The current Norwegian National Champions Eikanger-Bjørsvik made it a domestic double in Stavanger on the weekend by regaining the SIDDIS Entertainment title.
With their usual innovative mix of music and presentation, the band, conducted by Reid Gilje, won Norway’s most prestigious entertainment competition for the 14th time in the events 27 year history.
Their winning programme started with ‘Blackbird Special’, an arrangement of a piece made famous by the New Orleans based Dirty Dozen Brass Band. That was followed by the up tempo ‘Wedding Dance’ by Jacques Press, whilst in contrast the band opted for music from Ennio Morricone’s classic score to the iconic film, ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’, and the lyrical ‘Jill’s Theme’.
A change of style and a Cuban inspired ‘Muevo Los Huesos’ inspired mambo led to the finale, and a tribute to 1920’s American Broadway with Alfred Reed’s music to romantic comedy, ‘Punchinello’.
This has been a very special victory for us this year and gives the band the two major titles in Norwegian banding once againViggo Borge
Band spokesperson Viggo Borge told 4BR: "This has been a very special victory for us this year and gives the band the two major titles in Norwegian banding once again. The band has worked very hard this year to regain the SIDDIS title and now means that we have won the event for a record 14 times."
The band is now putting the final preparations for a high profile concert in their home own of Bergen in a couple of weeks time, where they will be conducted by one of Norway’s foremost female orchestral conductors Halldis Ronning.
Viggo added: ”This will round our concert year off in fine style. Halldis is regarded as one of the very best orchestral conductors in the country and the concert has attracted a great deal of media attention.”
In a high class competition, Eikanger’s programme proved enough to beat rivals Stavanger conducted by Allan Withington with reigning champion Manger, under the direction of Martin Winter in third. For the second year in a row these bands filled the podium places.
In the 14 band First Division, it was Askoy Brass conducted by Svein Henrik Giske who took the honours ahead of the fast rising Bjorsvik conducted by tuba star Eirik Gjerdevik, who earlier in the year had won the Fourth Division National title in their home town of Bergen.
Sorum Musikklag directed by Christian Tenfjord had to be content with third place for the second year in a row at the contest.
In the 10 band Second Division it was Musikkorpset Gjallarhorn directed by former Stavanger soprano star Espen Westbye who took the title by a clear cut margin over last year’s runner up Haukas Musikklag with Bergen Brass Band in third.
18 bands took part in the Third Division contest this year , where Stavanger Kommunekorps delighted their home town fans by pipping Randeberg Musikkorps by a single point to take the title under the baton of Morten Ovrebekk. Third place was taken by last year’s champion, Fjell Brass.
(Programme marks + music = Total)
1. Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag (Reid Gilje) (8+98) = 106
2. Stavanger Brass Band (Allan Withington) (8+96) = 104
3. Manger Musikklag (Martin P. Winter) (6+94) = 100
4. Oslo Brass Band (Frode Amundsen) (7+92) = 99
5. Krohnengen Brass Band (Gary Peterson) (5+91) = 96
6. Tertnes Brass (Tormod Flaten) (5+89) = 94
7. Sandefjord Brass Symposium (Michael Antrobus) (5+88) = 93
8. Jaren Hornmusikkforening (John Philip Hannevik) (6+87) = 93
9. Sola Brass Band (Selmer Simonsen) (6+86) = 92
10. Oslofjord Brass (Simon Dobson) (6+85) = 91
Solo Prize: Erlend Vetås Aagaard-Nilsen (Cornet, Manger Musikklag)
1. Askøy Brass Band (Svein Henrik Giske) (10+94) = 104
2. Bjørsvik Brass (Eirik Gjerdevik) (7+96) = 103
3. Sørum Musikklag (Christian Tenfjord) (7+95) = 102
4. Hasle Brass (Frode Amundsen) (8+92) = 100
5. Oster Brass (Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen) (8+91) = 99
6. Laksevåg Musikkforening (Karl-Ole Midtbø) (7+91) = 98
7. Alexander Brass Band (Morten E. Hansen) (7+90) = 97
8. Kleppe Musikklag (Frode Rydland) (8+88) = 96
9. Radøy Brass (Bjørn Breistein) (7+88) = 95
10. Flesland Musikklag (Patrik Randefalk) (6+88) = 94
11. Montebello Brass (Preben N. Kragh-Riesling) (7+87) = 94
12. Hornorkesteret Stavanger (Clive Zwanswiniski) (4+85) = 89
13. Skui Brassband (Henrik Dalhaug) (5+84) = 89
14. Agder Brass (David Tellefsen) (4+84) = 88
Solo Prize: Tormod Flaten & Bjørn Breisten (Euphonium, Bjørsvik Brass)
1. Musikkorpset Gjallarhorn (Espen Westbye) (10+95) = 105
2. Haukås Musikklag (Thor-Arne Pedersen) (8+92) = 100
3. Bergen Brass Band (Sturle Berntsen) (6+91) = 97
4. Manger Old Star Brass (Johannes Mangersnes) (6+90) = 96
5. Lindås Brass (Hogne Holmås) (7+89) = 96
6. Sagvåg Musikklag (Håvard Kroka) (7+88) = 95
7. Rong Brass (Eirik Gjerdevik) (6+87) = 93
8. Stangaland Brass (Yngve Nikolaisen) (5+86) = 91
9. Gjesdal Brass Band (Jonas Skartveit Rogne) (6+85) = 91
10. Follesø Musikklag (Egil Magnussen) (5+84) = 89
Solo Prize: Hilde Øian (Horn, Haukås Musikklag)
1. Stavanger Kommunekorps (Morten Øvrebekk)(8+96) = 104
2. Randaberg Musikkorps (Selmer Simonsen) (8+95) = 103
3. Fjell Brass (Bjørn Breistein) (7+94) = 101
4= Hordvik Musikklag (Trond J. Madsen) (7+93) = 100
4= Langhus Brass (Idar Torskangerpoll) (7+93) = 100
6= Hetlevik Musikklag (Øyvind Nikolaisen) (7+92) = 99
6= Tysnes Musikklag (Yngve Nikolaisen) (7+92) = 99
8. Florø Hornmusikk (Kjetil Høidal) (7+91) = 98
9= Indre Torungen Brass Ensemble (Lars-Bjørnar Strengenes) (7+90) = 97
9= Lyshornet Brass (Jan Arne Pupe) (7+90) = 97
9= Rosendal Musikklag (Torstein Hatlevik) (7+90) = 97
12. IMI Brass (Per-Erik Petersen) (7+89) = 96
13. Skeie Glad-Brass (Espen Westbye) (7+88) = 95
14. Karmsund Brass (Per Olav Paulsen) (7+86) = 93
15. Salhus Musikklag (Knut Emil Mjøs) (7+85) = 92
16. Fitjar Musikklag (Per Olav Paulsen) (7+84) = 91
17= Sotra Brass (Henning Anundsen) (7+83) = 90
17= Tysvær Brass (Andreas Ulveraker) (7+83) = 90
Solo Prize: Hans Marius Andersen (Cornet, Hetlevik Musikklag)