2003 London and Southern Counties Regional
Fourth Section - Retrospective
Test Piece: Lydian Pictures - Simon Dobson
We don’t really know what the outcome of the
Fourth Section will be as we write as there may or may not we understand
be an investigation into the win by Thundersley Brass directed by
By all accounts and rumours the band were allowed on stage with
one extra player and even though this had no effect upon the result,
there seems to be something of a technical infringement of the rules
and so we don’t know if the result will stand. That would
be a great pity as they were the best band on the day, but we can
only report what we have heard from a number of sources. We also
hope that no other band makes a meal of it as it would rather tarnish
the contest and isn’t it the organisers business to ensure
the correct number of players are allowed on stage?
We had to take the summing up on many of the bands in this section
from a variety of sources as we couldn’t get to hear them
all, but overall our they say that Jim Davies was pretty spot on
with the result. Thundersley were clearly the best and made the
most of Simon Dobson’s super test piece, whilst both Great
Yarmouth and Woodbridge Excelsior were well worth their qualification
spots. All three bands found the lightness and vitality in the music
and gave super shows of what is a very fine work for bands at this
Below them we were told that many of the performances lost out
as the basics were not in place and the tuning was at times AWOL.
However a couple of the people we asked to give their opinion thought
that Fulham were a touch unlucky not to have come higher and Hilgay
also had more than a few fans.
As for the others though our listeners felt that overall the standard
fell away and that many of the bands found the technical aspects
a bit too much for them – this is one of the harder works
used at this level for some time. There was plenty of youthful faces
in just about every band but overall the MD’s tried to do
too much with the music without getting the basics right first.
Jim Davies said as much in his summing up and that he had no doubt
about the winning band. He was also looking for correct dynamics
and good tuning – points that ruined many a performance.
Before the results were announced there were a couple of nice presentations
to two stalwarts of the banding movement in the Region and both
Derek Bullman and Rosemary Mann received warm applause and Diploma
from the Association for all their hard work over the years.
The winners were well received although there was a question raised
to whether there will be an investigation. Lets hope common sense
prevails and the result stands – they deserved it.