Well the first sop I had from my band had to have an elastic band on the first and third valve slides to stop it flying off when I played loud notes. That was an old Schilke though. I inherited it and as it got older, the tuning started to go as did the valves.
The second sop I got was another...
I've never owned my own and as far as I know, all the lads in the big bands don't own them either. Whats the point when someone will buy one for you? I generally need a new one every two years anyway, so let the band take the financial strain I say!
Last again I would have thought, we were bleeding awful but with two weeks notice what can you do!
I'm sorry, Lord Nicholas of Delph wouldn't have let his boys out of Queensbury sounding like that!
I don't expect other people to come and listen to me play! Why would they want to, my own band moan about having to listen to me!
I'm sure I missed 3 or 4 outstanding performances but I would have much rather been somewhere else. Surely there will be a CD of the gala concert and winning...
£25! S*d that! Plus the last thing you want to do after you have come off stage is sit listening to everyone else having a go. Why anyone would listen to a brass band contest (especially when there is a pub, blazing sunshine and world cup on the telly) I don't know.
B O R I N G !
Being a British Open Band means that every player gets paid vast vast vast amounts of money on a 'cash for turning out' basis, meaning that the prize money wouldnt even cover the bottom 2nd cornet retainer, yet alone the cost of keeping Januaryman at the Jigby Whingers.