Congratulations to the sixteen members of Blewbury Brass Band who took part in this year’s ODBBA Spring Festival. We entered 10 categories with a grand total of 20 entries all together.
The morning started with Jasper, our youngest entrant at only 11 years old, playing in the slow melody category. As the day continued, our learner band players picked up several prizes including third place for Rory, Rachel, Jasper and Thomas with the hymn tune ‘Hursley’; second place for Alice and Grace with their duet ‘Hey Jude’; third place for a quartet of Alice, Rose, Samuel and Grace playing ‘Go down Moses’; third place for Rose in the open under 11 solo Championship with her upbeat performance of ‘Funk’; and third for the junior ensemble with ‘Jurassic Park’.
Our under 14 quartet were awarded 1st place for their stunning performance of ‘Redhead’, but were sadly disqualified for a minor rule infringement.
It was then time for the main band to take to the stage. Jon Warwick in the adult improver class played ‘Hornpipe’ with spirit and determination; Rose and Ian were narrowly beaten into 2nd place with a lyrical euphonium duet; Bruce, Lauren, Alice, Rose and Ian came 2nd with Ian’s arrangement of ‘One Hand, One Heart’; and a 10 piece ensemble finished 2nd with a lively rendition of ‘Singing in the Rain’.
It was a great experience for all the players involved and we made lots of friends amongst the Brass Bands of Oxfordshire. They showed a great team spirit, turning out in force to watch each other play, and demonstrated
great sportsmanship in applauding the winning efforts of other bands.
Thank you to everyone who took part and made the day so enjoyable. Particular thanks to all our young players: Aidan, Ben, Rachel, Rory, Jasper, Thomas G, Samuel, Grace, Alice, Megan and Rose. Thanks to the parents who came along to support: Amanda K, Amanda G, Anne, Roland, Deborah, Jolyon and Lindsay (apologies if I have forgotten anyone!)
We look forward to taking part again next year with more players, and may even pick up some silverware!
Judith and Ian