Category Archives: The Brass Section

Life & Times of ‘our’ end of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra plus general information about the brass world in general.

Tuba Humour!

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Don’t Shoot The Messenger…

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Epic Game Of Thrones Theme for Low, Low Brass!

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Some More Photos From Our Gig Where Ken Dodd Was A Guest…

We played a gig for Investec at their annual Garden Party a couple of weeks ago. Liverpool’s favourite comedian, Ked Dodd, came along as a guest of Investec, who are also a primary sponsor of the RLPO. The official photographer … Continue reading

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Satchmo Syndrome!

From time to time I post ailments which afflict brass. This condition was published today in the medical journal RIGHT DIAGNOSIS. It was named after the great trumpeter Louis Armstrong who suffered a great deal with this complaint. I hope … Continue reading

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The Whit Friday March Contests – 13/6/2014

Friday 13th may not strike many as a lucky day to be entering the gladitorial arena that is brass band contesting, but that was the date of this year’s Whit Friday March Contests in the beautiful West Pennine areas of … Continue reading

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Whit Friday Marches!

This Friday (yes, the 13th!) I’ll be helping Greenhalls Brass Band on that most traditional of brass band contests, the Whit Friday Marches. Often described as the greatest free show on Earth, hundreds of bands will descend on the West … Continue reading

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Two ‘Chop Looseners (!)’ For Trumpet And Brass Players…

Sometimes an exercise is necessary after the tea or lunch break to get the lips vibrating quickly again. These are as good as any: I have heard the following two exercises played by many, many players. Exercise One – The … Continue reading

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Tuba Magna?!

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The Great Arnold Jacobs…

“… If you play a brass instrument, you have been taught by him, even if you don’t realise it.” – the great Dale Clevenger

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