Midlands Regional Championships
Sunday 3rd March, Belvedere Club
Competing Bands: Bakewell Silver (M.
Wilcockson): Banovallum Brass (Horncastle) (E. White): Black Country
Brass (A. Manley): Corby Silver (C. Stevens): Dunchurch Silver (G.
Smallwood): Enderby Youth Band (S. Osgood): Hathern "B"
Band (G. Wood): Kirby Colliery Welfare (S. Berrill): Liecs Coop
Snibston, Charnwood (TBA): Long Eaton Silver (S. Stansfield): Newhall
Band (M. Phillips): Phoenix West Midlands Brass (M. Williams): Rolls
Royce (Derby) (N. Eden): Skegness Silver (S. Walker): Swineshead
Silver (D. Stephens): Tideswell (B. Thompson): Wellington (Telford)
Brass (S. Curtis): Wem Jubilee (R. Thorne).
18 bands battle it
out in the Fourth Section over Gordon Jacob's "Suite in B Flat for Brass
Band", who's three movements are a pleasant test for players and comfortable
listening for the audience. The Fourth Section bands will still find it a bit
of a test though and it will be a good band that can produce the balanced rounded
sound and clarity of detail that this deceptively easy music demands.
Silver came 9th last year after being relegated the year before form the Third
Section and so will be hoping to carry on their push for a place in the prizes,
whilst Banovallum Brass didn't compete last year, but came 15th the year before
and so they too will be hoping for a good result come Sunday morning.
Country Brass will also be looking for an improvement on last years 16th place
here, whilst Corby Silver came 6th last year, which was a leap from the 13th place
of 2000, so they must be doing something right and Dunchurch Silver have been
a consistent performer in the last three years, coming 10th in 1999, 16th in 2000
and 12th last year. They recently came 5th at Wychavon so they will have high
hopes of doing well.
Enderby recently came 3rd at Wychavon in the Third
Section so they should be one of the favourites to do well here after being relegated
from the Third Section after coming 11th last year and 5th the year before, whilst
Hathern "B" will be hoping to improve on last years 20th position.
Colliery Welfare came 22nd last year, so they too will be out for a leap up the
charts, while Leicester Coop Snibston could be one of the favourites following
their recent 3rd place at the Mineworkers Championships and 4th at Wychavon. They
were also 6th at Pontins. Long Eaton meanwhile have shown consistent improvement
year on year since 1999 when they were a lowly 23rd. In 2000 they came 17th and
last year they were 13th, so they are certainly heading in the right direction.
Newhall Band are competing in the Fourth Section for the first
time after being relegated from the Third Section last year, even
though they only came 8th in 2001, 12th in 2000 and 16th in 1999.
Phoenix West Midlands Brass are making their debut and recently
came 10th at Wychavon, so they should hold their own here.
Royce (Derby) made a huge leap from their 25th place in 1999 to come 7th in 2000,
but fell back to 14th last year, so they too will be hoping for a high placing
this time out, whilst Skegness Silver will be going out hell bent to improve on
the 24th place of last year. They didn't compete in 2000 and came 22nd in 1999,
so lets hope they do well.
Tideswell came 18th last time out and 14th in
1999, but didn't compete in 2000 so they will be looking for a good performance
and result, whilst Wellington (Telford) Brass recently came 9th at Wychavon and
will be confident of getting a good result here and improve on their 11th place
of last year. Wem Jubilee however on very good form indeed after winning both
the Fourth and Third Section at Wychavon and after coming 4th here in 2000 and
5th in 2001 they should be the band to beat.
1. Carlton Brass
2. Shirland Welfare Training
3. West Mercia Constabulary
4. Whitwell Brass
5. Wem Jubilee
6. Corby Silver and Syston (joint)
1. Wem Jubilee
2. Leicester Coop Snibston Charnwood
5. Corby Silver
Dark Horse: Bakewell Silver