Exmouth Brass Band Festival takes place at the Pavilion

PUBLISHED: 10:59 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59 29 August 2018

Lympstone's South West Comms Band at a previous Exmouth Brass Band Festival. Picture: Simon Horn

Lympstone's South West Comms Band at a previous Exmouth Brass Band Festival. Picture: Simon Horn

Simon Horn

Brass bands compete for prizes including an award for the most entertaining

Musicians will gather at Exmouth Pavilion on Saturday, September 1 for the annual Brass Band Festival, which features a competition along with public performances all day in the Pavilion Gardens.

Seven bands will compete for the Exmouth Challenge Trophy for overall performance, and there are other prizes in various categories, including best soloist, best percussion section, best trombone section, and “best entertaining band”.

This year’s adjudicator David Marshall will be looking for bands that show variety and entertainment value, with a mixed programme that demonstrates the lighter side of brass banding as well as the more challenging pieces that demonstrate their musicianship.

As well as playing for the judges, each band performs two 30-minute concerts in the Gardens, and Councillor Fred Caygill and his wife Lynne will award a prize to the band they like best. The event will finish, weather permitting, with a massed band performance outside, conducted by David Marshall.

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