Back To The Band Room – Part 4

As promised in Part 3 of this short series, here are some suggestions for what Sir Thomas Beecham called “lollipops” – pieces that fit very well at the end of your programme, some are entertainment style, others are more reflective. The value of these titles is that they are in […]

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Back To The Band Room – Part 2

Following on from last month’s thoughts on those first rehearsals following such a long gap in ensemble playing, here are some suggestions which I hope lead your band into confident playing again. Once again, I stress the value of time being taken in ‘warm-ups’ and unison playing at the commencement […]

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Back To The Band Room – Part 1 

Whilst we are all waiting for the ‘green light’ to be able to hold those first rehearsals, here are some approaches I have used (but do not claim to be original) for whenever! • Your excitement at returning to directing the band will be matched by the player’s anticipation and […]

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Letter to NCBF Band Directors 10/06/20

Greeting to all Band Directors. We at ncbf (National Concert Band Festival) are committed to providing performance opportunities for wind bands and big bands, even at this unique time of COVID-19 infections in the UK and worldwide. We sincerely hope you are all keeping safe and well, no doubt waiting […]

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