First section review and dodgy predictions
4BarsRest will be there to try and provide coverage of the weekends
action. We we will be providing a retrospective look at each performance
in the Championship class and our own judgement on each of the performances
within 24 hours of the contest.
We will try and get the full results of all the sections to you
as soon as possible.
The Adjudication Panel consists of:
Derek Broadbent, John Maines, David Read, Stanley Lippeatt, Major
Peter Parkes and Goff Richards.
The Competing Bands:
All Sections are subject to a pre–draw (details not available
at the present time).
Test Piece: Purcell Variations (Kenneth Downie)
Saturday 27th October.
ASDA Stocksbridge: (D. Renshaw)
Bedworth Brass: (M. West)
Blackburn and Darwen: (E. Landon)
Bolden Colliery: (R. Wallace)
Chapletown Silver: (A. Dennis)
Haydock Ogden Travel: (I. Brownbill)
Ibstock Brick: (P. Northey)
Jackfield (Elcock Reisen): (C. Lewis)
Lydmet Lydney: (W. Ruston)
Nottingham City Transport: (M. Heathfield)
Pemberton Old: (R. Evans)
Pennine Brass: (I. Porthouse)
Peter Hawke Garages Lindley: (M. Jowett)
Poole Borough: (P. Randall)
Sherbourne Town: (A. McRae)
Tongwynlais Temperance: (C. Hogg)
Totnes: (T. Treharne)
United Co-op Crewe: (J. Sparkes)
Unity Brass (MUFS): (D. Blakeson)
Vernon Building Society Poynton: (M. Obermuller)
Wakefield Metropolitan Brass: (B. Dyson)
Welwyn Garden City: (D. Stokes)
First Section Review:
Looking at the lists of bands that will have to play Kenneth Downies
Purcell Variations, two main contenders immediately
jump out at you as the favourites to take the title.
ASDA Stocksbridge are the First Section National Champions, after
taking the title at Preston and will be travelling with high expectations
of adding the First Section title to go with the two top section
titles they won here in 1994 and 1995. They are a band on
good form and will be difficult to beat.
Meanwhile, the French Open Champions Pennine Brass will be hoping
to improve on their 4th place at the Nationals and will
surely be the main challengers to ASDA Stocksbridge for the title.
Both bands will be playing in the top section in Yorkshire
next year and on recent form, both wont struggle.
The only other band to have played at the First Section National
Finals and to make the trip here are United Co-op (Crewe) who came
8th at Preston and 2nd at the Area and they
should also feature highly.
Of the other bands, Jackfield (Elcock Reisen) were 5th
here last year and 3rd at the Regional while Blackburn
and Darwen were 6th and 5th respectively,
so both will be hoping to feature further up the prize list. Others
like Totnes who came 7th and 7th at the Area
and Nottingham City Transport who came 10th and 6th
at the Area will also be putting in a strong challenge. Peter Hawke
Lindley who came 9th in the top section here last year
drop down a section and should also put up a strong show as they
came 4th behind ASDA and Pennine at the Yorkshire Regionals,
whilst Chapletown came third at the same contest.
The other competitors come from just about all over the country
and some should travel in hope rather than expectation. The
First Section is the most difficult section of them all to get out
of, and many of the remaining bands are seasoned competitors rather
than seasoned prize winners.
Wakefield Metropolitan came 11th at the Area in Yorkshire,
whilst Unity Brass came 4th and Ibstock Brick came 10th
in the Midlands. Bedworth Brass competed in the Second Section
here last year and came 4th and then came 16th
at the Area in the First Section, whilst Bolden came 7th
at the Northern Area.
Welwyn Garden City travel on the back of 4th place in
the London Areas, whilst Tongwynlais came 7th in Wales,
Sherbourne came 9th, Lydmet Lydney 4th and
Poole Borough 5th in the West. Poynton will be
hoping to repeat their triumph of 1993 again and came 10th
at the North West Area, whilst Pemberton Old came 8th
and Haydock Ogden Travel came 4th at the same contest.
The most difficult one of the lot this to predict, but we think
we wont be too far away with the main favourites, whilst the
other prizes may be up for grabs. Its ASDA again for
us, with Pennine close behind and Crewe taking the third place on
the rostrum. The rest is up for grabs.
United Co-op (Crewe)
Blackburn and Darwen
Peter Hawke Lindley
Dark Horses: Chapletown Silver