Battle of the Bands Contest

Yet again Tony managed to gain another two prizes, this time at The Ireland Band's Entertainment contest. Playing band number three we managed to gain second prize and the best soloist prize. The programme was: Stingray 2nd movement from Gordon Langford's  Sinfonietta Georgia  - Cornet Soloist Andy Allison Bramwyn At the sign of the swinging cymbal Hungarian Rhapsody No2 It was also a good day for our Training Band Band as they picked up the prize for the best lower section band not in the prizes. Well done to all and very smart you looked in your new uniforms....
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Whit Friday Marches 2006

What a fantastic day we had on this years Whit Friday marches, we may not have won any prizes but we did manage to get to 9 playing venues. We did have a slight panic attack a couple of days before the event when Janet Bailey was taken into hospital so we were left with only one horn and no bass drum! All was not lost as Martin Donzé stepped in at short notice to play bass drum, and what a fantastic job he did (Boom Boom!). John Wilson also decided to forsake his Eb Bass and play horn (wimp!) only kiddin John. (more…)...
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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. (more…)...
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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 . (more…)...
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Whit Friday 2005

Wow did we have fantastic day at this years Whit Friday contests in which we managed to get round 7 contests, 6 in Tameside and 1 in Saddleworth. It came as a pleasant surprise to learn that we had taken the best 2nd section slot at the Carrbrook contest. The Band won £150 and the Carrbrook Bowling Club Trophy. We would like to extend our thanks to our banding friends from Shirland Welfare Training and Hopkins Solicitors Blidworth Bands who made the day possible....
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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...
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