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2007 Euro Brass Contest

Organisers reveal details of 2007 contest. If you are interested then find out more here.

Euro Brass


The 6th Euro Brass Contest is to be held on June 16th 2007 in the Lawei Concert Hall (The Netherlands). The festival is one of the main entertainment contests on the European continent and is open to brass bands from all countries.

Interested bands in all sections can send an email to before February 15th next year if they are interesting in taking part. Some major bands from the Netherlands, Belgium and Norway have already shown their interest in entering the contest.

Contest Rules:

Bands can participate in one of the three groups:
A Group (championship section): gala contest with concert programme of 45 minutes
B Group (1st and 2nd section): concert programme of 30 minutes
C Group (3rd and 4th section): concert programme of 30 minutes

The difficulty of the programm to be played needs to fit on the level of the group in which the band participates. A major work (testpiece) is usually played but not required.

Every band has to play the following elements as a part of its program:
- at least one solo piece (solo, duo, trio, etc.) that competes for the price for the best soloist.
- entertainment elements that competes for the special entertainment price.
- at least one work from an Dutch or Belgian composer or arranger.


For full contest regulation please contact the Euro Brass Foundation on .

Participation is only possible after receipt of an official invitation from the organisation. Bands that like to receive an invitation can send an email to before february 15th next.

Bands from abroad will be helped to find accommodation and other services in north of the Netherlands.

All information about the Euro Brass Drachten contest is to be found on www.eurobrassdrachten.nl

Article 1 — Organisation

Organisation of the international Euro Brass Drachten Contest is in the hands of the Euro Brass Drachten Foundation.

Article 2 — Participation

Participation is only possible after a written invitation from the organisers has been received. Bands wishing to receive an invitation to Euro Brass Drachten 2007 may make this known before 15th March 2007. Participation is only final when the entry fees have been received by the organising body before the date mentioned in the invitation. After this date, the invitation will expire and the organisers withhold the right to invite another band.

Article 3—Band Classification

Participating bands will be divided into three categories:
A-group (conform Championship section)
B-group (conform 1st and 2nd sections)
C-group (conform 3rd and 4th sections)

Article 4 — Programming

Allocated playing time for the A Group is maximum 45 minutes, for the B and C groups is a maximum of 30 minutes allowed. This includes applause, preparation and clearing of (percussion) instruments and presentation. Time commences as the first band member appears on stage, and ends after the concert as the last band member has left the stage.
The allocated playing time may be exceeded by a maximum of two minutes with no points deducted. From the third minute, one penalty point per minute will be deducted from the adjudicators’ total score.

The degree of difficulty of the concert programme must reflect the standard of the group classification in which the band participates. Incorporation of a major work (test piece) is customary but not compulsory.

Each band must include in its concert programme the following elements:

- a minimum of, for example, one solo, duet or trio work that will compete for the soloists prize.

- entertainment elements to compete for a special entertainment prize.

- a minimum of one piece from a Dutch of Belgian composer or arranger.

Article 5—Order of performance

Order of performance will be decided within each group by a draw. The draw will take place at least one hour before the commencement of each group. Each band is required to a representative to the draw.

Article 6 — Judging

Participating bands will be judged by four adjudicators divided into two judging teams:

-�����A professional jury (two members, isolated) will evaluate the musical performance of the band (maximum 200 points). This jury will also award the soloists prize to the best soloists from each group.

- �����An entertainment jury (two members, open) will evaluate the amusement value of the performance in the categories entertainment value, programme and presentation (maximum 25 points). This jury will award the entertainment prize for each group.

Article 7 — Prizes

-�����In each Group, the band with the highest score will receive a challenge cup from the professional jury (time penalty points will be deducted in this category, see article 4)
-�����The band attaining the highest score from the professional jury in each Group may wear the title “Euro Brass Champion 2007”.
-�����The band with the highest entertainment score in each Group will receive an entertainment trophy.
-�����Prize money and/or instrument prizes from sponsors will be awarded to the bands attaining the highest combined professional and entertainment scores in each group.

Article 8—Instruments

- �����Participating bands are free to use their own percussion instruments. Bands wishing to use percussion provided by the organisers may request this on the entry form (the invitation encloses a list of available percussion instruments).
-�����Forty music stands and one conductors stand are available in the rehearsal room and on stage.

Article 9—Liability

The organisers are not liable fort heft, misplacement, loss or damage to personal effects and/or instruments belonging to participating bands or individual players.

Article 10—Audio-visual recordings

Participating bands have no rights to photographs, audio, CD or DVD recordings other then those made by the organisers during Euro Brass Drachten.

Article 11—Payment Refunds

Entry fees will only be refunded in the case of calamity as deemed by the organisers.

Article 12—Exceptional circumstances

The organisers reserve the right to defer from these contest regulations in exceptional circumstances.

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