Clean Sweep at the Nelson Marlborough West Coast Contest

A fantastic weekend away for the band and our supporters

Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass have just returned from a successful weekend away attending the Nelson Marlborough West Coast Provincial Contest in Greymouth. After a late arrival on Friday night, the band kicked off Saturday morning with lots of keen solo entrants and placings in the intermediate slow melody and open duet categories. After watching the skies all morning, the street march proceeded - the band marching well behind our new drum major Peter McCallum.

Saturday afternoon saw another raft of LCCB entrants in the intermediate air varie, premier slow melody and air varie categories, and party events with LCCB members again acquitting themselves well.

At 9.30pm on Saturday night the band threw a fiesta during the entertainment contest. Kicking off the programme by dancing up the aisles to Valero - featuring soloist Carolyn Ramsbottom - the band was in high spirits for the 30 minute programme. Kevin McMorran threw on a poncho and showed us his stuff in El Cumbanchero, and Raynor Martin on trumpet and the horn section let rip in Mambo Caliente. Fantasia on Tico Tico and Spanish Gypsy Dance kept toes tapping and Maleguena finished of the upbeat and exciting programme. At the end of the night, the band was thrilled to learn we'd won both the street march and the entertainment contest.

After a convivial evening socialising with the other bands, it was all business on Sunday morning for the hymn, stage march, and selection contest. The Band started off with a rousing performance of Bramwyn, followed by the souful and beautiful Mid All the Traffic (Shannendoah). The band capped off the weekend's performances with an exciting and polished performance of Paganini Variations, including notable solos from Kevin McMorran, Raynor Martin, Carolyn Ramsbottom, Bill Vail, David Mallett, Joe Thomas, Bob Grimwood, and Phil Johnston. It was the perfect end to the weekend to learn that the band had accomplished a clean sweep - winning the hymn, stage march, and selection contest too.

A big thank you to our sponsor Leopard Coachlines for their support, and to our friends and families. Also a massive thank you goes out to our fantastic Musical Director Tyme Marsters, for picking great programmes and shaping them into great performances - bring on the national contest in July!!


Solo/party event results from the band: -

Intermediate Slow Melody: 1st Chris Campbell, 2nd = Joe Thomas and Abbie Bunting

Intermediate Air Varie: 1st Chris Campbell, 2nd Adrian Dalton, 3rd Joe Thomas, 4th= Abbi Bunting and Clare McKinlay

Open Duet: 1st Carolyn Ramsbottom & Bill Vail, 2nd Julia Mallett & David Moseley

Open Ensemble: 1st Joe Thomas, Andrew Savage & Tony Garing

Premier Slow Melody: 1st Tyme Marsters, 3rd= Phil Johnston

Premier Air Varie: 1st Phil Johnston, 2nd Tyme Marsters