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Sunday, 16th September, 2012 saw the Band take part in the Wychavon Festival of Brass, an entertainments contest held this year in Droitwich Spa. The pre-draw gave us the number one slot. Our theme this year was "Film" and the programme started with the band being ushered to their seats followed promptly by the 20th Century Fox Fanfare. Waiting in the wings were Laurel and Hardy (aka. Philip and Claire, our euphonium players) and they entered to the theme tune of the L&H films. Another Fine Mess followed, a euphonium duet arranged by Sandy Smith of various tunes used in their films, with dancing and an inflatable hammer all part of the act!
The Magnificent 7 followed and then our soloist stood up to the mark; Pete (Flugel) played our MD's own arrangement of Shadow of your Smile. This led to our finale - A Bug's Life. The Band donned their deeley boppers and bobbed along to the rousing Philip Harper arrangement. The Looney Tunes sign-off ("That's All Folks!") finished the set with all the Band on their feet.
The Band then had a long wait while the other 6 bands in the section played their programmes. Some found a pub (for soft drinks, of course, and a barbeque) while others listened to the other bands. Eventually, though, the results ceremony came around and with Mr. Chairman on stage we waited again, this time in the hall, for the adjudicator to collate his final marks and give us a little speech about what he was looking for. Unfortunately for us it wasn't our day, with Stata Brass taking the winning prize and Cinderford and Crewe taking 2nd and 3rd. City of Bristol were fourth.