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Battle of the bands this Sunday

Created on 04/06/2018 @ 12:41
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It's the clash of the bands this weekend as Newtown prepares to host the March and Open Air Brass Band Contest.

As well as heading the town carnival parade on Saturday 9th June, Newtown Silver Band will also be hosting the seventh brass band contest on Sunday, 10th June.

"The competition attracts bands from all over the Principality and from over the border," said Dafydd Evans of Newtown Silver Band.

The contest will commence at 11am with the first band marching along High Street through the Town Hall gates to the park, where they will each play a hymn tune, a contest march and an entertainment piece.

"During the collation of results at the conclusion of the contest, last year’s winners Menai Bridge Band will join Newtown Silver Band to give a short concert.

"All competing bands will then join together in the park as a massed band to play the march ‘Slaidburn’.

"This should be quite a spectacle! This is an event not to be missed.  Bring a chair and enjoy a feast of free entertainment!  Refreshments will be available at a reasonable price."

This year’s music judge is Mr Gavin Saynor, principal Eb Bass player with the famous Fairey Band and tutor with the National Youth Brass Band of Wales.

The deportment judge is Colour Sergeant Chris Bailey, Adult Instructor with the Band and Drums of Gwent and Powys ACF.

Newtown Silver Band is indebted to Newtown Carnival Committee for their support in hosting this event, together with the following sponsors – Newtown Town Council, JT Hughes Honda, Rees Astley Insurance, Grooms Garage, Border Software Ltd, Hanratty & Co Solicitors, Phil Jones and Russell George.

Photo: Last year's band competition in Newtown

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