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2017 Scottish Championships
As it happened

All the action from the 2017 Scottish Championships — as it happened.

Scotland

Monday 13, 12:24:12

Championship Section: Awards

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Whitburn reclaims the Scottish title to book the European spot in Utrecht

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1st Place Whitburn (Prof Nicholas Childs)

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Whitburn regained the Scottish title

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Bass Section: Whitburn

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Best Tenor Horn: Michael Fleming (Whitburn)

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Best Percussion Section: Whitburn

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2nd Place: Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)

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Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)

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Co-operative Funeralcare

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3rd Place: Bo'ness & Carriden (David Thornton)

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Individual Award: Bon-Accord Silver

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Individual Award: Bon-Accord Silver


Scotland

Monday 13, 12:01:05

First Section: Awards

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Newtongrange Silver qualify for Cheltenham having conquered Land of the Long White Cloud

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1st Place: Newtongrange Silver (Andrew Duncan)

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Bathgate head for Cheltenham

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2nd Bathgate (Anne Crookston)

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3rd Place: Granite City Brass (Bruce Wallace)


Scotland

Monday 13, 11:41:43

Second Section: Awards

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Arbroath take the Scottish Second Section stakes for Cheltenham

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1st Place: Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson)

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Michael Robertson takes Arbroath Instrumental

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2nd Place: Dalkeith & Monktonhall (James Chamberlain)

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3rd Place: Shotts St. Patrick's (Christopher Mansfield)

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Best Instrumentalist: Tenor Horn (Campbeltown Brass)


Scotland

Monday 13, 11:26:40

Third Section: Awards

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1st. Place: Irvine & Dreghorn (Helen Dowthwaite -Teasdale)

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Irvine & Dreghorn take the first Perth honours of the Scottish Championships

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Instrumentalist: (Euphonium) Irvine & Dreghorn

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2nd Place: St. David's Brass (John A Dickson)

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3rd Place: Buckhaven & Methil Miners (David Neil)


Scotland

Monday 13, 11:08:02

Fourth Section: Awards

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Dysart Colliery leads the Scottish St Andrew Variations charge to Cheltenham

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Best Instumentalist: Tenor Horn, Dysart Colliery

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1st Place: Dysart Colliery (Ross Brotherston)

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2nd Place: Newmains & District (Michael Marzella)

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Section 4B — Granite City Community Brass

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Section 4B: Leadhills Brass Band


Scotland

Sunday 12, 19:04:20

Results

Championship Section:

Test Piece: 'Pageantry' (Herbert Howells)

Adjudicators: Mike Kilroy and Chris Wormald

1. Whitburn (Prof Nicholas Childs)** — 196
2. Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)* — 193
3. Bo'ness & Carriden (Dr David Thornton) — 189
4. Dalmellington (Richard Evans) — 187
5. Kirkintilloch (Phillip McCann) — 186
6. Bon-Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm) — 185
7. Tullis Russell Mills (Raymond Tennant) — 184
8. Kirkintilloch Kelvin (Charles Keenan) — 183
9. Kingdom Brass (Paul Drury) — 181
10. Unison Kinneil (Colin McKenzie) — 180

*Top two bands qualify for National Final
** Qualify to Represent Scotland at 2018 European Champions in Utrecht

Cornet: Whitburn
Trombone: Co-op Funeralcare
Percussion Section: Whitburn
Tenor Horn: Michael fleming Whitburn
Bass Section: Whitburn
Baritone: Co-op Funeralcare
Bass: Whitburn


Scotland

Sunday 12, 18:09:13

Championship Section: Malcolm Wood's Final round up and prediction:

It is fair to say that Pageantry has once again shown how difficult it is to master after all these years in Perth today.

Has it been a contest to remember? In all honesty, no it has not and we have only heard a handful of ensembles who has been able to do Howells' great work justice.

Whitburn lead the pack for us after a commanding (but not error free) performance with Co-op's robust and full-bloodied account behind them. You never know, the judges may just like the Co-op and if they do, no complaints here,

After that, there is a bit of a gap but it a real tussle for the top six berths

4BR Prediction:

1. Whitburn
2. Co-op Funeralcare
3. Kirkintilloch
4. Dalmellington
5. Kingdom Brass
6. Bo'ness & Carriden

DH: Kirkintilloch Kelvin


Scotland

Sunday 12, 17:45:46

Championship Section:

10. Bo'ness & Carriden (David Thornton)


Dr David Thornton leads the Bo'ness & Carriden challenge to round off not just the contest, but the entire weekend.

As with his Brighouse account in Huddersfield, it's a little bit up on tempo but makes a declaration of musical intent.

The Cortege is nicely coloured and is paced with intent. That feeling of we know why we are here, lets get on with it and not delay things any longer than they need to be. The passion, oh the passion is heart on the sleeve stuff. What a climax.

The joust opening is bravura although not flawless but it certainly has intensity and drama. There is a real appeal about the way this has been handled. There are some great sounds and this really does pull at the heart at times, but what will the judges make of it?


Scotland

Sunday 12, 17:24:05

Championship Section:

9. Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)

It's a full bloodied opening from 'The Co'. One of deliberate musical intent. Anyone dosing in the hall, will have been woken immediately.

There is a lot to admire about this. There is quality, but there is a 'let the judges have it' approach and it is not taking any prisoners at all; full on right to the close.

The Cortege is so lyrical. Jim Hayes on top man is on fine form and this has real dignity about it with the emotion being held back. It's almost like the mourners want to shed tears but it is stuff upper lip time.

It's a classy clarion call (arguably best of day so far) to open the jousting. It's bold stuff with an impressive drive and lots of energy. The detail isn't lost and it has been paced so well by Allan Ramsay.

Compelling performance from the band that had lots to admire but took no prisoners.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 17:09:17

Championship Section:

8. Bon-Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm)


It's a composed start before the verve and excitement comes to the fore. It's nicely styled without going over the top and trying to reinvent the wheel. There is a touch of scrappiness here and there though.

The slow procession to the graveside has a few uncertain moments. It is a shame in many ways as there is a good projection of the music. Everyone is giving it all they have here.

There is a common sense approach from the MD who is not pushing the boat out here. This is gritted determination very much at the fore as the great piece gives another reminder it's a beast to master.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 16:49:16

Championship Section:

7. Tullis Russell Mills (Raymond Tennant)

It's a slightly untidy dismount to the opening leaving the Herald some work to do to impress. He does that though as he recovers his composure and settles down. There is a lot to admire here with nothing being overdone.

The central 'Cortege' is nice and lyrical without being over sentimental. A time to reflect and dare we say it, smile at the happy memories. As the body is laid to rest, it is done so with dignity.

