All Hands to the Pump

Lakeside Brass Extravaganza

On the 11th of September Carlton Brass Nottingham in conjunction with Lakeside Tower (The Old Bestwood Pumping Station) is holding an Open Invitation Entertainments Contest. Each band will play 20 – 25 minutes of music from the central island in the magnificent surroundings of Lakeside .

The adjudicator for the day is Mr David Read and the MC is the larger than Life Lynden Cooper from Newstead Welfare.

Seven Bands have accepted invitations to play they include one from the North West, one from Yorkshire and five from the Midlands . Continue reading “All Hands to the Pump”

The 2005 Area Contest – Special Report

A report from our special correspondent Phil (he knows cos he was there)

Areas day 2005 had arrived. Three months of practice on Vaughan Williams’ Variatiations for Brass Band behind us and we were off to Burton-on-Trent Town Hall to play it one last time.

The day was certainly a memorable one, full of laughter, tragedy, fights, booze, bacon butties, foot fetishists, bad smells, the usual dodgy results… oh and a bit of music in there somewhere.

First fight of the day was hand bags at dawn, when one bandsman greeted the other with a friendly “Aye Up you old BEEP, what the BEEP are you wearing. You should be in your BEEPing uniform – if it’s not good enough for you, you can BEEP off and join another BEEPing band” – or some other such early morning pleasantry.

“Yeah just BEEP off and stick it up your BEEP” came the friendly reply. Sensing a fun game another triade of abuse was offered as an opening gambit. This was expertly riposted with another volley of filth and threats of violence. 2 or 3 minutes into this game of verbal ping-pong and the first looks of doubt appeared on the faces of the first protagonist and the watching audience. Hang on a minute is there only one person actually playing this game here? OOops – never mind, both eventually kissed and made up later. Continue reading “The 2005 Area Contest – Special Report”

New Players

Following on from our success at The Butlins mineworkers Open Championships, Carlton Brass announce the following new signings in preparation for the Derby and Area contests. Joining the Band on Bass Trombone is the young and very talented bass trombonist Simon Evans. Simon has played with The Ransome Band and more lately with EYMS at last years nationals. Making a comeback on Euphonium is Gary … Continue reading New Players

Band Party

The Carlton Band Organisation hosted by Carlton Brass will be holding its annual social evening on the 19 February ( 8:00pm ) at the Phoenix Public House (At the Junction of Wollaton Avenue and Shelford Road Gedling). All three bands in the organisation, Nottingham City Transport, Carlton Brass and Carlton Brass Training Band are invited. There will be a Bar, Disco, Karaoke and a buffet.  … Continue reading Band Party