ODBBA Winter Contest

Discussion in 'The Adjudicators' Comments' started by DaveR, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    The Oxfordshire and District Brass Band Association are delighted to invite you to enter the 2016 Winter Contest, an own-choice march and testpiece contest. This will be held on Sunday February 28th, so it is a great opportunity for you to try out your area test piece before the big day!

    Rules and entry forms are available for download from the ODBBA website at www.odbba.org. A strong entry is expected (entries have already been received!) so you are advised to get your entries in as soon as possible in order to reserve your place at the contest.
  2. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    I'm delighted to announce that entries have been received from the following bands. ODBBA are looking forward to a fantastic day of music making!

    ADJUDICATOR: Brett Baker.


    Aldbourne Band (David Johnson)
    East London Brass (Jayne Murrill)
    Newstead Brass (Duncan Beckley)
    Verwood Concert Brass (Kevin Smith)
    Wantage Silver (Craig Patterson)

    1st SECTION

    Brunel Brass (John Winterflood)
    Daventry Brass (Neil Brownless)
    The Egham Band (Gareth Green)
    Epsom and Ewell (Paul Graham)
    Horsham Borough Band (Andrew Kershaw)
    Hyde (Jonathan Lush-Camps)
    Kidlington Concert Brass (Duncan Wilson)
    Michelmersh Silver Band (David Barringer)
    Milton Keynes Brass (Craig Patterson)
    Northfleet Brass (Melvin White)
    Oddfellows Brass (Rob Boulter)
    Otterbourne Brass (Melvin White)

    2nd SECTION

    St Sebastian Wokingham Band (Lee Woodward)
    Swindon Pegasus (David Mace)
    Yiewsley & West Drayton (Chris Cole)

    3rd SECTION

    Chinnor Silver Band (David Pegram)
    City of Oxford Silver Band (Nigel Hall)
    Cold Ash Brass (Jemma Evans)
    Jubilee Brass (Clifford Sadler)
    Towcester Studio Band (Neil Brownless)

    4th SECTION

    Abbey Brass (Abingdon) Band (Rob Tompkins)
    Bletchington Silver Band (Sheldon Barwick)
    Crystal Palace Band (Michael Gray)
    Syston Band (Chris Banks)
    Wantage Academy Band (Nikki Jones)
    Witney Town Band (Rhys Owens)


    Hook Norton Brass Band (Shaun Humphries)
    Watership Brass (Mark Picken)
    Yarnton (Guy James)
  3. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    Do you have any news on whether the contest will be restricted to test-piece only, as mentioned in the rules, or will we still be playing a march as well?


  4. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    It is test-piece only. Full details will be sent out to entered bands later this weekend.
  5. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

  6. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    We haven't done this contest before, so we would appreciate any help anyone can offer. Are there any rehearsal facilities available at the contest venue, or, if not, are there any facilities in the immediate vicinity that people can recommend? We need to book approx. an hours rehearsal sometime around 3pm.


  7. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Our bandhall is probably the closest, but it's in use all day already.

    City of Oxford band own their own hall, as do Wantage and Brackley, at somewhat greater distances.
  8. LynneW

    LynneW Member

    Gareth, these two village halls are probably worth you trying, both are within 2 or 3 miles from Marlborough school:

    Shipton-on-Cherwell village hall www.shiptonhall.org.uk/rates.php

    Begbroke village hall begbrokevillagehall.btck.co.uk
  9. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    Many thanks.
  10. WagTheStick

    WagTheStick Member

    Bit late but anyone have any comments on acoustics? I've been told sports hall type room? Ta
  11. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    On the dry side, more so with an audience in. High ceiling, but not that large side-to-side or front-to-back, and usually stuff hanging on the wall at the back that damps things a bit. Compared to many other contest halls, quite a reasonable acoustic experience. Can get a bit warm.
  12. WagTheStick

    WagTheStick Member

    Top Dave thanks. See you later.
  13. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Will look out for you. Good luck!
  14. Mesmerist

    Mesmerist Well-Known Member

    Congratulations Moomin!
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  15. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Thank you Herr Mesmer! Two contest wins on the bounce... First time that's happened to me since 1998.

    Decent result for your old bandmates at Verwood too, and also for the mysterious Mr WagTheStick. :)
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  16. Mesmerist

    Mesmerist Well-Known Member

    Yes I'm really chuffed for Verwood. :) First outing as a Championship Band as well. They deserve success as they have always worked hard.
  17. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but it seemed the most appropriate.
    Does anyone know yet on what date the Spring Contest will be held in 2017, please? Nothing on the website yet.

  18. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    Hi Gareth

    It is on the website - except we call it the Winter Contest.
    Oxfordshire and District Brass Band Association
  19. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    FYI, Unregistered, 3rd and 1st sections (not necessarily in that order) will be on the Saturday, and the others on the Sunday. This will rotate in 2018.
  20. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Dave; the Spring Contest thing was a typo on my part, but I had missed it on the website - my bad, I think. Cheers for the extra info; not going to sit well for us, I'm afraid. I completely understand the reasoning on the part of ODBBA, but we always find Saturday contests difficult.

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