Yet another strong session, starting with the Cos kid sight reading through a range of charts.
Dance band, it’s coming together nicely and we hope to have some new charts for the next session.

Concert band
Pacem…. Is taking shape. The start I want to hold back the opening phrases from trumpet, horn and trom 2 to present a soft languid opening, we will then move the phrases along a bit to create interest. It’s vital we not only observe the dynamics but compensate for the changes in texture to allow moving parts to come through and the changes in dynamics to be effective. Dont peak too early, let the piece build itself.
Please write in the lento is conducted in quavers…. Right at the end this is a vital change that cannot by missed.

Latin celebration, a change of pace and something to enjoy

Tales of the sea…. Again texture is the key to this piece. Be careful not to rush the initial phrases, making sure the crotchets on the third beat aren’t anticipated at all. 101 is the only bar of the fall that is in 4 102 returns to 2 immediately

Oregon, I feel we are coming to terms with the piece well, there are still some challenges in the upper winds as we hit the faster sections and we need to be right on our toes when it comes to tempo and dynamic changes, they must be instant.

Les mis…. When you look back at how we struggled with this, we just played it straight through at full tempo, and using the building blocks gained from our work on phantom and Oregon we can apply the dynamic changes to any work such as this with excellent results

Almshouse st; there is a saying in the brass band that anything by Phillip sparkle that looks easy isn’t, and this is the prime example, written in 4 but played in a 12/8 feel, this is a busy chart in places, relaxing and definitely not overblowing is the key here as it doesn’t take much for the phrases to become muddled. Watch the ending for exposed little solos, especially from the flute and clarinet