The clarion call is a touch nervy to open the jousting, but its bold stuff from Raymond Tennant. The sense of drive is palpable and well paced. The regal climax is impressive, before compact sounds at the close.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 16:30:45

Championship Section:

6. Whitburn (Prof Nicholas Childs)

The Kings Herald is full of authority and a real sense of musical purpose. The detail is so vivid; we are hearing things we have not heard so far today. Very, very impressive indeed.

We move to the 'Cortege' which has that spine tingling feel about it. Nobody wants to cough or sneeze, it's all about maintaining a dignified silence. The quality of the playing as the coffin is laid is high class.

The call to arms is purposeful and has a regal sense of style. Professor Childs is just letting the music flow with so much detail. The quality of the playing is razor sharp and it's a rousing close.

Surely a qualifier on the evidence so far today and will take something rather tasty to knock it off top spot with just four to go.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 16:10:32

Championship Section:

5. Dalmellington (Richard Evans)

Richard Evans leads Dalmellington and King Herald doesn't disappoint. This is purposeful stuff, full of vigour and intent and all done so tastefully, with style and musical purpose.

The 'Cortege' is simply marvellous, so dignified and respectful. It's so regal with heartfelt emotion, no crocodile tears here. The laying to rest is done with real dignity.

The Call to joust is a meaningful clarion. This is so well judged, there are just some unforced errors creeping in which takes the sheen off things. It's a terrific powerful close though.

The execution may not have always come off today, but that was a master-class in how to conduct Pageantry from the Maestro: Do what it says on the score and nothing more.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 15:57:54

Championship Section:

4. Kirkintilloch Kelvin (Charles Keenan)

The statement of heraldic intent doesn't quite come off as there is a bit of scrappiness in the ensemble. We appreciate the rawness of delivery though, although the tempos are a bit up and down.

The MD delivers a lovely shaped 'Cortege', but some of the mourners don't always see the potholes in the road. The processional pulse is well delivered though, with heartfelt emotion at the climax. There is a touch of regality about the music. The laying to rest is tasteful and dignified.

The call to joust is a dance-style clarion — rather playful and fun. This is light, even dainty at times. This needs a little bit more full-bloodedness but the MD knows the limitations of the ensemble in front of him.

The close is rousing but tired.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 15:35:15

Championship Section:

3. Unison Kinneil (Colin McKenzie)

It's a very thoughtful and considered opening to 'Kings Herald'. We hear detail because the dynamic is down and it's not overwhelming at all. Tastefully reserved you could say, but what the judges make of it?

The opening to the Cortege is a little bumpy and the funeral is held up due to an RTA. It retains dignity though helped by some lovely tenderness at the climax The outpouring of grief is rather reserved though.

The 'Jousting' is playful stuff and light hearted at times. The contrasts in the dynamics sometimes get a bit lost, but there is a rousing recovering to the end, although tiredness is in evidence.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 15:16:54

Championship Section:

2. Kingdom Brass (Paul Drury)

The 'Herald' is a tad rushed ensuring that clarity doesn't come through and whilst there is some bold and exciting playing, it's a pity that the speed is a little too quick.

The 'Cortege' is more convincing, despite the odd wobble. Full of raw emotions, this is heart on the sleeve stuff . The cornet is so tender. It's a nice close as well, with the sun shining through the window just as the curtains open to go into eternity.

As we head for home 'The Jousting' never feels at ease, and the contrasts in dynamics not always audible. It needs more solidity in places but when it does come there is a firm pulse, drive and majestic excitement.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 14:57:33

Championship Section:

1. Kirkintilloch (Phillip McCann)

Phillip McCann takes to lead Kirkintilloch through a very bold opening Kings Herald. There is a great sense of palpable music making here. This is full on, but the detail does come through. The close is persuasive.

The cortege is slow and sombre and processional in its manner. There is a real regality about the music that comes through. What a climax, full of heartfelt emotion.

There is a fine clarion call to open the jousting and a pace about the music that is persuasive. Some fine playing going on here; rich textures with nothing being overdone. The close is really purposeful and controlled.

Whether others follow the Kirky lead remains to be seen, but a good marker.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 14:45:16

Draw: Championship Section:

Test Piece: 'Pageantry' (Herbert Howells)

Sunday 12th March
Draw 1.00pm
Commence: 2.30pm

Adjudicators: Mike Kilroy and Chris Wormald

1. Kirkintilloch (Phillip McCann)
2. Kingdom Brass (Paul Drury)
3. Unison Kinneil (Colin McKenzie)
4. Kirkintilloch Kelvin (Charles Keenan)
5. Dalmellington (Richard Evans)
6. Whitburn (Prof Nicholas Childs)
7. Tullis Russell Mills (Raymond Tennant)
8. Bon-Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm)
9. Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)
10. Bo'ness & Carriden (Dr David Thornton)

2016-2017 Grading Table

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Table showing the grading positions in advance of the contest and will be used in combination with the 2017 results to determine gradings for 2018

The current gradings shown here take into account promotions and relegations for the last two years and the placings at the most recent Scottish Championship contest. Gradings are not shown for the fourth section as there is no relegation from this section. Gradings will be take effect from the 1st January drop the oldest set and to take into account promotions and relegations for the next contesting year.

As of 1st February 2009 the SBBA have adjusted the grading system as follows:-

1) The points gained by a band two years ago will be halved
2) The points gained by the band one year ago will remain unadjusted
3) Immediately following the most recent Scottish Championship contest the points gained by the band at that contest will be doubled.

Gradings Post 2016 Scottish Championships effective 1st Jan
With thanks to 2017 Scottish Brass Band Association ©


Scotland

Sunday 12, 14:44:21

Fourth Section:

Test Piece: St Andrews Variations' — Alan Fernie

Adjudicators: Dr Brett Baker and Sheona White

1. Dysart Colliery (Ross Brotherston) — 180*
2. Newmains & District (Michael Marzella) — 179*
4. Dundee Instrumental (Robert McDonald) — 176
5. Penicuik Silver (Stuart Black) — 174
6. Dumfries Town (John Taylor) — 173
7. Newland Concert Brass (Paul McKelvie OBE) — 172
8. Kilmarnock Concert (Scott Walker) — 171
9. Highland Brass (Mark Bell) — 170
10. Stranraer Brass (Yvonne Williamson) — 168
11. Hawick Saxhorn (David Robb) — 167
12. Forfar Instrumental (Terrence Jackson) — 166
13. Queensferry Community Brass (James Anderson) — 164

*Top two bands qualify for National Final at Cheltenham

Youngest BBb player:

Best Instumentalist: Tenor Horn, Dysart Colliery


Scotland

Sunday 12, 13:11:38

The non competitive 4B...

