BAND IMPRESSES AT SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Lochgelly band attended the Scottish Championships in the imposing surroundings of Dundee's Caird Hall on Sunday 11th March. Having acheived promotion to the first section at this venue two years previously the band were confident of placing in the top five. As has been our rather strange custom of late we had yet another new conductor at the helm for the biggest contest of the bands year. The band had though chosen a man who we believed could coax a very musical performance from Eric Balls "Sinfonietta - The Wayfarer". That man was Tony Swainson.

Drawn off the number 7 position the band were even more confident of giving a good account of themselves. The band started well and under great direction from Tony we continued to maintain the same standard of performance. We had our episodes though, and truth be told we knew we probably hadn't done enough to win it but we had certainly done enough to feature in the adjudicators thoughts at the final reckoning. And so it turned out. The adjudicators Chris Wormald and Roger Webster were generous in their praise but only awarded the band fifth place. It is a measure of how far we have come in recent years that we felt disappointed with fifth place in the first section. It must be said though that this is the best result the band have acheived in the last ten years competing at the Scottish. After our initial disappointment though the band were able to take the positives from our performance. We had been technically good and had produced the musical performance we were looking for. Unfortunately it seems that the adjudicators were looking for a different interpretation of the work and strict adherence to the score. The band were happy with the way we played even if the adjudicators weren't.

In the final reckoning our result leaves the band in a safe position in the first section for another year. We have maintained the standard we set two years ago and are probably playing well enough to maintain this level for a few years yet. The challenge facing the band is to improve our standard to allow us to take the next step to reach the promised land of the Championship section.

The results of the Scottish Championships 2007

Venue:Caird Hall, Dundee
Date:11th March 2007
Adjudicator(s):Chris Wormald, Roger Webster

Testpiece: Sinfonietta - The Wayfarer  -  Eric Ball

1st Section
  Band Conductor
Draw
Pts
1. Newmilns & Galston James Smith
10
187
2. Dunaskin Doon John Boax
1
186
3. Clackmannan District Raymond Tennant
9
185
4. Boness & Carriden Michael Marzella
5
184
5. Lochgelly Tony Swainson
2
183
6. Arbroath Instrumental Michael Robertson
3
182
7. Bathgate Paul Drury
6
181
8. Barrhead Burgh Chris Bradley
7
180
9. Johnstone Silver Charles Keenan
4
179
10. City of Discovery Bruce Fraser
8
178

 

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