335/365 Three Kings Swing

335/365 Three Kings Swing by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA It’s that time of year again; our first Christmas concert of the 2017 festive season. We’ve been rehearsing various Yuletide ditties since late October, so we are well prepared for the oncoming barrage of Santa-related tuneage. One piece we play is the one visible…… Continue reading 335/365 Three Kings Swing

176/365 Contest Day

“176/365 Contest Day” by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA I love brass band contest days. My band Carlton Brass are playing at the Brass on the Grass contest at Denby Potteries today. This is an entertainments contest, where each band has to play a programme of 25 minutes of (hopefully) entertaining brass band music.…… Continue reading 176/365 Contest Day

51/365 Toot

https://flic.kr/p/SjYf4B Yet another photo of me at band. This time we are rehearsing Land of the Long White Cloud by Philip Sparke. This is the chosen test piece for the Area, and we are running it out at the imminent NEMBBA contest too. It’s a cracking piece of music, if a bit heavy on the…… Continue reading 51/365 Toot

Whit Friday Marches 2008

I spent the best part of last Friday in the lovely Lancashire area of Tameside, where our band were taking part in the traditional Whit Friday Marches contest. For the uninitiated this happens every year (on Whit Friday, natch) and involves many dozens of Britain’s brass bands descending on Tameside and Saddleworth. Each band is…… Continue reading Whit Friday Marches 2008