Both Bands Perform in the Full Band Classes at the Guild

11/05/2012

The big finale of the Brass classes at the 2012 Guild is always the full band classes.
They are the Test Piece, the March and Hymn Tune and the 20 minute programme.
This is the first year in quite a few that the organisation has been able to enter both the Manx Youth Band and Manx Concert Brass in all three classes and what a fantastic evening of music it was with both Bands putting up fine performances in all three classes.

The first class of the afternoon was the Test Piece, Ian had selected two very challenging pieces to showcase the ability of both bands. Manx Youth Band played “The Young in Heart” written by Eric Ball and received a very creditable 82 marks and Manx Concert Brass played “Symphonic Suite for Brass Band” by Leighton Lucas and were awarded 90 marks which won the class.

The next class was the March and Hymn Tune. The Youth Band played an extremely well controlled performance of the march “Slaidburn” and the W.H.Gill hymn “Peel Castle” arranged by Ian Clague. Manx Concert Brass played the march “Knight Templar” with which they won the S Quayle Cup for best performance and the hymn “Eventide“ written by W.H Monk and sort of arranged by Ian and the rest of the Band !. Rushen Band, under the baton of John Kinley, took the Sir Laurence and Lady New Trophy for best performance in the hymn section.

The final class of the day was the 20 minute programme and both bands put in excellent performances of all their pieces. The Youth Band opened up with “Main Theme from ‘Rocky‘ which was followed by a faultless performance of “Georgia on My Mind by their principal cornet player Peter Smith. After this they played an Alan Fernie arrangement of Alex North’s “Unchained Melody” and finished with an exciting performance of John Williams “Main Theme from Star Wars” arranged by Steve Sykes. Of course this wasn‘t the end, after tumultuous applause they played “What a Wonderful World” as their encore.

Manx Concert Brass commenced its performance, aptly in this Olympic year, with “Olympic Fanfare” another superb piece from the pen of John Williams arranged by Philip Sparke. This was then followed by “Elegy” from Gilbert Vinter’s “Entertainments Suite”. Next up was a fantastic solo of “The Sun Has Got His Hat On” played on Eb Bass by Scott Mackie. With sun glasses and hats at the ready this then segued into an hilarious arrangement of the Madness hit “Baggy Trousers” with the bands now infamous dancing conductor out front. The Band’s finale for their 20 minute program was another Philip Sparke piece “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” from “Three Extraordinary Journeys“.

The Youth Band were awarded 84 marks for their performance and Manx Concert Brass took the class with a score of 92 marks.

Congratulations to both bands and special thanks to Ian for all the time and work he has put in with both bands. The Organisation is very proud of what was achieved at the 2012 Manx Music Festival.