2005 Norwegian Brass Band Championships - Preview: Fourth Division

9-Feb-2005

16 are set to take part in the Fourth Section, where they will have to impress the adjudicators who will be sat in the open.


The lowest section in the Norwegian Championships sees 16 bands battle it out in the open forum brand of modern contesting. Nice to see this happening and with some pretty good choices from the bands (although one or two look a bit ambitious) it should make for an open and enjoyable contest. It should also tell us a lot about the overall standard of banding in Norway as well.

Who will win?

Well, to tell you the truth, we haven't a clue, although that has never stopped us in the past. So here we go.

1. Skeie Gald Brass
2. Manger Old Star Brass
3. Fitjar Musikklag
4. Lismarka/Mesnali Brass
5. Grenland Brass
6. Fagernes Musikkorps

Dark Horse: Sauda Musikklag


Brumund/Nordaasen Musikkforening
Conductor:
Botolv Gjeldaker
Norwegian Ranking:

National Record:
2004: 9th (Botolv Gjeldaker)
2003: 10th
2002: 13th
2001: DNC
2000: DNC

Last Year: 9th

Slowly improving it seems here after they have moved up the prize list in the last three years. Did not compete at the SIDDIS Contest.

Own Choice: Inspiration – Jan de Haan


Fagernes Musikkorps
Conductor:
Tor Arthur Hagen
Norwegian Ranking:

National Record:
2004: 13th in Third Division

Made their debut at he contest last year but found life tough in the Third Division and they have dropped down to this section for this year.

Own Choice: Triptych for Brass Band – Philip Sparke


Fitjar Musikklag
Conductor:
Torstein Hatlevik
Norwegian Ranking:

National Record:
2004: =10th (Torstein Hatlevik)
2003: 6th
2002: DNC
2001: DNC
2000: DNC

Last Year: =10th

Fitjar came equal 10th last year which was a bit of a drop from 2003. They recently came 4th at the SIDDIS Contest.

Own Choice: Variations on ‘Laudate Dominum'


Flå Musikkorps
Conductor:
Odd Steinar Mørkved
Norwegian Ranking:

National Record:
2004: DNC
2003: 5th
2002: DNC
2001: DNC
2000: DNC

Last Year: DNC

No real form guide for us on Flå Musikkorps as unless we missed them, they didn't compete here last year. No entry at the SIDDIS Contest either, so we will have to wait and see what form they bring with them here.

Own Choice: The Call of the Righteous – Leslie Condon


Musikkorpset Heimdel
Conductor:
Pal W. Josok
Norwegian Ranking:

National Record:
2004: =13th (Pal W. Josok)

Last Year: =13th

Musikkorpset Heimdel made their debut here last year and cam joint 13th, so they return hoping to improve on that for sure. No appearance at the recent SIDDIS Contest.

Own Choice: Northern Landscapes – Peter Graham


Kvikne Hornmusikk
Conductor:
Ingrid Øyen
Norwegian Ranking:

National Record:
2004:16th (Ingrid Øyen)
2003: 12th
2002: DNC
2001: DNC
2000: DNC

Last Year: 16th

Kvikne dropped down the prize list by four places last year, so they will be looking for a return to form here this year and a possible top 10 finish.

Own Choice: Inspiration – Jan de Haan 


Lismarkens musikforening/Mesnali Bygdekorps
Conductor:
Erling Myrseth
Norwegian Ranking:

National Record:
2004: 5th (Erling Myrseth)
2003: 4th
2002: Joint 16th
2001: 13th
2000: 16th

Last Year: Joint 5th

Dropped a place last year fro the 4th place of 2003. Will therefore be looking to see if they can force their way into the top three this time. Did not take part in the SIDDIS Contest.

Own Choice: Rhapsody in Brass – Dean Goffin


Rudsbygd Brass
Conductor:
Grethe Berntsen
Norwegian Ranking:

National Record:
2004: =13th (Grethe Berntsen)
Last Year: =13th

Made their debut here last year to come 13th. Didn't take part in the SIDDIS Contest.

