Scottish Regional Championships - 2009

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  1. Di

    Di Active Member

    Scottish Regional Championships
    Championship Section
    Test Piece : Salute to Youth, Gilbert Vinter
    Sunday 22nd March
    (Commences following conclusion of First section)
    Venue : Caird Hall, Dundee
    Adjudicators: Alan Morrison & Major Graham Jones

    Participating Bands:

    Bo'ness & Carriden
    Bon Accord Silver
    Clackmannan District
    Dalmellington
    Dunaskin Doon
    Kingdom Brass
    Kirkintilloch
    Scottish Co-op
    Unison Kinneil
    Whitburn


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    Scottish Regional Championships
    First Section
    Test Piece : Pentacle, Graham Cole
    Sunday 22nd March
    Venue : Caird Hall, Dundee
    Adjudicators: Kevin Wadsworth & Peter Bassano


    Participating Bands:

    Barrhead Burgh
    Bathgate
    Broxburn & Livingston
    Campbeltown Brass
    Johnstone Silver
    Kirkintilloch Kelvin
    Lochgelly
    Newmilns & Galston
    Newtongrange Silver
    St. Ronan's Silver


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    Scottish Regional Championships
    Second Section
    Test Piece : New World Sketches, Daniel Price
    Saturday 21st March
    (commences following conclusion of Third Section)
    Venue : Caird Hall, Dundee
    Adjudicators: Kevin Wadsworth & Major Graham Jones

    Participating Bands :

    Annan Town
    Arbroath Instrumental
    City of Discovery
    Croy
    Dalkeith & Monktonhall
    Granite City Brass
    Jedforest Instrumental
    Perthshire Brass
    Selkirk Silver
    Shotts St. Patrick's Brass
    Tullis Russell Mills


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    Scottish Regional Championships
    Third Section
    Test Piece : The Once and Future King, Andrew Baker
    Saturday 21st March
    Venue : Caird Hall, Dundee
    Adjudicators: Peter Bassano and Peter Roberts

    Participating Bands :

    Bon Accord Silver 'B'
    Buckhaven & Methil
    Coalburn Silver
    Dundee Instrumental (St. Margaret's)
    Dunfermline Town
    Irvine & Dreghorn
    MacTaggart Scott Loanhead
    Renfrew Burgh
    St. David's Brass
    Tayport Instrumental
    Turriff Silver


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    Scottish Regional Championships
    Fourth Section
    Test Piece : The Talisman for Brass Band, Frank Hughes
    Saturday 21st March
    (commences following conclusion of Second Section)
    Venue : Caird Hall, Dundee
    Adjudicators: Peter Robers & Alan Morrison

    Participating Bands:

    Brass Sounds Inverclyde
    Dumfries Town
    Newland Concert
    Peebles Burgh
    Penicuik Silver
    Queensferry Community Brass


    Information courtesy www.sbba.org.uk and John Martin

     
  2. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    Third section: The Once and future king....

    Surprised that Andy hasn't moaned yet...
     
  3. Di

    Di Active Member

    My apologies. Just a little typo. Fixed. :) Off to do the other 7 regions now. :-?
     
  4. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    Mater dear is Cornish - so I'm a bit of an Arthur anorak....

    Pronunciation guide:-

    Tin-taa-jel

    Lee-on-ess

    Baa-don

    Enjoy!
     
  5. Well, this thread is very quiet!
     
  6. bbg

    bbg Member

    This post is possibly quiet 'cos nobody knows dates / times etc for the Scottish Regionals.......is this a new contest, whereby we head off to different Regional "heats" (Aberdeen? Hawick? Dumfries? Edinburgh? Glasgow? Campbeltown??) before the top few bands head off to Dundee in March?

    Don't know about anyone else, but we are rehearsing the 2nd section piece in preparation for the *Scottish Championships (incorporating qualification for the National Championships of Great Britain), to be held in Dundee on the weekend of 21/22 March 2009.

    *wording as per "Scottish" programme
     
  7. Kinrao

    Kinrao Member

    Having been away from banding for a while, can anyone enlighten me as to the reasons for moving away from the Falkirk/Motherwell alternate?

    Also, what's the Caird Hall like as a venue compared to the above?
     
  8. flugelgal

    flugelgal Active Member

    Because it stops the bands in the central belt from having a huge advantage of not travelling very far, and also gives them a chance at a night/weekend away?
     
