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 on: Today at 10:46 AM 
Started by Jhereg - Last post by Bimmerman
They like it if they get in but getting them in is difficult.

So basically it's a promotion and image problem rather than a content problem.

I'd agree with the promotion aspect for sure. Growing up in the 90s/00s I went to the circus (Shriner-related?) with my grandparents a few times a year and really enjoyed it. I can't remember the last time I've seen an advertisement for (any) circus, either in the Denver area or now the SF Bay Area. Part of that is likely due to cord cutting and not listening to the radio when driving, but still, I never saw billboards or anything.

I was never bothered by the image of the circus, personally. When I was little, I was too young to know anything shady; when I was older, the circuses had gone / were going to great lengths to improve their image and word of mouth, so....wasn't an issue for me. Bigger issue was I never knew when it was in town once I had a driver's license.

 on: Today at 10:46 AM 
Started by seanschramm - Last post by daveyboy37
As others have said, the Douglas Yeo mouthpiece and the "replica" without the gold plating are serious bass trombone mouthpieces. There are many pros who do not use mouthpieces as big and open. Also, that mouthpiece is designed for a specific player playing a specific horn to get a specific type of sound and response. So, unless you are Doug Yeo playing a Yamaha YBL-822G, it may not work well for you.

If you are doubling, as others have said, it would be good to know whether tenor or bass is your primary instrument.

 on: Today at 10:43 AM 
Started by seanschramm - Last post by robcat2075
A lot of people think the Doug Yeo mouthpiece is too big even for bass trombone.  :D

 on: Today at 10:42 AM 
Started by Jhereg - Last post by Radar
I'm very sorry to see this venue go under, and see musicians and other entertainers loose their livelihood.  Children will miss out an an experience that brought many of us much joy in our youth, and we will miss seeing the wonder and joy in our children and grandchildren's eyes.

 on: Today at 10:41 AM 
Started by Armorgorr - Last post by daveyboy37
Another vote for the 1 1/2G. Great bass trombone mouthpiece, but not as much of an air hog as the larger mouthpieces. The 1 1/2G has the same throat and backbore as the 3G and 5G. They should also be the same mouthpiece blank.

The 1 1/4G and 1 G have a larger throat and backbore, so they can take a bunch more air. You will need a bunch more air control for those.

 on: Today at 10:34 AM 
Started by seanschramm - Last post by Rdaruwala
I'm in a very similar situation here. Traditional bass trombone player who has been using a DY for over a year, but looking for a complimenting mouthpiece size for tenor and small-bore trombones. Currently trying to change mouthpieces on smaller trombones just messes up my chops on the larger. A little reluctant to shell out large sums of money for custom-built mouthpieces just yet.

 on: Today at 10:26 AM 
Started by ssking2b - Last post by JohnL

 on: Today at 10:20 AM 
Started by Jhereg - Last post by JohnL
We still have the circus alive and well in the USA. It's called "County Fair".
Two very different things, my friend. One does find circus-style acts at fairs, but they're not the focus of the fair, and (with all due respect to the performers) they're not on the same scale nor of the same level of talent that you'd find at RBBB.

So Ringling was already down to one ring? Not much room to downsize then.
That was the Gold Unit; it was an attempt to offer a smaller-scale circus for smaller venues. RBBB shut it down a few years back. The Red Unit and Blue Unit are (soon to be were) three-ring shows.

As for downsizing? Consider that RBBB had to shut down the Gold Unit, which was, essentially, a downsized version of the show. Also consider that a downsized RBBB would have looked a lot like the Big Apple Circus, and it filed for bankruptcy in November of 2016.

RBBB has been remaking itself constantly for a long time. They abandoned the big top long ago. The sideshow and the menagerie are long gone, as is the traditional circus music. They've adopted some elements of "nouveau cirque" but have also tried to preserve the best parts of the classic American circus of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Sure, they could go full-on nouveau cirque, but Cirque du Soleil has a 30+ year head start and has pretty well saturated the market.

 on: Today at 10:19 AM 
Started by eightyeightH - Last post by MoominDave
Sunk by an early draw in a huge section. Meh. Decent performance bar a couple of loose bars, which is what matters. 10th / 24 - could have been a lot better.

We had some jolly fun though! And no-one takes it to heart in these circumstances. And the result, while well below the expected par, isn't disastrous against a strong field of bands.

 on: Today at 10:19 AM 
Started by bhcordova - Last post by robcat2075
Most people today are only familiar with the sound bites of the "I have a dream" speech and wonder how that merits such honor since nice speeches are easy to make.

But the work of MLK in his 10+ years of public life was quite daring and courageous and transformative.

This person's commentary is a good starter primer on the society he and his allies were up against:

Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did

...At this point, I would like to remind everyone exactly what Martin Luther King did, and it wasn't that he "marched" or gave a great speech.

My father told me with a sort of cold fury, "Dr. King ended the terror of living in the south."

Please let this sink in and and take my word and the word of my late father on this. If you are a white person who has always lived in the U.S. and never under a brutal dictatorship, you probably don't know what my father was talking about...

I'm guessing that most of you, especially those having come fresh from seeing The Help, may not understand what this was all about. But living in the south (and in parts of the midwest and in many ghettos of the north) was living under terrorism. 

It wasn't that black people had to use a separate drinking fountain or couldn't sit at lunch counters, or had to sit in the back of the bus. 

You really must disabuse yourself of this idea. Lunch counters and buses were crucial symbolic planes of struggle that the civil rights movement used to dramatize the issue, but the main suffering in the south did not come from our inability to drink from the same fountain, ride in the front of the bus or eat lunch at Woolworth's.

It was that white people, mostly white men, occasionally went berserk, and grabbed random black people, usually men, and lynched them. You all know about lynching. But you may forget or not know that white people also randomly beat black people, and the black people could not fight back, for fear of even worse punishment. 

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