Jubilation for Manx Youth and Concert Brass

Manx Youth and Concert Brass came out on top at the 116th Manx Music Festival at the Villa Marina Royal Hall on Sunday 27th April winning all four of the brass band classes.

The test piece, Leighton Lucas’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ was the first victory of the night and was followed by successes in the March and Hymn and Entertainment programme. Stephen Maddocks, Solo Trombone, was awarded the soloist prize for his rendition of Howard Snell’s arrangement of the Beatles classic Yesterday.

Adjudicator Chris Jeans, himself an accomplished trombonist, told the audience that he just sat back and listened to Stephen’s performance saying that it was beautiful.

The adjudicator congratulated all the competing bands on the quality of their playing and gave praise where praise was due in his final address giving rise to frequent bouts of applause and cheering.

The bands Musical Director, Ian Clague MBE, uncharacteristically rendered speechless for a while after the results, modestly attributed their overwhelming success to the dedication and support of the players and their families.

The band will be returning to the Royal Hall on Saturday 26th July 2008 where they will entertain the audience with a spectacular Gala concert with guest soloists Matt White (Leyland Band) and Joe Murray (Grimethorpe), Principal Euphonium and Principal Cornet of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

6.30 PM  B10 
Brass Bands 
Adjudicator: Chris Jeans 

Test: Own Choice. 30 Minute program to commence with a)standard march b)Hymn Time to include all announcements and classes to be judged on technical ability and general presentation. 
First Prize: Overall Winner: Crosbie Memorial Rose Bowl, March and Hymn: S. Quayle Cup, The Best Soloist will be awarded The George Ridgeway Trophy 
1 Ramsey Town Band Ramsey  91 H
2 Rushen Silver Band Rushen  94 H
3 Manx Youth and Concert Brass -  95 H
4 Onchan Silver Band Onchan  93 H

S. Quayle Cup awarded to: Manx Youth and Concert Brass. George Ridgeway Trophy awarded to: Stephen Maddocks.

Brass Bands 
Adjudicator: Chris Jeans 
Test: Symphonic suite for Brass Bands by Leighton Lucas 
First Prize: Crosbie Trophy, Second Prize: The Nelson Cup 
1 Ramsey Town Band Ramsey  90 H
2 Manx Youth and Concert Brass -  95 H