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2019 West of England Regional line-up announced

The line-up of competing bands that will battle for qualification places at the West of England Regional Championships in Torquay in March have been announced.

West of England
  The line-up of competing bands in Torquay have been announced.

The full line-up of competitors that will take part in the 2019 West of England Regional Championships in Torquay on the weekend of the 9th & 10th March has been announced.

Looking forward

West of England Regional Secretary Sue Oldfield, told 4BR: "We are looking forward to welcoming 80 bands to the Riviera International Conference Centre.

As advertised, this year we have the Fourth, Third and First Section bands competing on the Saturday with the Second and Championship Sections the following day."

Two bands will qualify for the Albert Hall, with two in each of the First and Second Sections. Three bands will qualify for the Third and Fourth Section Finals in Cheltenham.

Championship Section:

Sunday 10th March
The Forum
Commence: Not before 2.00pm
Draw: 12:00
Adjudicators: Major David Barringer MBE & Ludovic Neurohr

Aldbourne (David Thornton)
Bournemouth Concert Brass (Dr Howard Evans)
Camborne Town (Kevin Mackenzie)
Chalford (Steve Tubb)
Filton Concert Brass (Tom Davoren)
Flowers (Paul Holland)
Hyde (Garry Cutt)
Lanner & District Silver (David Hamilton)
Lydbrook (Glyn Williams)
St Austell Town (Iain McKnight)
St Dennis (Darren R Hawken)
Verwood Concert Brass (Kevin Smith)
Woodfalls (Dr Robert Childs)

First Section:

Saturday 9th March
The Forum
Commence: Not 2.30pm
Draw: Noon
Adjudicators: Major David Barringer MBE & Dr Nick Grace OBE

A W Parker (Drybrook) (Joshua Ruck)
Andover Town (Steve Large)
Bodmin Town (John Maines)
Brunel Brass (Daniel Hall)
City of Bristol Brass (Ian Holmes)
Forest of Dean Brass (Bryn James)
Glastonbury Brass (Daniel Shave)
Helston Town (John Berryman)
Michlemersh Silver (Melvin White)
Mount Charles (TBC)
Otterbourne Brass (Phillip Littlemore)
Roche Brass (David Johnson)
Sherborne Town (Gary Greenstock)
Soundhouse Brass Plymouth (Lee Clayson)
St Keverne (Gareth Churcher)
SW Comms (Chris Spreadbury)

Second Section:

Sunday 10th March
The Forum
Commence: 9.00am
Draw: 8.00am
Adjudicators: Alan Bourne & Brian Rostron

Bream Silver (Hugh Bamford)
Camborne Junior Contesting (Alan Pope BEM)
Cheltenham Silver (Nigel Galliott)
Cinderford (Chris Howley)
Corsham (TBC)
Denmead Brass (Estelle Flood)
Downton (Paul Williams)
Hatherleigh Silver (Matt Green)
Lydney Town (Kevin Ford)
Midsomer Norton & Radstock Silver (Jo Sykes)
Phoenix Brass (Crewkerne) (David Boorer)
Shrewton Silver (Peter Bede)
Sidmouth Town (Adrian Harvey)
St Pinnock (Colin Hudson)
Weston Brass (Carl Whiteoak)
Wotton-Under-Edge & District (Ian Dickinson)

Third Section:

Saturday 9th March
The Forum
Commence: 9.00am
Draw: 8.00am
Adjudicators: Alan Bourne & Dr Nick Grace OBE

Bath Spa (Martin Perry)
Bratton Silver (Simon Carr)
Bugle Silver (Steve Osborne)
Gillingham Imperial Silver (James Bennett)
Gosport Solent Brass (Colin Garner)
Indian Queens (Mark Arnold)
New Forest Brass (Ian Luxford)
Ocean Brass (Martin Humphries)
Pendeen Silver (Leonard Adams)
Pillowell Silver (Ian Whitburn)
Poole Borough (Lloyd Bartlett)
Porthleven Town (Tom Bassett)
South Molton Town (Gil Taylor)
St Stythians (James Burns)
Swindon Brass (Francis Cowley)
Swindon Pegasus (Danny Dullforce)
Verwood Town (Emma Button)
Weymouth Concert Brass (Helen Brind)

Fourth Section:

Saturday 9th March
The Arena
Commence: 9.30am
Draw: 8.30am
Adjudicators: Ludovic Neurohr & Brian Rostron

Bideford Town (Mark Durham)
Chalford Academy (Steve Tubb)
Exeter Railway (Graham Eaton)
Great Westerm Youth (Ben Halstead)
Illogan Sparnon Silver (Shaun Marsden)
Launceston Town (Ann Brown)
Nailsworth Silver (Steve Ruck)
Okehampton Excelsior Silver (Robert Julian)
Redruth Town (Andrew Craze)
Saltash Town (TBC)
Shaftesbury Town Silver (Martin Hill)
Shanklin Town Brass (IoW) (Malcolm Lewis)
Test Valley Brass (John Heritage)
Tewkesbury Town (Nigel Morgan)
Tiverton Town (John Fitton)
Torbay Brass (Joe Rowlands)
Woughton Silver (Neil Webb)

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