Brass Band

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by rainbowboy023, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. rainbowboy023

    rainbowboy023 Pianissimo User

    Feb 15, 2011
    How many of you play in a British style brass band? What instrument/part do you play? What do you like about brass band?

    I play flugelhorn in a brass band; what I like about the brass band sound is that its so light and mellow even more so than woodwind and string groups despite brass instruments having a reputation for being bright or crass or blatty:thumbdown:(personally I think those that believe that probably haven't heard a half decent brass player).

    So what about you other brass banders out there?
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2011
  2. vern

    vern Piano User

    Mar 4, 2008
    Hoping to join Northern Michigan Brass Band at some point in near future. Yes, I think adding flugelhorns and cornets give the bands a warm sound especially when cornet players use the traditional cornet mouthpieces.

    Keep it up!
  3. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    Hi Rainbowboy,

    That's one impressive list on your signature. I played a little Brass Band in my earlier days, but sadly droped out too soon due to transfers etc with jobs.

    Where in Australia are you?
  4. Graham

    Graham Pianissimo User

    Jun 8, 2008
    Melbourne, Australia
    I play cornet in the Hawthorn Band here in Melbourne. Just started recently, and I think it's one of the most potentially satisfying musical decisions I've made.
  5. Dale Proctor

    Dale Proctor Utimate User

    Jul 20, 2006
    Heart of Dixie
    I play 2nd Cornet in the Brass Band of Huntsville. This is our 10th season, and I'm one of the founding members. I currently play two different cornets, switching when the mood hits me - a 1993 Bach Strad 184 large bore with a gold brass bell, and a customized 1962 Conn 5A Victor. I play the Conn on a Wick 4B, and the Bach on a Wick 4B Heritage.

    What I like about a British-style brass band are the varied styles of music available, and the ability of the band to play in a mellow, reserved sound, or light it up with an extremely powerful one. We competed in the NABBA contests a couple years ago for the first time and were scored very well by the judges.
  6. TrumpetDreamerBoy

    TrumpetDreamerBoy New Friend

    Mar 27, 2011
    Planet Earth
    I play flugel in a brass band too and enjoy being a "solo" player (since theirs only 1 flugel) and the exposedness of the part. I personally that flugel is possibly the most important and probably the hardest part, second only to the soprano cornet.
  7. nordlandstrompet

    nordlandstrompet Forte User

    Apr 5, 2008
    Flugel IS the hardest and most important part in the brass band.

    Hardest, because one has to fight to play in tune with the always out of tune eb-horn group
    and most important because the flugel is the part that links all the other instruments together.

    Believe me, I've been there for more than forty years.
    I am now having a break from the hard work, playing principal cornet...:lol:
  8. Sturmbill

    Sturmbill Pianissimo User

    Feb 11, 2004
    I, too like the versatility of a brass band. The amazing warmth and richness right through to the bold, brass powerful sounds. The music is some of the most challenging I have ever encountered. I also enjoy playing everything from test pieces, to transcriptions to just plain old entertainment pieces.

    Our band is the Massanutten Brass Band from Virginia, and we are a 1st section band in our 11th year. I play in the back row on a Schilke XA1 or sometimes on a Conn 5A like Dale (but mine is not nearly as nice as his!).

    I keep telling my wife that she made the wrong choice all those years ago when she decided to be a clarinetist! She finally is starting to believe me!
  9. larry tscharner

    larry tscharner Forte User

    Apr 30, 2010
    dubuque iowa
    Ridiculously hard is an understatement. Add relentlessly hard to the list. Ive only had a taste in our concert band setting but I like it...if only I didnt suck too. I like that its bright most of the time but the color changes quickly and very often. My kind of music. Best wishes.
  10. reedy

    reedy Piano User

    Jul 31, 2009
    Wiltshire, UK
    I grew up in the brass band world, playing with Shrewton Silver in the UK, one of the oldest brass bands around! played many contest and competitions and spent around 11 years there from when I 1st started then playing 3rd for many years untill I left last year playing on the front row.

    I then Joined Bath Spa brass band when I came to Uni but its never the same :( not as much fun, not as many jokes, nights out etc, any they were a section lower than shrewton....

    Just out of interest do you guys have the same sort of contests around the world as we do in the UK?

    with sections which compete in area 2 contests and then the finals? or do you do things different?

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