On Sunday 11th March, Manx Concert Brass became the North West Area Champions
(3rd Section) for the second time in 3 years. The band was awarded 188 marks for its
performance of "Sinfonietta For Brass Band" by Joseph Horowitz, finishing just one point ahead
of British Energy Morecambe.
Manx Concert Brass departed the Island on Saturday 10th at 7am, arriving at their base (The
Royal York) in Blackpool via Liverpool 5 hours later for the first of several rehearsals
scheduled to put the finishing touches to their performance. On Sunday 11th, all were gathered
at rehearsal when the draw was relayed back to us from the Winter Gardens by our ever reliable
Uncle Martyn!!. The draw, No. 14, ensured that the adrenalin was in full flow as we left the
hotel for the Winter Gardens.
Coming off stage, we were reasonably satisfied, and the adjudicator, Roy Sparkes praised the
style and interpretation of our performance for which we owe a lot to our Musical Director Mr.
Ian Clague MBE and our musical advisor Mr. Derek Broadbent. As all competitors will surely
appreciate, the tension was unbearable as the results were announced from sixth to first place,
but when we heard the words "First Place, with 188 Marks goes to Ma....." we did cheer (lots...)
and then checked for any other band in the section who also shared the same opening syllable as
Did we celebrate!!!
Yep!, and it continued all the way back to the Isle of Man on board the Ben My Chree, getting a
special mention from the Captain! We look forward to meeting the other 3rd Section qualifiers
in Preston in September, and wish you all the best in the race for second place!!! (we hope!!!!)
Following on from one success...
The Manx Youth Band now takes centre stages as it aims to carry forward the
winning feeling to this years Manx Music Festival, which will be held at the Villa Marina on
the weekend of April 28th/29th. The band hopes to emulate last years performances with
victories in both the Test Piece competition (This Happy Island, Gareth Wood) and the Own
Choice Entertainment programme. Manx Concert Brass will also defend their March and Hymn tune
title on what is usually quite an eventful evening, with all three major band classes taking
place. The organisations emphasis, as always, is the Youth Band's performances with players of
all ages encouraged to compete in classes ranging from Under 12 Solo through various Quartet
and Ensemble classes, to the main band competitions. Over the course of the weekend, the
various classes of competition are fiercely contested between all the bands on the Island.
With regret, we announce the retirement of a long standing servant to the
band Steven "Secco" Garrett, who officially "hung up his typewriter" as secretary of the
organisation. The chairman Mr. John Skinner thanked Steven on behalf of the band for all his
hard work over the years. This only leaves us with the difficult task of finding a new
nickname for him. Capt. Sarcastic comes to mind!! Big Up, to Scotty who has taken over the
reigns from Secco, although he will have full support and assistance from Steven, who has
agreed to be his assistant for the coming year. Unfortunately, Secco insists on remaining as a
Cornet player for Manx Concert Brass.. ah well , you can't have everything... (only joking