Time in Perth for three bands to enjoy themselves in the non-competitive section. We won't do a band-by-band analysis, but will be keeping tabs on things.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 13:09:25

Fourth Section:

Malcolm Wood's Final Thoughts and Prediction

What a very enjoyable contest this has been where every band brought something to the piece. Playing on such a big stage has inspired every player and they all thrived on this morning.

The piece allows for a sense of fun to come through of course and that is what this morning has been.

Some bands have faired better than others, but at the top end, it could be really close with perhaps nothing more than personal preference in the box separating them.

The formal results though will come at the end of Section 4b that sees three bands perform own choice works with Lynda Nicholson picking a winner.

For us though, not much between Penicuik Silver, Dysart Colliery and Kilmarnock Concert for the top three which is only what is announced from the stage in Perth.

4BR Prediction:

1. Penicuik Silver
2. Dysart Colliery
3. Kilmarnock Concert
4. Newmains & District
5. Hawick Saxhorn
6. Highland Brass

DH: Dundee


Scotland

Sunday 12, 12:56:54

Fourth Section:

13. Newmains & District (Michael Marzella)

The experienced Michael Marzella leads the Newmains charge for Cheltenham as the final band of the section.

And what a tasty little show it was too. Neat and tidy, with time and space given to the music. It was so well paced with good dynamics and so well styled.

With solid ensemble and solo contributions, they made an impact, but not sure if enough today.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 12:35:11

Fourth Section:

12. Hawick Saxhorn (David Robb)

Now then Hawick take to the stage with the composer, Mr Fernie on trombone. How much he has guided the conductor, who knows, but this is a very impressive and convincing rendition. There is detail that hasn't always been heard today.

It's so nicely styled and lighter in approach than others. Whether the judges like it remains to be seen though, but one to really consider today.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 12:15:24

Fourth Section:

11. Newland Concert Brass (Paul McKelvie OBE)

An enjoyable reading with so much to admire from the approach of the MD. There was a few blips and blemishes along the way, but the style and structure of the piece was impressive.

Good ensemble and solo lines brought plenty to the piece. Could be an interesting one from judges point of view.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 11:59:14

Fourth Section:

10. Kilmarnock Concert (Scott Walker)

A performance that was as smart at times as their appearance, crisp black shirts and ties. This was neat and tidy, compact and effective and Scott Walker brought a lot out of the music.

There were foibles though that just took the sheen off things at times, but the drive and passion shone through.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 11:42:00

Fourth Section:

9. Highland Brass (Mark Bell)

A bold effort this; just a pity it had errors along with bits of intonation that played their part in how the piece came across.

That said, there were fine contributions from cornet and euphonium with the MD keeping the music flowing, but tiredness crept in at the end.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 11:29:31

Fourth Section:

8. Bon-Accord Silver B (Jennifer Cook))

A bold one full of colour and spirit. The MD kept the music flowing with the various styles coming through.

The inconsistencies were noticeable, but so was the musical endeavour and belief also that made the whole experience fun.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 11:13:14

Fourth Section:

7. Dumfries Town (John Taylor)

Another band to have a very well laid approach to the piece, it was just the same some fragilities and gremlins came into play at times.

There was just a few too many uneven variations within the ensemble today, but once more, no shortage of effort.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 10:57:13

Fourth Section:

6. Stranraer Brass (Yvonne Williamson)

A well styled account and one with so much to appreciate as it went along. Just a pity then that there were some inconsistencies within the ensemble.

They persevered though and the finest moments were the encouragement of players in principal seats driving things on


Scotland

Sunday 12, 10:56:22

Fourth Section:

5. Dysart Colliery (Ross Brotherston)

A nice stylistic account that benefited from a great deal of thought from the MD.

The detail was good and the links between the variations worked so well. A few fragilities within the ensemble but nothing that stopped the flow or purpose.

Really enjoyable stuff.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 10:24:48

Fourth Section:

4. Dundee Instrumental (Robert McDonald)

One of those hit and miss contest performances from Dundee.

The reading was impressive, allowed to flow with freedom. A real shame that the ensemble didn't always click together, as the quality playing was terrific, but there was some unevenness that took the sheen of it. Full marks for effort though, it never wavered.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 10:20:52

Fourth Section:

3. Queensferry Community Brass (James Anderson)

What a bold and confident account this was from Queensferry. Well paced and structured from the MD right from the off with that sense of fun and enjoyment remaining intently from the start to finish.

The dynamics and tempo’s worked and the basics were good. Some sections were more polished than others, but there was some great individual contributions not forgetting percussion, who played their part superbly.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 09:48:04

Fourth Section:

2. Penicuik Silver (Stuart Black)

A performance full of commitment, desire and passion, with warm lyrical sounds throughout.

Stuart Black's ensemble never lacked confidence and everything was so relaxed. If nerves were evident, they didn't come across enough to detract from the rendition.

Each variation had a purpose and good clarity in the musical lines. Whilst not every variation gelled together, the belief never wavered here and this was an impressive reading.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 09:47:18

Fourth Section:

1. Forfar Instrumental (Terrence Jackson)

A hard working and well thought out account from an MD who encouraged and cajoled his players superbly through every note.

Not everything worked, but it really didn't effect confidence or the desire for everyone to do their best and give their all. The euphonium and cornet were dynamos as leaders and the rendition grew in confidence as it went along.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 09:17:24

2016-2017 Grading Table

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Table showing the grading positions in advance of the contest and will be used in combination with the 2017 results to determine gradings for 2018

Draw: Fourth Section:

Test Piece: St Andrews Variations' — Alan Fernie
Sunday 12th March
Pre-Drawn
Start: 9.30am

Adjudicators: Dr Brett Baker and Sheona White

1. Forfar Instrumental (Terrence Jackson)
2. Penicuik Silver (Stuart Black)
3. Queensferry Community Brass (James Anderson)
4. Dundee Instrumental (Robert McDonald)
5. Dysart Colliery (Ross Brotherston)
6. Stranraer Brass (Yvonne Williamson)
7. Dumfries Town (John Taylor)
8. Bon-Accord Silver B (Jennifer Cook)
9. Highland Brass (Mark Bell)
10. Kilmarnock Concert (Scott Walker)
11. Newland Concert Brass (Paul McKelvie OBE)
12. Hawick Saxhorn (David Robb)
13. Newmains & District (Michael Marzella)


Scotland

Sunday 12, 08:36:37

Hello from Perth..

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Modern and contemporary Perth Concert Hall

Welcome back to Perth for the Scottish Championships where we have the biggest section of the weekend, this morning, Section Four, with thirteen bands.

Then before the Championship Section, a mini concert with three bands enjoying themselves under the watchful eye of Lynda Nicholson.

