Durham Brass Festival 2006: Picnic in the Park (Competition Results) A big crowd enjoyed a fantastic day of Brass Band music at the Picnic in the Park: Brass Band Competition held on the grounds of the Durham Light Infantry Museum & Durham Art Gallery - an event organised by Durham County Brass Band Association and Durham County Council, as part of the Durham Brass Festival 2006. There were morning and afternoon sessions that delivered a superb selection of competitive music for Section A & B and C & D bands. RMT Easington Colliery Band won the Section A & B competition with 187 points and Westoe Brass Band won the Section C & D competition and the Dennis Todd Trophy with 183 points. Hundreds of people gathered to watch and listen as the different bands produced a very entertaining day - enjoyed by a host of families who had come armed with their picnic hampers that were packed full of culinary delights. Morning session: (Section C & D bands) 1st prize: Westoe Brass Band - 183 points and the Dennis Todd Trophy. 2nd prize: Murton Colliery Band - 179 points. 3rd prize: Maske Brass Band - 178 points and the Tom P. Finkel Memorial Trophy for the highest placed D Section band. Best Soloist: Durham Constabulary Band. Best performed March: Westoe Brass Band. Afternoon session: (Section A & B bands) 1st prize: RMT Easington Colliery Band - 187 points and the Durham County Council Trophy. 2nd prize: Bearpark and Esh Band - 186 points and the CISWO Trophy for the highest placed B section band. 3rd prize: Broughtons Brass - 185 points. Best Soloist: RMT Easington Colliery Band. Best performed March: Spennymoor Band. "It was a great privilege for the band to play at this year's Picnic in the Park. It was our first time performing in this particular competition and it caps off a fabulous year for us, as it's our eighth trophy in the past twelve months. I'm proud of our achievements as we just keep on getting better and better the more times we play," said Scott Meike, Secretary of RMT Easington Colliery Brass Band. Durham Brass Festival is organised by the Durham Brass Initiative who have pulled out all of the stops to ensure the sixth Durham Brass Festival is as creative, entertaining, informative and powerful as ever. There will be concerts, showcases, competitions and workshops that will spotlight the versatility of Brass. The whole county will come together symbolising an open window to the world of Brass Band music – the tantalising programme provides a healthy balance of free events and paying concerts. Durham City Arts is the lead member of the Durham Brass Initiative that looks to respond to the needs of professional and amateur musicians in a region known for its rich tradition of brass band playing and music making. Durham Brass Festival 2006 is supported by: Arts Council England, North East; City of Durham; Durham County Council; Derwentside District Council; District of Easington; JazzAction; Northern Regional Brass Band Trust; PRS Foundation - For New Music; Sedgefield Borough Council and Wear Valley District Council. For further details about the Durham Brass Festival please call Durham City Arts on (0191) 3750763 or to see a full programme of events please visit www.brassfestival.co.uk (The Festival is taking place through out June and July finishing on 30 July). Go on, try Brass and never look back!