Competing against three other first section bands, Drybrook opened their performance with Kenneth Alford's "Army of the Nile", followed by "Vivat!" composed by Tom Davoren. Adjudicator David Thornton (read his comments here) placed us second for our march performance and third in the test piece contest although the higlight of the day was winning the prize for Best Percussion in All Sections - well done David, Jenny, Heather and Nabil!
The band performed their Entertainment programme in the First Section at Wychavon Festival of Brass.
The band where honoured to be asked to perform in Pershore Abbey as part of the 2016 Pershore Mid-Summer Festival of Brass.
The band travelled to Merthyr to compete in the First Section at the SEWBBA Own Choice contest.
March 2016 saw the band return to Torquay for the annual West of England Regional Finals, competing in the First Section for the first time in decades. Their performance of "Essay" by Edward Gregson earned an 11th place finish from 15, which gave the band a solid position in the sectional grading tables for 2016.
In February 2016 the band competed at the Welsh Open in Porthcawl, entering the entertainment contest with a piece especially composed by our percussionist, David Crowe. The approx. 20 minute "Symphonic Soundtrack for Brass" brought together highlights from the long career of John Williams. Throughout the performance the band was accompanied by full video backing, thanks to the hard work of Andrew Jones.
The band returned to Bournemouth for the Wessex Brass Band Association Winter Contest, performing 'Army of the Nile' and 'Trittico'.
The band performed "The Snaring of the Sun" in the Second Section National Finals, taking an 8th place finish from 16.
The band's performance of "Kaleidoscope" earned them a second place result and Mandy Hamer won the 'Best Euphonium' Award.
The band crowned their last year in the Second Section with a win, performing "Variations on Maccabeus".
Following our victory at the 2014 Miners Entertainment Contest in Porthcawl, the band were invited to compete against Championship and First section opposition at the Welsh Open, which took place on Saturday 21st February 2015.
Our programme, a partial reprise of our successful September performance at the same venue, began with a band favourite, Sandy Smith's arrangement of James Swearingen's 'Valero', swiftly followed by a march from the famous Welsh composer, T.J.Powell entitled 'The Bombardier'. The band then turned to an arrangement of the timeless melody "How Great thou art" by Peter Graham which featured the band's Flugel Horn soloist - Steve Ruck. Not to be outdone, two of our percussionists - Becky Musto and David Crowe - then performed the xylophone duet 'The Two Imps'. This was followed by "A Gaelic Blessing" before the band finished with Ray Farr's arrangement of J.S. Bach's 'Toccata and Fugue in D Minor'.
Despite a solid performance, the band came joint 11th with Park & Dare, with Burry Port taking the day.