The idea of Section 4b is to encourage bands made up of various ages and experience to play in public. We look forward to it.

Yesterday was a long, but very enjoyable day. Carrie Boax, SBBA President and Event Organiser, was full of enthusiasm and energy throughout as she led her team to deliver a great day that ran to time and with so much efficiency.

Everything is done with a smile and a warm welcome and the hospitality and help from hall staff has been appreciated. Thank you.

Carrie & husband John, were part of Irvine & Dreghorn that qualified in the Third Section so both had extra reasons to smile yesterday.

We are looking forward to today. Section 4 starts at 9.30am and we will post the draw when Brett Baker and Sheona White go in the box a few minutes before we start.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 08:00:44

Sharing The Moment

The successful bands post their winning images on the world wide web for us all to enjoy.

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Newtongrange Silver qualify for Cheltenham have conquered Land of the Long White Cloud

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Irvine & Dreghorn take the Third Section Perth honours in the Scottish Championships.

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Jayess Newbiggin returns to Cheltenham after their success on St Andrews Variations.


Scotland

Sunday 12, 06:10:42

Sunday 12th March: Timetable

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Well after a very busy day of competition yesterday and the invitations being prepared for a Cheltenham appearance, today the remaining places for these four regions at the famous racecourse will be played out.

The Albert Hall beckons for the Championship Section outfits, with all four contests starting from mid-afternoon, when once again the bands will be jousting with 'Pageantry'. A piece that has already, in Yorkshire and the North West, proved a stern test for those looking to book a stay in London.

Our team will again be in place up and down the nation to bring you the highs and lows as the musical battle lines are drawn on another busy day of competition.

May we wish every band playing good luck in their various sections and trust that you enjoy will our coverage of the 2017 Regional Championships.

John James (Director of Operations)

Timetable

West of England ' Third Section:
Sunday 12th March ' 9.30am

Scotland ' Fourth Section:
Sunday 12th March ' 9.30am approx

North of England ' First Section:
Sunday 12th March ' 10.00am

Midlands ' Second Section:
Sunday 12th March ' 10.00am

Midlands ' Fourth Section:
Sunday 12th March ' 11.00am
(Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College)

North of England ' Third Section:
Sunday 12th March ' 12.15pm approx

Scotland ' 4B:
Sunday 12th March ' 1.30pm approx

Midlands ' Championship Section:
Sunday 12th March ' 2.30pm approx (After Second Section Results)

Scotland ' Championship Section:
Sunday 12th March ' 2.30pm

West of England ' Championship Section:
Sunday 12th March ' Not Before 2.30pm

North of England ' Championship Section:
Sunday 12th March ' 3.00pm


Scotland

Saturday 11, 21:39:39

The end of a long contesting day

With Newtongrange Silver winning in Scotland, it brings to an end a long day of contesting.

We hope you have enjoyed our coverage. We are back at 9.30am in Scotland with Midlands, North of England and Torquay starting at 10.00am.

Good night all.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 21:07:52

Results

First Section:

Test Piece: 'Land of the Long White Cloud' — Philip Sparke

Adjudicators: Dr Brett Baker and Steve Pritchard-Jones

1. Newtongrange Silver (Andrew Duncan) — 190*
2. Bathgate (Anne Crookston) — 188*
3. Granite City Brass (Bruce Wallace) — 186
4. Johnstone (Martyn Ramsay) — 184
5. Lochgelly (Paul McKelvie OBE)) — 183
6. Newmilns & Galston (Alan Cameron) — 182
7. Dunaskin Doon (Chris Bradley) — 181
8. Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman) — 180
9. Clackmannan & District (Alastair Orr) — 179
10. Annan Town (Andrew Holland) — 178

*Top two bands qualify for National Final at Cheltenham

Best instrumentalist: Richard Tobin (soprano cornet) Bathgate
Best Horn: Tenor Horn, Newtongrange Silver


Scotland

Saturday 11, 20:28:26

First Section:

Malcolm Wood’s Final Thoughts and round up

It is fair to say that Land of the Long White Cloud has proved to be a very stern test in Perth this evening. That said, the bands who’ve found it tough going will have gained some serious character building.

Bathgate’s quality shone through for us and then the other podium places could be any two from three or four, it’s that tight. As always, could be close or million miles out but down to Messrs Baker and Pritchard-Jones.

Whichever way it goes though, the winning band and qualifier has earned their place.

4BR Prediction:

1. Bathgate
2. Newtongrange Silver
3. Dunaskin Doon
4.Coalburn
5. Johnstone Silver
6. Lochgelly

DH: Gtanite City


Scotland

Saturday 11, 20:20:32

First Section:

10. Clackmannan & District (Alastair Orr)

A robust White Cloud to close not just the contest, but the contesting day here in Perth. Once more, a First Section ensemble find this a very tough musical nut to crack and it stretched them at times to their limitations.

Praise though has to go to the MD and players who knew it was never going to be easy and as a result, everything was kept as simple as it could be.

The tempos and dynamics were reigned in and there was tiredness at the end.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 20:06:06

First Section:

9. Dunaskin Doon (Chris Bradley)

A rendition that certainly sparkled from the opening notes until the last but it didn’t always hang together as much as it could have done.

Purposeful tempos and colourful dynamics certainly shone through but some of the parts of the piece just didn’t gel together to make you sit up and listen.

It had merit though and its battle scars.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 19:46:32

First Section:

8. Annan Town (Andrew Holland)

A brave effort that certainly tested the ensemble at times to its limits. There was plenty of determination and effort but on the cusp of the Championship Section status, it proved to be a tough contesting day.

There was some good all round contributions within the ensemble and solo passages and whilst the conductor kept a tight reign on the tempos, it just didn’t happen for them.

Tough day, but character building aplenty within the ensemble.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 19:22:42

First Section:

7. Johnstone (Martyn Ramsay)

A performance of Land of the Long White Cloud that was never lacking in commitment, desire and ambition.

Right from the opening notes, there was a caution and hints of nervousness, but once they settled down they found their musical feet and things started to flow with more fluidity.

There were challenges though within the ensemble that tested them today and it’s too their credit that all concerned battled on and dug in, very deeply.

Sparke’s piece is a tough one to nail, and it tests First Section credentials.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 18:44:17

First Section:

6. Newtongrange Silver (Andrew Duncan)

First Section:

6. Newtongrange Silver (Andrew Duncan)

A tasty Antipodean Journey from Newtongrange Silver that had mouth watering moments.

Bravura in style and execution, a reading that never lacked energy, desire and contained some tasty tempos that were as juicy and succulent as a New Zealand lamb joint.

