Lakeside Invitation Contest 2006

Carlton Brass, in association with Lakeside, announce that after the success of last years Lakeside invitation entertainment contest this years contest will take place on Sunday September 10th.

This years contest will see several changes. The first being that there will now be a championship/1st section. The second being that the prize money has been made more substantial! There will be 5 bands in the top section and 5 bands in the lower sections, with prizes given accordingly. There will be no pre draw and ALL bands will be in the main draw and play side by side. The bands this year will not be playing in the centre of the lake, but at the side of the lake.

John Berryman has kindly agreed to adjudicate this year. The invitations have gone out to the bands and details of performing bands will be released soon. Continue reading “Lakeside Invitation Contest 2006”

All Hands to the Pump

Lakeside Brass Extravaganza

On the 11th of September Carlton Brass Nottingham in conjunction with Lakeside Tower (The Old Bestwood Pumping Station) is holding an Open Invitation Entertainments Contest. Each band will play 20 – 25 minutes of music from the central island in the magnificent surroundings of Lakeside .

The adjudicator for the day is Mr David Read and the MC is the larger than Life Lynden Cooper from Newstead Welfare.

Seven Bands have accepted invitations to play they include one from the North West, one from Yorkshire and five from the Midlands . Continue reading “All Hands to the Pump”

The 2005 Area Contest – Special Report

A report from our special correspondent Phil (he knows cos he was there)

Areas day 2005 had arrived. Three months of practice on Vaughan Williams’ Variatiations for Brass Band behind us and we were off to Burton-on-Trent Town Hall to play it one last time.

The day was certainly a memorable one, full of laughter, tragedy, fights, booze, bacon butties, foot fetishists, bad smells, the usual dodgy results… oh and a bit of music in there somewhere.

First fight of the day was hand bags at dawn, when one bandsman greeted the other with a friendly “Aye Up you old BEEP, what the BEEP are you wearing. You should be in your BEEPing uniform – if it’s not good enough for you, you can BEEP off and join another BEEPing band” – or some other such early morning pleasantry.

“Yeah just BEEP off and stick it up your BEEP” came the friendly reply. Sensing a fun game another triade of abuse was offered as an opening gambit. This was expertly riposted with another volley of filth and threats of violence. 2 or 3 minutes into this game of verbal ping-pong and the first looks of doubt appeared on the faces of the first protagonist and the watching audience. Hang on a minute is there only one person actually playing this game here? OOops – never mind, both eventually kissed and made up later. Continue reading “The 2005 Area Contest – Special Report”