As the popularity of this contest continues to increase, this year the event was turned into a true festival by having a pre contest concert on the Friday evening.
The bands that played the concert were Bretforton Silver Band, Avonbank (Evesham) Brass Band, Manger Old Stars Brass (Norway) & Brass band Regensburg (Germany). It was a really great evening which was well received by an appreciative audience.
Avonbank entered the 2nd section. The M.D. chose a very entertaining but challenging programme, The Triumph of the Optimist, Lady Stewarts Air, Under the Boardwalk (Flugel solo (Martin Musto), Fly me to the Moon & Nordic Polska. Nordic Polska is an extreamly difficult piece to play which totally stretched the band.
The performance wasn’t perfect but it was very good & it found favour with the adjudicator, Paul Andrews who placed the band THIRD.
Congratulations to Manger Old Star Brass who won the section, a well deserved win by a rather special band