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Issue 5965

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West of England Regional Championships - 4th Section Live!

Sunday 11 March, 2018

4th Section

The Forum

Test-piece: World Tour (Rodney Newton)

Sunday 11 March

Draw: 8:00am (commences 9:00am)

Adjudicators: Brett Baker and John Winterflood

Kenny Crookston reporting

 

Results

1. Gosport Solent Brass (Colin Garner)

2. Pendeen Silver (Leonard Adams)

3. Test Valley Brass (John Heritage)

4. Okehampton Excelsior Silver (Robert Julian)

5. Bideford Town (Mark Durham)

6. Nailsworth Silver (Steve Ruck)

7. Verwood Town (Emma Button)

8. Redruth Town (Keith Anderson)

9. Shanklin Town (IoW) (Malcolm Lewis)

10. Wincanton Silver (Steve Sykes) 

11. Exeter Railway (Graham Eaton) 

12. Tiverton Town (John Fitton)

13. Shaftesbury Town Silver (Martin Hill)

14. Torbay Brass (Gareth Davies)

15. Chalford Academy (Steve Tubb)

 

 

In the BB Frame

1. Verwood Town (Emma Button)  

2. Gosport Solent Brass (Colin Garner)

3. Pendeen Silver (Leonard Adams)

4. Nailsworth Silver (Steve Ruck)

5. Test Valley Brass (John Heritage)

6. Shaftesbury Town Silver (Martin Hill)

 

13:00 An enjoyable 4th Section contest in which quite a few of the bands found the well-laid trap doors more often than they would have liked. There were some good performances and the top three for us could be quite hard to separate. It is wide open though!

 

15. Verwood Town (Emma Button)

One of the better openings we’ve heard, although it becomes a bit tired and untuneful towards the end. Nice Punchinello though! Chicago Rag is right on tempo and it has bags of style. Only a few untidy entries affect the overall picture but we like this one. Excellent balance in Pacific Paradise and we love the slightly surging dynamics that really add to the picture - you can almost feel the waves on the sandy beach… Just a couple of the solo entries don’t quite speak all the way. Bags of style on display in the final movement, with just the odd niggly slip. A real contender to finish the contest!

  

14. Nailsworth Silver (Steve Ruck)

Compact in the opening and we hear all the lines coming through clearly. Good also from Punchinello to the end if still rather light at the top. Just the occasional rocky moment in Chicago but this has more spirit than most we’ve heard here today. Pacific Paradise doesn’t open quite so well and a number of bars are affected by poor tuning. It’s straight into the Australian Walkabout in which some of the ensemble is less precise but we hear another very good bass trombone. A good show overall that might just give the judges something to think about.

 

13. Shanklin Town (IoW) (Malcolm Lewis)

Good opening with big expansive sounds and only some poor intonation at the top detracting. Another ragged opening in Chicago and it struggles to find its feet for a bit. We love the bass trombone though! Pacific Paradise proves a difficult challenge for the band but it recovers well in the final movement and finishes strongly. One that started well but faded too much for us.

 

12. Exeter Railway (Graham Eaton)

One of today’s tidier openings and we like the style right through Punchinello to the end. Just perhaps a bit light in dynamics. Ragged opening in Chicago, but it’s soon back on track. Again the dynamic contrast could be more striking. We hear another tentative opening to Pacific Paradise and one or two solo entries follow in the same vein. The final movement is also very light in texture, although rhythmically it is almost as good as we’ve heard. Some good moments in this one but the lack of dynamic contrast may keep it away from the prizes today.

 

11. Wincanton Silver (Steve Sykes) 

A bit light in forces at the bottom end in this one and it tells in the band sound in the opening. It’s generally pretty tidy, although it does lose precision occasionally. Chicago Rag has the style right, with only some of the more technical bars undoing the good work overall. There are some stressful moments in the Pacific Paradise as it gets underway. It recovers well though. Some poor tuning at the start of Waltzing Matilda doesn’t seem to upset the overall picture too much. A good effort overall but we think there were just too many weak spots in this one today.

 

10. Okehampton Excelsior Silver (Robert Julian)

Light in volume to open and the dynamic contrast is generally understated. Punchinello knocks along a bit and it’s all in good shape through to the end. Well-chosen tempo in Chicago Rag and it’s nearly all in place - with occasional exceptions… The ensemble becomes disjointed in Pacific Paradise, although the solo work is as good as we’ve heard here. Some rather questionable intonation also detracts. Waltzing Matilda is in better shape and the performance finishes strongly. One that had potential to do well but the two inside movements exposed some weaknesses.

 

9. Tiverton Town (John Fitton)

Steady opening goes well to plan until the closing bars where the ensemble briefly becomes untidy. Good approach to Chicago Rag and most of the detailed solo entries go well with just the odd lapse. Pacific Paradise is very tentative in approach and not everyone delivers with confidence. Some good sounds in the closing movement to get it back on track. Just too many lapses in this one for us but a lot to commend overall.

