Gearing up for the big occasion

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Bugle prepares for 93rd West of England Bandsmen's Festival

Wednesday 17 May, 2017

The Red, White and Blue flag of The Netherlands will fly alongside the Black and White Cornish Flag of St. Piran to open the 93rd West of England Bandsmen’s Festival on Saturday 17 June, as the competing bands march through the village of Bugle to the Contest Field. As well as bands from Cornwall and Devon, and Brassband Excelsior Ferwert from the Netherlands, the Festival will also welcome visiting bands from Hampshire, Dorset and London.

Publicity Officer Philip Hunt commented to British Bandsman: “Three Cornish Bands have entered the Championship Section, where, as friendly rivals, they will compete for The Royal Trophy, presented to the Festival in 1913 by the then Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall. The present Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, Duke of Cornwall, is Patron of this unique open air Festival of brass band music which attracts a large audience from near and far each year.”

Philip continued: “The Festival, situated since 1912 in the heart of the Cornish China Clay Country at Molinnis Park in Bugle, provides ample parking in view of the Bandstand, and with comfortable seating available, this sets the scene for the audience to enjoy the attractive selection of test-pieces, chosen not only to test the musicians, but to provide entertainment for those listening.”

The Adjudicator this year is David Marshall, ARMC, LTCL, BBCM, psm, who served in the Army Music Service for 40 years, retiring with the rank of Major as Director of the Coldstream Guards. He has the challenging task of judging all seven sections of the contest, including the Youth and Training band sections, full of young musicians taking their first steps in brass-banding. In addition, Gareth Roberts MBE will be in his usual secret eyrie to observe the Bands on the March, judging them for the Deportment Prizes.   

Philip Hunt added: “With Trade Stands and the famous Tea Tent, a full day of entertainment, socialising and enjoyment is guaranteed. The March to the Field at Molinnis Park commences at 10.00am, with the Contest commencing at 11.00am.”

For further information, contact Phillip Hunt, Publicity Officer, on 01752 843919.