Saturday 14th of March 2009 saw Carlton Brass compete at the Midlands Regional Contest in the First Section. This was the band’s second year in this section and there were high hopes of repeating last year’s excellent 4th position.

The test piece was the rather difficult Pentacle by talented, young composer Graham Cole. Graham had created a piece of music that would have tested most Championship Section bands and comments around the various regionals have shown that many bands have struggled at rehearsals with Pentacle.

Opinion of the piece has been divided. Some people love it and some don’t but the band managed to find enough music in the piece to be adjudged sixth in a field of 16 bands. Despite a wobble during the Fire movement the other four movements featured some good ensemble work and many fine solos that impressed the two adjudicators enough to give us a top six finish.

The band were delighted with the result considering the difficulty of the piece and the quality of the other bands in the section.

Top honours went to Phoenix West Midlands Brass, who will be joined in Harrogate for the National Finals by City of Coventry. Congratulations to both bands. Carlton Brass wishes you well in Harrogate and hope that you show the other regions just how well Midlands bands can play.

The sixth place leaves the band in pole position for promotion to the Championship Section next year. Ourselves and Foss Dyke lead the way taking only ten points each into the 2010 Regional Finals and the talented Forresters Band not far behind.

Carlton Brass will take a lot of encouragement from our performance this year and hope that under the continued direction of Walter Ritchie we can achieve a prize or two in the 2009 contest season.

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