  9. bbg

    bbg Member

    As far as I understand, Falkirk was dropped as a venue as the facilities were not the greatest - a long walk into the adjacent council offices to the warm up room, catering poor the last time we were there as I recall. Fife Council have offered good financial support for Glenrothes, used for the first time last year whilst Dundee was the venue for the British Nationals a few years back.
    Caird Hall is a huge, old fashioned concert hall - very similar to Glasgow City Hall, the old Perth City Hall and the like. Big stage, great acoustic in the auditorium if unnervingly "dead" on stage - you think that you're the only one playing at times. Loads of space for changing / stalls / food etc but not great bus access at all - a quick stop on the side street at the foot of a flight of steps, and the changing/ warmup rooms are down loads of stairs from the main hall so it's a fair old carry for bass / perc players.
     
  10. Di

    Di Active Member

    Participating bands now added to opening post, with many thanks to John Martin. :)
     
  11. DMBabe

    DMBabe Supporting Member

    Well... how can I put it? It's cack! Too big for any normal band to cope with, dead as a dodo and no facilities to speak of. Last time we played there and came off stage at stupid o'clock the outer hall area was like the marie celeste cos the food bit had shut a good couple of hours before and the bar was closed too. I know contests have a "wonderful" habit of over-running but that was just depressing. Wonder if SBBA have sorted that yet? Doubt it! Given its city centre location we had a fair hike to try and find something to eat and drink.

    And like Brian says it involves a lot of lugging of stuff up many flights of stairs from the bus (while ur driver is getting yelled at for being stopped for too long by some jobs worthy steward type).

    Why can't we go back into the lovely Perth Concert hall with the stovies and a stage you can actually hear stuff on? Don't tell me..... it's too expensive???:confused:
     
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2009
  12. bbg

    bbg Member

    At least the 2nd Section will be off-stage before "stupid o'clock" this year, as we have been allocated the "afternoon" slot. Ideal in a lot of ways - fewer 7am rehearsals, even the further travelled bands (Annan, Selkirk and Jed) can set off at a reasonable hour. We're barely half an hour away from our hall north of Perth - a quick trip over some back roads and we're there. Perhaps less ideal though from the aforementioned bus-unloading scenario - a Saturday afternoon in Dundee city centre brings the traffic wardens out in their dozens.
    Feel sorry for Dumfries in the 4th section though - a long drive home late at night, and Irvine have the dawn start for the 3rd section.
     
  13. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    The sections on the Saturday are rotated each year so everyone gets an equal share of the dawn patrol and the graveyard shift. Anyway, only six bands in the fourth section this year and with both second and third being down a band it shouldn't be too late a finish.
     
  14. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    Being 3rd section, with a silly o'clock start, we're heading north on Friday night.

    Anyone know where we can have a blow at sparrowfart on contest day...?

    (PS - my view - No probs with moving the contest around Scotland, as long as it's reasonably reachable for the majority of bands...)

    (PPS DMBabe: willnae see you, hen, we'll be offski afore ye start... :( )
     
  15. DMBabe

    DMBabe Supporting Member

    Not a surprise considering if there's a late draw to be had it'll normally have our name on it.......... think of all the pub time u'll have though Deek!!!!;)
     
  16. Gorgie boy

    Gorgie boy Member

    Maybe John Martin can help on this question. I had heard that Callander Brass (a new band - hip hip hooray) would be competing in the 4th Section. Conducted by Ian Milligan, a well kent face to many in SA circles. Are they competing John?
     
  17. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    I don't think they are competing Paul but I know SBBA are keen to encourage non-contesting bands along to see what its all about. There is talk of a non-contesting section being held on Sunday between the 1st and Championship sections. It all depends on whether there are enough interested bands amongst our non-contesting brethern.
     
  18. flugelgal

    flugelgal Active Member

    That sounds like a great idea! Great to get some of those bands into the whole contesting malarkey, there are a good few of them around the place.

    Of course, they might have to call themselves something other than "non contesting" bands after that!
     
  19. bbg

    bbg Member

    Spoke to my father-in-law this evening - he plays with Callander Brass, as do a few other retired gentlemen from Falkirk / Bo'Ness area SA bands, providing an experienced group to encourage the majority of the band who are more recent brass learners / converts from other instruments.
    Callander are playing between the 1st and Championship contests, at around 2.30pm - if I'm not at work that afternoon I'll try to get back through to hear them.
    Ian Milligan is a legend - well-known to many SA / ex SA folks from Music Camps in the 70s/80s, he moved to Callander a good number of years ago now as head of music at the school there. Callander Brass is his latest endeavour, after numerous musical / choral groups over the years. If anyone gets a chance to hear his ladies' voice group, Callander Chorale, take it - they are superb.
     
  20. Gorgie boy

    Gorgie boy Member

    That's a fair hike to Callander for your father in law Brian!

    Heard Callander Brass on You Tube and they are a fair sounding band. they heed to be encouraged to join the contesting ranks.
     

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