THE BANDS CONTEST.
[By Our Special Reporter.] , OAMARU, November 2. The seventh annual contest under the auspices of the United-Brass Band Association of New Zealand began here to-day. The weather is gloriously fine, and many country folk are assembling, but disappointment is generally expressed at the prospect of so few bands competing. Invercargill is not coming, being content, to. be represented in the solo competitions. Christchurch is also an absentee, and Dunedin is represented by only two bands. Those already here at noon are: The Wellington.Garriaon, Tiraaru, Waimate, Kaikorai, Oamaru; and when the Northeast' Valley Band arrives by to-day’s express it is feared that' the tally will be complete, as report says that Ashburton is not coming. The quickstep competition begins at two o’clock. The march selected for this occasion, which has been named the * Challenge,’ differs materially from last year’s piece, the ‘ Moa ’ being less varied than the latter, and giving the bulk of the work to the cornets. It is, however, a sound and harmonious piece, requiring great care. The solo competitions begin in the evening, the B-flat cornets coming first; then the euphoniums if time permits. For these competitions set pieces are not provided this year, each competitor choosing what he likes, an arrangement which saves the Committee expense and at the same time secures variety for the public, but, on the other hand, vastly increases the difficulty of judging. The meeting of the Association delegates this morning was attended by fourteen persona, representing the Wellington Navals, Invercargill Garrison,. Invercargill City, Kaikorai, • • Wellington Garrison, Christohuroh, Waimate, Tiraaru, North Otago Rifles, Dunedin Engineers. Mr J. Mitchell was voted to the chair. .Secretary M’Lellan sent an apology, intimating that he hoped to be present on Thursday. The first business was the settling of the place of next contest; The Wellington delegates said that, in view of .the fact of the bands not i rolling up to • a central place like Oamaru, it seemed hopeless to fix on Wellington.; and Mr Searell, of Christchurch, said his city was not hankering after the honor, but if the delegates thought that the contest should be held there the bands would no doubt get a meeting called to consider the matter.Eventually, it was resolved that the next contest be left itt the hands of the Christchurch bands to arrange, and if unable to do so that .the' Association should make the arrangement. The opinion.-was expressed that if the contest be held at Christchurch the most suitable time would be five weeks earlier than this year, or else after the new year, iThe meeting resolved to procure one of the selections from .Wright and Round, and to ask Smith’s firm for a quotation for a second one, and if the reply was unsatisfactory that the second be ordered from Boosey. On Mr Searell’s motion it was decided t& recommend one of the two contest pieces to be arranged from oratorio instead of opera> for a change. It was also resolved to procure a quickstep from Wright and Round. It was decided that the next meeting of delegates be held in Oamaru at Easter. ’ Mr' Searell gave notice of two motions—one to mako better, arrangements for the appointment of judge; the other that the. Council consider whether the quickstep competition should not count for the shield contest: In answer to a question by the Timarn delegate, the Chairman said that the question whether Mr King could play with the Oamaru Garrison was one to be decided not by him, but by the rules. The secretary was thanked for forwarding a letter from the judge callihg attention to some errors in writing out the ‘ Oberon ’ parte, but it was resolved that the Council take no notice of the corrections in the score. The meeting' passed a motion deploring the death of Mr TrimnelL The results of the quickstep are:— Camara I, Timarn 2, Wellington 3.
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THE BANDS CONTEST., Evening Star, Issue 10460, 2 November 1897