Contesting [2015 - 2019]

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

2019

WBBA Open Contest @ Bournemouth / November 2019

Music: March: "Salavation Song" by William Gordon. Test Piece: "Dances & Alleluias" by Philip Sparke.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Open.

Result: 1st Section Winners, 6th from 19 overall.

LBBA Open Contest @ Loughborough / November 2019

Music: "Dances & Alleluias" by Philip Sparke.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 2nd (from 12).

West of England Bandsmen's Festival @ Bugle / June 2019

Music: The March "Unconquered" by Arthur Gullidge & Test Piece "Ad Undas" by Gareth Churcher.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 2nd (from 2).

West of England Regionals @ Torquay / March 2019

Music: "Symphony of Marches" by Gilbert Vinter.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 11th (from 16).

The Welsh Open @ Porthcawl / February 2019

Music: "Blackbird Special" by Dirty Dozen Brass Band, arranged by Reid Gilje. "Phoenix", the fifth movement from Peter Graham's 'War of the Worlds'. John Golland's "Peace", performed by our Solo Euphonium player, Mandy Hamer. "Liszteria" featuring Xylophonists Nabil El Bark and David Crowe. Matthew Hall's "Nightingale Dances".

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Championship & First Section.

Result: 12th (from 14).

2018

Welsh League Test Piece Contest @ Cardiff / November 2018

Music: "Trittico" by James Curnow.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 1st (from 3), Best Instrumentalist (Andrew Jones - Solo Horn).

LBBA Open Contest @ Loughborough / November 2018

Music: "Trittico" by James Curnow.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 3rd (from 10).

Welsh League Test Piece Contest @ Cardiff / April 2018

Music: "Connotations" by Edward Gregson.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 1st (from 3), Best Instrumentalist (Kristyann Symonds - Soprano Cornet).

West of England Regionals @ Torquay / March 2018

Music: "Brass Metamorphosis" by James Curnow.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 7th (from 16).

ODBBA Own Choice Contest @ Burford / February 2018

Music: "Brass Metamorphosis" by James Curnow.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 1st (from 7), Best Cornet (Trystan Jones), Best Horn (Andrew Jones).

2017

Welsh League Winter Festival Contest @ Merthyr Tydfil / November 2017

Music: "Spectrum" by Gilbert Vinter.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 1st (from 3), Best Instrumentalist (Mandy Hamer on Solo Euphonium).

SWBBA Annual Championships @ Torquay / November 2017

Music: "Spectrum" by Gilbert Vinter.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Open (Championship & First) Section.

Result: 11th (from 12).

Welsh League Own Choice Contest @ Merthyr Tydfil / May 2017

Music: "Kingdom of Dragons" by Philip Harper.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 1st (from 4), Best Instrumentalist (Grant Jameson depping on Solo Euphonium).

West of England Regionals @ Torquay / March 2017

Music: "Land of the Long White Cloud" by Philip Sparke.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 8th (from 11).

ODBBA Own Choice Contest @ Burford / February 2017

Music: "Land of the Long White Cloud" by Philip Sparke.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 3rd (from 5).

2016

GBBA Own Choice Contest @ Cheltenham / November 2016

Music: "Army of the Nile" by Kenneth Alford, "Vivat!" by Tom Davoren.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 2nd in March contest and 3rd in Test Piece contest (from 4), Best Percussion in All Sections.

Wychavon Festival of Brass @ Evesham / October 2016

Music: "Madrigalum" by Philip Sparke, "An Untold Story" by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, "Liszteria" arranged by Sandy Smith, "A Gaelic Blessing" by John Rutter and "Nightingale Dances" by Matthew Hall.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 6th (from 11).

Welsh League Own Choice Contest @ Merthyr Tydfil / May 2016

Music: "Purcell Variations" by Kenneth Downie.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 6th (from 7).

West of England Regionals @ Torquay / March 2016

Music: "Essay" by Edward Gregson.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: First Section.

Result: 11th (from 15).

Welsh Open @ Porthcawl / February 2016

Music: "Symphonic Sountrack for Brass Band" (based on the works of John Williams) arranged by David Crowe.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Championship & First Section.

Result: 14th (from 14).

2015

WBBA Own Choice Contest @ Bournemouth / November 2015

Music: "Army of the Nile" by Kenneth Alford, "Trittico" by James Curnow.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Open Format.

Result: 13th in Test Piece contest (from 18) and 6th in March contest (from 8).

The National Finals @ Cheltenham / September 2015

Music: "The Snaring of the Sun" by Stephen Roberts.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Second Section.

Result: 8th (from 16).

SWBBA Own Choice Contest @ Weston / May 2015

Music: "Kaleidoscope" by Philip Sparke.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Second Section.

Result: 2nd (from 6), Best Euphonium.

West of England Regionals @ Torquay / March 2015

Music: "Variations on Maccabeus" by Kevin Norbury.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Second Section.

Result: 1st (from 15) - PROMOTED.

Welsh Open @ Porthcawl / February 2015

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, "A Gaelic Blessing" by John Rutter, "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" arranged by Ray Farr.

Conductor: Josh Ruck.

Section: Championship & First Section.

Result: Joint 11th (from 12).


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