National Finals - Championship Section - Test Piece : Music for Battle Creek

salefc

Member
Hmm. It seems to me SuperPh is filling up a topic with nonsense. It'd probably be a good idea to simply ignore him, probably like everyone does in the non-virtual world that he has some semi-concious knowledge exists.

Of course, if he labels himself in London I'll gladly come and have a drink with him. Problem is though, I don't do hot drinks, but I doubt he has a mind wider than a pin to decide if there are other options available.
 

BrassGroupie

New Member
If you consider yourself to be a member of a 'cup of tea' band, why shouldn't I slope off for a 'cup of tea' while you're playing?
I think he meant cup of tea the way you were describing it... I really don't think EYMS see themselves as a so-called C.O.T. band!! ;)

Anyway, we are all WAY off topic here.... I'm going off to start my birthday with (yes you guessed it!) a cup of tea and a cuddle with my daughter and see if we can get this thread back on topic!!
 

Thirteen Ball

Active Member
I would suggest a more positive attitude. A little self-belief can go a long way.

And I would suggest you, Sir, adopt a more positive attitude to the qualifiers from the regions.

How are they ever to have any self-belief when people like you brand half of them with a derogatory title and suggest they're just there to make up the weight?

Have some respect.
 
Of course that's right in theory, but in my opinion there are far too many bands at this event, and the result is one of the least generally competitive and least watchable contests on the calendar. Of course it is great to watch the big boys battle it out (often several hours apart! unfortunately) but some of the cup-of-tea bands aren't even trying hard, because they know they can't win and have nothing to lose.

The areas, the Open, the spring festival, etc. have the threat of relegation wihch really spices up the wooden spoon competition. Instead, we will be treated to a number of bands just "having their big day out" in London - the high points for them are looking around at the empty seats, and getting their photo taken outside for the bandroom wall. How spectators are expected to sit through the whole thing, I have no idea.

It fathoms me that people like this would wish to comment on Bands performances before they have event played. It stinks of some who has never played or will never have the opportunity to play in such a prestigious event or at any event at this level. This persons comments demeans the hours of rehearsal and effort put in by the bands who have gained the right to compete for the title of National Champions. My advice to Super Ph would be to grab your Sop, get some more practice in and maybe you might be good enough to play at the RAH instead of moaning about it!!
 

Vickitorious

Active Member
I think the piece is AMAZING! I love it.. I can't stop singing it, and I'm getting REALLY excited about playing at the RAH! :biggrin: AND seeing how much more 4br could put us down! :evil:
 

George BB

Member
Never mind popping out for cups of tea. I will be there right through the day. Hope the piece is as good as you say. There never will be another "New Jerusalem" but I enjoy them all.
Best of luck to all taking part on Saturday
 

agentorange

Member
If you consider yourself to be a member of a 'cup of tea' band, why shouldn't I slope off for a 'cup of tea' while you're playing?

I would suggest a more positive attitude. A little self-belief can go a long way.

I'll re-phrase for those unable to spot a touch of sarcasm - i am a member of what other people may condsider to be a cup of tea band. And you are quite welcome to slope off and drink as much tea as you like, I won't miss you. Oh, and I have all the self belief i need thank you, anyone who knows me will confirm that.

And what exactly is negative about going to enjoy the day, enjoy the music and enjoy the occasion regardless of the outcome? To me that does display a positive attitude.

The only negativity I can see on this thread is from people like you who have already decided that some bands are not worth listening to.
 

scotchgirl

Active Member
I can't wait until Saturday...we won our area by two clear points this year, and would probably be seen by some people as a COT band (to coin a phrase)....but we have worked our bits off the last few weeks...and employed ALL our resources to playing the best that we possibly can.

It is a disappointment to all in banding that some people look at the list of bands playing and decide beforehand which bands they will listen to, and which they won't...however, that's THEIR loss...who knows they might even end up missing the winning band....its not like that's never happened before is it.

