Contestants

Why do we enjoy contests?


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    44

Cornishwomble

Active Member
I love contesting, I think it give the band something to aim for and gives you the chance to gauge how much you have improved etc.

I also love the social aspect of a contest, it brings the band together and also gives people the chance to catch up with old friends.
 

Well Worth It

Active Member
I agree. With the day and age of changing technology, phone #'s get lost easily and contests are great places to update your records.
Seeing old faces keeps you young too.
 

Well Worth It

Active Member
:lol:
You'd better be aware that dur to your horrific insult, Rob Richardson has been instructed to deafen as required.
 

Jo Elson

Member
Its something to work up to and on the day there is an air of excitement mixed with nerves and tension, and then there is the mass drinking session afterwards!
 

jpbray

Member
Roy Taylor said:
I love contesting, I think it give the band something to aim for and gives you the chance to gauge how much you have improved etc.

I also love the social aspect of a contest, it brings the band together and also gives people the chance to catch up with old friends.

Cheesy but true. 8)
 

BFN

Member
Hmm, the reason why I think contests are great and the reason why I enjoy them are two entirely different things: They serve as encouragement (for whatever) for loads of musicians to play when they perhaps otherwise wouldn't have a chance. The very nature of competetiob means that (theoretically) standards ill always improve, and the BEST live performances are the contest-winning ones.

I, on the other hand, go on the misaprehension my band might win!
 

Cornishwomble

Active Member
jpbray said:
Roy Taylor said:
I love contesting, I think it give the band something to aim for and gives you the chance to gauge how much you have improved etc.

I also love the social aspect of a contest, it brings the band together and also gives people the chance to catch up with old friends.

Cheesy but true. 8)

Just call me Monsieur Camembert!
 
Contests

We love them because;-
We love rising at an unearthly hour to get to the Contest on time
We love predicting [probably wrongly] the position we'll come.
We love spending <100 hours on a piece of music we may dislike only to be told by a blind and deaf old man [why no women?] that we have been wasting our time.
We love the drunken and boorish behaviour at Contests.
We love<18 hour days with the insertion of 15 or 30 minutes of stress/anxiety/hell[as appropriate] at a random point.
We love the antagonism/bickering/jealousy[any two from three?] following the results.
We love conductors being told publicly that they don't know what they're doing.
We love not being mentioned at all[as individuals] in the adjudicator's comments because we can then criticise with impunity.
....... and so on ad infinitum.
SPANKY
 

jpbray

Member
Roy Taylor said:
jpbray said:
Roy Taylor said:
I love contesting, I think it give the band something to aim for and gives you the chance to gauge how much you have improved etc.

I also love the social aspect of a contest, it brings the band together and also gives people the chance to catch up with old friends.

Cheesy but true. 8)

Just call me Monsieur Camembert!

OK!! Bert. :p :p
 

Steve

Active Member
The level of playing is almost always at its highest just before a contest so rehearsals are more personally gratifying. It is also something to aim for and the sense of pride having come of stage having given your very best is unbeatable. I just like winning things really. :roll:
 

2nd man down

Moderator
Staff member
Re: Contests

Spanky Rear said:
We love them because;-
We love rising at an unearthly hour to get to the Contest on time
We love predicting [probably wrongly] the position we'll come.
We love spending <100 hours on a piece of music we may dislike only to be told by a blind and deaf old man [why no women?] that we have been wasting our time.
We love the drunken and boorish behaviour at Contests.
We love<18 hour days with the insertion of 15 or 30 minutes of stress/anxiety/hell[as appropriate] at a random point.
We love the antagonism/bickering/jealousy[any two from three?] following the results.
We love conductors being told publicly that they don't know what they're doing.
We love not being mentioned at all[as individuals] in the adjudicator's comments because we can then criticise with impunity.
....... and so on ad infinitum.
SPANKY

Yep!! That's pretty much it, but now there's the added bonus of trying to seek out as many competing tMPers as you can find. It's like a game now, trying to work out which ones you all are!!
 

Rambo Chick

Member
after spending weeks, no hang on MONTHS slogging on only two pieces of music for the areas and the grand shield respectively, it occurred to me we spend half a year doing this and im utterly sick of it!! :x

i began playing because i love making music and it gets sooooo depressing when spending EVERY rehearsal for MONTHS rehearsing the same piece. its driving me nuts :hammer

i like contests but not to the detriment of existing as a band which should be there to entertain first and foremost!!!

i want to PLAY MUSIC!!
:bounce
 

jambo

Member
In a nutshell.
Putting a performance down and basically saying, "follow that!"
Winning when it comes your way, and of course, the inevitable crack in the bar what ever the result.
 

Well Worth It

Active Member
I think it would be benefical to the entire banding movement that we don't see your crack at the bar anymore J, if that's ok with you!!
 

Seedhouse

Active Member
I enjoy contests, because it allows me to put myself as well as the band that i'm in under pressure, and allows us to gauge how much we have improved.
I also like the atmosphere that's created on results, and the way in which bands go mad when they do well! Shows how much of a team effort banding really is.
I have to say that I hate rubbish results for my band, but don't we all...!
 

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