Just returned from playing 4th Section North West.
The announcer of the bands amazed me today because of all the contest I have competed in the past has always made the same statement prior to every band, just like Bradford last weekend.
Band No ???? is ready to play at your signal Mr Adjudicator.
And that was the end of it.
Today it was different.
There was a different statement made prior to every band playing their piece.
Is there a set statement to make or is it just down to the announcer to make his own statement.
Another item that appears to drag out the contest is when certain bands play they ask their soloist on every section to stand and take a bow.
Surely this is alright at a concert but surely not at a contest when all sections and players are equaly important.
It also extends trhe length of the contest which in many cases is long enough when over 20 bands are competing.
I know that in our section we had four minutes to set up and that was the limit i think, we just had to start.
Also, our principle cornet and prinicple euph stood up first but only about two seconds before the rest of the band. I think it's ok as long as no-one makes a meal of it, it's nice to acknowledge soloists as long as it's quickly i suppose, haha.
Congrats to all the winning bands today! Pretty pleased with our result, didn't qualify but an improvement from last year and band were really pleased!
Well done and a hearty CONGRATULATIONS to my former band Silk Brass on their 2nd placing in the 1st Section. It's a credit to the band considering the hard time they have gone through since the beginning of the year.