On the 18th of January Strata competed in the Butlins contest 1st section; the first time the band has competed at this level. Competing against 21 other bands on ‘Vitae Aeturnum’ (Paul Lovett Cooper) the band placed a very creditable 7th.
On the 23rd of February the band made the short journey to the Post Mill Centre at South Normanton to complete in the NEMBBA contest. Playing the area test piece ‘Cry of the Mountain’ (Howard Lorrimer) the band beat 5 others to claim 1st prize by a clear 2 point margin. The band also won prizes for best Principal Cornet (Mandy Holling), best Soprano Cornet (Danny Bell), best Trombone (Dave Smith) & best Percussion (Robert Hardy, David Fretwell & Faith Bowles). Congratulations to everyone!
Strata Brass continued their run of contest success with a win at the growing Whiston Contest.
The band were placed 1st out of 17 competing bands beating several first section bands.
Soloist was Maria Beazer playing Doyles Lament,with the front row of Mandy Holling,Stuart Neeve and Richard Ellis showing off their talents with Trumpets Wild.
In preparation for the challenge of competing in the 1st section in 2014, Strata Brass entered the Holmfirth Contest held on Sunday 9th July. The band were entered in Section A and were up against bands from the Championship, 1st & Second sections.
The contest was an own choice format, consisting of Hymn Tune and Test Piece. Strata’s selections were ‘Aurelia’ and ‘Tallis Variations’.
The run up to the contest required a number of difficulties to be overcome. Due to an injury to Dave Smith (Bass Trombone), after much discussion, David Holling took his place. Special thanks to Huw Thomas for stepping in at short notice to conduct!
Strata were drawn 1st at the contest; feedback from the audience was positive, although as always there is only one opinion that matters. Fortunately the adjudicator’s opinion was favourable & the band were awarded 1st place. Congratulations also go to David Shipman, who was awarded the prize for best Euphonium.
Congratulations to Uppermill & Old Silkstone for their respective 2nd & 3rd places.
Strata Brass would like to express our gratitude to Huw Thomas for stepping in at the last minute. Thanks also to David Holling for the all the preparation work prior to providing a fine, albeit unexpected, performance on Bass Trombone!
Contest Results (Courtesy of All4Brass)
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