Brass bands battle it out in Exmouth
16:00 09 September 2012
A battle of the brass bands was hailed a success when groups from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Gloucestershire headed for Exmouth Pavilion.
Some 12 brass bands went head-to-head in the 13th Exmouth Brass Band Festival, which was promoted by the South West Brass Band Association (SWBBA).
Exmouth mayor Councillor John Humphreys presented the awards with Bruce Taylor of Miller Countrywide South West.
The bands and musical directors were praised for their high standard of playing, well thought out programmes of music, presentation and deportment.
Brian Elliott, SWBBA secretary said: “Considering the terrible weather experienced in the run up to the festival, the sun shone all day with temperatures in the mid-twenties allowing a huge and appreciative audience to enjoy the full programme of fringe concerts in the Pavilion gardens. Overall, the exemplary high quality of playing, deportment, presentation and friendly bonding of the bands with their public is a credit to the brass band movement.”
Results : 1st St Pinnock (Chris Speadbury);
2nd Pendennis Brass (Steve Thomas);
3rd Yeovil Town (Kevin Robbins);
4th Phoenix Brass (Crewkerne) (David Hatton);
5th Wotton-under-Edge & District Silver (Ian Dickinson);
6th Sidmouth Town (Adrian Harvey); 7th Launceston Town (Dave Dobson);
8th South Molton Town (Gil Taylor);
9th Appledore (Jim Wortley);
10th City of Exeter Railway (Gareth Davies);
11th Torrington Silver (Terry Hutchings);
12th Callington Town (Bill Leith);
Best Entertaining Band - Pendennis Brass;
Best Soloist - Solo Cornet of Pendennis Brass;
Best Percussion Section - Pendennis Brass;
Best Trombone Section - Phoenix Brass (Crewkerne).