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2011: September

From Rothwell to Newsome with some little bits of fun in between....

The Rothwell Incident

In your editorial, ‘The Rothwell Incident’, you ask, ‘do the ...competitors trust (the adjudicator) to make (their) judgements with impartiality?’
 
The clear answer to that question is 'no'.  

Bands do not trust ANY contest adjudicator to act with impartiality. 

That is why they insist that their judges sit in boxes where they cannot see who is performing.
 
I thought this point had been quite well established in your columns over the years. 

Or was this the point you were trying to make?
 
Jim Yelland
Hinckley


Praise for Elland Youth

Another great day at Hardraw Scar in a wonderful location and congratulations to the Harrogate Band on their victory.

However the wonderful performance from Elland Silver Youth was surely worth a mention.

They have previously played in Section B, but this year had to compete in Section A.

To win the ‘Best March’ and finish second to Harrogate was surely a remarkable and accomplished performance worthy of comment..

Ken Cartwright


Is it meant to be fun?
 
Just a comment on a small incident that took place during Grimethorpe Band’s performance at the British Open.

From my seat in the circle I could clearly see James Fountain and Daniel Robson as they sat together on stage.

After one particularly flamboyant section – I don’t have a score so I can’t quote the bar numbers – it was obvious that the two of them having a great time, revelling in the occasion and thoroughly enjoying themselves.
 
Banding can be a serious business, but is there not a danger that we take ourselves too seriously at times?

We can all strive to be the best we can be, regardless of our natural talent (or lack of it). But if in trying to be the best we can, we lose sight of the fact that making music is something to be enjoyed then we do both ourselves and our audience a disservice.
 
James and Daniel are two young men with immense talent and a great future ahead of them.

I hope they will always be able to have fun making music. They are a fine example to us all.
 
Ken Ward
Lytham St Annes


Read the Newsome memories!

I just wanted to share with you a great autobiography that I have just read – ‘The Best of Brass - A life's journey with bands’ by Roy Newsome.

I bought it whilst up in Birmingham for the British Open. I couldn't put it down!!
 
It is an honest account of life in the banding world and many of the things Roy has written about still ring very true.

By that I mean the overnight sackings of conductors, mysterious band committee meetings-that no one owns up to knowing anything about, player tantrums and inflated egos, plus the very strange decisions of various bands.
 
This book has really helped me piece together some of the very strange, unanswered questions I have had about some of the comings and goings in the brass band world during the last 30-40 years!!
 
This book was also quite funny at times and full of details regarding adjudication, contests etc that I knew very little about.
 
When I was a young cornet player in the South West I once asked Roy Newsome for his autograph.

He had just won yet another contest in the Colston Hall with Sun Life.

He was my hero then and still is. He of course gave me his autograph, but only after his fist sip of beer at the bar, which he had so dearly earned.

I still treasure that autograph. Thank you Roy.
 
Do get a copy - you won't be able to put it down.
 
Tom Stone
Harrow



London Central Fellowship Band - The International Staff Band in Cambridge

Saturday 24 February • Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG


Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 25 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HU


Contest: Midlands Regional Championships

Saturday 2 March • Corby Business Academy, Gretton Road, Corby NN17 5EB


Haverhill Silver Band - Waterbeach Brass - Spring Concert

Saturday 2 March • Histon Baptist Church, Station Road, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LQ


Contest: Yorkshire Regional Championships

Saturday 2 March • Corporation Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Mereside Brass

February 20 • Mereside Brass (Rudheath, Northwich) are looking for a FRONT ROW CORNET, position negotiable. We are a friendly 4th Section band restarting contesting this year and with a sensible calendar of jobs and band social events. Come and give us a try!


Haverhill Silver Band

February 19 • Play Bb (or Eb) bass and want to compete at the Spring Festival and Whit Friday? . . Due to work commitments, Haverhill Silver Band (L&SC Champions 2022) have a vacancy for a talented Bb or Eb bass player to join us after the areas.


London Central Fellowship Band

February 16 • We are currently recruiting for back-row cornet, Solo Cornet, 2x Tenor horn, Trombone and percussion.


Steve Pritchard-Jones

FTCL LTCL LDBBA DipMusEd GMus QTS NPQH
Conductor, Adjudicator, Teacher


               

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