The 2016 annual BBL Spring Festival in association with The North West Musical Festival was held for the eighth time on Saturday 16th April 2016 in the Alley Theatre in Strabane. This was the first Spring Festival for the band competing in the Championship Section after moving up during 2015 after an impressive run of 4 consecutive wins at this contest (matching the 4 in a row achieved by the band at the annual entertainment contest in Fivemiletown) in the second section. Today the band achieved a 5th place performing Gilbert Vinter's "Variations on a Ninth." The section's soloist prize was also awarded to our principal cornet player - Claire Hueston. It was further announced that the band had been awarded the title of "Band of The Year" in the second section for achievements during 2015.
The adjudicator for the contest was Mr Nigel Boddice M.B.E., Hon. A.R.A.M.
This also was a particularly poignant day for the band as our esteemed Conductor and mentor Des Graham presided over his last contest as he has decided to retire after 30 years of unfaltering leadership, teaching and dedication to the Third Carrickfergus Band. Our gratitude for his work and devotion over this time is sincere and he will be sorely missed by us all. We would like to wish him well in his retirement and will celebrate his time and achievements in the forthcoming weeks.
The band would also like to thank all the members for the effort and teamwork as we continue our quest to improve and be the best we can with particular mentions to our soloists today, Peter Graham, Ryan McFaul, Amber MacLennan, Peter Arthurs and our Best Soloist prize winning Principal Cornet, Claire Hueston.
We also send our congratulations to all the winning bands and soloists in their respective sections.
The contest results were as under:
1st - Omagh Academy Brass Band - Overture, Bob Quick - Simple Gifts, arr. Goff Richards - African Funk, arr. Alan Fernie - Conductor: Mr Ronan McKee - ??? points
Junior Section Bands
1st - Laganvale Youth Band - Let there be Praise, Dick & Melody Tunney arr. Barrie Gott - Disney on Parade, arr. Johnnie Vinson - Concerto de Aranjuez arr. Alan Fernie - El es el Senor, Dean James - Conductor: Mr Andrew Pentland - ??? points
1st Old Boys Youth Band - The Waveney, James Ord. Hume - Journey Through America, Darrol Barry - Conductor: Mr Mark Bingham - ??? points
4th Section - Take Five Trophy
1st - Poyntzpass Silver Band - Shalom, Philip Sparke - Conductor: Mr Dessie Watson - ??? points
3rd Section - 46th Old Boys Cup
1st - Wellington Memorial Silver Band - Four Cities Symphony, Rodney Newton - Conductor: Mr Gary Proctor - ??? points
Comber Silver Band - An English Pastorale, Dean Jones - Conductor: Mr Wesley Thompson - ??? points
St Mark's Silver Band - Sinfonietta (Scenes from a City), Gareth Downey - Conductor: Mr James Parkes - ??? points
Best Trombone Section - Clive McBride Memorial Trophy: Comber Silver Band
2nd Section - Founders Cup
1st - CWA Brass - Oceans, Goff Richards - Conductor: Mr Ernie Ruddock - 185 points
Ballyduff Silver Band - Music for a Festival, Philip Sparke - Conductor: Mr William Hill - ??? points
Best Soloist - Ross Aiken Memorial Trophy: Jackie Moore, cornet - CWA Brass
Winning Conductor - Burch Trophy: Mr Ernie Ruddock - CWA Brass
Championship Section - Rothman Trophy
1st - 1st Old Boys Association Silver Band - Blackout, Thomas Doss - Conductor: Mr Stephen Cairns - 192 points
2nd - Laganvale (Metal Technology) Band - James Cook - Circumnavigator, Gilbert Vinter - Conductor: Mr Stephen Crooks - 189 points
3rd - Downshire Brass - Salome (Rhapsody for Band, Gareth Wood, Conductor: Prof. Michael Alcorn - 188 points
Three Rivers Brass - Tallis Variations, Philip Sparke - Conductor: Mr Noel Barr - 187 points
Third Carrickfergus Band - Variations on a Ninth, Gilbert Vinter - Conductor: Mr Des Graham - 186 points
Murley Silver Band - Glorifico Aeturnum, Dean Jones - Conductor: Mr William Hill - 185 points
Best Soloist - Harry Gault Memorial Trophy: Claire Hueston, cornet - Third Carrickfergus Band
Best Percussion - Percussion Shield: 1st Old Boys Association Silver Band
Best Trombone Section - Denis Gillespie Memorial Trophy: 1st Old Boys Association Silver Band
Winning Conductor - Harry Britain Memorial Cup: Mr Stephen Cairns - 1st Old Boys Association Silver Band
Band of the Year 2016
Overall Winner - Haughton Cup 1st Old Boys Association Silver Band
Championship Section: 1st Old Boys Association Silver band
Second Section: Third Carrickfergus Band
Third Section: Comber Silver Band
Fourth Section: Maguiresbridge Silver Band