On Monday 16th July members of the band took to the stage at our fantastic bandroom to demonstrate their individual skills as soloists. The theme for the evening was ‘Slow Melody’ and players from all five of the Shepherd Bands demonstrated great tone, control and musicality. For many of our members this was their first experience of playing stand up solos without any accompaniment, and for others this was opportunity to really show off! The judge for the evening was Soprano cornet superstar Kevin Crockford who gave extremely helpful comments, playing tips, as well as sublime demonstration of his playing. We were also joined by Gevena Instruments who provided a range of instruments for members to try, this was in preparation for some trials in the new year.
As well as top three placings in each band category, Mr Crockford was also tasked with award the ‘Bousfield Cup’ which was to be awarded to the stand out performance of the evening.
Brass Roots
1st – Isaac Ellis
2nd – Jean Wilkinson
3rd – Cohen Wheeler
Academy Band
1st – Henry Bate
2nd – Juliet Powell
3rd – Luke Hindle / Adam Knowles
Youth Band
1st – David Walters
2nd – Imogen Fewster
3rd – Lizzy Morritt
Concert Band
1st – Louis McLaren
2nd – Rachel Fox
3rd – Adrian Fox / Joely Mosses
Senior Band
1st – Craig Brown
2nd – Mike Pratt
3rd – Jenny Mansell
The Bousfield Cup for stand out performance – David Walters (Youth Band)