Sunday at The Guild 2015

April 2015

The big finale of the Brass Band classes is the Sunday Evening, 5 hours of full brass band playing. The first class is the Test Piece which was won with 89 marks by Manx Concert Brass who played “Symphonic Suite for Band” by Leighton Lucas, runner up were the Manx Youth Band followed in third by Ramsey Town Band.

The next class was the March and Hymn tune which was won by Manx Concert Brass, scoring 87 in the Hymn and 87 in the March, Douglas Town Band were runners up in this class.

The final class of the evening was the 20 minute entertainment programme, the first of our bands to perform were Manx Concert Brass.
They opened with the very entertaining Freddie Mercury song “Don’t Stop me Now” arranged by Harper, this was followed by a beautiful solo performance of “Autumn Leaves” played by Stephen Maddocks. Next up was “Amazing Grace” which was followed by the Band’s closing piece “Songs of the Quay” by Goff Richards. A superbly balanced programme from which the adjudicator described the band as very consistent throughout the evening.

Next up were the Manx Youth Band who opened with a very confident performance of “Colditz March – Theme from the BBC TV Series”, this was followed by their solo piece with was played without music! by principle cornet Peter Smith, he played a flawless arrangement of “The Lazy Trumpeter” by Siebert. Next up was a rousing rendition of “Braveheart featuring A gift of Thistle” and then to finish they chose to play a very entertaining version of “Almost A Kerry Dance” arranged by Dennison.

This class was again won by Manx Concert Brass who were awarded the Jimmie Crosbie Memorial Rose Bowl with Rushen as runner up. Ellen Quane of Ramsey Town Band won the George Ridgeway trophy for the best soloist.

It was a fantastic weekend of Brass music and special thanks should go to our musical director Ian Clague who had entered over 80 musicians in 12 classes throughout the weekend.