2005 Norwegian Brass Band Championships - Preview: Third Division9-Feb-2005
14 bands will be playing their own choice selections to open adjudicators in the Third Section. We cast our eyes over the bands.
This should be a bit of a ground breaking contest on the Friday after noon when the 14 bands will be adjudicated upon in the open by Frode Amundsen and Trond Elnes. Not quite revolutionary perhaps (it would be if it ever happened at a Regional or National contest in the UK) but a welcome sign that at least one major brass band event somewhere in Europe is looking forward and not backwards when it comes to adjudicating.
It should also be interesting, as the bands themselves have chosen some pretty stern works as well, with everything from Eric Ball to Michael Ball with lots in between to keep the two judges busy.
Who will come out on top then? We don't know really, as our in depth knowledge of Norwegian Third Section banding is pretty sparse, but given some of the choices the bands have made it would appear that a couple of the bands may fancy their chances more than others. Our dodgy prediction is at the bottom of the page.
Austrheim Lindås Musikklag
Conductor: Age Torsvik
2004: 7th (Age Torsvik)
2003: 9th Second Division
Last Year: 7th
2005: Own Choice: Firestorm – Stephen Bulla
Recently came 6th at the SIDDIS Contest in the higher Second Section and 7th here last year, they will be looking for a good return , but have made an ambitious choice with their chosen work too impress the judges.
Borge Brass Band
Conductor: Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen
2004: =8th (Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen)
Last year: =8th
2005: Own Choice: The Present Age – Leslie Condon
8th on their debut last year was a decent enough return, but they didn't appear at the SIDIS Contest, so what form they bring we will have to wait and see. A nice choice as a showcase work for them though.
Gjesdal Brass Band
Conductor: Russell Gray
2004: 10th (Russell Gray)
2005: Own Choice: The Long Ships – Rodney Newton
Russell Gray returns for a second time and will be hoping to get a better result this time around with the band. 10th place in the Second Division at SIDDIS, but a good choice of showcase test piece could put them in a favourable position.
Conductor: Roar Bjerkehagen
2004: 12th in Second Division (Roar Bjerkehagen)
2003: 2nd Third Division
2002: Joint 13th
Last Year: 12th in Second Division
2005: Own Choice: Kaleidoscope – Philip Sparke
Another slightly ambitious choice of test piece, but one that they must feel they can do justice to. 12th in the Second Division last year saw them relegated so they will be looking for a quick return. 9th place at SIDDIS in the Second Division.
Conductor: Tarjei Gilbrant
2004: 6th (Tarjei Gilbrant)
2003: 10th Second Division
2002: 5th in 3rd Division
2001: 8th in 3rd Division
2000: 20th in 3rd Division
Last Year: 6th
2005: Own Choice: English Heritage – George Lloyd
This really could be one well worth listening out for, with perhaps the most ambitious choice of showcase test piece. If they can do it justice the they should feature highly indeed, but it will take some playing for sure and no recent for to go on either.
Conductor: Arvid Anthun
2004: 2nd in Fourth Section (Arvid Anthun)
2003: 9th in Third Division
Last Year: 2nd in Fourth Section
2005: Own Choice: Nautalis – Martin Ellerby
Promoted up from the Fourth Division, Jølster Musikklag will be determined to make a mark here and have chosen a very nice piece of Martin Ellerby to showcase their talents.
Conductor: Tom Brevik
2004: 5th (Tom Brevik)
2002: 12th in 2nd Division
2001: 6th in 2nd Division
Last Year: 5th
2005: Own Choice: Salute to Youth – Gilbert Vinter
Perhaps one of the favourites given that they came runners up at the SIDDIS Contest in the Second Section late last year and under Tom Brevik, who is one of the most experienced MDs around they have chosen a very stern test to showcase their playing abilities. They must be confident.
Conductor: Rolf Aksel Gilje
2004: 11th in Second Division (Alan Fernie)
2000: 12th in 1st Division
Last Year: 11th in Second Division
2005: Own Choice: Blazon – Peter Graham
Musikkorpset Gjallarhorn find themselves in the Third Division this year after being relegated from the higher tier due to their 11th place here last year. They will certainly be looking for a quick return though, although they did not take part in the SIDDIS Contest. An interesting own choice selection may well help them.
Conductor: Andres Halla
2004: =8th (Andres Halla)
Last Year: 8th
2005: Own Choice: Northern Landscapes – Peter Graham
Joint 8th last year was a bit of a disappointment for Nes Musikkforening as in the previous couple of years they had shown improvement and were possibly thinking of a determined effort to take the title. It wasn't to be and they will be looking for a return to form this year on a neat choice of work to showcase their talents.
