159/365 Champs


“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 an excellent 4th at the National contest too.

You always win a nice banner after a victory, and this top one was for one of the now defunct bands in our organisation (NCT), who won the old Championship Section Regional Contest.

It may seem strange having a competitive element to brass banding, but it’s a core element of our culture. Some don’t like it, but it’s something I really enjoy.

33/365 Aotearoa

33/365 Aotearoa

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 brass banding world’s best known composers, and this one from 1979 is an old favourite. It has some great tunes, some lovely quiet moments, but plenty of ooomph. It’s quite a test of our band’s abilities, but we are all enjoying rehearsing it. My lip certainly knows it’s had a good workout after tonight’s rehearsal.

It will certainly sort out the bands on the day. Looking forward to it.

Here’s a good version by Brassband Scaldis:

30/365 Brass

30/365 Brass

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 25 other brass banders.

I love it. I know it’s not the most modern or exciting hobby, but there’s something about making music in a brass band that really appeals to me.

Repiano

Repiano

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.