Contesting [2010 - 2014]

The band has always been a contesting band, competing at events across the region. Shown below are contest results from recent years.

2014

GBBA Own Choice Contest @ Ross-on-Wye / November 2014

Music: "Army of the Nile" by Kenneth Alford, "Cloudcatcher Fells" by John McCabe.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Second & Third Section (Section B).

Result: 1st in Test Piece contest and 2nd in March contest (from 6). Best Horn Section, Best Bass Section and Best Flugel Player in All Sections.

WBBA Own Choice Contest @ Bournemouth / November 2014

Music: "Army of the Nile" by Kenneth Alford, "Cloudcatcher Fells" by John McCabe.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Open Format.

Result: 1st in Test Piece contest (from 18) and 3rd in March contest (from 13). Best Bass Section and Best Conductor.

SEWBBA Entertainment Contest @ Porthcawl / September 2014

Music: "Valero" by James Swearingen, "The Bombardier" by T.J. Powell, "Swedish Hymn" by Peter Graham performed by soloist - Steve Ruck - on Flugel Horn, "The Two Imps" by Kenneth Alford performed by Percussionists Becky Musto & David Crowe, "Badon Hill" from Andrew Baker's "Once and Future King", "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" arranged by Ray Farr.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Second to Fourth Section.

Result: 1st (from 12) - INVITATION TO 2015 WELSH OPEN. Most Entertaining Stage Presentation & Best Solo Instrumentalist on the Day (Steve Ruck).

SWBBA Own Choice Contest @ Weston / May 2014

Music: "Resurgam" by Eric Ball.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Second Section.

Result: 6th (from 6).

West of England Regionals @ Torquay / March 2014

Music: "Chaucer's Tunes" by Michael Ball.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Second Section.

Result: 6th (from 16).

2013

WBBA Own Choice Contest @ Bournemouth / November 2013

Music: "Army of the Nile" by Kenneth Alford, "Purcell Variations" by Kennth Downie.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Open Format.

Result: 3rd (from 7) in March contest and 7th (from 13) in Test Piece contest.

GBBA Own Choice Contest @ Ross-on-Wye / November 2013

Music: "Army of the Nile" by Kenneth Alford, "Purcell Variations" by Kennth Downie.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Second & Third Section (Section B).

Result: 2nd in March contest and 3rd in Test Piece contest (from 10).

SEWBBA Entertainment Contest @ Porthcawl / September 2013

Music: "Valero" by James Swearingen, "Lark in the Clear Air" arranged by Gordon Langford and performed by Solo Horn player Andrew Jones, "A Spin Through Moscow" by Dimitri Shostakovitch, "Chorale Prayer" from Stephen Bulla's "Images for Brass", "Nightingale Dances" by Matthew Hall.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Second to Fourth Section.

Result: 4th (from 7).

SWBBA Own Choice Contest @ Weston / May 2013

Music: "Oceans" by Goff Richards.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Second Section.

Result: 2nd (from 7).

West of England Regionals @ Torquay / March 2013

Music: "The Plantagenets" by Edward Gregson.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Second Section.

Result: 6th (from 16).

2012

Welsh League Own Choice Contest @ Blaenavon / November 2012

Music: "Kingdom of Dragons" by Philip Harper.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Third Section.

Result: Third Section Winners.

GBBA Own Choice Contest @ Ross-on-Wye / November 2012

Music: "Army of the Nile" by Kenneth Alford, "Kingdom of Dragons" by Philip Harper.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Second & Third Section (Section B).

Result: Section B prizes for Best March, Second Place Test Piece, Highest Third Section Band (from 8).

The National Finals @ Cheltenham / September 2012

Music: "Three Ancient Customs" by Huw Cole.

Conductor: Steve Ruck.

Section: Third Section.

Result: 6th (from 18).

West of England Regionals @ Torquay / March 2012

Music: "Olympus" by Philip Harper.

Conductor: Steve Ruck.

Section: Third Section.

Result: 2nd (from 13) - PROMOTED.

GBBA Entertainment Contest @ Ross-on-Wye / February 2012

Music: "Valero" by James Swearingen, "Silver Threads Amongst the Gold" by W.A. Allison performed by Solo Horn Andrew Jones, "The Simpsons" by Danny Elfman, "A Gaelic Blessing" by John Rutter, "The Mask of Zorro" by James Horner.

Conductor: Steve Ruck.

