The Annual GBBA Contest was held at the All Saints Academy in Cheltenham. An superb venue in many respects - a splendid hall, ample of free parking, changing rooms, excellent refreshments and also included a warm up room for bands.
An entry of 12 bands across the classes meant that the contest was enjoyed by both participants and listeners alike. After recent GBBA contests were cancelled due to failing to attract sufficient entries, the Committee were very pleased with the success of this year's contest.
Bands came from far afield including Essex, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire & Gloucestershire to enjoy a contest in a relaxed and friendly environment. The adjudicator for the contest was the experienced Steve Pritchard-Jones - his comments made to the capacity audience were insightful and useful to all. He praised the standard of all bands and enjoyed the variety of music presented at an Own Choice Test Piece contest.
The organisation of the day went well from start to finish due to efficient stewarding and effective stage management, including provided percussion. The Committee were very pleased and anticipate the contest being held next year with increased support from bands, both near and far.