I love this test-piece (getting back on topic lol!)...the second movement is beautiful and the third movement is excellent - really well written in my humble opinion. One of the best I've had the chance to play.

Good luck to everyone who is competing on Saturday...and we'll ALL (COT bands and the 'good' bands) probably end up in the Mews anyway lol!
 

John Brooks

Well-Known Member
I'm leaving tomorrow :) 9.00am (2.00pm GMT) flight out of Toronto and really looking forward to a few stress free days. Sounds as though Saturday will certainly be a terrific day and good luck to all tMP'ers taking part.
 

Ste69

Member
You too!

We're leaving on Friday though....so roll on Friday!! And of course Saturday!

We're actually leaving on the Friday as well - that's just Mr Chief being a bit vague ;) (just kidding mate)

I'm sure we will all end up in the mews for a nice cuppa - 2 sugars for me please :p
 

Bayerd

Active Member
I can't wait until Saturday...we won our area by two clear points this year, and would probably be seen by some people as a COT band (to coin a phrase)....but we have worked our bits off the last few weeks...and employed ALL our resources to playing the best that we possibly can.

It is a disappointment to all in banding that some people look at the list of bands playing and decide beforehand which bands they will listen to, and which they won't...however, that's THEIR loss...who knows they might even end up missing the winning band....its not like that's never happened before is it.

I love this test-piece (getting back on topic lol!)...the second movement is beautiful and the third movement is excellent - really well written in my humble opinion. One of the best I've had the chance to play.

Good luck to everyone who is competing on Saturday...and we'll ALL (COT bands and the 'good' bands) probably end up in the Mews anyway lol!

Perhaps I'm going with the wrong attitude.................... I don't intend listening to anymore than about 6 bands on Saturday. Yes it's true I'd rather be playing obviously, but I don't find the idea of listening to 20 performances of the same piece fun at all. So I'll pick and choose, safe within the knowledge that I'll miss some great performances and as you correctly say, it will be my loss.
 

BrassGroupie

New Member
Perhaps I'm going with the wrong attitude.................... I don't intend listening to anymore than about 6 bands on Saturday. Yes it's true I'd rather be playing obviously, but I don't find the idea of listening to 20 performances of the same piece fun at all. So I'll pick and choose, safe within the knowledge that I'll miss some great performances and as you correctly say, it will be my loss.
I don't think many people will be listening to all 20... apart from those die-hard Norwegians that I always end up sitting behind, no matter which entrance I go in?! :confused: But I think the difference is, some of us go knowing that we like to listen to a certain number of bands rather than - "they've got no hope so I won't bother with them..."

I usually listen to the band I support and the two or three either side, time-permitting, and then the last two of the day - no matter who they are :) I usually miss the so-called big ones!!! :oops:
a COT band (to coin a phrase)
Oh, I coined it many posts ago!!! :p You just can't have a good rant typing "cup of tea" over and over!!! LOL!

At least I think we're back on topic now?? Aren't we?

Anyway, good luck to ALL the bands!! It's been ages since I've heard the test piece now... I think I need to hear it 5 or 6 times in a row on Saturday!
 

Laserbeam bass

Active Member
With all the positive responses to the test I can't wait to hear it. It doesn't matter to me who plays No 1. I will get my thoughts about the piece from that, however it is interpreted. I will be listening to between 12 and 14 bands on Saturday, (Terrible fixation I have for tobacco) and will certainly be listening to my two local bands, as well as a host of others. I do like to hear the big names and If I catch a few of the other bands all the better.

Good luck to all bands, and may the best group of 28? musicians and a stick waggler win.
 

Ste69

Member
Right - all done, packed and ready (ish)

See you all in a bar somewhere if not at the Hall - Have a good one and Good Luck to ALL the bands competing.
 

stevetrom

Well-Known Member
Not going down this year, would have but I Rugby WCF (down the pub) won in the end !

Good luck to all those playing, will check for results when i am sober.
 

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