Contesting [2015 - 2016]

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

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 Regional Finals @ 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).

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 Regional Finals @ 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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