Conductor: Reid Gilje
2004: 11th (Hogne Haugsda)l
Last Year: 11th
2005: Own Choice: Partita Postcards from Home – Philip Wilby
The experienced Reid Gilje takes over the baton this year and will be looking to a return to the form that saw them come 3rd here in 2003. They showed they could well mean business with a well earned 4th place in the SECOND section at the SIDDIS Contest late last year.
Conductor: Yngve Nikolaisen
2004: Winners of Fourth Division (Yngve Nikolaisen)
2003: 8th in Third Division
2002: 13th in 2nd Division
Last Year: Winners of Fourth Division
2005: Own Choice: Main Street – Eric Ball
The equally experienced Yngve Nikolaisen is at the helm of last years Fourth Division winners as they look to make an even bigger impression here in the higher section. They came 8th though at the SIDDIS Contest so they will certainly have to up their form, although they have made a very traditional choice of test piece to show off their talents.
Skui Brass Band
Conductor: Trond Nilsen
2004: 3rd in Fourth Division (Trond Nilsen)
Last Year: 3rd in Fourth Division
2005: Own Choice: Partita Postcards from Home – Philip Wilby
Skui Brass Band make their debut in the Third Division this year after two years of solid achievement in the lowest section. They came 7th at the SIDDIS Contest so they may have to really play to form if they are to make a mark here on the Philip Wilby test piece they have chosen.
Conductor: Yngve Nikolaisen
2004: 12th (Yngve Nikolaisen)
2002: 11th in 2nd Division
2001: 12th in 2nd Division
Last Year: 12th
2005: Own Choice: The Plantagenets - Edward Gregson
Possibly the favourites for the title after their impressive win at the SIDDIS Contest (although that was in the lowest section there). However, they have chosen an ambitious work to show off their talents so they must be confident of doing well. We will wait and see.
Stavanger Kommunes Korps
Conductor: Morten Ovrebekk
2004: 4th in Fourth Division (Pal Magne Austnes)
Last Year: 4th in Fourth Division
2005: Own Choice: Chauser's Tunes for Brass Band – Michael Ball
Stavanger Kommunes Korps made their debut here last year and certainly made the right impression by gaining promotion at their first attempt. We will have to wait and see if they can do that again, especially after they came 15th at the SIDDIS Contest last year. A nice choice of music may well help them though.
A very difficult one for us here, but there are signs if the bads play to the form they showed at the recent SIDDIS Contest (and bearing in mind the confident choices they have made of test pieces) we think our top six could very well be like this.
1. Laksevåg Musikkforening
2. Rong Brass
3. Tysnes Musikklag
4. Gjesdal Brass
5. Jølster Musikklag
6. Hasle Brass
Dark Horse: Skui Brass Band
Adjudicator(s):Paul Farr og Nils Magne Abelseth
1. Haukås Musikklag Thor-Arne Pedersen = 195
2. Skodje Ungdomskorps Henrik Dalhaug = 94
3. Follese Musikklag Jan Arne Pupe = 92
4. Tertnes Amatørkorps Tormod Flaten = 91
5. Laksevåg Musikkforening Tom Brevik = 90
6. Hasle Brass Tarjei Gilbrant = 89
7. Austrheim/Lindås Musikklag Åge Torsvik = 88
=8. Borge Brass Band Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen = 87
=8. Nes Musikkforening Andres Halla = 87
10. Gjesdal Brass Band Russell Gray = 86
11. Rong Brass Hogne Haugsdal = 85
12. Tysnes Musikklag Yngve Nikolaisen = 84
13. Fagernes Musikkorps Tor Arthur Hagen = 83
2004: Haukas Musikklag
2003: Fraena Musikkorps
2002: Oslo Brass Band
2001: F. Hornmusikklag
2000: Tysnes Musikklag
1999: Torskangerpoll Musikklag
1998: Austrheim – Lindas Musikklag
1997: Tjensvoll Hornorkester
1996: Laukvik Brass
1995: Alexander Brass Band
1994: Sorum Musikklag
1993: Jolster Musikklag
1992: Oltedal Musikkorps
1991: Sem Musikkorps
1990: Tromso Brass
1989: Kopervik Musikkorps
1988: Oltedal Musikkorps
1987: Bamble Musikkorps
1986: Fagernes Musikkorps
1985: Eidsberg Brass Band
1984: Fotlandsvag Musikklag
1983: Fotlandsvag Musikklag
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