Valley “Brass in Concert” Championships
February 2009

The 2009 contesting year started off with the annual entertainments competition which was held in the Valley Hotel, Fivemiletown on Saturday 21st February sponsored by G R White & Son. Each band were able to choose its own selection of music for the performance. Playing to a full house, the band performed an entertaining programme but unfortunately were only placed 3rd on the day with 123 points, however, did win the prize for the best march “On the Castle Green” written especially for the band by Paul Lovatt-Cooper.

The Music adjudicator was Alan Morrison FTCL LRAM
The Entertainment adjudicator was Beverley Weir
The Compere for the day was William Caughey (BBL President)

The music played by the band was:

Trumpet Blues and Cantabile – Harry James & Jack Mathias arr. Bill Geldard
Sparks – Kenneth J Alford – Soloist: Matthew Brown (Xylophone)
Lazy River – Hoagy Carmichael – Soloist: Ruth Dodridge
On the Castle Green – Paul Lovatt-Cooper
Swingtime Religion – Barrie Gott – Soloist: Claire Hueston
Anthem from the musical Chess – Ulvaes/Andersson arr. Johan de Meij

Congratulations to our fine soloists, Ruth Dodridge for Lazy River, the entire front row plus soprano for Trumpet Blues and Cantabile, Claire Hueston for Swingtime Religion and particularly to Matthew Brown with his debut solo performance for the band with Sparks.

Congratulations also to the Laganvale Band, Ballyduff Band and St. Mary’s Silver Band on wins in their respective sections.

The band will be competing again in April.

Full results of the day were as follows:

Fourth Section:
1st: St Mary’s Silver – 119 points
2nd: Dungannon Silver – 118 points
3rd: Poyntspass Silver – 116 points

Best March: Dungannon Silver – A Bridge too Far
Best Solo: Dungannon Silver – Crazy

Second/Third Section
1st: Ballyduff Silver – 127 points
2nd: Roughan Silver – 124 points
3rd: Third Carrickfergus Band – 123 points

Best March: Third Carrickfergus Band – On the Castle Green
Best Solo: Wellington Memorial Silver – Georgia on my Mind

Championship Section
1st: Laganvale (Metal Technology) – 131 points
2nd: 1st Old Boys Silver – 128 points

Best March: 1st Old Boys Silver – The Waltonian
Best Solo: Laganvale (Metal Technology) – Quiet Time – Dessie Neil