Carlton Brass hit Butlins for six

This weekend saw Carlton Brass take part in the Butlins Mineworkers National Open Brass Band Festival in Skegness. It's the band's favourite weekend of the year - we're previous winners of the contest back in 2005 - and the band were hoping to build on a recent improvement in form since the appointment of Stan Lippeatt as Musical Director. Stan handed the conductor's baton over the Geoff Hawley for this contest, as Stan is one of the contest organisors and would have his hands full. Stan and Geoff have worked the band hard on the test piece - Darrol Barry's very difficult Granite Variations - and the effort has paid off: we were placed a very respectable 6th place out of 20 in a very strong field. Drawn number 2 the band gave a performance full of confidence and control that saw favour with the adjudicators. The sixth place is the band's best result in the first section, which sees entries from...
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Butlins Mineworkers Contest 2008

The 2008 contesting season got underway in sunny Skegness last weekend with the 2008 Butlins Minworkers Championships. Carlton Brass joined the First Section for the very first time in a huge field of 24 bands, vying for the top prize of £1500 and the much sought-after champions banner. The choice of test piece was a golden oldie - Edward Gregson's The Plantagenets - a piece we'd been practising since last year for the Leicester and Leamington contests. It's a great piece, full of clever musicality and the odd trap-door for the unsuspecting soloists. Our performance was one of great potential - there were some lovely moments here and there - but spoiled by too many mistakes from all around the stands. In the end it was a case of "what might have been" as we came a creditable 9th, but we knew that we'd left a much better performance at our rehearsal the night before. The band was suitably disappointed with our performance...
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Carlton Brass come third at Butlins

For the second year running we retained our 3rd place spot at Butlins coming third behind Kippax and Delph. All three bands were on top form and stood out from the rest of the runners. Below is a quote from 4barsrest.com: Carlton Brass were excellent value for their podium place. What a great sounding band they are too with a fine bass and trombone section. It was a solid and well thought out performance and on another day may have just got...
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