Category: Musical Notes

Listen to this you buggers

Tomorrow marks our appearance in the Midlands Area contest in Burton on Trent. Actually, that should be later on today, arse. Perhaps I’d better head to the land of nod with all speed. Anyway, early..

I was very drunk at the time

This weekend saw me take part in the Butlins Mineworkers Brass Band Contest set in the magnificent vistas of Butlins in Skegness. This event enabled me to imbibe an abnormally large quantity of alcoholic beverages..

Images of the Millenium

The 2006 Area competition is going to be a very interesting affair. The piece chosen for our section, Images of the Millenium by Howard Snell, is going to prove to be a hell of a..

Back to winning ways

After our disappointing 4th (and last) position at the Leicester contest last week, my band Carlton Brass had a much better result at Leamington Spa yesterday. We came 1st with our earnest rendition of Eric..

I survived

You’ll be pleased to know that I just about survived Pontins. I had a brilliant time there, got very drunk and met all sorts of fabulous brass banders (not necessarily in that order). Unfortunately the..

Prestatyn here I come

Tomorrow evening I shall be setting off in the direction of North Wales for the “delightful” holiday resort of Pontins in Prestatyn. I know it’s a funny time of year for a short break but..

Flag waving patriotism

I’ve had a couple of really good concerts over the last couple of nights. Friday night’s was a Trafalgar Day job in Lambley Village Hall and tonights was in the TA Centre in Carlton. Two..

My lip is weak

I’ve been playing my cornet now for over thirty years. This seems like a long time, bloody hell it really is a long time, but there are still plenty of things wrong with my technique..

Lakeside Brass Extravaganza

This weekend sees an event at the Lakeside Tower that will have Brass Band enthusiasts out in their droves, possibly. It’s been called a “Brass Extravaganza” by, well, us. It’s an entertainments contest that’s been..

More Ransomes

I’ve had another evening of Brass Band fun with the excellent Ransome Band tonight. I helped out again at a concert they had at the Winding Wheel Theatre in Chesterfield – a Last Night at..


I’ve had a very band-oriented day today. Considering the fact that it was a bank holiday you’d think I’d be enjoying the country side or something and drinking beer. But no, I was playing my..


My band Carlton Brass have come third in this years Area contest in Burton upon Trent. We played pretty well and were pleased with our place, but as we missed out on a visit to..