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RULES FOR BAND PRACTICE

1st.   Tune all the instruments by the 1st Soprano.
2d.First tune but two at a time.
3d.Finally tune in a body.
4th.No blowing or practicing between the pieces; that should be done at home.
5th.Begin together.
6th.Obey the leader or director, in every particular, in relation to the performance of the music; a Band to play well must be governed by one mind.
7th.Let the drums beat VERY softly, otherwise it will be impossible to hear the defects.

Practicing in Concert, or Band Playing

Each member of the Band, having practiced all that has been laid down, will next take his part of the first lesson, practice that until perfectly familiar with it, so that he may be able to play it without its absorbing whole of his attention, for it often occurs, with beginners, that they are so engaged with the difficulties (or beauties) of their own part, that they are scarcely conscious that any but themselves have been playing; this should not be so; every member should be familiar enough with his own part to be able to pay some attention to what is doing about him, and although it is praiseworthy to play his part as if the whole effect depended upon the proper execution of that part, yet, at the same time, he should remember that band playing is not simply a number of men playing certain notes with great correctness and precision, it is, in addition to all that, a number of instruments harmonizing and sympathizing with each other, as if the same sensitive soul governed all, as one; let every member play his part and nothing more; if this is not difficult enough to show his abilities, let him play a solo; do not mutilate the arrangement of the music. Before beginning a new piece, look closely to the signature, observing what notes are made flat or sharp, what time it is in and how fast it is to be played. Attend closely to the Pianos; it is an old and very true saying, that "the fortes always take care of themselves"; there are many shades of forte and piano, which should be carefully attended to; then there are the forzandos, crescendos, diminuendos, staccatos, slurs, and all the other little marks connected with music, the attention to which evinces the excellence of a Band's training.

RULES RECOMMENDED FOR THE BAND ROOM

1st.   Use no profane or vulgar language.
2d.Keep your rehearsal room clean and orderly.
3d.Have good music stands and suitable light.
4th.Do not take pride in being the last one at the band meetings.
5th.Do not attempt to lead the leader.
6th.And finally, remember that noise is not music.


From, Dodsworth's Brass Band School, 1853