113/365 Alan

“113/365 Alan” by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA My mate Al is a rather decent trombone player (though don’t tell him I said that). He plays with our brass band, but probably more famously as the trombonist from The Bell regulars The Footwarmers. He loves his jazz, much to the chagrin of more than…… Continue reading 113/365 Alan

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

28/365 Mouthpiece

https://flic.kr/p/RpbCZU This is one of those ‘late in the day’ shots where I neglected to find anything interesting to take during daylight hours. It is a really old mouthpiece I found in the bandroom when I was looking for something to play with the flugel. I reckon it’s from the 1950s, or older, and it’s…… Continue reading 28/365 Mouthpiece

Bookmarks for February 25th through February 27th

A false sense of security – The real danger of social networks is complacency, not cancer, says Bill Thompson Ryanair mulls charge for toilets – Irish budget airline Ryanair has said it is considering charging passengers for using the toilet while flying. Chief executive Michael O’Leary told the BBC that the Dublin-based carrier was looking…… Continue reading Bookmarks for February 25th through February 27th

Bookmarks for February 15th through February 16th

NABBC National Convention – A bright but cold morning recently greeted the delegates for the 2009 National Convention of the National Association of Brass Band conductors (NABBC) at their convention venue in Lincoln. Our band performed at this event. We were delighted to be conducted by the legendary Major Peter Parkes Don’t be bitter as…… Continue reading Bookmarks for February 15th through February 16th

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