State Championships wrap-up

Last weekend saw Enfield Brass participate in the 2012 State Championships at Unley. This year SABA decided to hold both the solo and band contests on the same weekend.

Solo championships – Saturday, 25 August
Several of our members competed in the Solo Championships on Saturday and all played very well. Of the five, three of them were first-time entrants: Ashleigh Ellis scored 85 points, coming fourth in the open novice section, Rohan Leighton scored 86 points and placed third in the open soprano section, and Anthony Szabo scored 89 points and placed third in the open cornet section.

Shayne Tarling scored 80 points and placed third in the open percussion section, and Chloe Higgins scored 93 points and won the open Eb bass section!

We wish Chloe the best of luck at the Champion of Champions contest, where she competed last year as junior Eb bass champion.

Band championships – Sunday, 26 August
The band again performed to a high standard in the open C grade brass section – the most fiercely contested grade in South Australia. Our programme comprised of Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (C.H. Parry, arr. Cecil Bolton/Eric Banks), Triptych (Philip Sparke) and The Champions (Maj. G.H. Willcocks). Unfortunately, despite a solid performance, we didn’t come away with any prizes.

We were awarded third place for our efforts in the street march, which – for the first time in many years – included a countermarch manoeuvre.

Soloists: Rohan Leighton, Chloe Higgins, Ashleigh Ellis, Shayne Tarling and Anthony Szabo with MD Mark Smith (photo courtesy of Carolyn Gilham)

Soloists: Rohan Leighton, Chloe Higgins, Ashleigh Ellis, Shayne Tarling and Anthony Szabo with MD Mark Smith (photo courtesy of Carolyn Gilham)