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Brian Ireland takes Saints up the Nile to raise money for Longfield Hospice

Saints and friends of the band welcomed Brian Ireland on Monday 29 February, who conducted ‘Army of the Nile’ in order to raise Money for Longfield Hospice in recognition of the support they gave his wife, Lynn in her final months. His mission is to make it around as many Bands as possible, donating £1 for every player he conducts to a cause close to his heart.

Brian and Kevin, his brother, are old friends of the band with Kevin having been a member for a number of years and then later they both joined the band on Whit Friday trips.

Brian thanked the band, giving a special thank you to Dawn for arranging the evening and inviting old friends along for a lovely social as well as musical evening.

More information of Brian’s mission can be found on his Facebook page

Second Section Win & Best Instrumentalist at ODBBA Contest

Sunday 28 February saw Brass Bands from all over the UK gathering at Marlborough School, Woodstock, Oxfordshire to compete in the Winter Contest. With Area Competitions on the Horizon and this being an ‘Own Choice Test Piece’ contest, many bands chose to take their Area test piece out for a road test and Saints were no exception.

With Lee Woodward at the helm, Saints played ‘The Mermaid of Zennor’ by Philip Harper in the 2nd section, to the ears of a very appreciative audience and Adjudicator Brett Baker.

Brett, himself a Trombonist (previously Principal Trombone with Black Dyke Band), had a tough job in adjudicating and commented on intonation as defining criteria for distinguishing between the bands. Something that every band can improve upon.

Saints took the win, receiving some very encouraging comments from Brett in preparation for the up-and-coming areas on 19 March.

Our very own Soprano Cornet player Llewellyn Wells took the Best Instrumentalist prize, with Brett commenting on his beautiful and consistent playing.

The whole band played brilliantly; playing together and making a beautiful sound which meant that the soloists had a rock-solid foundation upon which they could shine.

Lee was chuffed with the result and the whole band still has some work to do for the Area Contest on 19 March in Stevenage.

Well done Band!

Kevin and Joan Barker make Saints proud at the scaba solo and duet contest

Joan and Kevin Barker

Our fabulous Principal and front row cornet players

On 13th February 2016, both Kevin and Joan Barker joined many at the scaba solo and duet contest at St Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill.
Entering the Senior Slow Melody Section (for 2nd and 3rd section bands), there were 12 entrants adjudicated by Josh Cirtina.

Playing ‘Rusalka’s Song to the Moon’, Josh said Kevin had ‘a lovely sound and gave an enjoyable, confident and solid performance’, placing him 5th

Joan played ‘The Shepherd’s Song’; Josh commenting that he liked her ‘lovely musical interpretation, which was very expressive; great dynamic contrasts and confident ending’, placing her 6th.

Kevin and Joan said that they were very pleased with their performances and placings and were proud to represent St Sebastian Wokingham Band at this contest.

Well done to all participants and special congratulations to the prize winners.

Full results on