Grand Shield

Discussion in 'The Adjudicators' Comments' started by Mike S, Mar 23, 2004.

  1. Mike S

    Mike S Member

    So, the bands for the Grand Shield in May are now announced. What are your predictions? I would expect the top 6 to include Sellars, Travelsphere, Leyland, Desford, Fishburn and Rothwell Temperance

    The list of bands is:

    Aveley & Newham
    Besses o'th Barn
    Desford Colliery
    East Yorkshire Motor Services
    Glossop Old
    Innovate Skelmanthorpe
    J.A.G. Mount Charles
    Jaguar (Coventry)
    Newstead Welfare
    Rothwell Temperance
    Sellars International
    Travelsphere Holidays
    United Cooperatives York Brass
  2. johnflugel

    johnflugel Active Member

    Very nice of you to say.....we would be happy with top three :wink:
  3. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    I reckon Leyland, Sellers, Hepworth, Flowers, Rothwell and Besses
  4. yr_epa

    yr_epa Member

    What a piece! Had a run through it on sunday night and our Euph player (who has played with Fodens until recently) said it was the hardest piece he has ever played! "What hope have the rest of us got?" I said to my fellow 2nd cornet! Must be the toughest piece for the 3rd/4th solo cornets, rep player and flugel! (unlucky John!) from Tristan to Les Preludes, what next for the flugels!

    Leyland should figure by being current Masters Champions and Sellers after a good placing in the Yorkshire Regionals. Must be said that this year's Shield is one of the toughest competitions as there are so many bands of the same class. I think its changed venue to the Opera House now, less boomy hopefully, the ballroom spoilt so many performances with the sound of the hall. What is the Opera House in Winter Gardens like? Its supposed to be massive!
  5. johnflugel

    johnflugel Active Member

  6. if i could have a each way bet i'd go for newstead welfare being up there.anything can happen on this's all about certain players holding their nerve.maybe there might be an upset. lets hope so.
  7. deave

    deave Member

    Les Preludes is best piece i've ever played as a 3rd man...sadly i made a hash of it at the open in '01 !!

    Would love chance to put that right this year, but I'm missing contest with Sellers as it's my sisters wedding. "Shh!" tho, i'm not very popular in huds at the moment because of that!

    Deave - 3rd man Sellers
  8. nickjones

    nickjones Active Member

    what's with this talk of betting , this is the Grand Shield....not the 3.30 from just puts extra pressure on the relegated from the Open ..I have played at a few Grand Shields and only qualified for the open once , I think it is one of the most difficult contests to qualify from.
  9. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    Well travelsphere, after a very good showing at the areas, have got to be in with a shout... time to bounce back up? Sellers probably, and Leyland are definitely going to be in the running I would imagine...
  10. Darth_Tuba

    Darth_Tuba Active Member

    The Opera House should be far more suitable than the empress ballroom. The curtains etc. on stage make it much harder to project the band sound and usually means the bigger sounding bands fair better. You can hear far more detail than in the empress ballroom too!
  11. iggmeister

    iggmeister Member

    Depends what the adjudicators, (Roy Newsome and James Scott), are looking for I suppose.

    However, sop players will be in the limelight, (or possibly spotlight), on this one. It's certainly hard work for the cornet section- front principal right down to 3rd cornet.

    Band who have good strong cornet sections should be able to make a good impression.

  12. agree with you nick.excellent contest.wellrun from the trophy upto shield should be a good days contesting.
  13. T-Horn

    T-Horn Member

    I'm going to give it to sellers this time, they've been playing well and deserve to get a result.
    1. Sellars International
    2. Leyland
    3. Flowers
    4. Hepworth
    5. Desford Colliery
    6. Fishburn
  14. IcklePablo

    IcklePablo Member

    1. Flowers
    2. Leyland
    3. Sellers
    4. East Yorkshire motor Services
    5. Fishburn
    6. Travelsphere Holidays

    Dunno why, jus sounds gud.
  15. bassinthebathroom

    bassinthebathroom Active Member

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, just one place higher would be great! :D
  16. Pierre

    Pierre Member

    :shock: Would love to see Sellers 2nd or 3rd as long as we were one place infront like last year! :lol:
  17. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    I would agree that Leyland and Sellers should do well, but I wouldn't write off Redbridge and Aveley. It's certainly likely to be a very tough one this year :!:
  18. jambo

    jambo Member

    1. Hepworth
    2. Leyland
    3. Sellers
    4. Flowers
    5. Rothwell
    6. Beaumaris

    I think it'll be close between the top three with all of them in top form at the moment.

    I just have an incling that its Hepworths turn though. After a run of second places just about everywhere recently and an outstanding performance at the area that certainly did not merit their position, I think its time for the quality of the band from Holmfirth to finally get what it deserves!

    C'MON Hepworth!
  19. Ste69

    Ste69 Member

    Having never been to the Grand Shield or the Cup or the Trophy i must say that the predictions i've seen are certainly wide ranging and it seems that (unlike many of the regional contests) it is anybody's for the taking.

    Why then do we think that this is not the case in the regionals and(especially from my experience at Bradford and Darlington) we often see the same bands qualifying?

    I'm sure there's a logical answer to all this and i'm probably missing some obvious point!!!!
  20. Lauradoll

    Lauradoll Active Member

    Because the bands that win go into the open and the bands that come bottom in the open go down to the grand shield. It's a graveyard contest. Must be one of the hardest to win by a long way.