In full flow with March Slaidburn The 'Old Monteenys'
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It was a long day for the band at Heritage High School competing in both the 1st section and Championship section contests at Bolsover Festival of Brass. The 1st section contest combat of 12 bands began at 9.00am. An early start and rehearsal at 9.30am on a Sunday morning is never a good start for some, however the band were in fine form and at 11.30am performed their innovative Full Monty ‘set’ with aplomb to the thrill and delight of a full audience.
They obviously liked and appreciated the unusual approach and responded well to the background film and story portrayed, which included both serious and comic ingredients and even a cameo appearance by Mr Duncan Beckley (wearing the same jumper he wore during filming 20 years ago) to rapturous applause, laughter and during one very moving piece, a small tear in many an eye.
Such was the atmosphere created in the hall during the septet performance by “the Old Monteenys” led by flugel soloist John Lee, who played the solo part for ‘Lomper’ Steve Huison in The Full Monty film (whilst stood in a grave), you really could feel it and definitely hear a pin drop!
The performance and idea also found favour with adjudicator Mr Thomas Wyss who awarded the band 1st place overall plus Most Entertaining Band trophies.
Then it was a seven hour gap before the band had to do everything again. this time in the much more challenging Championship section. Here 13 bands would spar for the prizes on offer.
Once again the band performed well and even played some pieces better than the morning performance. There were however some difficulties encountered with the film projection onto the wall and unusually there appeared to be more light reflection onto this wall than experienced in the morning, even though by now it was dark outside, which distracted and made viewing the film much more difficult for both the audience and even mentioned a couple of times in the remarks by the adjudicator who commented “I would have liked to see more." Requests to lower the lighting prior to the performance were dismissed by the organisers so the band had to soldier on. Results time came and the band had been awarded a very creditable 4th place overall.
So that made it Winners of the 1st Section trophy together with Most Entertaining Band trophy in 1st section and 4th place overall in the Championship section. The band would have liked to have found a little more favour with adjudicator Mr Steven Mead in the Championship section but hey ho, not a bad day's work.
We are very, very happy with both audience responses and the many comments and credits still coming in, just rewards for band member and project idea creator Kim Wear who worked tirelessly for weeks to get ‘the show on the road." Our thanks go to him and also to Duncan Beckley for his appearance in the ‘set’ and the band’s Musical Director John Roberts for accepting the idea and bringing the whole concept to performance.
Championship Section: Adjudicator: Steven Mead
1. Elland Silver (Daniel Brookes) — 92
2. Yorkshire Imperial DUT (Martin Heartfield) — 89
3. Shepherd Group (Richard Wilton) — 87
4. Unite the Union (John Roberts) — 86
5. East London Brass (Jayne Murrill) — 81.5
6. Hatfield (Stan Lippeatt) — 81
7. Blidworth Welfare (David Hirst) — 77.5
8. Haverhill Silver (Mark Ager) — 76
=9. Bedworth Brass (Ryan Richards) — 74
=9. Longridge (Mark Peacock) — 74
11. Fishburn (Michael Franey) — 73.5
12. Foresters Brass (John Davis) — 73
13. Carlton Brass (Gary Wyatt) — 71
Best Soloist: Ben Jarvis (cornet) — Elland Silver
Most Entertaining Performance: Elland Silver
Winning MD Trophy: Daniel Brookes (Elland Silver)
First Section: Adjudicator: Thomas Wyss
1. Unite the Union (John Roberts) — 96
2. Skelmanthorpe (Jim Davies) — 95
3. Enderby (Simon Gresswell) — 93
4. Shepherd Group (Richard Wilton) — 92
5. Stannington Brass (Derek Renshaw) — 90
6. Foresters Brass (John Davis) — 89
7. Manger Old Stars (Marit Tommermo) — 88
8. Carlton Brass (Gary Wyatt) — 87
9. Gresley Colliery (Craig Stevens) — 86
10. Wigston Band (Chris Small) — 84
11. Shirebrook Miners Welfare (Colum O'Shea) — 83
12. Shirley Band (David Bishop-Rowe) — 82
Best Soloist: Dan Jackson (euphonium) — Skelmanthorpe
Most Entertaining Performance: Unite the Union
Full results: http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=30250