Virtual Solo & Ensemble Festival
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Watch the Showcase Series of the contest here.
Solo, duet, ensemble contest for brass and percussion.
Due to demand, the contest is now open to ALL brass and percussion players.
Entry is free for players associated with a GBBA member band and £2.50 for non-members per entry.
The GBBA are keen to support its members and the brass band movement in keeping the spirit of banding alive. GBBA hope that this free, friendly festival and community competition will encourage you to keep playing during lockdown and enjoy the music we make and love. Keep playing music. Keep banding going.
Contest entry is FREE for players associated with a GBBA member band, and £2.50 for non-GBBA members.
Payments should be received before the entry deadline.
Non-members will receive an email after their submission to arrange payment transfer via BACS.
There is something for everyone with 7 categories, and maximum playing time applies:
Class A 11 and Under Solo 5 minutes
Class B 12 to 14 Solo 5 minutes
Class C 15 to 18 Solo 5 minutes
Class D Open Percussion Solo 5 minutes
Class E Open Slow Melody Solo 5 minutes
Class F Open Air Varie/Technical Solo 7 minutes
Class G Open Ensemble (Duet, Q’tet, etc) 7 minutes
Prizes will be awarded to winner and runner-up of each category:
Redeemable Music Vouchers 1st Prize £20
2nd Prize £15
Class A & B - Big Shiny Brass
Class C to G - Wright & Round
Adjudication by Dr. Brett Baker. All entrants will receive feedback.
The Festival opens for entries on 1st November and
closes on 14th December 2020.
once adjudication has taken place.
Please read the guidelines for entry criteria and more information.
Send entries as a landscape video via email or WeTransfer to email@example.com.
Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest
Towards the end of each year, the GBBA run an annual Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest that is open to all bands.
The Own Choice contest is split into four classes:
Class A - Championship and First Section Bands - £400 prize
Class B - Second & Third Section Bands - £350 prize
Class C - Fourth Section Bands - £300 prize
Class D - Youth, Training, & Unregistered Bands - £50 prize
Should there be two bands or less entered and competing in Classes A, B, and C come the contest, the prize money will be £200, £160, and £135 respectively for these classes. Class D prize money will remain the same and there are no restrictions on the number of entries.
Adjudicator: Dave Lea
15th November 2020
10am - 5pm
All Saints' Academy, Cheltenham
NOTE: The postcode to the venue will take you to a rear locked gate so please use the road address.
Opening 2nd February 2020
Closing 1st October 2020
GBBA Members: £100 for Classes A to C, and £25 for Class D
Non-members: £110 for Classes A to C, and £40 for Class D
To enter, download and fill in the entry form below and submit to GBBA Contest Controller Kevin Ford. The form can be completed electronically, or printed and signed.
The deadline for entries is 1st October 2020.
The Entertainment Contest is currently not running. However, if you are interested in competing, please consider competing in the GBBA's Own Choice March and Test Piece contest.
GBBA Contest Results Archive
2019 - Own Choice Contest (to be released soon)
2018 - Own Choice Contest
2017 - Own Choice Contest
2016 - Own Choice Contest
2015 - Entertainment Contest
2014 - Entertainment Contest
2014 - Own Choice Contest
2013 - Entertainment Contest
2013 - Own Choice Contest