There were no real dips in clarity or the quality and everything had its purpose. It was a White Cloud enjoyed by band and MD but will it push Bathgate from top spot? Very little in it for us, but both out in front with comfort.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 18:43:50

First Section:

5. Newmilns & Galston (Alan Cameron)

Newmilns delivers a more refined reading of Sparke’s First section work.

This was a band tested it must be said, but full marks to the MD for the way he kept the performance together as he knew the limitations. Nothing was pushed beyond the limits and the dynamics and tempos were kept at sensible levels.

Tiredness creeps in as the piece heads for the close, but full marks for the effort and the way that was approached today.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 18:26:21

First Section:

4. Lochgelly (Paul McKelvie OBE)

A White Cloud reading full of colour and bravura playing, but it didn’t always gel together.

The tempos were solid and there was clarity of detail, but there was a harshness of sound that took the edge of things at times and it will be interesting to see what the judges make of it.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 18:05:27

First Section:

3. Bathgate (Anne Crookston)

Blimey, blimey, blimey, that was some show.

Detailed, deliberately tailored to the acoustic of the hall and the abilities of the players, they had quality right from the first note until the last.

The tempos were impressive, perhaps a bit quick in places, but the clarity of the playing was terrific and there was a real descriptive feel to the Antipodean journey.

Yes, the odd risk in tempo perhaps, but by heck, the quality really came through.

That has really upped the competition stakes today.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 17:53:43

First Section:

2. Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman)

It’s bold and colour to open with good colours and the shape of the music is nicely depicted. There is a lot to admire here from the band who reacts superbly to the music.

There are no real risks taken but its really steay and works so well with great dynamic sounds and real musical contrasts.

Lots to appreciate here.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 17:35:56

First Section:

1. Granite City Brass (Bruce Wallace)

One that offered potential from the word go but it just suffered with two many inconsistencies.

The tempos were good and there was a nice picture painted, but some of the dynamics and balance of the ensemble didn't quite come off.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 17:12:53

2016-2017 Grading Positions

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Table showing the grading positions in advance of the contest and will be used in combination with the 2017 results to determine gradings for 2018

Draw

First Section:

Test Piece: 'Land of the Long White Cloud' — Philip Sparke

Saturday 11th March

Draw: 3.00pm
Commence: 4.30pm approx

Adjudicators: Dr Brett Baker and Steve Pritchard-Jones

1. Granite City Brass (Bruce Wallace)
2. Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman)
3. Bathgate (Anne Crookston)
4. Lochgelly (Paul McKelvie OBE)
5. Newmilns & Galston (Alan Cameron)
6. Newtongrange Silver (Andrew Duncan)
7. Johnstone (Martyn Ramsay)
8. Annan Town (Andrew Holland)
9. Dunaskin Doon (Chris Bradley)
10. Clackmannan & District (Alastair Orr)


Scotland

Saturday 11, 17:12:02

Results

Second Section:

Test Piece: 'Rhapsody in Brass' (Dean Goffin)
Adjudicators: Mike Kilroy and Sheona White

1. Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson) — 186*
2. Dalkeith & Monktonhall (James Chamberlain) — 185*
3. Shotts St. Patrick's (Christopher Mansfield) — 183
4. Renfrew Burgh (Mark Good) — 180
5. Broxburn & Livingston (Chris Shanks) — 179
6. Campbeltown Brass (Gordon Evans MBE) — 178
7. St Ronan's Silver (Alan Fernie) — 177
8. Croy Silver (Kenneth Blackwood) — 176
9. Jedforest Instrumental (Phil Rosier) — 175
10. Selkirk Silver (Stuart Black) — 174
11. Perthshire Brass (Jason Blyth) — 173

*Top two bands qualify for National Final in Cheltenham

Instrumental: Tenor Horn, Campbeltown Brass


Scotland

Saturday 11, 16:26:02

Second Section:

Malcolm Wood's Final thoughts and Prediction:

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Now then, Dean Goffin's work has certainly been a stern test in Perth today. Some coped better than others, whilst some almost tried to rewrite the music ' a modern take if you like of the classic work.

The only people that count though are Mike Kilroy and Sheona White.

It could be close at the top end with a couple of bands considering themselves unlucky as they drown their sorrows tonight.

Very little to choose for a winner between Dalkeith & Croy Silver for the top two.

Official result around 4.45pm

4BR Prediction:

1. Dalkeith
2. Croy Silver
3. Shotts St Patrick's
4. St Ronan's
5. Broxburn & Livingston
6. Selkirk Silver

DH: Renfrew Burgh


Scotland

Saturday 11, 16:23:54

Second Section:

11. Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson)

Another performance today that had lots to appreciate but it didn’t quite gel at times as much as we would like.

There was some good tempo choices which gave the opportunity to allow detail and clarity. The central section had a nice sombre flow about it whilst the concluding section was full of joyful brio.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 16:04:20

Second Section:

10. Croy Silver (Kenneth Blackwood)

One of those thoughtful engaging ones from Croy—well planned but perhaps not always executed in the way required.

Not everything came off, but there was a real desire to show clarity, balance and detail. The optimistic movement wasn’t without blemishes whilst there were lots to appreciate in the reflective central section.

The concluding section was carefree and joyful with that real element of freedom coming through.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 15:47:30

Second Section:

9. Selkirk Silver (Stuart Black)

It’s a bold opening movement from Selkirk that isn’t without hesitancy but is nicely styled.

The central section is broad in the way it is delivered with a lovely euphonium and horn.

The Finale Section really does take no prisoners. The tempos are not hanging around but who knows what they will make of it in the box? Like or loathe and probably not somewhere in between.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 15:29:29

Second Section:

8. Shotts St. Patrick's (Christopher Mansfield)

An intriguing one that had lots to appreciate but it was a shame it was uneven in execution as the style was captured from the middle.

When it did gel together, it was very convincing, especially in the central section that was melancholic with warm spirit. There was a good mix of celebration and freedom as well in the Finale Section

It was just a shame about the unevenness though, but could well be a contender as the quality was there.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 15:11:59

Second Section:

7. Campbeltown Brass (Gordon Evans MBE)

It’s a good solid take after a few tricky moments in the opening section. There was a nice flow in the solo and ensemble lines but there was some sticky obstacles that just took the edge off.

The middle section has a nice feel to it, broadly phrased with good euphonium contribution, but again some nervousness in the ensemble is noticeable.

The finale has a joyful feel to it with a lovely little sop player, but some fragilities are evident as well.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 14:57:06

Second Section:

6. St Ronan's Silver (Alan Fernie)

A reading full of musical vitality from St Ronan’s under Alan Fernie.
Everything from the MD had intent from the really tasteful opening section to the sombreness of the middle section, that featured a lovely euphonium/

The closing section was tastefully done with tempos pushed but building the majestic feel into a really purposeful climax.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 14:27:00

Second Section:

5. Perthshire Brass (Jason Blyth)


The approach was positive from Perthshire but we do wonder about the dynamic levels at times. They went a little OTT in places, but the contesting basics were put in place.

