Mid Table Finish in Blackpool

Last weekend (10th-12th May), UNISON Kinneil Band travelled down South to compete in the annual Senior Trophy competition held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The test piece for the competition was Eric Balls “Journey into Freedom”.

Kinneil, under the direction of Musical Director Craig Anderson, were drawn 14th in the proceedings from a field of twenty top class bands from all over the country.  Shortly before we were due to take to the stage Solo Horn player Chris Ball unfortunately took ill and was rushed to Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital. After some tests Chris is now feeling much better and returned home to Scotland a few days later and we hope to see him back at rehearsals soon. The band played extremely well on the contest platform with some younger members making their contesting debut. Once the results were collated it was revealed that Kinneil achieved 12th place. Although the band felt slightly disappointed not to have gained a better result, the 12th place means that the band has secured a place in the Senior Trophy competition for next year.

Senior Trophy:

Test Piece: Journey into Freedom (Eric Ball)
Spanish Hall

Adjudicators: Lynda Nicholson & Simone Rebello

1. Newtongrange (Lee Skipsey)
2. Laganvale (Metal Technology) (Trevor Carter)
3. Camborne (John Berryman)
4. East London Brass (Jayne Murrill)
5. Drighlington (Jim Davies)
6. Sovereign Brass (David Maplestone)
7. Friary Guildford (Chris King)
8. St Dennis (Darren Hawken)
9. Jackfield (Elcock Reisen) (John Ward)
10. Oldham Lees (Russell Gray)
11. Dalmellington (Archie Hutchison)
12. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson)
13. Easington Colliery (Chris Bentham)
14. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
15. City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) (Gareth Ritter)
16. Hatfield Colliery (Stan Lippeatt)
17. Pontardulais Town (Paul Jenkins)
18. Wantage Silver A (Phillip Bailey)
19. Meltham & Meltham Mills (Norman Law)
20. Hade Edge (Simon Wood)

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