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Report & Results: 2017 NIBA Championships

1st Old Boys lead the way to Montreux as Drogheda Brass, Wellington Memorial Silver, Poyntzpass Silver, Stedfast Shoes Brass and 1st Old Boys Youth enjoy 100th anniversary success.

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  1st Old Boys claimed the 100th Championship top flight honours

The 100th NIBA Championship took place at the Market Place Theatre in Armagh last weekend, with brass bands once again playing an important role in celebrating the occasion. Accordion, flute and Concert Bands also held their National contests, whilst the event also hosted the Flute Band World Championship.

Old Boys double

1st Old Boys enjoyed the celebrations with victories for both their senior and youth ensembles, with the Championship Section success seeing the seniors gain the invitation to compete at the 2019 European Championship in Montreux.

Adjudicator, Derek Broadbent had high praise for both bands too, remarking that the youth band under Jacklin Bingham had produced 'a great performance that had ticked all the boxes', whilst the seniors led by Stephen Cairns had given a rendition of the set-work 'Salamander' by John McCabe that 'showed how it should be played'.

Keen battle

The Championship Section was a keenly fought affair, with all the competitors giving performances of note.

In the end though, the experience and quality of 1st Old Boys soloists and ensemble work shone though as they claimed the honours by a clear three point winning margin. Runner-up was Downshire Brass, with Third Carrickfergus claiming the final podium slot ahead of defending champion Laganvale.

1st Old Boys euphonium player Alan Haworth took the 'Best Soloist' award, with Stephen Cairns presented with the Conductor's Prize. They also took the 'Overall Band of the Day' accolade.

Drogheda double

In the Second Grade contest, Drogheda Brass successfully defended their title under Michael Maher by giving a well-structured account of the set-work, 'Chaucer's Tunes' by Michael Ball.

It was the band's fourth victory in the past five years, as they repelled the strong challenge from podium finishers Roughan Silver and Lourdes Brass Band. Drogheda also claimed the 'Best Cornet' and Best Bass' section prizes.

Victories

Wellington Memorial Silver reclaimed the Third Grade honours under the direction of Gary Proctor, as they produced a fine account of 'The Journal of Phileas Fogg' to claim a two-point margin of victory over last year's Fourth Grade champions Dynamic Brass with Navan Silver in Third.

Although Poyntzpass Silver was the sole representative in the Fourth Grade and Stedfast Shoes Brass in the Fifth, both gave fine performances, whilst there was a great deal to enjoy in the Youth Brass event as both 1st Old Boys Silver Junior and Downshire Youth showed young talent is blossoming.

The winner retained their title thanks to a cracking performance of Rimmer's march 'Slaidburn', followed by sensitive rendition 'Lady Stewart's Air' and Alan Fernie's 'Starlight'.

1st Old Boys enjoyed the celebrations with victories for both their senior and youth ensembles, with the Championship Section success seeing the seniors gain the invitation to compete at the 2019 European Championship in Montreux4BR

Championship Section:

Adjudicator: Derek Broadbent
Set-work: Salamander (John McCabe)

1. 1st Old Boys Silver (Stephen Cairns) — 193
2. Downshire Brass (Michael Alcorn) — 190
3. Third Carrickfergus (Brian Connolly) — 187
4. Laganvale Metal Technology (Stephen Crooks) — 186
5. Three Rivers Brass (Noel Barr) — 184
6. Murley Silver Band (William Hill) — 183

Best Instrumentalist: Alan Haworth (euphonium) — 1st Old Boys' Silver
Conductor Prize: Stephen Cairns (1st Old Boys' Silver)
Overall Band of the Day: 1st Old Boy's Silver

Second Grade:

Set-work: Chaucer's Tunes (Michael Ball)

1. Drogheda Brass (Michael Maher) — 185
2. Roughan Silver (Gary Proctor) — 183
3. Lourdes Brass Band (Michael Hannan) — 182
4. Comber Silver (Wesley Thompson) — 181
5. CWA Brass (Ernest Ruddock) — 180

Best Cornet Section: Drogheda Brass
Best Bass Section: Drogheda Brass

Third Grade:

Set-work: The Journal of Phileas Fogg (Peter Graham)

1. Wellington Memorial Silver (Gary Proctor) — 179
2. Dynamic Brass (Harold Whan) — 177
3. Navan Silver (Steven Murray) — 176
4. Dungannon Silver (Boris Pinto) — 174

Fourth Grade:

Set-work: A Ravenhill Suite (Dorothy Gates)

1. Poyntzpass Silver (Robert Davidson) — 171

Fifth Grade/Unaffiliated:

Set-work: Own Choice

1. Stedfast Shoes Brass (Shane Smith) — 168

Youth Brass:

Set-work: Own Choice

1. 1st Old Boys Silver Junior Band (Jacklin Bingham) — 180
2. Downshire Youth Band (Michael Alcorn) — 178



Winter Gardens

Result: 2018 North West Regional Championships: First Section

February 25 • Results from the First Section in Blackpool.


Winter Gardens

Result: 2018 North West Regional Championships: Championship Section

February 25 • Foden's make it a hat trick in Blackpool with Leyland joining them and pre-qualified Fairey in London.


Winter

Result: 2018 North West Regional Championships: Second Section

February 25 • Middleton, Bollington and Flixton head to Cheltenham


Winter Gardens

Result: 2018 North West Regional Championships: Fourth Section

February 25 • Lostock Hall takes the honours as Sale Brass join them in Cheltenham


Northop Silver Band - Northop Brass

Thursday 1 March • Northop Band Room CH7 6BQ


Regent Hall Concerts - Guildhall Brass Band

Friday 2 March • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ


Contest: Yorkshire Regional Championships

Saturday 3 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Contest: Yorkshire Regional Championships

Sunday 4 March • Corporation Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Contest: Scottish Championships

Saturday 10 March • Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, . PH1 5HZ


Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

February 25 • FLUGEL PLAYER required to join us after the Area Contest. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for a committed player to fill a key seat. We have a sensible mix of concert and contests throughout the year.


Amington Band

February 25 • Amington Band are in desperate need of a Bass Trombone player for the Midlands Area on 10th March (and beyond!). We’re a friendly bunch of mixed ages, rehearsing under MD Alan Gifford on Mondays and Wednesdays 8-10pm in our band room in Tamworth.


Enderby Band

February 24 • Enderby Band are looking for a SOLO TROMBONE to join us after the Area Contest. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for a committed player to fill a key seat. We have a sensible mix of concert and contests throughout the year.


Alan Widdop


Conductor, Brass teacher, Adjudicator (ABBA)