Solo Contest 2023 Schedule

The arrangements for the day have been sent out to all competitors: Doors open at 9.30am. Entry is via the side gate in the carpark to theleft of the main school entrance and across the yard. There is a limitedamount of on-site parking and free street parking near the school. Therest is metered. Please make sure you arrive 30 minutes before your section and registerat the registration desk in the entrance, this is so we know who hasarrived. You will need to hand a copy of your performance piece for theadjudicator to the controller of the hall at the start of your section. Asthis is open adjudication you may put your name on the music. Timetable for the day – All sections will be held in the main hall. Start time – 10.00amSection BSection CSection DAnnounce results Start time – approx 11.00amSection JSection KSection LAnnounce results – break for lunch approx 12.15pm Start time – approx 1.00pmSection E Start time – approx 2.00pmSection FSection GSection HAnnounce results Start time – approx 3.05pmSection NSection OSection QAnnounce results Please make sure you reclaim your performance copies and piano musicwhen the section is over. As in previous years a room has been set aside for instrument storage. We will also be selling tea, coffee and squash for £1 and 50prespectively. There are no canteen facilities so you are advised to bringyour own food. Programmes will be on sale at the Registration Desk for £1. We will beholding a raffle £1 a strip to help cover the costs of the day. Pleasesupport this. In the event of any unforeseen travel problems on the day, pleasecontact Dave Birch on 07598971265. Please make sure all mobiles areswitched off when you are in the performance hall. For convenience, you can download a copy of this information

2023 Solo Contest

26th March 2023 sees the return of the popular solo, duet and quartet contest. This year, the contest is at the Kingsley School, Leamington Spa. With many ages groups, this popular and friendly contest will be running in two of the halls during the day with official accompanists available. Sections: Section A:  Slow Melody 8 and Under Section B:  Slow Melody 9 to 11 Section C:  Slow Melody 12 to 14 Section D:  Slow Melody 15 to 18 Section E:  Slow Melody 19 plus Section F:  Air Varie 14 and under Section G:  Air Varie 15 to 18 Section H:  Air Varie 19 plus Section I:   Duets Under 11 Section J:   Duets Under 15 Section K:  Duets Under 19 Section L:  Duets 19 plus Section M: Quartet 14 and Under – 3 verses of a hymn tune Section N: Quartet Under 19 any music Section O: Open Quartet Section P:  Percussion Section Q:      Open Ensemble   5 – 12 players The Entry Fees are as follows: Individual Entries Solos:   £5.00 Duets:   £6.00 per pair Quartets:   £9.00 Ensembles £12.00 ( to comprise 5 to 12 players) We will offer a 10% discount to member bands. Use of an accompanist:   £1.50 per piece. Location: the Kingsley School, Beauchamp Avenue, Leamington Spa. CV32 5RD Return your completed entry form by email to: For full details, rules and the entry form, see the files linked below:

Solo Virtual Contest – May 2021

As we all still live with the Covid-19 situation, WMBBA are now hosting a ‘virtual’ solo contest. The contest this year will be by uploaded videos, to be submutted by 3rd May, with all results being announced on 15th May. Open to both members and non-members, a number of section are available: Slow Melody (under 14, under 18 and open) Air Varie (under 14, under 18 and open) Percussion (open) Entry form, rules and details below

Solo Contest 2019

Solo Duet and Quartet Contest Sunday, 24th March 2019 Studley High School, Crooks Lane, Studley, Warwickshire B80 7QX The Solo, Duet, and Quartet Contest is open to member and non-member bands, individual players or groups. Please note that Child Performances Licences are not required for this event All entries must be emailed to WMBBA – full details and instructions in the printable documents below. A Microsoft Word document for the Entry Form is also provided for those who do not have access to a scanner or wish to type their entry and email it For any questions, please Contact Us WMBBA Solo Contest Entry Form 2019 v2 WMBBA Entry Sections 2019 v2 WMBBA Solo Contest Rules 2019 v2 WMBBA Solo Contest Entry Form 2019 v2  

Successful 2018 solo and quartet competition

Sunday 22nd April saw the 2018 WMBBA solo and quartet competition held at Studley, Warwickshire. It was very successful day and the adjudicators Nigel Hall and Oliver Wilson commented on the high standard of playing throughout but particularly in the Junior Air Varie Sections. For the first time we included a percussion section and 10 year old Xylophonist Alec Banner from Shipston drew thunderous applause. We also had our first French horn entry and Fran Thompson from Shirley Band had a very successful day winning two prizes. Full Results:   Section A  8 and under Slow Melody Ben Angell (Cornet) Bilton Evolution Georgina Mair (Cornet) Bilton Evolution Section B  9 10 and 11 Slow Melody Felicity Angell (Trombone) Bilton Evolution 2.Vicky Culshaw (Cornet) Arrow Valley Peter Coates (Cornet) Shipston Section C 12 to 14 years Slow Melody Christopher Oddy (Cornet) Enderby Lucy Heeley (Cornet) Chapeltown 3.Ben Hone (Horn) Arrow Valley Section D 15 to 18 years Slow Melody Grace Coates (Cornet) Shipston Luke Barker (Cornet) Shipston Tom Cowan (Euphonium) Bilton Evolution Section E Adult Slow Melody Mike Pawson (Soprano) Avonbank Rob Thompson (Cornet) Shirley Kevin Short (Euphonium) Shirley Section F  14 years and Under Air Varie Christopher Oddy (Cornet) Enderby Lucy Heeley (Cornet) Chapeltown Alec Banner (Cornet) Shipston Section G 15 to 18 years Air Varie Luke Barker (Cornet) Shipston Grace Coates (Cornet) Shipston Section H Adult Air Varie Fran Thompson (French Horn) Shirley Kevin Short (Euphonium) Shirley David Hirst (Cornet) Shirley Section I 10 Years and Under Duets Tallula Matthews and Alec Banner (Cornets) Shipston Peter Coates and Rufus Gallagher (Cornet and Trombone) Shipston Ben Angell and Felicity Angell (Cornet and Trombone) Bilton Evolution Section J Duets Under 15 Vicki Culshaw and Isobel Reeves (Cornets) Arrow Valley 2.Imogen Angell and Felicity Angell (Trombones) Bilton Evolution Section K Duets Under 19 Luke Barker and Grace Coates (Cornets) Shipston Section L Adult Duets Rob Thompson and Fran Thompson (Cornet and French Horn) Shirley Rob Thompson and Carwyn Evans (Cornet and Trombone) Shirley Section M Hymn Tune Quartet Under 14 WFB Comets 2 WFB Fame All Stars Shipston Section N Quartet Under 19 1.Shipston  Section O Adult Quartets Shirley 2.Desford Chicks All That Brass Section P Percussion Under 19 Alec Banner (Xylophone) Shipston      

