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2016 Solo & Ensemble Competition Timings & Draw
4th February 2016

Approximate Timings and the Junior Section Draw for next Saturday's Solo & Ensemble Competition are now available here.

Due to closed adjudication, the Senior Section draw will be distributed to bands directly.

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Solo & Ensemble Competition Running Order
6th February 2015

The running order for next Saturday's Solo & Ensemble Competition is below. Proceedings begin at 09:30.
Please note that all timings are approximate and players should arrive in plenty of time on the day due to the possibility of withdrawals. We look forward to seeing you there.

2015 Solo & Ensemble Competition Approximate Timings

MAIN HALL

 

  Approximate Start Time Section Number of Entries
1 9:30 10 + Under Solo 13
       
2 10:15 12 + Under Solo 29
       
3 11:55 12 + Under Ensemble 1
       
4 12:10 Junior Band 3
       
  1:00 Lunch  
       
5 1:30 15 + Under Solo 42
       
6 3:45 17 + Under Solo 13
       
7 5:00 17 + Under Ensemble 4
       
8 5:35 C Solo (3rd + 4th ) 14
       
9 6:40 B Quartet 4
       
END 7:15 TOTAL 123
       
MINOR HALL

 

  Approximate Start Time Section Number of Entries
10 9:30 Slow Melody 29
       
11 11:40 B Solo 14
       
  1:50 Lunch  
       
12 2:15 A Solo 14
       
13 4:25 A Quartet 8
       
14 5:45 10 Piece A 3
       
15 6:20 Senior Ensemble 8
       
END 7:30 TOTAL 103

 

Festival of Brass 2014 Report and Results
23rd November 2014

The Brass Band League (NI) in association with The School of Creative Arts at Queen’s University Belfast were delighted to present the fifth Festival of Brass on Saturday 22nd November 2014 which took place in the Belfast’s Whitla Hall.

16 bands from across Northern Ireland took to the stage to present and set of fantastic programmes throughout which entertainment adjudicator Beverley Coomber noted that she had tingled, cried, laughed and smiled having been amazed by the talent presented and added it had been a pleasure and a real privilege to have been invited to judge the performances on the day.

Music Adjudicator Richard Evans had a fabulous time.  He noted some stunning playing, particularly in the Championship section with some great soloist performances throughout the day. He particularly mentioned the youth band section who could show the senior bands a thing or too and encouraged support of university brass bands as a bridge to ensure that young people don’t need to cut ties with banding when they head off to college.

The Brass Band League would like to thank our sponsors and those who have helped to organise the festival. In particular, they would like to thank Queen’s University and Professor Michael Alcorn for their continuing extensive support of this popular event.

Full Results here

 

Festival of Brass 2014 Draw
22nd October 2014

The draw for the upcoming Festival of Brass entertainment contest was made at the recent BBL delegates meeting on 4th October. Details are as follows:

5th Grade

1. 1st Larne Old Boys Silver Band

4th Grade

1. Dynamic Brass
2. Warrenpoint Silver Band
3. Maguiresbridge Silver Band
4. Dungannon Silver Band

3rd Grade

1. St. Mark's Silver Band
2. Comber Silver Band

Youth Bands

1. Downshire Brass Youth Band
2. 1st Old Boys Junior Band
3. Third Carrickfergus Junior Band

2nd Grade

1. CWA Brass
2. Roughan Silver Band
3. Third Carrickfergus Band

Championship

1. Laganvale (Metal Technology) Band
2. 1st Old Boys Silver Band
3. Murley Silver Band
4. Downshire Brass

 

Euphonium For Sale
6th August 2014

Wellington Memorial Silver Band have a Besson Sovereign Euphonium for sale. It is the popular BE928 model, medium bore. £1500

Contact Patricia Gibson on   0-7-7-9-9   4-9-7-4-5-4   for more information.

Spring Festival 2014 Contest Details
8th March 2014

The Brass Band League are pleased to announce details of our upcoming Spring Festival contest to be held in The Alley Theatre, Strabane on Saturday 12th April 2014.

14 bands have entered the contest with the first band due on stage at 11:00am.
The adjudicator on the day will be Mr John Berryman.

Section running order will be:

3rd Section, School Bands, Youth Bands
LUNCH
2nd Section, Championship

Competing bands will be notified of finer details, including draw (as this is a closed adjudication contest) in due course.

 

Warrenpoint Silver Seeking Conductor
7th March 2014

Warrenpoint Silver Band are currently seeking a conductor.
Please contact band secretary Rodney McCabe on 0-7-8-5-0-0-3-6-7-4-6 if you are interested in this position.

 

Solo & Ensemble Competition Running Order
11h February 2014

The running order for this Saturday's Solo & Ensemble Competition is below. Proceedings begin at 09:30.
Please note that all timings are approximate and players should arrive in plenty of time on the day due to the possibility of withdrawals. We look forward to seeing you there.

JUNIOR SECTIONS

       
  Approx. Start Time Section Number of Entries
1 09:30 10 + Under Solo 21
2 10:40 12 + Under Solo 24
3 12:00 12 + Under Ensemble 1
4 12:15 Junior Band 6
 

LUNCH

     
5 2:00 15 + Under Solo 31
6 3:40 17 + Under Solo 11
7 4:45 17 + Under Ensemble 4
END 5:15 TOTAL 98
     

SENIOR SECTIONS

     
  Approx. Start Time Section Number of Entries
8 09:30 Slow Melody 21
9 11:00 C Solo (3rd + 4th ) 11
10 11:50 B Solo 9
 

LUNCH

       
11 1:45 A Solo 12
12 3:15 10 Piece A 2
13 3:30 Senior Ensemble 3
14 4:15 B Quartet 3
15 5:00 A Quartet 5
END 5:45 TOTAL 66

 

 

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