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Bugle Silver Band have a successful outing at the West Of England Bandsmen's Festival (Bugle Contest)
Saturday 16th June saw the band's annual trip "down the road" to compete at the prestigious West Of England Bandsmen's Festival, held in their own village of Bugle. Following an excellent result last year (two firsts and a second), hopes were high. After an early start and with the sun shining, they joined a host of other bands for the march to the contest field. The band took up a position between the championship sections bands, Mount Charles and Camborne town, but were not phased, gaining a very respectable second place in the deportment class. The band would like to thank Major Feeney for his work in drilling the band prior to the contest, and Beryl Pedlar for ensuring that their uniforms (complete with hats) looked as smart as ever.
The band competed in the second section, and drew number five (last in the section). Preceded by the newly-formed Kernow Concert Brass, St Stythians, St Pinnock and Heyl Town, the band managed to dodge the showers as the weather took a turn for the worst. The band started with the set march by W. E. Moyle, "Restormel". After a rousing start, the band settled to play the set test piece by R. Vaughan Williams, "Henry The Fifth". Although it was certainly a challenge for the band, particularly the cornets and tenor trombones, the band excelled themselves, giving a tuneful, powerful performance. This was reflected in the result from adjudicator, Dennis Wilby, who placed them second in both the march and test piece classes. The band would like to heartily congratulate Heyl Town, who were awarded first place.
The band then headed off the field for the proud march back up to the top of the road, led by Musical Director, David Pope, and parading their three trophies. Despite the weather, the fantastic home crowd cheered the band all the way.
Bugle Silver Band will now be rehearsing for their busy summer season and are looking forward to their next competition, the SWBBA contest held at Torquay in November.
Bugle Silver Band held their annual bowling contest today at Ozzell Bowl in St. Austell. After two games (and a few more beers), clear winners emerged in both the Men's and Women's classes. Rachael Scott (percussionist) retains her trophy for a second year, followed in second place by Emma Roberts (solo cornet) and in third by Emma Arnold (solo cornet). In the Men's class, competition was tough with Mark Arnold (solo baritone) losing his trophy to father-in-law Steve Scott. Mark came in a close second with Andrew Teague in third. A good time was had by all, and thanks go to Sophie Abraham (solo horn and social secretary) for organising the evening.
The summer season gets off in fine style with the band booked for 16 concerts so far throughout the area. If you want to book the band get in fast as dates are being rapidly filled.
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