As it happens I’m on-line and do know people who wear ear plugs whilst playing. I might also have suffered some hearing loss but aren’t certain of the cause (Brass Banding or due to something(s) else). Bands are variable on their sound output and some seats are better protected than others. I don’t like to be sat near some drummers ‘cause they’re too loud for me (plugs in when that happens) and being sat in front of a Bass Trombone Bell would encourage me to have some ear plugs in my case ready for use.I'm considering taking up horn or baritone, but need to wear earplugs as I find bands a big too loud. Do any other blowers wear plugs(and I wear ACS moulded ones) can you play OK? Many thanks
As you say, If the MD cant hear the drums and hardly the Troms , neither can the audience ....or adjudicators !I've been in bands where we bave to screen the drums off due to noise but then the director asks to remove them because he can't hear the drums... You can't have it all.... Or screen the trombones off but then the director says "can you play louder, I can't hear you".. Thats the point!!
A conductor would be standing in a very odd place if the end chairs need to look out to see what he's doing!Maybe I'm stating the obvious but if for example the sop player turned his seat a little so he's playing towards the conductor rather than the back of the principal cornets head he would be quieter from the principals perspective and the audience could hear him better so could reduce his volume as well.
That is interesting, Miking up the Band and bringing the sound down on the loud bits and up on the quiet bits is what audiences are used to from TV Radio and Records/CDs. Its very annoying for 90% of people to listen to music which constantly goes loud and then quiet for no apparent reason. Many good players might just as well mime when they get below MP because \at a Bandstand job no one will hear them, I sometimes have difficulty myself. So ear plugs? No. Get a decent rehearsal room....the Baffles /screening & earplugs used by the players spoil it for a live audience, unless of course as with big bands with players miked up, the sound being corrected as it happens by a mixing desk situated in the audience area.....As the James Last band does. Its interesting to see the techies constantly moving the sliders up and down the desk to compensate.
Couldn't possibly disagree more with this line.As I tell players "Any Bloody Fool can play quietly."