It sure was with Sascha Kelly and Dani Rich's arrangement for brass of the terrific Bassoon Quartet medley "Lady Gaga Saga" which led to a win in the Open Ensemble for them with Luke Aaron and Jen Campbell making up the successful quartet and the tone of the weekend was set with a repeat performance at our social on Sunday night.
Dani also had a win in the Flugelhorn as did Mitch Buckley on Eb Cornet and Josh McKechie took the Euphonium trophy much to the delight of his band accomplice Bill Barker. This formidable section then went on to earn the Open Duet prize.
Given the work that he has put in, Josh deserves a band title in B Grade and in this contest came so very close, finishing one little point behind Windsor Brass. This band has contest success in it's future and given the full tool kit he needs Josh will take them there.
Iaan Wilson has had only a few short weeks in which to get to know Brisbane Brass and prepare a contest program but when he takes the stage without fanfare, plants his feet firmly behind his stand and loosens the shoulders the musicality and precision of the band seem to arc straight back to his flying fingers.
The results reflect the energy and dedication of all involved with strong second placing in all sections of the contest not too far behind Brisbane Excelsior on the day.
This is the same Brisbane Brass that plays regularly in the parks for Brisbane City Council so we can look forward to some top class concerts from Prof. Wilson and his team.
Brisbane Brass 3 have come away from two consecutive state contests without the D Grade title so it was with some relief that a broad points margin saw them regain the championship after a strong performance of the test and an own choice effort that saw Bill Barker in his own words "putting out fires and keeping it going".
The core of this band is of course Brisbane Brass Juniors and although once again without competition in the grade, no effort was spared in their bringing an entertaining and confident performance to this contest. The competitive spirit of this ensemble of Under 19s was demonstrated by the twelve members who competed in solo events with wins to Alex Cuthbertson, Imogen Barker and Athena Eckart-Watts who won the Juvenile Champion of Champions.
Well done kids, you are our strength and our future !
At the other end of the age scale the perennial Cliff Nichols played with distinction with a very large field in the Veteran's Solo.
The only dampener at this contest was the weather which forced the cancellation of the Street March which is always appreciated by the people of Maryborough.
Don't worry Maryborough, we will all be back next year, thanks for having us and see you then !