On Sunday evening 26th June, GCB held its’ second ever Solo and Ensemble Night in the presence of members of both bands, family and friends . The host and Master of Ceremonies was no less than the bands’ own very popular Musical Director – Bruce Wallace. Various soloists, duetists and other ensembles participated with a high standard of musicianship broadly demonstrated. GCB’s youngest, but exceptionally talented teenage band members stole the show this year. Taking the best soloist award was Hannah Noble on Euphonium, with the best ensemble award going to duetists Molly Lees and Rosie Martin on tenor horn. Such quality performances augured well for the future of the band. Some hilarity was injected by one of the bands’ most senior members and SBBA Life Membership holder – Clark Wallace who to the delight of the audience removed his teeth and placed them in a glass before performing his horn solo. His feature was to conclude imaginatively with Rosie Martin operating the valves while he did the puffing!
A good night of great musical variety from members of all ages and experience was enjoyed by all.
Special thanks went to accompanist Alan Haggart and adjudicators Allan Wilson (GCB Bandsperson of the Year) and Tom Rafferty (GCB Musician of the Year).