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Report & Results: 2017 GBBA March & Own Choice contest

Forest of Dean Brass lead the way in an encouraging day of contesting in Cheltenham.

  The Gloucestershire BBA was encouraged by the response from competing bands

There was an encouraging turn out of competing bands at the recent Gloucestershire Brass Band Association March & Own Choice contest held at All Saints Academy in Cheltenham.

The excellent facilities certainly enhanced the day for competitors and listeners alike with the smooth organisation also seeing bands enjoy the opportunity of having time to prepare in a warm up room before taking to the stage.


After recent GBBA contests were cancelled due to insufficient entries, the GBBA committee was delighted with the latest response, with bands attracted from Essex, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, south Wales and Gloucestershire.

Adjudicator Steve Pritchard-Jones was also impressed by what he heard, praising the standard of all bands and the diversity of the music performed.

The Class A honors went to Forest of Dean led by Chris Howley, whilst section awards were picked up by Chinnor, Malvern Hills and City of Bristol Learners, with a host of individual and ensemble awards.

There was also the first presentation of a new youth band prize in memory of Fred Pensom who recently passed away. Fred was a long time player in the Forest of Dean, a good friend of the GBBA and an advocate for encouraging youth in brass banding.

Adjudicator Steve Pritchard-Jones was also impressed by what he heard, praising the standard of all bands and the diversity of the music performed4BR


Class A: (Championship/First Section)

Own Choice:

1. Forest of Dean Brass
2. Wotton under Edge

Best Instrumentalist: flugel (Forest of Dean Brass)
Winning Conductor: Chris Howley

1. Wotton under Edge
2. Forest of Dean Brass

Class B/C: (Second/Third/Fourth Section)

Own Choice work:
1. Chinnor
2. Bream Silver
3. Abergavenny Borough
4. Cinderford
5. Arrow Valley
6. Tilbury
7. Malvern Hills

Best Instrumentalist: flugel (Chinnor)

1. Chinnor
2. Cinderford
3. Abergavenny Borough
4. Bream Silver
5. Arrow Valley
6. Tilbury
7. Malvern Hills

Highest Placed Fourth Section Band: Malvern Hills District
Highest Placed Third Section Band: Cinderford
Highest Placed Second Section Band: Chinnor

Fourth Section Prizes:
John Jones Memorial Trophy: Trombones (Malvern Hills)
Boosey & Hawkes Challenge Cup (Best March): Malvern Hills
Test Piece: Malvern Hills
Winning Conductor: Chris Licence (Malvern Hills)

Class D: (Training/Youth/Unregistered)

Gold Award: City of Bristol Leaners

Gold Award: Lydbrook Training
Silver Award: Lydney Training

Best Instrumentalist: soprano (City of Bristol Learners)
Youngest Player: City of Bristol Learners
Band with most players under the age of 14: Lydbrook Training
Best Section: Trombones (City of Bristol Learners)

Special Awards: (All Classes)

Best Cornet Player: Forest of Dean Brass
Best Flugel Player: Forest of Dean Brass
Best Horn Section: Chinnor
Best Euphonium Player: Chinnor
Best Bass Section: Forest of Dean Brass
Best Percussion Section: Bream
Best Instrumentalist: Principal Cornet (Forest of Dean Brass)

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March 18 • Our third section B Band are looking for Cornet and Trombone players. Rehearsals Friday's 7.00 - 8.15pm and Sunday mornings 10.00 - 12.15pm Based at Bailiff Bridge Brighouse. Our Saturday morning training band is also looking for players. All abilities.

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Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

March 17 • Musical Director due to work commitments, the Wakefield Metropolitan Band seeks applications for this position. 1st section band with a 5th place at the areas. We require someone with the drive and ambition to take us to the next level is this you ?

David Hirst

MA, B.Ed (Hons), LTCL
Conductor, adjudicator and arranger