It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for Enfield Brass. The South Australian C grade champions once again set the standard for marching, but were outplayed on the stage by some strong interstate bands.
Friday 25th March: In our first appearance at the Nationals since 2012, we put up a confident performance, opening with the hymn Crimond, for which we scored 42 points. Our rendition of the test piece, Stephen Bulla’s Chorale and Toccata, scored a respectable 176 points.
Saturday 26th March: The Parade of Bands up Gawler’s Murray Street was quite the spectacle, and (as always) Enfield Brass came to the party with a Phil Benger original, inspired by some of our members’ impromptu “shimmy” routine at last year’s Christmas pageant. The manoeuvre amazed and confused onlookers (including BrassBanned‘s Handsome Tim), and won us the C grade marching title, and Phil the prize for Champion Drum Major.
Sunday 27th March: We opened day three with an energetic performance of Goff Richards’ Hollywood! and the stage march The Cross of Honour by William Rimmer. Despite the band feeling that this was the stronger of our two onstage performances, the adjudicator didn’t agree and awarded 156 and 39 points, respectively, for an aggregate score of 413, landing us in 10th position.
Results aside, Musical Director Shayne Tarling was pleased with the band’s performance across the weekend, and thanked the members for their hard work and dedication in preparing for their first National Championships under his direction.
Full results will be available on the NBCA website in due course.