Midlands Area 2020

Midlands Area 2020

The band have been exceptionally busy preparing for the 2020 Midlands Regional Contest in Bedworth. We’ve had some ups and downs over the last year or so and some serious ground to make up in the First Section table after last year’s disappointing result. We were hoping for a good result this year and we got one: 7th! This was only possible thanks to the hard work of all involved, especially those new to band. We had to find a whole new percussion section and one or two other players, but everyone that joined fitted in wonderfully with our existing members. Everyone pulled together and we were really happy with our preparations. Legacy Our performance on stage was everything we wanted - nothing was left in the band room. We played it absolutely as best as we could and we were delighted with the result. We avoided relegation to the Second Section and have improved our position for next year too. We had some really...
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Midlands Second Section Champions 2015

Midlands Second Section Champions 2015

Carlton Brass took part in the Midlands Regional contest in Bedworth yesterday, performing in the Second Section for the first time since the band's relegation from the First Section in 2014. 12 bands took to the stage to perform the impressive 'Variations on Maccabeus' by Kevin Norbury - a piece that was both difficult to play and full of style - and Carlton Brass pulled off our first Area contest victory in 14 years. Drawn number 11 our performance caught the attention of both the brass band press and (more importantly) the adjudicators. Some of the comments on twitter were very encouraging: #regs2015 Mid 2: The battle is well and truly joined now with terrific display from @CarltonBrass. Will Raunds Temperance raise the bar? — British Bandsman (@BB1887) March 8, 2015 #regs2015 Mid 2: Carlton up the ante to sneak ahead in the race to Cheltenham with that well managed account http://t.co/2TXXJIZ2P8 — 4barsrest.com (@4barsrest) March 8, 2015 4barsrest also wrote some nice things on their website as...
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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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