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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



Roberts Bakery Band - Bluedot Festival

Saturday 21 July • Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. . The University of Manchester. . Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL


Medway Band - Higham Church Annual Prom

Saturday 21 July • St. Marys Church. 1 Abbey Farm Cottages . Church Street. Higham. Rochester . ME3 7LS


Lofthouse Brass Band - Oxenhope Railway Station

Sunday 22 July • Oxenhope Railway Station, The Railway Station, Station Road, Haworth BD22 8NJ BD22 8NJ


Tendring Brass - Opening Night Concert of the Frinton Mission 2018

Saturday 28 July • Greensward,. Frinton on Sea,. Essex CO13 9DN


Lofthouse Brass Band - Filey Bandstand

Sunday 29 July • Filey Bandstand, The Crescent, Filey YO14 9JS YO14 9JS


Blidworth Welfare Band

July 20 • *PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM* A great opportunity has arisen for a first class Euphonium player to join one of the UK's most upwardly mobile Championship section bands. The successful candidate will be a regular solo feature at concerts, contests and recordings.


Arrow Valley Brass

July 20 • The Band seeks cornet players, front and back row to add to a band steadily improving under Andy Culshaw.. The band is friendly and welcoming and has a good mix of concerts and competitions. . Main rehearsal is on Sunday morning in Inkberrow, Worcs.


Loxley Silver Band

July 19 • Musical Director - We are a friendly, contesting band currently holding a strong position in the fourth section. We have a varied concert/engagement programme in place and we are looking for a Musical Director who can help us to move onwards and upwards.


David W. Ashworth

RSCM, ABBA Exec Member, NABBC PRO.
Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator