West of England Regional Championships
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The Colston Hall, Bristol
Sunday 7th April
Adjudicator: Michael Fowles
Bream Silver (N. Howard), Bristol East (D. Beckley), Calne Silver
(tba), Cosham Concert Brass (S. Dunster), Filton Concert Brass (N.
Seaman), Helston Town (E. Ashton), Michelmersh Silver (B. Kelloway),
Penzance Silver (S. Thomas), Portishead Town (D. Hollister), Ringwood
and Burley (B. Lawson), Royal British Legion Crownhill (Plymouth)
(D. Stephens), Saltash Town (D. Dobson), St. Breward Silver (tba),
St. Stythians (D. Johnston), Swindon Brass (F. Cowley), Tadley (Martin
Grant Homes) (M. Gibbons), Tewkesbury Town (N. Morgan), Torrington
Silver (T. Hutchings), Wotton Under Edge and District Silver (D.
A fine turn out of 19 bands will be trying like hell to gain the
qualification spots on offer from Michael Fowles. The St. Austell
Suite has proved a fairly stern but enjoyable test for the bands
and you may never know that many of these lot may have actually
been down to the town itself to gain a little bit of insider
knowledge. Its going to be close though, although last
years winners, Bream will be keen to repeat their success
Bream Silver are the Champions and will be keen for a repeat in
2002. They have made steady progress over the past few years and
came 12th in 1998, followed by 5th, 13th and then victory. They
also came 6th at the Nationals at Preston and 12th at Pontins during
2001. The favourites again?
Bristol East meanwhile came 13th last year, following their relegation
from the higher tier after three years from 1998 in which they came
13th, 14th and 18th. Duncan Beckley has been engaged this time around
and he should hopefully bring sense and a possible repeat of their
4th place in 1997 with a bit of luck. Calne Silver were 14th last
year and they will be hoping to reverse the trend that has seen
them drop form 9th in 1999 to 11th in 2000. They came 15th in 1998,
so they wont want a repeat of that result this time around
Cosham Concert Brass find themselves in the Third Section following
relegation after a series of performances in the second section
that saw them come 10th in 1998, followed by 18th, 7th and 14th
last year and the drop. They recently (Dec 2001) came 2nd in Poole
in the First section beating a number of nationally graded first
and second sections bands and 13th at the Folkestone contest. Filton
Concert Brass meanwhile have been a model of consistency in the
past four years, yet they may just need a little bit of luck to
gain them a podium place rather than another top 6 finish. They
came 9th in 1998, and followed this with 6th, 5th and 6th again
Helston Town were runners up here last year and followed that y
coming 5th at the National Finals, 2nd at Bugle and 3rd at the Hall
for Cornwall contest. In 1998 they were competing in the First Section,
but came 11th and were relegated, whilst two years in the Second
Section saw them come 12th and 17th and a further drop. A good result
here last year and possibly another one this time around could be
the start of a return back to the top. Michelmersh Silver have their
third new MD in as many years for 2002, but they will hope that
it will be the added ingredient to get them away from a three year
cycle of 8th in 1999, 9th in 2000 and 8th again last year. The 5th
place of 1998 may be the target and they recently won the second
section at the Wessex contest.
Penzance Silver were 5th last year, their first in the section following
their promotion from the Fourth, where they had secured 4th place
in 1999 and 3rd place in 2000, so they will be hoping to keep on
the upward curve. Portishead Town meanwhile are a band that has
improved year on year since coming a very lowly 20th place in the
Fourth Section in 1997. They followed this up with 8th in 1998,
5th and then 2nd and promotion in 2000. 11th place last year here
was a fine solid result and we cant see why they cannot continue
on the upward path.
Ringwood and Burley are in the Third Section this year following
their promotion from the Fourth where they secured the leap up after
coming 5th both in 2000 and 2001. They were 10th in 1997, 7th in
1998 and 14th in 1999, so they have been making good solid progress.
Can it continue?
Royal British Legion Crownhill (Plymouth) meanwhile have been consistent
challengers for the past four years and a record that follows 8th
in 1998, by 11th, 6th and 7th last year is pretty good. They will
be hoping though that they can make the breakthrough this year and
possibly gain a podium position for 2002.
Saltash won the Fourth Section here last year and went on to perform
really well at the Lower Section National Finals where they came
7th. They have improved year on year since 1999 when they were 8th
in the lowest section and came 7th the following year. They also
came 2nd at Bugle and 3rd at the Hall for Cornwall contest in 2001.
St. Breward Silver meanwhile came 10th here last time out, which
was their first in the section following their promotion as Champions
of the Fourth in 2000 and after coming 7th in 1999. They came 17th
at Pontins in 2001.
St. Stythians have had a bit of a lean time of late at the Areas
and will be hoping to reverse a tend of results that reads, 5th
in the second section in 1998, followed by 11th, 16th and 16th again
to drop through the trap door. They have been busy during 2001 though
and won at Torquay, 2nd at Hall for Cornwall and 3rd in the top
section no less at Bugle. Swindon Brass meanwhile will be hoping
for a better result than 2001 when they came 15th. They were 12th
in 2000 and 17th and relegated from the second section in 1999.
They recently won the third section at the Wessex contest.
Tadley (Martin Grant Homes) are another band hoping to reverse the
trend of the past three years in which they were 6th in 1999, followed
by 8th in 2000 and 12th last year. They were promoted to this section
after coming 9th in the lowest section in 1998. Tewkesbury meanwhile
are in the Third Section this year following a series of results
in the Fourth Section that lead to their promotion. They have improved
year on year and were a lowly 15th in 1998, followed by 3rd, 6th
and finally 4th and the step up in class.
Torrington Silver are a band that has made solid progress
albeit in small steps. They were 11th in 1998, 13th in 1999, 10th
in 2000 and 9th last year, so they are getting there slowly.
Wotton Under Edge come to the contest after being relegated after
three years in the higher section in which they came 15th in 1999
followed by 11th and 13th last year and a drop through the trap
door. They were 6th in the Third Section in 1998 and in 2001 they
came 23rd at Pontins.
Lympstone South West Telecoms
Filton Concert Brass
Dark Horse: RBL Crownhill (Plymouth)
2001: Bream Silver
2000: Lympstone South West Telecoms
1999: Phoenix Brass
1998: Phoenix Brass
1997: St. Keverne