Congratulations to all who took part on Sunday 8th October 2017. In our first contest, the band took awards for the best music, best entertainment, best instrumentalist (Alice, on tenor horn) and most youth players in the unregistered section.
Overall, the band came third for entertainment out of the 17 competing bands.
In addition we were treated to stunning solos from Alice, on horn, and Rose, on baritone.
Thanks to our players and supporters. Thank you to the ODBBA for putting on such a great event.
Blewbury Brass Band’s younger members had a successful and enjoyable day at the ODBBA Brass Festival. The band was represented in seven different sections including solos, duets, quartets and the ensemble. A big thank you to David, George, William, Alice, Rose, Grace and Rachel for taking part in the event.
Alice received the award for being the best girl in the under 15 category; our under 19 quartet won second place playing ‘Drunken Sailor’; Grace and Rachel were placed third for their duet ‘When I’m 64’; and Alice finished third in the slow melody with her own arrangement of ‘On my own’. We also received four fourth places: David in the under 11 slow melody, Grace in the 12-14 slow melody and junior championship, and our under 14 hymn quartet.
Well done to our Blewbury Youth Brass Players: Katie who won first place in the senior duet; Izzy and Ciaran who were second in the under 19 duet; and Megan who came second in the 15-18 slow melody.
Thank you to the ODBBA for organising such a successful festival. It was a great experience for our young players to meet up with players from other local bands and hear some high-quality playing.
We look forward to taking more players (including our adults) next year!
This year’s ODBBA Festival will be held on Sunday 23th April 2017. Last year, Blewbury Brass Band had an excellent turn-out from both the Learner and Main Bands and came away with several prizes. It would be great to see even more players taking part this year.
There are categories for all ages from under 9s to adults, solos to ensembles. Please see the ODBBA website for details http://www.odbba.org/home/odbba-events/. If you would like to enter but are not sure what music to play, please contact me and I will do my best to find some suitable music.
If you are interested, please let me know, as I am happy to co-ordinate the entries, collect entries fees, send off piano music, etc.
We have lots of enthusiastic and talented players in the band; this is a great opportunity to show what we can do and to promote the band whilst having an enjoyable day out.