 thread

    Unfortunately your chance of getting a full band (and indeed the success of the band as a whole) is directly affected by your performance in this one contest. If you want to attract and play with better players, they will naturally be attracted to the higher placed bands. For bands being...
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    Official tMP L & SC Regional 2008 thread

    I agree with a lot of what you said however I will ask another question. When open adjudication is perfectly fine for Cardiff Singer of the World, BBC Young Musician of the Year, Llangollen Eisteddfod Choir of Choirs and in fact every major major competition I can think of, why are brass bands...
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    Official tMP L & SC Regional 2008 thread

    Here we go. :/ I don't believe I said anywhere "they don't do many contests therefore they are rubbish" or anything like it. I did certainly say that there are far too many bands that get a near full band out for the areas and "survive" on greatly reduced numbers for the rest of the year...
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    Official tMP L & SC Regional 2008 thread

    Then they would wither and die as a contesting band and become a concert band or simply cease to exist. There are already too few players for too many bands so a thinning of the numbers would be a very good idea and in the process likely increase the quality. Ultimately, bands would be...
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    Official tMP L & SC Regional 2008 thread

    Actually I think this whole issue is somewhat of a red herring. The problem isn't with the adjudication it's with the league system as a whole. Adjudication will always inherantly be bias. It will be bias to the wishes and desires of the adjudicator and it's always a gamble that any conductor...
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    Official tMP L & SC Regional 2008 thread

    I played for Welwyn, to say we are gutted at the result is an understatement... Still I listened to bands 7-12 and I had them Redbridge Assumed A&N (though I didn't hear them) Zone 1 MK (Brosley) Staines Which ironically was pretty close. Zone 1's interpretation was very different to the...
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    Official tMP London & Southern Counties Regional 2007 thread

    http://www.regional-contest.org.uk/london/index.php?page=grading2007 You can pull the results from there if you're interested. G
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    Official tMP London & Southern Counties Regional 2007 thread

    Second Section Results 1. Egham, G. Green, 9, 186 2. Cawston, C. Swaep, 4 , 182 3. Tilbury, R. Nunnery, 5, 180 4. Yiewsley & West Drayton, C. Cole, 8, 178 5. Norfolk Wherry Brass, G. Barberm, 1, 177 6. Fairlop Brass, K. Jordan, 12, 176 7. Grimsdyke Brass, S. Broughall, 7, 175 8...
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    Official tMP London & Southern Counties Regional 2007 thread

    I think my point was that 18 players don't make a full band. We all struggle on and hold on desperately to trying to get enough of a band together to compete but I know after 2 years of doing it I'd had enough. The thing is I know that many bands struggle to get 20 to a contest and 12-15 during...
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    Official tMP London & Southern Counties Regional 2007 thread

    I can, with first hand experience, say this is most certainly not restricted to the Championship section, far from it in fact. I had a horrible time trying to get any sort of band together for the areas (or indeed any contest) in the second section and know for a fact at least 4 other bands in...
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    100 Greatest Brass Players. Ever!

    I guess theres a couple ways to look at this. From an optimistic point of view what this list may do is prompt people to go out and listen to or get recordings of some of the artists mentioned in the top 10 and be inspired to emulate those people. This can only be a good thing. From a...
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    The 'Official' tMP L&SC Regional Thread

    You withdrew because you were short a Bb bass player? Seems a little extreme to me - Denham Hendon managed 6th place in the first section with 17 players a couple of years back. Is the piece that reliant on 2 Bb players? G
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    Regionals 2005 CD ... worth it?

    I know I'm echoing some other posts here however this was suc a severe troll I feel I should weigh in. Just because I'm not able to play football as well as David Beckham doesn't mean I don't realise or can't appreciate a bad performance when I see it. Much like just because I am not able to...
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    Adjudication at the All England Masters

    No I don't think it was aggressive I was just worried it was - paranoia from 10 years of misinterpreted internet flamewars makes me somewhat aprehensive ;) Anyway, not so much advice but a nudge in a direction that I'd assumed you hadn't explored. You've obviously put a lot more thought (as I...
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    Adjudication at the All England Masters

    It wasn't meant as a critisim, more a subtle pointer as to a, might I say not wishing to sound condescending, classic mistake made when compiling statistics. Sorry if you took offence. Of course the sample was limited to what you had available but that lead to the statement when in...
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    Adjudication at the All England Masters

    I'll just jump in and perhaps spoil an otherwise excellent analysis... ;) The main problem with these statistics is that the sample (i.e. a single band) is too small. The result is that the statistics may simply be showing the areas that Brighouse is weak/strong in and as a result these...
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