I see you picked up on my vibe, even in Merry Ol' England...
Dale, I like it sometimes. Here's a newer piece we're doing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AbczdvmnKs
That's pretty nice, Richard. Sounds like something fun to play. That brought to mind the elective piece we played at NABBA last year:
I enjoyed playing it, and I would post our recording of it, but it's copyrighted by NABBA.
Way back when I was in high school, I pretty much enjoyed all the music we played except for one song which I field choreographed. Yeah, then we were loaded with marches and a lot of other genres ... just about any music we could get and transpose for the instruments we played. When I first got into the high school band in 8th grade, I was playing a school French horn which I never felt comfortable with albeit I liked it's sound. Then we had just 36 in the band and 3 majorettes. When I graduated, then playing trumpet and occasionally other brass, we had 84 in band, 7 majorettes, 12 flag twirlers, and a color guard and all were cohesive performers and directed well IMO.
The song I did not like was Goodnight Irene a song (waltz) by Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, later adapted by the Weavers whose lyrics were more popular. With all the others who recorded it, I may be the only one who doesn't like it. Even the audience of our performance liked it, including our having a brass bed brought quickly onto the field in which one of our majorettes got into dressed in a nightgown and cap.
Dale, the one gig I'm sure you like is SA at Christmas time. I did, and would now if my health allowed it.
Yep, I enjoyed the SA gig a lot, for many reasons. I hope to keep doing it. I even played with their small brass band last summer for a fund-raiser (Christmas in July) at a baseball game.
Richard, I probably do need to get rid of a few of them. Deciding which ones is tough, but the 1962 Conn 5A Victor and 1907 Besson Chicago Bore are probably at the top of the "soon to be sold" list right now. I'll list them in the marketplace when I'm sure I want to say goodbye to them.
Dale - when I started in a brass band last year I really enjoyed the music, it was a challenge and I know it has made me a better player. Now that we have entered the Grand Rapids gig we are going over the contest pieces it is extremely boring. I can't wait to get past contest to start playing a variety of tunes again. I used to play in a decent quintet and this brass band reminds me of quintet music. Hope you work your way through this funk, I'm going to stick to the band and look forward to after Grand Rapids.
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I am throwing this out there for all of you who have contributed to this thread. If the gig and music is getting old to you, what music or venue would you like to play which would excite you?
I have enjoyed lurking and reading what you all post very interesting.
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The Concert Band is a resident band at a Museum, and we play about once a month there, with completely separate books to our normal music, so is all sight read on the spot. Fun and panic all in one. Great fun. Normal rehearsals Sat mornings. Playouts on Sundays. 3 to 4 Concerts a year. Band's been going for 30 years
Big Band is Thursday evenings, maybe 3 concerts a year. More social and group playing. Band's been going about 25 years.
Light Orchestra has demanding music, lots of pros in this band, and only 3 to 4 rehearsals before a gig. Rehearsals on Tuesday evening, when they are required. Maybe 3 gigs a year.
Deep Brass Group is a new Group of about 10 players. Range from beginners (with good skills and range) to experienced players, rehearsals on Sundays. This does a lot for developing listening/tuning skills, and chords.
In the end, I just have to make the best sound that I can, and if I don't enjoy a tune. or a gig, then there's always next time.
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