Section: Third Section.

Result: Overall Second Prize (from 7), Third Section Second Prize (from 3).

2011

GBBA Own Choice Contest @ Coleford / November 2011

Music: "Army of the Nile" by Kenneth Alford, "Dimensions" by Peter Graham.

Conductor: Steve Ruck.

Section: Fourth Section (Section C).

Result: Section C prizes for Best March, Best Test Piece, Best Conductor, Best Instrumentalist and Best Trombone Section (from 4).

ODBBA Entertainment Contest @ Burford / October 2011

Music: "Valero" by James Swearingen, "Carrickfergus" arranged by Alan Fernie, "The Two Imps" by Kenneth Alford performed by Kathryn Harding and Becky Sumner, "A Gaelic Blessing" by John Rutter, "The Mask of Zorro" by James Horner.

Conductor: Steve Ruck.

Section: Third & Fourth Section.

Result: 3rd (from 5) in Overall Competition, Most Entertaining Band, Best Percussion Section.

Wychavon Festival of Brass @ Pershore / September 2011

Music: "Valero" by James Swearingen, "Carrickfergus" arranged by Alan Fernie and performed by Principal Cornet Martin Musto, "The Two Imps" by Kenneth Alford performed by Kathryn Harding and Becky Sumner, "A Gaelic Blessing" by John Rutter, "The Mask of Zorro" by James Horner.

Conductor: Steve Ruck.

Section: Fourth Section.

Result: 2nd (from 9).

Welsh League Own Choice Contest @ Ebbw Vale / May 2011

Music: "Dark Side of the Moon" by Paul Lovatt-Cooper.

Conductor: Kevin White.

Section: Fourth Section.

Result: 4th (from 5).

West of England Regionals @ Torquay / March 2011

Music: "Prelude, Song & Dance" by John Golland.

Conductor: Kevin White.

Section: Fourth Section.

Result: 4th (from 22) - PROMOTED.

GBBA Entertainment Contest @ Ross-on-Wye / February 2011

Music: "Ticket to Ride" arranged by Alan Fernie, "Carrickfergus" arranged by Alan Fernie and performed by Principal Cornet Martin Musto, "The Two Imps" by Kenneth Alford performed by Kathryn Harding and Matt Mann, "Crimond" arranged by Peter Graham and "Hawaii Five-0" arranged by Philip Harper.

Conductor: Kevin White.

Section: Fourth Section.

Result: Fourth Section Winners (from 4), Most Entertaining Band, Best Conductor and Overall Winners (from 9).

2010

GBBA Own Choice Contest @ Coleford / November 2010

Music: "The Contestor" by T.J. Powell, "Anglian Dances" by Alan Fernie.

Conductor: Kevin White.

Section: Fourth Section (Section C).

Result: Section C prizes for Best March, Best Test Piece, Best Conductor, Best Instrumentalist and Best Trombone Section (from 4).

Welsh League Own Choice Contest @ Blaenavon / November 2010

Music: "Anglian Dances" by Alan Fernie.

Conductor: Kevin White.

Section: Fourth Section.

Result: Fourth Section Winners.

Wychavon Festival of Brass @ Evesham / September 2010

Music: "Coming to America" by Neil Diamond and arranged by Alan Fernie, "Georgia on My Mind" by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell and performed by Emily Harding, arranged by Alan Morrison and performed by Principal Cornet Martin Musto, "Brazil" by Ary Barroso and arranged by Derek Broadbent, "Crimond" arranged by Peter Graham and "Hawaii Five-0" arranged by Philip Harper.

Conductor: Kevin White.

Section: Fourth Section.

Result: Fourth Section Winners (from 7).

West of England Regionals @ Torquay / March 2010

Music: "Saint-Saens Variations" by Philip Sparke.

Conductor: Kevin White.

Section: Fourth Section.

Result: 4th (from 20).

GBBA Entertainment Contest @ Ross-on-Wye / February 2010

Music: "Coming to America" by Neil Diamond and arranged by Alan Fernie, "It's Oh So Quiet" arranged by Philip Harper, "Hymn" from the 'Gallimaufry Suite' by Philip Harper, "Georgia on My Mind" by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell and performed by Emily Harding and "Birdland" by J. Zawinul and arranged by Sandy Smith.

Conductor: Kevin White.

Section: Fourth Section.

Result: Fourth Section Winners (from 3).


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