The opening was full of positive intent, with a no holds-barred middle section that didn't go into too much sentimentality.

The finale is paced neatly although it did get a little scrappy at times but still spoke of joyfulness


Scotland

Saturday 11, 14:23:51

Second Section:

4. Jedforest Instrumental (Phil Rosier)

A rendition that was well directed and put together, but also lost a bit of focus at times.

The opening danced along freely whilst the dark, sombreness of the central section really tickled our taste buds due to its warmth.

The finale was a bit quick in places but it never lacked excitement with an impressive coda.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 13:48:12

Second Section:

3. Broxburn & Livingston (Chris Shanks)

Broxburn delivers an account not short on confidence. Boldy coloured, the MD drew out a great deal of passion and drama from within the score.

It came across as a bit heavy at times but there was a lovely darkened melancholy to the middle section.

The joyfulness of the finale is captured to aplomb and whilst not everything came off here in this performance due to scrappyness in places, the approach was admirable and has to be applauded.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 13:46:18

Second Section:

2. Dalkeith & Monktonhall (James Chamberlain)

It’s a full-on opening that has its purpose but just wonder if it’s a bit OTT for the judges in the box. The cornet solo is a nice bit of work though.

The second movement has an air of fragility about from the first note until the last. It just never settled for us but the music could have really come to the fore if it had.

Final section is full of spirit with tempo markings that are handled reasonably well. There are some blemishes though as it heads for the close.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 13:22:02

Second Section:

1. Renfrew Burgh (Mark Good)

A performance that certainly grew in stature as it went along. Full marks to MD, Mark Good who kept the music flowing without detriment to time and space created in each movement.

There was some neat playing especially in the concluding section, that drew out the joyful character of the music with intensity and excitement.

Not a bad marker


Scotland

Saturday 11, 13:21:09

2016-2017 Grading Table

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Table showing the grading positions in advance of the contest and will be used in combination with the 2017 results to determine gradings for 2018

Draw:

Second Section:

Test Piece: 'Rhapsody in Brass' (Dean Goffin)

Saturday 11th March

Pre-Drawm:
Start: 1.30pm Approx

Adjudicators: Mike Kilroy and Sheona White

1. Renfrew Burgh (Mark Good)
2. Dalkeith & Monktonhall (James Chamberlain)
3. Broxburn & Livingston (Chris Shanks)
4. Jedforest Instrumental (Phil Rosier)
5. Perthshire Brass (Jason Blyth)
6. St Ronan's Silver (Alan Fernie)
7. Campbeltown Brass (Gordon Evans MBE)
8. Shotts St. Patrick's (Christopher Mansfield)
9. Selkirk Silver (Stuart Black)
10. Croy Silver (Kenneth Blackwood)
11. Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson)


Scotland

Saturday 11, 13:07:52

Results

Third Section:

Test Piece: 'Darkwood' — Dan Price

Adjudicators: Steve Pritchard Jones and Chris Wormald

1. Irvine & Dreghorn (Helen Dowthwaite -Teasdale) — 184*
2. St. David's Brass (John A Dickson) — 180*
3. Buckhaven & Methil Miners (David Neil) — 178
4. Brass Sound Inverclyde (Christopher Mansfield) — 177
5. Tullis Russell Intermediate (Steven Craig) — 176
6. MacTaggart Scott Loanhead (Kenny Letham) — 175
7. Langholm Town (Chris Shanks) — 174
8. Peebles Burgh (Stephen Baird) — 173
9. Dunfermline Town (Andy Shaw) — 172
10. Whitburn Heartlands (Scott Kerr) — 170
11. Barrhead Burgh (Michael Howie) — 169

*Top two bands qualify for National Final

Instrumentalist: (Euphonium) Irvine & Dreghorn


(N.B. Scotland — Grading Tables)
The current gradings, that were displayed in an earlier posting, take into account promotions and relegations for the last two years and the placings at the most recent Scottish Championship contest. Gradings will be take effect from the 1st January drop the oldest set and to take into account promotions and relegations for the next contesting year.

As of 1st February 2009 the SBBA have adjusted the grading system as follows:-

1) The points gained by a band two years ago will be halved
2) The points gained by the band one year ago will remain unadjusted
3) Immediately following the most recent Scottish Championship contest the points gained by the band at that contest will be doubled.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 12:28:48

Third Section:

Malcolm Wood's Final Thoughts and prediction

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It has been an interesting morning with lots of hard working accounts in the Third Section. The key to finding the moods, styles and putting all of the basics together though has certainly sorted them out.

It will be interesting to see what the judges think. Steve judged in Blackpool and Chris conducted a band (and featured in the podium prizes) so they will know all the tricks and pitfalls and most importantly what they did and didn't want.

We could be way out, but Irvine, Langholm, St Davids & Whitburn are the ones vying it out and they could come in any order.

Thereafter it's a real scrap for top six, but its for Messrs Pritchard-Jones and Wormald to decide on.

The official results will be around 12.50pm but our punt is

4BR Prediction:

1. Irvine & Dreghorn
2. Langholm
3. Whitburn Heartlands
4. St Davids
5. Tullis Russell Mills
6. Buckhaven & Methil Miners

DH: Peebles


Scotland

Saturday 11, 12:22:27

Third Section:

11. Whitburn Heartlands (Scott Kerr)

Whitburn Heartlands closes the section with a determined rendition that had lots to appreciate.

The opening was one of the most ear catching of the day. Dark with humour, it worked well.

In the central hymnal element, confident solo lines, lyrical playing and ensemble shone through. Not everything came off, but the music really is nicely portrayed here.

To conclude, there is real optimism coming through the music. It has a purpose and a presence. One that could cause a surprise today


Scotland

Saturday 11, 12:05:31

Third Section:

10. Barrhead Burgh (Michael Howie)

Barhead Burgh’s Darkwood was one full of commitment and desire but did it come off today?

The opening was dark, mysterious and damn right cheeky, but it had some fragilities at times as well..

The central section showcased warm lyrical sounds and ensemble playing. It just needed a touch more security.

Similarly, the close, lots to appreciate with musical optimism but it just needed more security.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 11:48:41

Third Section:

9. MacTaggart Scott Loanhead (Kenny Letham)

MacTaggart Scott delivers a measured thoughtful account of Darkwood.

The opening captured the dark and mysterious elements nicely although there were a few delicate moments.

In the central hymnal section, there was some nice lyrical and solo lines, but not everything gelled together as it could have done.

