Looking for info on Roy Roe

Accidental

Supporting Member
As Roy is adjudicating our next association contest, I'm trying to find some info on previous contests he's judged. Does anyone know if he has any preferences for test pieces (old vs modern, easy vs. stretchy etc etc)? Please help!
 

iancwilx

Well-Known Member
When I played under him a couple of years back he kept saying "Fill the bars out" (Not alcoholic I hasten to add.) and "Don't short change the music" (or something similar!)
He doesn't like gaps between bars for breathing etc - keep the sound going right up to the bar line - sustain the sound.
He really is keen on this.
 

missflugel

Member
He adjudicated the 1st Section North of England areas a couple of years back when i played Royal Parks. I think he went for full middle of the band sounds with like earlier said, sustained bars and sound throughout the movements. Dynamics were also important looking back at the remarks.

Jo x
 

Frontman

Member
Roy played sop but that really does not matter.

Play it as you think it should be. If it is good enough it will win.
 

Straightmute

Active Member
Accidental said:
As Roy is adjudicating our next association contest, I'm trying to find some info on previous contests he's judged. Does anyone know if he has any preferences for test pieces (old vs modern, easy vs. stretchy etc etc)? Please help!
Ask someone at Friary Band, Roy used to act as their professional conductor in earlier days! :D

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Accidental

Supporting Member
Straightmute said:
Ask someone at Friary Band, Roy used to act as their professional conductor in earlier days! :D
Erm..... you know who I play for, right? :lol: :wink:

Thanks for the tips guys. What we were really after was any preferences for actual pieces/styles/composers though.

I appreciate helpful-frontman's point, but given that adjudication is always going to be subjective I don't think it hurts to try to fit your choice to the guy who'll be sat in the box judging it. Think about it - if you knew an adjudicator HATED a particular composer's music, would you not pick a piece by someone else? Common sense imho.
 

PeterBale

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Staff member
If it's any help, this was my summary for 4barsrest of his remarks in the 1st Section, L&SC:
In his summarising remarks, Roy Roe described "Coventry Variations" - somewhat to the surprise of many in the hall - as not being really technically difficult, but high in musical content. He felt that three performances had been consistent, whereas the other bands had struggled badly. He stressed the importance of playing together, as shown both in the opening trio and in Var 2, where clarity was needed to ensure all the sections were heard. In Var 5 & 6 he felt many players had been guessing at the placement of the notes, rather than playing them precisely, whilst some of the slow sections had been so slow that there was no musical flow. He also highlighted the need for control and observing the marks, pinpointing the bass solo, which is not accented, whereas the bass trombone at the same point is. Finally he stressed the need for the main tune to be sustained, with the moving parts being treated as subsidiary, if the musical sense is to be preserved.
 

GJG

Well-Known Member
deezastar said:
Lucky you! Roy Roe is a fine adjudicator and always gives out fair results! Good luck! :D
.... not sure most of my band would have agreed with you after the qualifiers.....(nor the 4BR reviewer actually)..... :wink:
 

Tuba Miriam

Member
GJG said:
deezastar said:
Lucky you! Roy Roe is a fine adjudicator and always gives out fair results! Good luck! :D
.... not sure most of my band would have agreed with you after the qualifiers.....(nor the 4BR reviewer actually)..... :wink:
Indeed! He got the top placings right (good luck for the finals Staines) but as for the rest, it seemed more like the Woolworth's First Section Qualifiers it was so pick n mix. :wink:

Which contest is this anyway?
 
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