Solo Duet and Quartet Contest 2016 – Report and Results

We held our inaugural competition at Studley High School on Sunday May 8th. The contest proved a big success with entries coming from a wide area including Bristol, The Forest Of Dean and Llangollen with big support from local bands Bilton and Shipston. Adjudicators Nigel Hall and Dave Bishop Rowe were very impressed with the standard of performance and were particularly impressed with the number of parents who had taken up playing in support of their children and were now performing at the contest themselves. Association Chairman Barbara Dunscombe summed up the feelings of everyone when she commented. “What a brilliant day. Enjoyed it all but particularly the youngsters early in the day…I’m shattered!!” David Birch WMBBA   Summary Of Results Adjudicators Nigel Hall and Dave Bishop Rowe Solo 8 years and under Lily Strentz, Baritone – Coleshill Felicity Angell, Trombone – Bilton Training Victoria Culshaw,  Trumpet – Unattached Solo 9 10 and 11 years Thomas Strentz, Cornet – Coleshill Sasha Turner, Cornet – Shipston Jimmy Scanlon, Flugel – Bilton Training Solo 12 13 and 14 Luke Barker, Cornet – Shipston Callum Davis, Tuba – Unattached Grace Coates, Cornet – Shipston Solo 15 to 18 Tom Cowan, Euphonium – Bilton Training Jack Lythaby, Horn – Lydbrook Solo Adult John Jemmett, Horn – Filton Concert Jodie Fisher, Flugel – Bilton Neil Kelsall, Euphonium – Bilton Air Varie Solo 14 and under Luke Barker, Cornet – Shipston Becky Strentz, Eb Trumpet – Coleshill Grace Coates, Cornet – Shipston Air Varie Solo 15 to 18 Jack Lythaby, Horn – Lydbrook Air Varie Adult Jack Lythaby, Horn – Lydbrook John Jemmett, Horn – Filton Concert Neil Kelsall, Euphonium – Bilton Duet 11 years and under Ben Murray and Leo Dakin, Cornets – Bilton Training Isobel Graham and Ben Murray, Cornets – Bilton Training Imogen Angell and Felicity Angell, Trombone/Cornet – Bilton Training Duet 14 years and under Luke Barker and Grace Coates, Cornets – Shipston Grace Coates and Sasha Turner, Cornets – Shipston Artie Stubbs and William Thomson, Cornets – Bilton Training Duet 18 years and under Luke Barker and Grace Coates, Cornets – Shipston Duet Adult Neil Kelsall and Samantha Edwards, Euphoniums – Bilton Sheila Allen and Jodie Fisher, Cornets – Bilton = Luke Barker and David Birch, Cornet/Euphonium – Shipston = Amy Wright and Samantha Edwards, Tuba/Euphonium – Bilton Quartet 14 years and under Bilton Training 2 Shipston B Bilton Training 1 Quartet 18 years and under Shipston Quartet Adult Shipston Bilton Silver Training Special Awards Youngest Boy Peter Coates Shipston Youngest Girl Lily Strentz Coleshill

Solo Duet and Quartet Contest: Sunday, May 8th 2016

Solo Duet and Quartet Contest: Sunday, May 8th 2016 Studley High School, Crooks Lane,  Studley, Warwickshire B80 7QX The Solo, Duet, and Quartet Contest is open to member and non-member bands, individual players or groups. All entries must be emailed to WMBBA – full details and instructions in the printable documents below. A Microsoft Word document for the Entry Form is also provided for those who do not have access to a scanner or wish to type their entry and email it. For any question, please contact us WMBBA Solo Contest Entry Form 2016 (PDF) WMBBA Solo Contest Entry Form 2016 (Word) WMBBA Solo Contest Rules 2016 WMBBA Solo Contest Entry Sections 2016  

2013 Contest Cancelled

The WMBBA is disappointed to announce that, unfortunately, due to the  number of entries received for the contest on Sunday 17th November 2013 at Pershore, the contest has had to be cancelled. The Association will be contacting bands about future events in due course

2013 Entry fee Rise

With the rising costs of venue’s and the increase in insurance it has been necessary to add £10 on the entry fee to the Midland Regional Contest – from 2013 the cost for each Band to enter will be £120 (this entry fee will still include 30 Bandsmen’s tickets for access to the stage and both auditoriums). The ticket cost for supporters into both halls will remain the same as last year – £7 adults, £6 concessions and programmes will remain at £2   We know some Bands have been chasing the Entry forms to the Regional Contest, these should be available from Kapitol Promotions in mid November and will be sent out by the Regional Secretary as soon as they are received