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…… Continue reading 159/365 Champs

30/365 Brass

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


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

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

Skeggy. It’s bracing.

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.

James Cook – Circumnavigator

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