15/1/2018 Brass

15/1/2018 Brass
15/1/2018 Brass

15/1/2018 Brass by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

Mondays are my first brass band rehearsal evening of the week. I love my band. It’s certainly not fashionable or especially popular, but there’s just something fantastic about making music with 24 other friends.

I’ve been doing this for over forty years now. I can hardly believe it myself, but playing an instrument is such a great hobby for me.

281/365 Horn

281/365 Horn
281/365 Horn by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

I’ve been playing at Newark Wedding Fair at the exhibition centre. Carlton Brass are angling for more bookings so we have formed a quintet too. I’ve been playing the cornet part, my first time doing so in a quintet.

My lip knows it’s had a good blow, but it was very rewarding.

We also played two further sessions with the full band. I am absolutely knadgered after that!

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 one of our former conductors. Many a solo has been ‘enhanced’ with a jazzy slide or added Lusherosso.

110/365 Blow here


“110/365 Blow here” by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

I have played a brass instrument for as long as I can remember. I started when I was six and I’m still going at it, more than forty years later.

I’m enjoying at much now as I ever have. I’m not exactly Wynton Marsalis, but I can blow well enough to play in a good brass band. My pursed lips have been pressed against this mouthpiece too many times to count. There are, no doubt, large quantities of my DNA embedded in those tiny pits on the rim.

Never borrow another brass player’s mouthpiece.

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.

28/365 Mouthpiece

28/365 Mouthpiece

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 showing lots of sign of wear.

I love old metal things like this.