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2016 Wessex Training and Youth Band Festival

Wessex Training and Youth Band Festival
Date: Saturday 30th January 2016
Venue: Trafalgar School, Downton
Test Piece: Own choice programme
Adjudicator: Captain Sam Hairsine

Training Band Section

  1. Andover Training Band, Steve Large
  2. New Forest Brass Training Band, Chris Gane
  3. Vectis Brass, Mary Teague

Also competed: Gillingham Training Band, Hyde Training Band

Adjudicator's comments

A stunning result for New Forest Brass Training Band who put in a fantastic performance at the Wessex Training and Youth Band Festival and were delighted to be rewarded with second prize. It was only the second time we have entered, and showed how much the training band has improved since our first visit last year.

We started our programme with the well known march Slaidburn, and then played The Rose, a flugel duet featuring Lorraine Gordon and Judith Archbold. This was followed by two songs from the Lloyd Webber musical Cats: Skimbleshanks and The Old Gumbie Cat (including solos from Lauren Clarke on euphonium and Lynette Baskett on cornet). Some contrast then with two verses of the hymn Aurelia. Paul Holley played the cornet solo in Love Changes Everything, and we finished our set with the theme tune from Indiana Jones.

We had a great day and celebrated in the evening with curry back in Ashurst. Well done all training band members for your performance and all the hard work beforehand, and thank you to all training band helpers.

Wessex Training and Youth Band Festival