Report on Launceston Brass Band Solo and Quartet Contest

On Saturday 19th October, 13 members of the Brass Academy, accompanied by their parents and Jo Sykes travelled to Launceston to take part in the Launceston 8th Annual  Solo and Quartet Contest.

This is only the second time the Brass Academy have attended a contest and for 3 of them. Harry, Ben and Leo it was their first time and it was therefore a new experience for them and one which we hope they enjoyed.  The day was a tremendous success, not only did our Brass Academy players enter the contest as soloists, but some of them were so keen they also entered as a quartet and a duet and a group then went on to enter the Ensemble.

Aidan, who is only 7 and only joined the Brass Academy in January, put in an excellent performance in the age group 9 and under, playing When the Saints and we were all extremely proud of him when he was awarded 1st position. Well done Aidan and were looking forward to following your progress over the forthcoming years as you progress even further and we dont think it will be long before youre competing with your Dad for the soprano seat in the Senior Band. 

Lizzie  who is also only 7, also did really well in the age group 9 and under and playing Volga Boatmen she came 3rd.  Well done Lizzie and watch out mum Lou, our Senior Band Flugel player, as Lizzie will very soon be sitting behind you with her trombone!!

Emily, Aidan, Luke and Sam teamed up to form the “4 Sale Brass Quartet” and played Bob the Builder. Henry, Lizzie, Ben  and Leo teamed up to form the “Midsomer Fourtunes Quartet” and played Batman. Both quartets gave performances to be proud of and bearing in mind that all these players only started playing with the Brass Academy in January. We were all extremely pleased when the 4 Sale Brass Quartet were awarded 2nd place and the Midsomer Fourtunes Quartet were awarded 3rd place.  This was a fantastic achievement, so well done to you all.

Three members of the Senior Band, Tom, Finlay and Tabby, who also play for the Brass Academy, joined us at the contest and were proud to report that all these 3 players were rewarded on the day. Tom  had a fantastic day and gained a 1stplace for his slow melody solo and also for his solo in the Air Varie class. Well done Tom, were really proud of you.

Finlay  and Tabby  both put in strong performances in their solo classes and Tabby came away with a 2nd place in the slow melody 10-12 age group.  Tabby and Finlay then paired up to enter the duet section and after another strong performance came away with a 2ndplace. 

Finally a group from the Brass Academy joined together and entered the Ensemble group and again were pleased to report that they were awarded 1st place.  Well done to you all.

We’re also very proud to report that Tom was awarded the best Trombone of the day and also the best trombone under 16.  There was also an award for the most promising player and although this was not awarded to anyone from the Academy, a special mention was made to our young Bass player, Sam Stone.  Well done Sam and we’re all hoping that it won’t be too long before you join the Senior Band. 

Special thanks must go to Jo for all the work she has put into preparing the players of the Brass Academy for the contest. This has meant lots of extra rehearsals, a lot of administration behind the scenes preparing the music and I suspect a lot of sleepless nights. Thank you Jo from everyone, we couldnt have done it without you.

Those of us who were lucky enough to be present on the day were extremely proud of all our Brass Academy players.  A date for your diaries is Sunday 8th December 3pm, when the Brass Academy will be joining the Senior Band for a special Xmas afternoon tea concert at The Somer Centre, Midsomer Norton. BA3 2UH. Please see the website for more information here

Our gallery now contains pictures of the day, but if anyone has any more that they would like posting please let Heather have a copy.