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Abbey Brass at the ODBBA Winter Contest

1 March, 2015 0 Comments

Bright and early on this beautiful Spring morning Abbey Brass were at Marlborough School in Woodstock to take part in the 4th and Unregistered Section of the ODBBA (Oxford and District Brass Band Association) Winter Contest. Abbey Brass are a 4th section band.

There were 21 bands altogether, from Championship down to 4th and Unregistered. Our Adjudicator for the day was renowned conductor and broadODDBAProgcaster Frank Renton.

In our section, we had to play a march and test piece, both of our own choosing. We were up against 5 other bands, including Crystal Palace who had travelled all the way from South London.

For our march, we played Death or Glory by American composer R. B. Hall, written in 1895.

Like most of the bands there today, for our test piece we chose the same piece that we have to play for the Area Qualifier contests that take place in Stevenage later this month. For our section this is An English Pastorale by Dean Jones. We have been working hard on this piece since before Christmas – including a rehearsal taken by the composer himself.

Both the march and the test piece went well though unfortunately we finished in 6th place this time round.

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