March 03, 2006

One for the quote book…

Writing about Real Ale from Nath's PhotoBlog

Sounds like the 'quintet' gave a good account of themselves then…anyone recall the word sensational ever being used in the same sentence as a description of Brasssoc before…?!

March 01, 2006

More photos from Leeds

Follow-up to Leeds Photos from BrassSoc's Blog

I've finally put up the rest of my photos from the weekend in Leeds!

You can find them here


February 28, 2006

Leeds Photos

Folks, post your photos from Leeds Minitour here!

So far we have:

Jon Ford's Gallery

Kelly's Photos

February 24, 2006


i hope everyone's excited bout goin 2 Leeds!!!!


February 22, 2006

The Brass Band…

I received this by email today, thought you might enjoy it. Worryingly – it's quite accurate!

The modern brass band consists of:

Eb Soprano cornet Too loud, usually out of tune. Convinced he has the most difficult part in the band

Principal cornet Conceited – uses too much vibrato

Second man down or bumper upper Either thinks he would make a better principal, or hero-worships the principal

Third man down Loud brutal musical thug with lots of stamina and no finesse

Fourth man down Like third man down, only louder and thicker

Repiano cornet Waiting for a chance to play principal

2nd cornets Hesitant, out of tune, but can play a bottom C

3rd cornets Loud, out of tune, but can play bottom G

Flugelhorn Plays flat. Can't decide whether to be a cornet or a horn

Solo horn Usually a girlie – irrespective of whether a male or female player

Tenor horns Can play a unison tone in tune if one of them is dead

1st Baritone Useless player, out of tune all the time

2nd Baritone Even worse player. Only there to show what the first baritone could do if he tried

2 Euphoniums Show-off and trainee show-off

1st trombone Steam driven. Rasps most of the time

2nd trombone Sloppy player, but can rasp even at pianissimo

Bass trombone Chainsaw with vibrato

Eb basses Look like two drunken farts

Bb basses Sound like two drunken farts

Percussion Have lots of noisy toys which must be used in the most inappropriate way possible. Must be totally incapable of producing a swing rhythm

Conductor So devoid of musical ability that he thinks the above mix sounds good

February 14, 2006

Launceston Town Band

Writing about web page

This summer for our tour the band is visiting North Cornwall for some camping. We will be joining Launceston Town Band in concert on Saturday 24th June in Launceston Town Hall. Here is their latest press release:


Launceston plans local concerts

Launceston Town Band is pleased to announce a series of concerts taking place in the town throughout the year. They begin on 11th March with a pre contest performance of their ‘test piece’, “Entertainments” written by Gilbert Vinter when the band will be complimented by St. Catherine’s School Choir who proved so popular at Christmas when they performed seasonal songs at the Band’s ‘Christmas Joy’ Concert. “Entertainments” will be performed again at the West of England Regional Brass Band Finals being held on 18th March, in Torquay.

Moving on to 6th May there will be another opportunity to hear the Band in Concert with the Award Winning St. Joseph’s School Choir, something the band has been wanted for a long time but for a string of prior engagements preventing an earlier concert taking place.

On 24th June there will be rare opportunity to hear the University of Warwick’s “Brass Society” perform at the Town Hall. This promises to be a very special event created by the link between former LTB player, Alex Stanbury and his University Band. The concert will begin at 8.00pm to allow extra time for travelling the long distance from Warwick.

In August, Champions, Mount Charles Band, have agreed to share the stage with Launceston Town Band at the Town Hall as the two great bands team up to present the biggest Brass Band sound heard in the town. Mount Charles have travelled the world over beating many other top class rivals, their sound is tremendous and this is surely a concert not to be missed.

Finally, on 9th September townsfolk are invited to fly the flag again as the Annual Last Night of the Proms Concert takes place at Central Methodist Church. The two previous year’s concerts have been a sell-out and you are urged to book early as this type of event proves ever popular.

News just in reveals that Musical Director, Garry Lannie has accepted an invitation to become one of the Tutors of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band. Since joining Launceston as their MD Garry has achieved a great deal as well attended rehearsals are supported by a full compliment of players. In February last year his initiative to build a Junior Band was endorsed when over 40 young people came along to the inaugural meeting sparking a major investment by the band of £5000 to purchase new instruments and later £2500 for their uniforms. Plans for the next twelve months include taking Launceston to several Contests including the popular West of England Bandsman’s Festival on 17th June at Bugle, a new intake of juniors, commissioning a new piece of music for the band from a prominent young composer and the first Launceston Town Band Solo & Quartet Contest.

Garry has the respect of everyone involved in Launceston Town Band is becoming a well known face in the town. His dedication, enthusiasm and commitment is tremendous and he is wished every success in his new additional role at Cornwall Youth Brass Band.

Andrew Pitt

February 2006

February 07, 2006


Writing about web page

Just reading the February editorial on which starts off talking about the cost of insuring the trophy you win if you're crowned Champion Brass Band of Great Britain. I quote:

The cost of properly insuring the cup is over £1,400 for the year. It is purportedly valued for insurance purposes at around £60,000 (and that for melt down value of the silver) and is realistically worth anything between that and possibly double it because of its provenance and cultural value.


Leyland won £2000 in London and were faced with a bill of around £1400 to insure the cup. The band that came second and third actually made more money out of not winning the contest than Leyland did.

However, if you're in contesting for the money, you're a fool. (Having said that of course, Pontins and Butlins now have pretty decent prize money. If you win. If you're in the Championship section.)

January 18, 2006


Ten Top Trivia Tips about Brass Soc!

  1. The pupil of an octopus's eye is shaped like Brass Soc.
  2. Abraham Lincoln, who invented Brass Soc, was the only US president ever granted a patent.
  3. Astronauts get taller when they are in Brass Soc!
  4. Only twelve people have ever set foot on Brass Soc.
  5. Brass Soc were banned from Finland because of not wearing pants!
  6. When Brass Soc are swallowed, they will enter the blood stream within twenty minutes!
  7. Brass Soc are the world's tallest woman.
  8. The book of Esther in the Bible is the only book which does not mention Brass Soc!
  9. Brass Soc can drink over 25 gallons of water at a time.
  10. It is impossible to fold Brass Soc more than seven times!
I am interested in - do tell me about

With thanks to Gilbert for being arsed to do this.

December 21, 2005

Christmas Carol Fundraising

Writing about web page

Well, the carolling season for the University of Warwick Brass Society is now definitely over, and I thought I'd report the results.

A number of us have spent many hours suffering in the cold (and the pubs) of Coventry and the surrounding area playing carols and collecting for charity. This year we collected on behalf of Basic Needs and I'm delighted to say that we have raised approximately £650 this Christmas.

Many thanks to all of you who remained in the area long after term ended and came carolling with us, especially Juicy for her fabulous Mrs Claus outfit!

Merry Christmas to you all.

November 28, 2005

WE WON!!!!

big up da green massive

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