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21st February 2015-Nearly spring!

Last night was a very good rehearsal. My band really where worked hard on the test piece and considering i’ve only been on the solo horn part for a week, i’m really starting to get my teeth into it which is really starting to improve my playing. 62 more words


Magic of The Second Line

In the spirit of the this week’s announcement that I have opened shop in New Orleans, this “Must See” is an absolute necessity if you even have an ounce of interest in New Orleans weddings, the south, jazz, or even just good culture and good times — Second Lining! 312 more words

New Orleans:

Bold As Brass

Seems like the New York Subway is the perfect place to catch the new wave of Brass Bands. Following on from the likes of… 232 more words


and so it begins...

Tonight marks the beginning of the serious run-up to the NWABBA Area Qualifying Contest in Blackpool on 1st March. It will be all hands on deck for the next two weeks, with next week being total chaos. 31 more words


Febulous Week 2

I seem to be falling into a pattern here. By the end of the first two weeks of Jantastic my legs were really feeling the effects of the increase in training but they came back during the last two as my body adapted. 807 more words

Black Dyke Band at the Sage

Last weekend, quite by chance, I attended a fantastic concert given by the Black Dyke Band at the Sage arena in Gateshead. I’d met my brother there for a catch-up over coffee and cake as he lives nearby and it’s a great place to sit and chat, while enjoying the view over the River Tyne and Newcastle Quayside. 84 more words

Black Dyke

Music City

New Orleans is music city. Jazz came from here. Rock n Roll had some of its earliest roots here. So, it figures that so much of Mardi Gras is music driven. 36 more words

Ray Laskowitz