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  1. Tuba Miriam

    New CD in the making

    My band had the honour of being involved with two of the tracks on this CD, and having had the chance of a sneaky listen to a couple of the non-brass band tracks I can say this CD is truly innovative and will have been well worth the wait. I'm looking forward to getting my copy of this CD...
  2. Tuba Miriam

    The Virtuosi GUS Band - Vacancy

    Virtuosi GUS is looking to recruit a FIRST CLASS CORNET player - position negotiable. The band rehearses in Northampton on Mondays and Thursdays. We have a varied diary of contests and concerts in the local area and further afield, including the British Open, National Finals and Brass in...
  3. Tuba Miriam

    The Virtuosi GUS Band - Vacancy

    Fresh from its victory at the Midlands Area Championships, Virtuosi GUS would like to expand and strengthen its team of players as it heads towards the British Open, National Finals and Brass in Concert. Virtuosi GUS is therefore looking to recruit a FIRST CLASS CORNET player - position...
  4. Tuba Miriam

    Errata

    This reminds me of one of John Berryman's favourite quotes in rehearsal (and possibly Stanley Boddington before John), "Don't start, join in", which, using one's ears being the point, should make the use of hairpins in bars' rest redundant.
  5. Tuba Miriam

    Help with move from Cornet to EEb Bass

    Cheers, Gareth! Mike, I was raided by the music police some years ago and have nothing to show for it ...
  6. Tuba Miriam

    Help with move from Cornet to EEb Bass

    I also changed from cornet to bass (a fair few years ago now); I wouldn't necessarily offer any specific advice beyond just playing a lot. The main issue I found was breathing, which never really goes away, but long notes at mp/mf will help and also with filling the instrument to produce a...
  7. Tuba Miriam

    English Nationals 2013

    I understand that cost is likely to be a major, prohibitive factor in seeking qualification for the European Championships, but I find it slightly curious that last year's English Nationals was better represented by top bands seeking qualification to Norway when the prize this time is a trip to...
  8. Tuba Miriam

    areas 2014

    In addition to the Eric Ball pieces already cited, the Championship Section had Festival Music in 2008 and the First Section had the Wayfarer in 2007 and The Undaunted in 2001 (all at the Areas); ok, this is going back a bit but the point is that we haven't been starved of Eric Ball pieces in...
  9. Tuba Miriam

    Spring Festival 2013

    According to 4BR, at the draw Frank asked bands to "play in tune, play together and play musically" ... as opposed to what? And how do you define "musically"?
  10. Tuba Miriam

    Spring Festival 2013

    Maybe the difference is in the dynamic levels the acoustics of the hall will take. Symphony Hall is a big old place to fill; it will comfortably take the biggest sound any band can make without it being uncomfortable on the ears. I wonder if this makes comparing dynamic ranges used by bands from...
  11. Tuba Miriam

    NW Area Disqualification!!

    I thought your original point was well made. It is possible to take the same variables and with good conscience reach different conclusions in the registry debate. However, some posters on both sides, perhaps in their passion, occasionally come across with a rather sanctimonius air.
  12. Tuba Miriam

    Paddy's Welsh Area - 2013

    I think the main point eusebio is making is that whether one was there or not; heard all bands or none at all, it has to be something of a surprise ... maybe worthy of just the slightest raise of an eyebrow ... that the number one ranked band in the world is placed 5th out of 9 bands in a...
  13. Tuba Miriam

    Paddy's Welsh Area - 2013

    "Forum: The Adjudicators' Comments Post, advertise and discuss competitions and results here. What did you think of the results...? Who should have won...? Who was the surprise winner...?" Those are the terms of reference posted at the top of the 'The Adjudicators' Comments' forum; therefore...
  14. Tuba Miriam

    "Grimethorpe Colliery Band in danger of folding" ?

    If you make meritocracy a relative, rather than absolute judgement, which you have just done, then all bands can be said to be meritocratic within their own parameters ... in which case your statement that Grimethorpe is ... ... becomes meaningless. And if judging meritocracy by your...
  15. Tuba Miriam

    "Grimethorpe Colliery Band in danger of folding" ?

    I'm sure other bands could claim to be at least as meritocratic ...
  16. Tuba Miriam

    Butlins 2013

    Yes, the draw for the Sunday entertainment leg is made at the lower section results ceremony on the Saturday evening; with the entertainment leg being adjudicated in the open there is little excuse for it being otherwise. 28 bands is a huge field; especially with no pre-draw.
  17. Tuba Miriam

    Area Appeals

    Maybe, maybe not, your example doesn't work without reference to other bands in the section and the permutations different results would give. My point is, in some cirmcumstances, does 8th place in a field of 8 have something of a levelling effect that doesn't exist with 17th in a field of 17?
  18. Tuba Miriam

    Area Appeals

    You may well be correct, it would be interesting to see some statistical analysis on the point ... well, interesting is perhaps pushing it! My hypothesis is that under certain conditions, i.e. the usual caveat about other bands' placings in relation to your own, the size of the section does...
  19. Tuba Miriam

    Area Appeals

    Usually, yes; however, it is possible in a large field of bands to find oneself relegated on one poor result, in effect. The L&SC First Section is a good case in point, all it takes is for a band to come last out of 17 bands on one occasion and have two mid-table results to be relegated...
  20. Tuba Miriam

    Wychaven Contest 2008

    Many congratulations to both Friary and Staines. Great results, well done.
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