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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



Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

Sunday 19 November • All Saints’ Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH


Rotherham Schools' Youth Brass Band - Fountain City Brass Band

Monday 20 November • Rotherham Minster - Rotherham s60 1pd


Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD


Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD


Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE


Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.


Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.


Glossop Old Band

November 17 • SOLO TROMBONE. The Glossop Old Band Welcomes applications for the Solo Trombone Chair. The Band will be competing in the First Section as of 2018 and are looking to continue its progression back to the top levels of performance


Stuart Black

BA (Hons) Music
Conductor, Teacher, Flugel soloist