Wishing everyone a very 



Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year


Your Executive Committee

and looking forward to a musical 2015

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Statement from John Woods (Administrator) for

Weston-super-Mare Own Choice Contest 2015

Forward Planning required!

Band Secretaries are encouraged to add Sunday 17th May 2015 to their diaries for Weston Super Mare Own Choice Contest at the Winter Gardens promoted by the South West Brass Band Association.


2015 will see the event celebrate its 47th year, although Vice Chairman John Woods stresses that the future of the event is now very much in the hands of the banding community.


After detailed negotiations with the operators of The Winter Gardens we have now agreed a commercial rent that has been endorsed by the SWBBA Executive Committee - however the calculations are finely balanced, therefore to ensure future visibility we do need the support of bands and their supporters in entering and buying tickets and programmes.  It's a great day out by the sea for families and we are grateful to bands that make the journey from as far afield as Leicestershire, Oxford, Bedfordshire and Wales.  In a critical attack on local bands, John goes on to say that their support too is vital - the reality of the situation is that without an entry field of 30 bands the contest is no longer viable and will have to cease.


Records show that in the last 4 years over 60 different bands have entered the event.  This is an opportunity for conductors to select a piece that gives an important mix of being a challenge for players but also to play to their strengths.  The variety of test pieces chosen makes for an interesting and entertaining day.


John is determined that the event should reach its 50th anniversary and with the support of Weston Brass, who support us on the day with stewarding and are now helping to engage with the local business community, we remain optimistic.


Schedules and entry details will be available towards the end of the year from John Woods and the SWWBBA web site.





                                       Looking forward to 2015, the year will commence as always with the ever popular Mid-Winter Workshop.
                                 The date is Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th February, again at West Buckland School nr Barnstable Devon.     

                                         The tutors will be Paul Cosh, Chris Davis and Chris Jeans.  The schedule will be available later this year.


                                         Further details on all SWBBA activities available from the Secretary, Brian Elliott, on 01752 892056 or 
                                                      brian@swbba.fsnet.co.uk or by visiting www.southwestbrassbandassociation.co.uk  

                                                                                                        Brian Elliott


                                                                                    South West Brass Band Association


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