The fourth section.....World Tour...yet another, this one...Phineas Fogg tour, Devon fantasy tour....pffft.. for me the last really good piece was Saint Saens Variations...it sorted the Bands out, which is what the regional test piece should do...still next year maybe a trip round China
Certainly there seems to be a problem with some ex military band conductors who now adjudicate in the Brass Band movement; they seem to find Bands toooooo loud, maybe they are used to brass players having to player softer so the woodwind instruments can be heard.
Thats because it is not needed to be looked at by the Regional committee; they work out the league table after the contest and publish that along with promotions and relegations to all competing bands. Task completed till after the next Regional contest.
If the Music panel keep picking pieces like this that hold none or very little interest to not only the younger members of Bands, but the older ones too, then the Area in the Midlands could become as small as the NE. They should try having the problem of trying to motivate a 4th section band on...
Results so far
1st: Market Rasen (Resdev) 93.5pts
2nd: Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Band 92pts
3rd Deep Car Brass 90pts
Highest ex mining band Ireland
Best Soloist: Euphonium; Melton Band
1st: Hucknall and LinbyC Band 88pts