The final section bristles with energy and the optimism is there within the music. One that had lots to appreciate for sure


Scotland

Saturday 11, 11:19:37

Third Section:

8. Brass Sound Inverclyde (Christopher Mansfield)

Brass Sound Inverclyde is the latest ensemble to enjoy their historical take on North Manchester's Blackley although they worked like Trojans.

It took time to settle and the dark and mischief elements didn't always come through as much as we'd have liked.

Confidence does grow but so does the nervousness within the ranks. It's a real effort this but never lacks determination. Some of the hymnal elements work better than others.

The closing section is tricky, but they go for broke and the optimism in the music is there. Not a winner today but full marks for sheer guts on the stage.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 11:18:54

Third Section:

7. Irvine & Dreghorn (Helen Dowthwaite -Teasdale)

Irvine & Dreghorn enjoys its musical take on the historical life of Blackley (pronounced as if saying Blakeleigh). The opening has lots to admire and the mischief in the playing brings a smile to the face.

Confidence grows in the ensemble as things progress. There is nice warmth to the playing with some effective lyrical lines in the hymnal church element.

The ensemble copes well with the challenge of the modern pulse of the final section and there is a real optimistic feel to the music as it closes.

Lots to admire but knitting it all together proved tricky at times That said the quality playing could see them feature today.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 10:50:31

Third Section:

6. Buckhaven & Methil Miners (David Neil)

Buckhaven certainly brought out the various moods in an intriguing reading that offered potential.

The opening was dark and bleak, whilst there was a 'naughty but nice' mischievous feel that was evident.

MD, David Neil allows the lyrical sounds to shine in the second section, with a good balanced sound to ensemble.

And the close has a great sense of optimism to the music going forward. The band sounds are good, bright and efficient.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 10:30:36

Third Section:

5. Tullis Russell Intermediate (Steven Craig)

The opening wasn't as darkly hued as some of the ensembles so far today but the mischief is certainly present. Hints of naughtiness with that twinkle in the eye. It comes off.

There are good lyrical voices as the music progresses in the central section. None are forceful, but things work well here and confidence is very much on the up with the solo and ensemble lines.

As we head for the close, a great deal of optimism in the music — neat and tidy and good flourish to close.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 10:14:42

Third Section:

4. Peebles Burgh (Stephen Baird)

Peebles delivers a Darkwood that offered plenty of musical potential, but did they pull it off today?

The opening section takes time to settle. Dark and mysterious, nicely styled and that impish smirk on the face. The look said it all.

The middle section showcases tasteful solo and lyrical lines and the warmness of sound is certainly prominent.

Confidence is certainly high in the final section within the ensemble and they capture the modern fleet footed style of the music well with such a positive outlook.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 09:58:49

Third Section:

3. Langholm Town (Chris Shanks)

Langholm delivers a solid workmanlike account. The dark atmosphere was prominent in the opening section whilst a little bit more mischief could have been in evidence (personal taste on our part) for it to have the impish quality.

The middle hymnal element featured some nicely balanced sounds with good solo contributions.

The concluding section is very optimistic in outlook and its well controlled. The enthusiasm doesn't run away with them as they close either.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 09:42:59

Third Section:

2. Dunfermline Town (Andy Shaw)

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On Stage : Dunfermline Town (Andy Shaw)

Dunfermline delivers a Darkwood that perhaps never came to life as effectively as it could have done.

The opening took time to settle with just glimpses of the dark mischievousness required.

There are some good solo contributions in the central segment but the balanced sound isn't quite right for us.

As the piece heads for home, there is optimism in the sound of the music but tiredness in the ensemble just robs added ingredient of vitality.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 09:32:20

Third Section:

1. St. David's Brass (John A Dickson)

St David's start the contesting weekend with a hardworking, determined account that had lots to admire.

It wasn't the easiest of pieces for them to master (with a few nerves from number 1 as well) but they coped with the dark moments of Boggart life.

Confidence grew in the central section with some impressive solo sounds and a nice balanced sound.

Tiredness crept in as the piece came to a close, but there was good optimism and joyfulness within the music.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 09:31:34

Off we go then

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So a huge weekend of contesting around the UK starts here in Perth with Section 3.

Good luck to all.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 09:14:19

2016-2017 Grading Table

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Table showing the grading positions in advance of the contest and will be used in combination with the 2017 results to determine gradings for 2018

Third Section Draw:

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An old postcard records an image of the Bandstand at Boggart-Hole-Clough inspiration for 'Darkwood' the Dan Price test piece

Test Piece: 'Darkwood' — Dan Price

Saturday 11th March
Pre-Drawn
Start: 9.30am

Adjudicators: Steve Pritchard Jones and Chris Wormald

1. St. David's Brass (John A Dickson)
2. Dunfermline Town (Andy Shaw)
3. Langholm Town (Chris Shanks)
4. Peebles Burgh (Stephen Baird)
5. Tullis Russell Intermediate (Steven Craig)
6. Buckhaven & Methil Miners (David Neil)
7. Irvine & Dreghorn (Helen Dowthwaite -Teasdale)
8. Brass Sound Inverclyde (Christopher Mansfield)
9. MacTaggart Scott Loanhead (Kenny Letham)
10. Barrhead Burgh (Michael Howie)
11. Whitburn Heartlands (Scott Kerr)


Scotland

Saturday 11, 08:17:00

Good morning from Perth Concert Hall

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Judges for the 3rd Section: Steve Pritchard-Jones and Chris Wormald
Good morning from Perth where the organisers from SBBA have been in since daylight.

We have had a lovely warm welcome and a good breakfast to set us up for the day here.

Sections 2-4 are pre-drawn here so the bands can plans journeys accordingly. It is a proactive way to do things, but then again, will it effect the number of bums on seats.

We start at 9.30 with the Third Section and we will post the draw once judges Steve Pritchard-Jones and Chris Wormald go in the box.


Scotland

Saturday 11, 07:49:31

Timetable for Weekend

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Carrie Boax and the SBBA team prepare for the Scotland contests

There will be plenty of bandsmen and supporters already making their way to fill these seats throughout a busy weekend of music making at the Regional Competitions, with everything getting underway in Perth, Scotland at 09.30hrs this morning.

