Thu 03 Mar 2011
9th Place at Regional Contest

The band had its annual outing to Blackpool's Winter Garden's last Sunday for the North West Regional Championships.

This year the band was competing in the Championship section with the set test piece being Philip Wilby's Paganini Variations.

The band was drawn to play 10th out of 11 with performances by Foden's and Fairey's sandwiching us on either side! We still put in a great performance, however, and come away with 9th place overall, which should ensure that our position within the Championship section remains safe and gives us another year to carry on improving and become a regular fixture in the Championship section.

4BarsRest had the following to say about VBS's performance:

"Vernon Building Society Poynton’s brave account under Kevin Gibbs was a real baptism of fire, but the MD kept an intelligent lid on the possible excesses and was rewarded with a performance of merit and encouragement."

Thanks to all the band for the many hours of rehearsals put in to this difficult test piece, and special thanks to Kevin for really getting the band ready to perform as well as they could.

Full Results:

Championship Section

Venue: Opera House, Winter Gardens, Blackpool
Adjudicator: John Berryman

Music: Paganini Variations (P. Wilby)
Conductor: Kevin Gibbs

Position Band Conductor  
1 Fodens Allan Withington  
2 Fairey (Geneva) Russell Gray  
3 Pemberton Old Wigan Mark Bentham  
4 Wingates Alan Morrison
5 Leyland Philip Harper  
6 Blackburn & Darwen Nick Sheppard  
7 Co-operative (Crewe) Jef Sparkes  
8 Ashton-Under-Lyne Martyn Evans  
9 Vernon Building Society Poynton Kevin Gibbs  
10 Co-operative (Milnrow) David Evans  
11 Silk Brass Paul Andrews

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