Anja!

Can’t start this week in any other way than to praise Anja Pärsson… The Swedish flying skiier, looking like a lightning in the slopes. With thighs that is bigger than both my put together. She is so good - and this after a really bad season where she haven’t won anything at all and we (swedes) all counted her out about the 1 nov. But she proved us wrong and now she’s defilating through the world cup. In Åre, Sweden. I am most impressed and hope that we all get inspired by her personality, fighting spirit and joy in the slopes.
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Brass band festival on radio

This week a lot of brass banding has been (or is being) sent out over radio. The complete program is found here http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=4972 This is the creme de la creme of bands in the world so don’t miss it.
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Eikanger concert on radio

A week, or so, ago the Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag (http://www.ebml.no) went to Britain to take part of the RNCM Festival of Brass together with the top bands of Britain. This is the top band in the world as far as i am concerned and they got some marvelous reviews, see http://www.4barsrest.com/reviews/concerts/con381.asp. Also I have heard that Elgar Howarth went on stage and told the band “Now I can die, this was the best concert i ever attended!”… So if you want to hear it find it here on Wednesday and (hopefully) for a while afterwards also http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/proginfo/radio/wk6/wed.shtml
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Hendon band

I went to a short concert last afternoon with the Hendon band. This is one of the biggest bands in the Salvation and maybe elsewhere. So i had prepared for a real “earcleaner” but to my big surprise they managed to play very controlled and balanced. Strong, yes for sure, but also very soft where needed. Great to hear. Cornet-soloists was amazing and the tuba section was so nice to hear. A soft, dark sound with much richness and really led the band. So - if you ever have the possibility to hear this band, don’t get scared by the size. There are some very good quality sounds to be heard from the band.
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Mecka for brass bandits

Found an article about the most famous band room in the brass band movement. You’ll find it here http://4barsrest.com/articles/2006/art665.asp The Black Dyke Band band room is a room filled with stories and famous tales (like the Bb-tuba player that used to warm up by playing tones so that the different photos would vibrate, cool!) that every banding person is interested in. For the rest of you … not as interesting i can assume.
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Genalogy boost

I started my family tree on Geni.com yesterday and in just one day it boosted to around 80 people. Really fun and good to see. I already have learned about family members that i didn’t knew i had.
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The little home genealogist

Found a great site about genealogy. http://www.geni.com Yes - we’ve seen this before and it probably will die together with the rest of these site - but it’s so good looking… and so very quick to get started. Go on - maybe we are related.
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Tuba Circus - don't try this at home kids

OK - found this on a site and it just blew my mind! I’ve actually heard that piece with Øystein Baadsvik before but it still amazing. For all non-brass players - this is more or less impossible stuff. Imagine a footballer doing a tripple-salkov and kicking a basketball into the top corner of a goal from 200 meters - and you are close in how hard this is.
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