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Flowers Uprooted in Gloucester!

Flowers get dead headed by a lower section own choice attack.


Flowers Uprooted in Gloucester

In one of the shock results of the contesting year, the Cinderford Band conducted by the legendary euphonium player Lyndon Baglin won the 25th annual Gloucestershire Brass Band Association contest at Five Acres in the Forest of Dean on the 25th November.

The shock as such came as the Flowers Band under the direction of Philip Harper could only manage third place at the contest and were beaten not only by Cinderford but also by the City of Bristol Band, conducted by Bryn James. The Own Choice contest saw Cinderford gaining 190 points from adjudicator Malcolm Brownbill for their performance of “Fantasy for Brass Band” by Sir Malcolm Arnold, whilst City of Bristol played Edward Gregson’s “The Plantagenets” to gain 189 points. Flowers performed Philip Sparke’s “Year of the Dragon” and were given 188 points.

The contest is split into two main separate parts—the first is a march contest that was won by Coty of Bristol with Flowers coming second, whilst the second is the separate own choice section.

Bill Jarret, the publicity officer of Cinderford was delighted when he spoke to 4BR especially as it confirms the return to form of a band that was once highly regarded as a top section outfit in the West of England for many years.

“Lyndon Baglin has worked wonders with the band,” he said. “We worked really hard on the piece and put in a performance that we felt was really up there with Flowers and Bristol. Although it was a bit of a surprise, we felt we deserved it for the amount of work we put in and this will be just the boost we need to kick start us for next year when we are back in the Championship Section.”

Cinderford played in the First Section National Finals in Preston in September where they came 11th, whilst City of Bristol came second at the same contest in the Second Section.

Cinderford also won the prizes for the best bass section and for the best Principal Cornet which was won by Philip Turner, whilst band seargent, Stan Jones celebrated his 55 years of service well into the night with fellow life members of the band, Derrick Hawkins and Clive Bevan. Andrew Norman of Flowers took the best trombone prize for some beautiful playing of the trombone solo in Year of the Dragon, whilst the flugel prize went to Forest of Dean.

The last word went to Bill Jarret who told us, “We only won £100, but that doesn’t matter—it’s the win against such good bands that has really meant the most to us—What a Happy Xmas!”

Full Result:

1. Cinderford—Lyndon Baglin 190 pts
2. City of Bristol—Bryn James 189pts
3. Flowers—Philip Harper 188pts

Other competing bands—Forest of Dean, Lydmet Lydney and Lybrook Silver

Adjudicator: Malcolm Brownbill

March Contest:

1. City of Bristol
2. Flowers �����


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MA(Ed Man), B Ed (Hons), BBCM, ADNCB, PGCE, Cert Ed
Conductor, Arranger, Adjudicator & Educationist