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(December 02, 2014)

The annual Wessex Brass Band Association's `Open` Contest was a cold but bright sun shining day, when at the Life-Centre, Bournemouth, A W Parker (Drybrook) were top of the list.


Overall Wessex Champions

Their fine performance by A W Parker (Drybrook) of John McCabe’s ‘Cloudcatcher Fells` drew praise from the adjudicator Paul Holland BMus (Hons) to secure victory which put them in top place, their Conductor – Josh Ruck, also received the South Wilts Cup. In the March competition Michelmersch Silver Band won playing Luc Vertommen’s   `Emblem of Unity'.

Winning the Kevin Bolton Plaque for the Best Instrumentalist of the day, was the Flugal Horn player of Michelmersh Silver – Wayne Langden. The Tom Gomersall Memorial Cup for the best euphonium on the day was won by Ian Harris from Verwood Concert and the Bass section of A W Parker (Drybrook) won the 'Arthur Spencer Trophy'. The Maurice Woods Trophy was won by Susan Johnson of Verwood Concert. The Stan & Barry Willis Cup went to Michelmersh Silver’s Trombone Section and the James Winter Trophy for the best Percussion was awarded to Bournemouth Concert.


Championship Section

The Michelmersh Silver Band from Hampshire came away from the day having secured the winning band in the Championship Section under the auspicious eyes of their conductor, Melvin White’s, playing their own choice test piece of Philip Wilby’s 'Paganni Variations’. In second place was Bournemouth Concert whose rendition of ‘English Heritage’ by George Lloyd brought a good response from the audience.


First Section

The Verwood Concert Brass directed by Kevin Smith, gave a strong performance of ‘Spectrum’ by Gilbert Vinter early in the day to secure the prize from Hyde Band who came second with their rendition of Frank Wright’s popular ‘The Judges of the Secret Court’ under the baton of Jonathan Lush-Camps.


Second Section

A W Parker (Drybrook) returned home celebrating their winning of the second section, with a well grafted performance under the direction of Josh Ruck of 'Cloudcatcher Fells' by John McCabe they also took the best performance of a march (2nd,3rd and 4th Section) with their rendition of Kenneth J Alford’s  'Army of the Nile'. In second position was Poole Borough under the direction of Chris Davis played  Robert Redhead’s 'Quintessence' and in third place was Ocean Brass lead by Edward March who played Philip Sparke’s enchanting ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’,


Third Section

Andover Town Band were the joyful winners of the third section, their conductor was Steve Large. It was a well crafted performance of ‘Purcell Variations’ by Kenneth Downie. In second place were the Bath Spa, conductor Dave Walker who played Kaleidoscope by Philip Sparke and in third position came the Swiss Band, on their first visit to our country, Musikgesellschaft  Muehlau with a strong performance of Gion Andrea Casanova’s ‘Antruras, they also entertained the audience for a lunch time mini concert, whilst Paul Holland had a lunch break.



This was once again won by the impressive Corsham Band opting for a fine performance of  'A Malvern Suite’ by Philip Sparke, conducted by Colin Hogg. Closely followed by the second place winner, Verwood Town conducted by Emma Brunton  with Malcolm Arnold  'Little Suite for Brass’.



Event organisers told 4BR "The Wessex Brass Band Association would like to thank all the bands who entered the competition and to congratulate all of the prize winners and winning instrumentalists.

Thanks are also expressed to the helpers, supporters and families who had helped to make the 2014 event a success. This was the second time the Wessex Brass Band Association had tried the New Audio Adjudication System which had been compiled by Dr Chris Davis and Ben Bennett of Pro-Live Ltd and with a few more’ tweeks’  it had proved successful. Woodfalls Band had supplied the percussion for which they were warmly thanked.

The next event in the calender is the Youth/Training and Ensemble Competition on Saturday 31st January 2015, (sponsored by The Royal Marines) and will be held at the Trafalgar School, Downton, Nr Salisbury, details from Mrs L Knapton, 56 High Street, Chapmanslade, Wiltshire, BA13 4AN or e-mail [email protected]



Adjudicator: Paul Holland BMus (Hons)


Own Choice Test Piece

1. A W Parker (Drybrook)   (Josh Ruck)

2. Michelmersh Silver Band (Melvin White)

3. Bournemouth Concert (Nigel Taken)

4. Verwood Concert Brass (Kevin Smith)

5. Hyde (Jonathan Lush-Camps)

6. Andover Town (Steve Large)

7. Poole Borough  (Chris Davis)

8. Ocean Brass (Edward March)

9. Bath Spa (Dave Walker)

10. Musikgesellschaft Muehlau (Martin Aregger)

11. Corsham Band (Colin Hogg)

12. Swindon Brass (Francis Cowley)

13. Denmead Brass  (Estelle Flood)

14. New Forest Brass (Ian Luxford)

15. Verwood Town (Emma Brunton)

16. Gillingham Imperial (Jim Bennett)

17. Downton (Paul Williams)

18. Chichester City (Tim Cooper)



1. Michelmersh Silver

2. Verwood Concert Brass

3. A.W.Packer (Drybrook)

4. Poole Borough

5. Hyde

6. Musikgesellschaft Muehlau

7. Denmead Brass

8. Bath Spa

9. Gillingham Imperial

10. Ocean Brass

11. Verwood Town

12. Downton

13. Chichester City


'Kevin Bolton Plaque'  - Flugal Horn – Wayne Langden – Michelmersh Silver

'Tom Gomersall Memorial Cup' Euphonium - Verwood Concert – Ian Harris

'Maurice Woods Trophy' Solo Cornet player – Verwood Concert – Susan Johnson

'Arthur Spencer Trophy' Bass Section – A W Parker (Drybrook)

'James Winter Trophy' Percussion Section – Bournemouth Concert

‘Stan and Barry Willis Cup’ best Trombone Section – Michelmersh Silver

'South Wilts Cup' Best Conductor – Josh Ruck – A W Parker (Drybrook)


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