Saturday, April 30, 2011

2011 Winners of Australian Open A-Grade Concert Band Championships

Last Easter I joined the concert band I perform with: North West Wind Ensemble in Adelaide SA for the 2011 Australian National Band Championships.

We were one of four bands in Open A-Grade which is the highest level of performance for a concert band in Australia.

I am happy to let you all know that we won under the superb direction of our Musical Director James Brice.

Here is the test piece which all bands in Open A-Grade had to perform.
It is called Year of the Dragon by Phillip Sparke:

We achieved 198 out of a possible 200 points!
If you listen carefully you will hear the glockenspiel (high pitched metallic sound).
I play all the glockenspiel parts except for 4 notes at the start of the 2nd movement (which were written on a different part).

Hope you enjoy it!

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