Own Choice: Music for a Festival – Philip Sparke


Sauda Musikklag
Conductor:
Eli Jorun Tangeraas
Norwegian Ranking:

National Record:
2004: 15th (Eli Jorun Tangeraas)
2003: 8th
2002: 19th
2001: DNC
2000: DNC

Last Year: 15th

Sauda dropped away last year after coming a promising 8th in 2003. Didn't compete at the SIDDIS Contest.

Own Choice: Partita – Edward Gregson


Skeie Glad Brass
Conductor:
Einar Mæland
Norwegian Ranking:

National Record:
2004: 5th (Einar Mæland)
2003: 12th in Third Division
2002: 8th
2001: DNC
2000: DNC

Last Year: 5th

Skeie came 5th here lat year in their first season back in the lowest division after their were relegated in 2003. On good form though when they came runners up at the SIDDIS Contest.

Own Choice: Northern Landscapes – Peter Graham


According to our records the following bands did not appear at the Championships last year and return this time around.

Skittenelv Musikkorps – Tor Kristian Ravnanger Innbjor
Own Choice: Contest Day/Concert Prelude – Eric Ball/Philip Sparke

Gjallarhorn – Harald Forde
Own Choice: The Devil's Bridge/Amazing Grace/New York, New York – DarrolBarry/Traditional/John Kander

Ungdomskorpset Samklang – Kristin Myrmael
Own Choice: A Malvern Suite – Philip Sparke

Grenland Brass – Magne Rutle
Own Choice: Triptych for Brass Band – Philip Sparke

Eikelandsfjorden Musikklag – Knut Harald Rydland
Own Choice: Triptych for Brass Band – Philip Sparke

Manger Old Star Brass – Johannes Mangernes
Own Choice: Sinfonietta – Gordan Langford


Own Choice Selections:

A Cambrian Suite for Brass Band, Michael Ball
A Celtic Suite, Philip Sparke
A Malvern Suite, Philip Sparke
Appalachian Mountain Folk Song Suite, James Curnow
Knoxville-1800, James Curnow
Concert Overture - The Prizewinners, Philip Sparke
Concert Overture - The Prizewinners, Philip Sparke
Dimensions - Symphonic Study for Brass Band, Peter Graham
Festivity, Leslie Condon
Inspiration, Jan de Haan
Legend in Brass, James Curnow
Millennium Flourishes, Andrew Mackereth
Royal Parks, George Lloyd
Suite in Bb, Gordon Jacob
Symphony for Brass, Victor Vladimirovitch Ewald arr. Michael E. Hopkinson
Variations on 'Laudate Dominum', Edward Gregson
Variations on a Ninth - Theme and Nine Variations, Gilbert Vinter


2004 Result :

Adjudicator(s):Paul Farr og Nils Magne Abelseth

1 Rosendal Musikklag Yngbe Nikolaisen 15 95
2 Jølster Musikkag Arvid Anthun 10 93
3 Skui Brass Band Trond Nilsen 13 92
4 Stavenger Kommunes Korps Paul Mågne Austbø 5 91
=5 Lismarkens MF/Mesnali BK Erling Myrseth 7 90
=5 Skeie Glad Brass Einor Maeland 14 90
7 Frei Hornmusikk Stein Åge Sørlie 1 89
8 Flå Musikkorps Odd Steinar Mørkved 12 88
9 Brumund Nordaasen MF Botolv Gjeldaker 11 87
=10 Fitjar Musikklag Torstein Hatlevik 16 86
=10 Randaberg Musikkorps Geir Karlsson 2 86
12 Hetlevik Musikklag Yngbe Nikolaisen 8 85
=13 Musikkorpset Heimdal Pål W. Jøsok 6 84
=13 Rudsbygd Brass Grethe Berntsen 9 84
15 Sauda Musikklag Eli Jorun Tangeraas 4 83
16 Kvikne Hornmusikk Ingrid Øien 3 8

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