14th March 2009. The Midlands Area approaches and Carlton Brass are busy working up this year’s challenging test piece Pentacle. Written by Graham Cole, and based on the myths and legends surrounding the ancient symbol of the same name, the piece is proving to be a bit of a handful. Continue reading Midlands Regional Contest 2009
2008 has seen Carlton Brass in the First Section for the very first time in its history, and so the band was expecting a tough task at this year’s area contest in Bedworth. The chosen test piece, James Cook Circumnavigator by Gilbert Vinter, was a difficult piece and we had spent many extra rehearsals polishing our performance. Continue reading Success at the Midlands Area
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”