“159/365 Champs” by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA Our brass band organisation has had a lot of success over the years. Not as much as some of the top bands in the country, but we’ve won some national competitions here and there; most recently the 2015 Midlands Section Section Regional Championships. We subsequently came…… Continue reading 159/365 Champs
https://flic.kr/p/QuJPf9 Our band has two contests coming up in the next month or so; the NEMBBA contest (North East Midlands Brass Band Association) and the Midlands Regional contest in Bedworth. We will be playing this cracking piece of music by Philip Sparke – The Land Of The Long White Cloud. Philip is one of the…… Continue reading 33/365 Aotearoa
https://flic.kr/p/R8AhXW A large part of my life revolves around brass bands. I bought this beautiful instrument (a Besson Sovereign cornet) with some inheritance money back in 2000, and it has served me well. I employ it with gusto every Monday and Thursday at my Carlton Brass rehearsals, where my musical abilities are tested along with…… Continue reading 30/365 Brass
Christmas always starts early for me. I don’t want it to, but I play in a brass band, and so I’m required to practice Yuletide tunes as early as late October some years. I am usually utterly fed up of Christmas three weeks before it actually arrives. This year has been a bit better on…… Continue reading A Christmas Finalé
https://flic.kr/p/qX3VnS 29th January 2015 After a year or so playing Flugel I am back with my lovely cornet on the Repiano part. This is the BEST cornet part, as there are often extra harmonies to go along with the solo part and the odd little solo here and there too.
Maynard Ferguson Legacy Big Band, a photo by rutty on Flickr. This weekend saw me spend 48 hours or so in the most bracing part of England – Skegness for my favourite brass band event of the year, the Butlin’s Mineworkers Championships. Thousands of brass banders managed to get there despite the atrocious weather conditions.…… Continue reading Maynard Ferguson Legacy Big Band
Time for a blow, originally uploaded by rutty. 1/365 A new year is here and I haven’t made any resolutions. Well, not quite. I do intend to practice my cornet more often. I play in a brass band and we have some contests and concerts coming up that require a strong lip and tongue on…… Continue reading Time for a blow
I’m glad that I’m not stuck with one genre of music taste. The eclectic mix of tunes on my iPhone chucks in tracks by Bjork and David Cloyd amongst rock monsters like Mastodon and Testament. The fact that I play in a brass band also means that I’m exposed to music that, perhaps, people of…… Continue reading The Armed Man, Karl Jenkins
Skegness beckons once more. It’s that time of year when brass band musicians and enthusiasts head into the fog-shrouded fens of Lincolnshire for the Butlins Mineworkers Open Festival. It’s an event not to be missed in the brass band calender. No, really. I shall be there, and so will the rest of our band: Carlton…… Continue reading Skeggy. It’s bracing.
Every year us Brass-banders head off to various locations in the UK to compete in “The Areas” – a regular, graded competition much loved/hated by the brass band community. This year we’re off to Bedworth for the first time after the Midlands Area was moved from Burton-upon-Trent. It’s a bit of a trek for those…… Continue reading James Cook – Circumnavigator