*
banner

Report & Results: 2015 Band Supplies Scottish Challenge Shield

Johnstone Silver 'Dance' away with the honours in the Band Supplies Scottish Challenge Shield.

Johnston
 

The musical prelude to the Scottish Open Championship at Perth Concert Hall was provided by the 13 contenders performing works by Edward Gregson in the Band Supplies Scottish Challenge Shield.

Celebration

In what was a highly enjoyable 70th birthday celebration homage, Johnstone Silver eventually came out on top with a very confident rendition of 'Dances & Arias' under the baton of Martyn Ramsay. Principal cornet Lesley Dardis claimed the 'Best Instrumentalist' prize for her excellent personal contribution.

The contest saw bands from the First to Fourth Sections compete both for the overall title as well as various section awards, in what turned out to be something of a 'set-work own-choice' contest.

Trio of Dances

Not only did Johnstone choose Gregson's 1984 National Finals set-work to add the 'Best First Section Band' prize, but it was also the selection of podium finishers Bo'ness & Carriden and Newtongrange Silver — giving judges Bruce Fraser and Stan Lippeatt ample opportunity to compare and contrast in their written and oral remarks.

Takes some playing

It also showed that it was still a work that takes some playing as winning MD, Martyn Ramsay told 4BR.

"Even though 'Dances & Arias' is now over 30 years old, it's still very difficult to master,"he confessed. "It's so well crafted — with so much detail in the writing. It was an ambitious choice for us but we all thoroughly enjoyed working on it — and I think that showed on stage."

He added: "We had a few debutants on the day but it was players such as Lesley on principal cornet who led us to success. We have a great mix of personnel and the band is continuing to build, so the extra year in the First Section in 2016 should be of huge benefit.

I love every minute of conducting the band — especially as its only 10 minutes away from my doorstep!"

Encouraging

Although the top three bands were clearly a class apart on the day — it was encouraging to hear each of the competitors stretch their musical and technical resources with their ambitious choices, although there were times when some performances teetered on the edge somewhat.

Bo'ness continued on their recent rapid upward surge in form to come second, with National Finalist Newtongrange not quite able to live up to their pre-contest tag of favourites in ending third.

Behind the top three came the first of a quartet of 'Connotations' — Gregson's iconic 1977 Nationals set-work, which was delivered with some aplomb by Bathgate directed by Anne Crookston to finish ahead of Tullis Russell Mills and Coalburn Silver who completed the top six finishers.

Bold effort

A bold effort of the work by Dunaskin Doon saw them take the 'Best Second Section Band' prize in coming seventh, with Campbeltown's well delivered 'Laudate Dominum' seeing them take the 'Best Third Section Band' award, and MacTaggart Scott Loanhead's vibrant 'Voices of Youth' taking the 'Best Fourth Section' honours.

Although audience figures for the early morning performances were a touch sparse at times, the wide spread of bands and the excellent music proved popular with those who did spend time in the hall — although there were some queries aired later to 4BR about whether the joint written/oral adjudication system really added any additional value to the contest.

Steve Jack

It was an ambitious choice for us but we all thoroughly enjoyed working on it — and I think that showed on stageWinning MD, Martyn Ramsay

Result:

Own Choice
Adjudicators: Bruce Fraser & Stan Lippeatt

1. Johnstone Silver (Martyn Ramsay)
2. Bo'ness & Carriden (Colin McKenzie)
3. Newtongrange Silver (Michael Marzella)
4. Bathgate (Anne Crookston)
5. Tullis Russell Mills (Paul Drury)
6. Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman)
7. Dunaskin Doon (Gary Williams)
8. Shotts St Patrick's Brass (Andrew Duncan)
9. Campbeltown Brass (Gordon Evans)
10. St David's Brass (John A Dickson)
11. Barrhead Burgh Band (Brian Keachie)
12. Mactaggart Scott Loanhead (Kenny Letham)
13. Penicuik Silver (Stuart Black)

Highest placed First Section: Johnstone Silver
Highest placed Second Section: Dunaskin Doon
Highest placed Third Section: Campbeltown Brass
Highest placed Fourth Section: Mactaggart Scott Loanhead

Best Instrumentalist: Lesley Dardis (Cornet) Johnstone Silver

Become a supporter and help make our future secure.

4barsrest continues to be a proudly independent voice. There are no paywalls to overcome to be able to enjoy what we do to keep our journalism at the heart of the brass banding world. Support us with a one-off donation or subscribe from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    


Mutes

On the 3rd Day of Christmas...

December 3 • Something to hold three muted gifts...


Denis Wick

4BR Quiz: Think of a number...

December 3 • Thanks to our friends at Band Supplies, answer the ten questions and 10 fantastic Denis Wick mutes could be heading to your band in time for Christmas — and for when we get back to playing again.


Advent

Bolsover advent entertainment: No.3 Derwent Brass

December 3 • There plenty to enjoy with Championship Section runner-up Derwent Brass under MD Jack Capstaff — with a touch of Latin brass...and not of the Amo Amas Amat variety either.


Cory online

Kapitol injection boosts Cory online competition

December 3 • Cory's 2021 online championships have gained headline support from Kapitol Promotions as entries come in from around the banding globe.


The Marple Band - Marple Band Family Christmas Concert

Friday 18 December • Marple Conservative Club, church Lane, Marple, SK6 6AY


Black Dyke Band - Brighouse & Rastrick, Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 27 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL


Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 28 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3


Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Foss Dyke Band

November 30 • Front Row Cornet vacancy still up for grabs! Come and join Foss and enjoy our newly refurbished band room with newly appointed MD David Dernley. Foss Dyke are a 1st Section Band with a moderate contest and concert schedule.


Chadderton Band

November 17 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections + EUPH and percussion. Most welcome to come along and have a blow give us a try.


Crewe Brass

November 12 • Crewe Brass require an Eb or Bb Bass to complete the "engine room" line up. We are also seeking a Tuned Percussionist to complete our section.


David Frame


Bass/Tenor Trombone Player, Adjudicator (Member of AoBBA) Occasional Conductor


               

 © 2020 4barsrest.com Ltd