BTM had a relatively successful day at the Welsh Open Brass Band Entertainment Championship, held at the Riverfront Theatre Newport last Sunday (20th Feb).
The band eventually came sixth, but our featured soloist Clint Miller won Best Soprano for his excellent rendition of “Live and Let Die” - bravo!
18 of the band’s players & supporters also had a wonderful social meal at Zizzi’s in the adjacent Friars Walk shopping centre, where the new faces in the band were welcomed.
Congratulations to all prize winners, including the winners Pontardulais Town Band - who we are looking forward to competing against again, as well as five other Section 1 bands, in a few weeks’ time at the Welsh Regional Championships at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall, where we look to defend our Section 1 Regional title.
Adjudicator: Dr Robert Childs
1. Pontardulais Town (Paul Jenkins): 184 2. City of Cardiff (M1) (Christopher Bond): 183 3. Tongwynlais Temperance (Carl Saunders): 181 4. Ebbw Valley Brass (Gareth Ritter): 180 5. Brunel Brass (Daniel Hall): 178 6. BTM Band (Jeff Hutcherson): 176* 7. SW Comms (Stephen Sykes): 175 8. Tylorstown (Gary Davies): 173 9. Lewis Merthyr (Craig Roberts): 172 10. Parc & Dare (Dewi Griffiths): 171 11. A W Parker (Drybrook) (Joshua Ruck): 170 12. Forest of Dean Brass (Thomas Dunne): 169 13. Markham & District (Jayne Thomas): 168
*1 point time penalty Withdrawn: Filton Concert Brass
Invitation to British Open Spring Festival: Pontardulais Town
Highest Placed First Section Band not in prizes: Ebbw Valley
Most Entertaining Stage Presentation: City of Cardiff (M1)*
Best Soloist: Megan Newbury (cornet) — SW Comms
Best Cornet Player: Becky Cale — City of Cardiff (M1)
Best Soprano Player: Clint Miller (BTM)
Best Horn Section: Pontardulais Town
Best Percussion Section: Brunel Brass
Youngest Player: Noah Davies (aged 11) — Tylorstown
*Prize decided by adjudicator David Francis