The popular Weston-Super-Mare Own Choice Contest took place at the Winter Gardens, Weston-Super-Mare on Sunday 18th May. The City of Bristol Brass Band were once again there to try for the Second Section title. Also competing in the same section were Avonbank Brass, A.W. Parker (Drybrook), Blaenavon Town, Ebbw Valley Brass and Swindon Pegasus. The adjudicators across all sections were Paul Cosh and Stan Lippeatt, with, for the first time in the contest's history, both in the box at the same time. The contest began at 10.30am with the Fourth Section (4 bands) and moved straight onto the Third Section (8 bands), after which they were presented with their results.
While that was happening, the Band had a rehearsal and final run through under Bryn James, our chosen testpiece being Royal Parks, by George Lloyd.
The Second Section started a little late and was followed by the joint First/Championship Section (5 bands) with our results at the end of the day.
After a lot of milling around, mingling, chatting, watching other bands and trying to find something to eat it was our turn to wait in line to enter the hall. We eventually shuffled on and took our seats. We played a good piece and everyone came off happy with their performance.. now just to wait for the results.
3rd: Avonbank Brass
2nd: City of Bristol Brass Band
1st: Ebbw Valley Brass
We were all very happy with the results, especially given the few rehearsal we had with our guest conductor.