Derwent Brass stands heads and shoulders above top flight rivals in Loughborough as section victories go to Kidlington Concert Brass, Rushden Town, Rolols Royce (Derby), University of Warwick and Enderby Concert 7 Youth
Derwent Brass rounded off their 2016 contest season standing head and shoulders above rivals after claiming a clear cut victory in taking the Championship Section honours at the Leicestershire Open BBA contest in Loughborough.
After coming runner-up last year, the Derbyshire band's 3-point margin came from a substantive rendition of Peter Graham's 'Standing on the Shoulders of Giants', with flugel player Richard Bates taking the 'Best Soloist' honours for his outstanding contribution, especially in the jazz infused middle movement.
Although there were only five own-choice competitors for adjudicator Mark Wilkinson to compare, a lively acoustic certainly caught out those opting for forceful dynamics — something the Foden's principal cornet stated in his pre-results remarks that the winner's intelligently didn't fall foul of.
Ratby Co-operative ended runner-up with their rendition of the former British Open work, whilst East of England Co-operative (formerly Ipswich & Norwich Co-operative) was third with 'Dances & Arias'. Leicestershire Co-op came fourth with their prize-winning trombones a feature in 'Fantasy for Brass Band'.
"It's a nice way to round off what's been a busy year. It's been a great test-piece to work on and we really enjoyed it. We were also delighted to hear that Mark Wilkinson appreciated our control of dynamics in what was a tricky acoustic. Our MD wanted to push us with his test-piece choice and it worked. Roll on 2017!" [Chris Leonard, Marketing Manager]