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 … Continue reading Carlton Brass hit Butlins for six

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. Continue reading Butlins Mineworkers Contest 2008