That bit of nonsense just about sums up what happened with the 2012 Nationals.
As the month of March progressed it began to appear that Steve Lawrence might not have a marching band to lead through the St. Kilda obstacle course. This curious state of affairs needs no further explanation because with the dawning of the fourth month that old Brisbane Brass marching mojo started to creep back on a Sunday afternoon just like in the good old days.
After a tramp on the grass in Albert Park on Friday 6th April the Band were set to do their best thing next morning with the challenging course, nothing too fancy, just good solid, precise marching and playing. At the Halt an onlooker was heard to say “That is how a real band marches”.
A delicious win for the band and a little bit of ironic satisfaction for the Drum Major.
Brisbane Brass 2 finished honorably in the middle of the B Grade field after an exploration of a large part of the Grand Prix circuit surrounds for Noel Kingston on Friday afternoon.
It is interesting to see that the lower grade bands are generally more inclined to make the Street March fun and to try some entertaining maneuvers.
The performance bar is being constantly raised at national contests and thus the intensity of preparation and strength of delivery of some very demanding music at the highest levels of competition is really something to behold. A finish in the top half of such a contest is still something to write home about.
Saturday’s presentation of Philip Sparke’s “Music of the Spheres” saw Brisbane Brass playing at the best of their ability on the day. Little wonder there were some tears among supporters afterwards.
Thanks must go to Iaan Wilson for his work in preparing this performance and our good wishes follow Iaan as he heads toward a life with more gardening and travel and less of the intensity of music.
As the skill levels rise inexorably higher at the top of the competition so are B Grade bands experiencing increasingly heavier demands on players and conductors. A Grade tests of just a few years past are finding their way into the repertoire and Brisbane Brass 2 acquitted themselves well in a very close and highly scored contest.
Whilst the bands were able to come home with their heads held high three of our players have the honour of carrying the title of National Champion of their instrument for 2012 - 13.
Mitch Buckley at last secured the Soprano Cornet prize before taking a well earned break. New member Oscar McDonald holds the Tenor Trombone title and Matt Kachel in his last tilt as a Junior won with his performance of the Bass Trombone test that went on forever.
Congratulations everyone, enjoy the break and gird your selves for the campaign to Maryborough, it looks like being a wild ride !