Your first ever contest piece?

IanHeard

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Academic Festival Overture- Brahms, 1980 SWBBA Paignton Contest, 2nd section for Lympstone Band.......feeling decidedly "thirtysomething".
Aaahh... Brass Banding truly a hobby for life!
Ian Heard.
Soundhouse Brass.
Plymouth.
 

Lauradoll

Active Member
My first test piece was "Young in Heart" by Eric Ball, at the 1991 CISWO Contest in Blackpool, with Buckhaven and Methil Miners Band, in the fourth section. I was only 11 or 12 and it was really exciting going all the way to Blackpool from a wee quiet Scottish town. My first Championship section test piece was "Contest Music" by Wilfred Heaton at Pontins in 1999(I think) with Stalybridge. It's been one of my favourite pieces ever since.

Now I feel really old. :cry:
 

asteria

Member
My first contest was at the Royal Festival Hall with my youth band (remember that one Rach?), but my first testpiece one was 2nd section at Pontins 1999 - can anyone remember what the testpiece was?! Something like Swiss excursion i think.

First championship testpiece was Whitsun Wakes
 

cornetgirl

Active Member
Helen V said:
My first contest was at the Royal Festival Hall with my youth band (remember that one Rach?), but my first testpiece one was 2nd section at Pontins 1999 - can anyone remember what the testpiece was?! Something like Swiss excursion i think.

First championship testpiece was Whitsun Wakes

I remember it well! How drunk was I??

Rach x
 
It was either Plantagenets or James Curnow's "Laude." I don't remember which was the Test Piece and which was the Choice Piece, because I played in Illinois Brass Band in 1994 for only a few rehearsals, and I didn't go to the NABBA Competition with the band that year. So those two pieces probably don't count as my "official first test piece." :wink:

Gareth Wood's "Hinemoa" was the Test Piece for the NABBA Challenge Section in 1998 and the first test piece that I ever played in the actual Competition. Prairie Brass Band, which was founded that year, took first place in their very first competition entry!
 

tim

Member
My first contest was at Music For Youth at the royal festival hall but my first test piece was Music From Kantara for the national youth brass band championships

first one for an adult contest was Oceans by Goff Richards for the Durham League a few weeks back
 

asteria

Member
cornetgirl said:
I remember it well! How drunk was I??

I didn't even get as far as the pub! Being the youngest one in the band at only 12 I was firmly escorted round London by my mother!

(I've made up for it since tho! :wink: )
 
My first was Main Street Variations - 3rd section Yorkshire Areas 1999
This was a real culture shock as I had previously played only with a training band. Off Beats :?: Bb Bass Solo :?: Changing time signatures :?:
We came second to last but the contesting bug had bitten :?

Closely followed by Malvern Suite, Little Suite for Brass and one that several other have mentioned - Haslemere Suite
This is my personal favourite - could have something to do with the fact that we (Oughtibridge) qualified for the 2000 4th section finals held that year in the Albert Hall. :D
 

TIMBONE

Active Member
FIRST TEST PIECE

"Music for a Festival" by good old Sparky - Tameside 2000 with Sale Brass, 4th Section, they were good then, 16th out of 14.
 

Vickitorious

Active Member
Mine was Main Street when I was 9 playing Crash cymbal, gong, and glock when the man told me to hit it!!! :p :roll: (It was only a 1 off thing though!) But actually playing horn and knowing what it was all about was last year playing Passacaglia (sp?) at the area :D
 

Mark Bousie

Member
Celebration by Eric Ball (whatever happened to this piece?!) playing for Newhall Band in the 1992 Midlands 1st Section.
 

Okiedokie of Oz

Active Member
I was lucky that for my first brass band contest, it was a Light Entertainment type event.

My first contest with test pieces was in 1995, where I comted C grade at the Nationals. The test was Celtic Suite, and our own choice was Music for a Festival.
 

Suz

Member
First test piece

This is probably going to be a bit vague, hopefully someone out there can help!! My fist contest was the area with Arbroath instrumental band in the 4th section. It was a piece called Suite for Brass I think, anyway, we came second and qualified for London and had to play Contrasten by one of the De Hann brothers.

Can anyone remind me what the test piece was and who wrote it, it would have been 1990 - 1991 ish!!!!!!!!

Thanks!!
 

Moy

Active Member
Re: First test piece

Suz said:
This is probably going to be a bit vague, hopefully someone out there can help!! My fist contest was the area with Arbroath instrumental band in the 4th section. It was a piece called Suite for Brass I think, anyway, we came second and qualified for London and had to play Contrasten by one of the De Hann brothers.

Can anyone remind me what the test piece was and who wrote it, it would have been 1990 - 1991 ish!!!!!!!!

Thanks!!

It was just called Suite for Brass but not sure who composed it Suz. Loads of pieces called that :wink:
 

Suz

Member
Test pieces

Thanks Moy, at least I got the name of the piece right, my memory is not too bad then!!!

All the best to Granite for the areas coming up.
 

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