Contest for lower section bands Holland 11th April

Discussion in 'The Adjudicators' Comments' started by Pauli Walnuts, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. Pauli Walnuts

    Pauli Walnuts Moderator Staff Member

    I had the pleasure yesterday of helping out our Academy band at the Gouden Spiker Festival in Holland. This contest is for lower section bands only and was a thoroughly enjoyable day. There was a great atmosphere of being there to participate rather than the focus on winning. (although that would have been nice of course!).
    Lots of other plus points about this event:

    • All bands were professionally video'd and copies available to purchase for €13 - they used multiple cameras and had people who knew the set work for each section so soloists, featured sections etc all got their own focus in the video.
    • No registration - a simple armband given to each playing member.
    • Very reasonably priced bar - including food - no rip off prices that we have come to expect elsewhere.
    • Nice format: All bands had to play a march, a solo item, a slow piece and the set test piece. (Olympus in our case).
    • Very well run - lots of helpful stewards around including one who actually went with our bus driver to find a parking space.
    • Very detailed adjudicators comments. Fortunately, the remarks were written in English!

    All in all, an excellent day without any pressure beyond the personal desire of the bands to play at their best.
    This was my first contest as part of Cologne Concert Brass - we are blessed with have Junior, Academy and a senior band giving opportunities at all levels to play in an English style brass band. The Academy band is conducted by Martyn Bennett whom some or you may know from his days as a player with Aldbourne band - doing an outstanding job.

    I would love to report the results but as none of us speak Dutch, the awards ceremony was a mystery to us although the Belgian Trappist beer may also have influenced this!
  2. Coverhead

    Coverhead Member

    There are many events like this here in the Netherlands, especially up in Friesland... where they won't take kindly to being called 'Holland' ;) I've been involved in Dutch banding now for about 18 months, and I must say the organization is absolutely top notch. Also, what with it being a rather small community (compared to the UK) everyone seems to know each other which makes for a sociable atmosphere during these events. Lower section banding in particular seems more geared towards providing decent feedback and encouragement than it does in the UK. Just my opinion anyway.

    And in case you are still wondering, here are the results:

    Festival (unregistered) Division
    1) Pro Junior
    2) Excelsior B
    3) Crescendo B

    5th Division
    1) Kunst naar Kracht
    2) Pro Rege B
    3) Brassband Tzum

    4th Division
    1) De Bazuin
    2) Brassband Euphonia
    3) Brassband Opsterland

    3rd Division
    1) Gloria Dei
    2) Constantijn Huygens
    3) Apollo

  3. Pauli Walnuts

    Pauli Walnuts Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks Christian!
  4. tsawyer

    tsawyer Member

    Please make sure the results get added to

    We want results for all brass band contests, for any section, worldwide.


  5. Pauli Walnuts

    Pauli Walnuts Moderator Staff Member

  6. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

  7. Bbmad

    Bbmad Active Member

    Guys, I think you have got the wrong thread! The one word thread is in the off topic section, I think.
  8. tsawyer

    tsawyer Member


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