 

8. Gosport Solent Brass (Colin Garner)

Expansive sounds in the opening and we hear everything at the correct dynamics as it leads into Punchinello, which has real authority. Chicago Rag does what it says on the score, although there is some minor untidiness towards the end. Pacific Paradise opens beautifully and the flugel and cornet have real style. Some ‘accidentals’ in the cornets do detract and the tuning isn’t 100%, especially in the closing bars. Matilda has her sleeves rolled up in this one, although again there is a loss of focus at times and the tempo seems to knock on slightly at times. A very good performance overall though to raise the bar considerably for us.

 

7. Torbay Brass (Gareth Davies)

A bit light in numbers in this one but they make up for it in effort. Unfortunately it feels disjointed at times and the balance is affected by the size of the forces available. Chicago Rag recovers well after a sticky start, although it does feel at times like there’s a train to catch… Pacific Paradise is a real struggle at times and this continues into the final section. A brave effort and ten out of ten for having the courage to go on stage so short-handed.

 

6. Chalford Academy (Steve Tubb)

Youngest band of the weekend so far and the opening is full of life. It’s quite light at full volume in comparison to some we’ve heard but there are no worries in the delivery. Chicago Rag just feels slightly hurried in some areas and it gets faster towards the end. The young players are right on top of it though, and they all contribute very nicely in Pacific Paradise. More good work in Waltzing Matilda and although it does get quite tired towards the end we’ve enjoyed this one a lot. Some great young talent here!

 

5. Bideford Town (Mark Durham)

Clear and well-balanced sounds in the excellent opening before a well-measured Punchinello and all goes well throughout the movement. Chicago Rag doesn’t come off quite so well, despite the excellent overall sound and some impressive solo entries around the band. Some players are really going for it in Pacific Paradise and although it is very well-shaped there are some notation and tuning issues. Some tentative entries also in Waltzing Matilda before the excellent band sound brings it back on track. A few weaknesses in this one amongst the very good moments.

 

4. Shaftesbury Town Silver (Martin Hill)

Some poor tuning in the opening but we like the style overall and this continues into Punchinello. Just the occasional tangle or two appear in Chicago Rag, which is also a bit light in the use of dynamics. Some uncomfortable moments also in Pacific Paradise, but we do like the attempt to play proper quiet dynamics. Early entries in the final movement detract slightly before we hear an excellent full band sound as it approaches the finale. Some good moments in this one!

 

3. Pendeen Silver (Leonard Adams)

A tidy open with just an occasional moment of untunefulness and the Punchinello section has plenty of swagger. Chicago Rag has plenty of life about it and only starts to rush slightly in the cornets towards the closing bars. There are some slightly tentative entries in Pacific Paradise, although it is very well controlled in the quiet passages generally. The final movement all goes to plan and builds nicely to the closing bars. A good performance to take the early lead for us.

 

2. Redruth Town (Keith Anderson)

Very light volume-wise to open but the conductor is doing his utmost to get the band blowing! Punchinello is tidy and it continues well, but the lack of dynamics does detract from the overall picture. Chicago Rag is well measured for tempo and it would have been pretty effective had there been more attention to dynamics. Some very good bands sounds in Pacific Paradise and we hear some very nice solo contributions; it just needs more air! Matilda is feeling pretty lively in this one but she’s in good shape nevertheless. A curious performance overall - lots to admire in the playing but the lack of general dynamics has to impact negatively.

 

1. Test Valley Brass (John Heritage)

Solid opening and we everything as it is intended. Style and tempo feels just right in Punchinello section. Chicago Rag is all under control and there’s nice work from all the soloists. Perhaps a bit lighter in dynamic contrast than the composer intended. One or two entries don’t quite come off early in Pacific Paradise but it’s well controlled otherwise. Matilda waltzes along pretty strongly, even if the cornets are in a bit of a hurry at times. A good show to open the day!

 

Draw

1. Test Valley Brass (John Heritage)

2. Redruth Town (Keith Anderson)

3. Pendeen Silver (Leonard Adams)

4. Shaftesbury Town Silver (Martin Hill)

5. Bideford Town (Mark Durham)

6. Chalford Academy (Steve Tubb)

7. Torbay Brass (Gareth Davies)

8. Gosport Solent Brass (Colin Garner)

9. Tiverton Town (John Fitton)

10. Okehampton Excelsior Silver (Robert Julian)

11. Wincanton Silver (Steve Sykes) 

12. Exeter Railway (Graham Eaton)

 13. Shanklin Town (IoW) (Malcolm Lewis)

14. Nailsworth Silver (Steve Ruck)

15. Verwood Town (Emma Button)