Saturday 11th March

Scotland — Third Section:
Saturday 11th March — 9.30am

West of England — Second Section:
Saturday 11th March — 10.00am

West of England — Fourth Section:
Saturday 11th March — 10.30am
(The Arena)

Midlands — First Section:
Saturday 11th March — 11.00am

Midlands — Third Section:
Saturday 11th March — 11.00am
(Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College)

North of England — Second Section:
Saturday 11th March — 12 noon

Scotland — Second Section:
Saturday 11th March — 1.30pm Approx

North of England — Fourth Section:
Saturday 11th March — 2.30pm approx

West of England — First Section:
Saturday 11th March — Not Before 3.15pm

Scotland — First Section:
Saturday 11th March — 4.30pm Approx

Sunday 12th March

West of England — Third Section:
Sunday 12th March — 9.30am

Scotland — Fourth Section:
Sunday 12th March — 9.30am approx

North of England — First Section:
Sunday 12th March — 10.00am

Midlands — Second Section:
Sunday 12th March — 10.00am

Midlands — Fourth Section:
Sunday 12th March — 11.00am
(Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College)

North of England — Third Section:
Sunday 12th March — 12.15pm approx

Scotland — 4B:
Sunday 12th March — 1.30pm approx

Midlands — Championship Section:
Sunday 12th March — 2.30pm approx (After Second Section Results)

Scotland — Championship Section:
Sunday 12th March — 2.30pm

West of England — Championship Section:
Sunday 12th March — Not Before 2.30pm

North of England — Championship Section:
Sunday 12th March — 3.00pm


Scotland

Friday 10, 19:07:00

Arrived in Perth

4BR has made the journey to Perth — although not the Australian home to Mr Banwell of 4BR — but the original one in Scotland.

You know you are in the right place though when the first person you meet is a brass band adjudicator — either that or you are both lost.

It promises to be an interesting weekend and any spies that went to Blackpool or Huddersfield, or have read our coverage, will know now where these contests can be won or lost.

Talking of competitive; there's a rugby match at Twickenham tomorrow as the Scots do battle with the 'auld enemy in the Six Nations as well as a certain matter of Celtic v Rangers on Sunday in the round ball game.

One thing for certain: A great weekend awaits, so in the meantime, the chance for a wander round Perth to see what's on offer, a bit of food and the Wales v Ireland game in store tonight.

Good luck with those last rehearsals folks. See you tomorrow.


Scotland

Wednesday 8, 12:23:24

Scotland line-up

Championship Section:

Test Piece: 'Pageantry' — Herbert Howells
Sunday 12th March
Draw 1.00pm
Commence: 2.30pm
Adjudicators: Mike Kilroy and Chris Wormald

Bon-Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm)
Bo'ness & Carriden (David Thornton)
Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)
Dalmellington (Richard Evans)
Kingdom Brass (Paul Drury)
Kirkintilloch (Phillip McCann)
Kirkintilloch Kelvin (Charles Keenan)
Tullis Russell Mills (Raymond Tennant)
Unison Kinneil (Colin McKenzie)
Whitburn (Prof Nicholas Childs)

First Section:

Test Piece: 'Land of the Long White Cloud' — Philip Sparke
Saturday 11th March
Draw: 3.00pm
Commence: 4.30pm approx
Adjudicators: Dr Brett Baker and Steve Pritchard-Jones

Annan Town (Andrew Holland)
Bathgate (Anne Crookston)
Clackmannan & District (Alastair Orr)
Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman)
Dunaskin Doon (Chris Bradley)
Granite City Brass (Bruce Wallace)
Johnstone (Martyn Ramsay)
Lochgelly (Paul McKelvie OBE)
Newmilns & Galston (Alan Cameron)
Newtongrange Silver (Andrew Duncan)

Second Section:

Test Piece: 'Rhapsody in Brass' — Sir Dean Goffin
Saturday 11th March
Pre-Drawn:
Start: 1.30pm Approx
Adjudicators: Mike Kilroy and Sheona White

Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson)
Broxburn & Livingston (Chris Shanks)
Campbeltown Brass (Gordon Evans MBE)
Croy Silver (Kenneth Blackwood)
Dalkeith & Monktonhall (James Chamberlain)
Jedforest Instrumental (Phil Rosier)
Perthshire Brass (Jason Blyth)
Renfrew Burgh (Mark Good)
Selkirk Silver (Stuart Black)
Shotts St. Patrick's (Christopher Mansfield)
St Ronan's Silver (Alan Fernie)

Third Section:

Test Piece: 'Darkwood' — Dan Price
Saturday 11th March
Pre-Drawn
Start: 9.30am
Adjudicators: Steve Pritchard Jones and Chris Wormald

Barrhead Burgh (Michael Howie)
Brass Sound Inverclyde (Christopher Mansfield)
Buckhaven & Methil Miners (David Neil)
Dunfermline Town (Andy Shaw)
Irvine & Dreghorn (Helen Dowthwaite -Teasdale)
Langholm Town (Chris Shanks)
MacTaggart Scott Loanhead (TBC)
Peebles Burgh (Stephen Baird)
St. David's Brass (John A Dickson)
Tullis Russell Intermediate (Steven Craig)
Whitburn Heartlands (Scott Kerr)

Fourth Section:

Test Piece: St Andrews Variations' — Alan Fernie
Sunday 12th March
Pre-Drawn
Start: 9.30am approx
Adjudicators: Dr Brett Baker and Sheona White

Bon-Accord Silver B (Jennifer Cook)
Dumfries Town (John Taylor)
Dundee Instrumental (Robert McDonald)
Dysart Colliery (Ross Brotherston)
Forfar Instrumental (Terrence Jackson)
Hawick Saxhorn (David Robb)
Highland Brass (Mark Bell)
Kilmarnock Concert (Scott Walker)
Newland Concert Brass (Paul McKelvie OBE)
Newmains & District (Michael Marzella)
Penicuik Silver (Stuart Black)
Queensferry Community Brass (James Anderson)
Stranraer Brass (Yvonne Williamson)

4B:

Sunday 12th March
Pre-Drawn
Start: 1.30pm approx
Adjudicators: Lynda Nicholson

Granite City Community Brass (Alex Dawson)
Leadhills Band (TBC)
Coalburn Intermediate (TBC)



Walsall Brass Band - Willenhall Singers

Saturday 18 November • Sneyd Communnity Centre, Vernon Way, Bloxwich, Walsall. WS3 2PA


Rushden Town Band -

Saturday 18 November • Park Rd Baptist Church, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 0RW


Contest: Brass in Concert

Saturday 18 November • Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead NE28 2JR


Foden's Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 18 November • Queen Street, Morley LS27 9DY


Black Dyke Band - Waterford, Ireland

Saturday 18 November • Carriganore Arena, Waterford Institute of Technology Sports Campus tbc


Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.


Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.


Glossop Old Band

November 17 • SOLO TROMBONE. The Glossop Old Band Welcomes applications for the Solo Trombone Chair. The Band will be competing in the First Section as of 2018 and are looking to continue its progression back to the top levels of performance


Julian Bright


Conductor, Compere/MC, Cornet Soloist