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THE BANDS CONTEST., Evening Star, Issue 10461, 3 November 1897
THE BANDS CONTEST.
[From Our Own Reporter.] OAMARU, Tuesday Evening. Ye.terdsy's message as to the number cf bint's that were to compete turns out oorrect. Ashburton has not put in an appearance, and thi'ai rival of A?r R. Cock and his men of the Horth-cast Valley, who came by to-day's express; makes the total of competing bands only six. T lev are constituted as follow: Oamaiiu Garrison Band.—Conductor, W. S. King. Soprano cornet, A. Schnack ; solo cornets, F. M'Leod and E. Schnack; repianos, T. Rogers and J. Hartley; second cornfts, \V. Wylie and W. Meldrum ; third cornets, W. Foster and J. M'Donald ; fourth cornet, C. Sherwin ; solo horn, J. Mitchell (band sergeant); first horn, R. Bee; second horns, T. Hood and K. Snaddon ; first trombone, .1. Sinclaii; second trombone, J. M'Quebn; bass trombone, E. Young; first baritone, G. Leslie; second baritone, C. Bee; euphonium, Janus Sinclair; B flat bass, J. Bee; E Hat basses, D Bee and F. Graham ; BB flat bass, A' Avery; bass drum, J. Sinclair; side drums,. u. F. Campbell and VV. Townsend; drum major, D B;ssett. North-east Valley Band. Conductor, R. Cook. Soprano cornet, .1. M'Ara; first cornets, A. V\ right, F. Trownson, and A. Smith; rcpiano, G. Lawrence ; second cornet, T. Trownson; third cornets, R. Barnes, F. Coxhead, and J. Hill; solo horn, A. Jones ; first horns, W. Smith and J. Bethuue; second horns, J. Collins and R. Steel; first trombone, R. Madden ; second trombone, F. Huggins; first baritone, J. Fraser; second baritone, J. Doig; euphonium, E. Smith; B Hat bass, I. Fitzell; E flat basses, \V. Couglan, W. Omond, and G. Clark; ha 33 drum, W. Wardlow; side dium, C. Anderson. Wellington Garrison Band.—Conductor, T. Herl' Sairano cornet, G..Buckley; solo cornet, L. King; first cornet, I'. Denton ; repiano cornet, .). Biiggins: second cornet, G. T. Baker; first ilugel, \V. Aislier; third cornet, 11. Davis ; second Huge], 11. nudes ; solo tenor, 11. Anslow ; first tenors, It. Nicholson nnd T. Goodchild; second tenor.*, A. Bennet and H. Hull; first trombone, 11. Cuinmings; second trombone, T. Watkins • bass trombone, W. Reunie; first baritone, J. Forrest; second baritone, J.V.rant; B flat bass It. Herd ; E flat basses, A. Dixon and H. Brenton; BB Hat bass, A. Baker; bass drum, J. Atkinson; side drum, B. Blair. Kaikorai Band. Conductor, E. Stratton. Soprat o cornet, C.M'Glashau ; B flat cornets, F Davey and E. Kerr; first cornets, \V. Irvine and J. Scott; repiano cornets, D. Ross and J. Patter-' , son; second cornet, D. Cunningham; third cornet, A. Whimpany; first flugel horn, J. Ward • second flugel horn, G. Whale; solo tenor, ll.' Davie ; first tenors, L. M'Connell and E. Terry • second tenor, T. Davie; first baritone, W. Haigh ! second baritone, W. Kennedy; euphonium. J. that; .second euphonium, P. Don; first trombone, R. Pettit; second trombone, J. Davie; bass trombone, J. Laurenson ; E flat bas3, H. Pettit and It Smith ; B flat bass; J. Robertson ; BB flat bass, G. Davie; bass drum, J. Marshall; side drums, .T. Marksby and H. Turner ; drum major. D. Taj lor. Waimate Band.-Conductor, J. L. Harwood. Soprano cc net, W". Gibson ; solo cornet, A. Tregoning; first cornet, F. Drayton ; rcpiano cornet, K. Goldstone; second cornets, M. Julian and W. Drayton ; third cornet, C. Manchester; solo tenor, W. Jackson ; first tenor, J. Bennington; second tenor, C. Batcman; first trombone, C. Jackson; second trombone, J. Williams ; bass trombone, H. Ferguson; (list baritone, A. Kean; second baritone, D. Hare; euphonium, W. J. Wills; E flat bass, A. Wills and E. Presland ; BB fiat bass, F. Bennington; ba«s drum, W. Tregoning; tide dium, A. Wills; drum major, W. Cvltman. I'imaru Garrison BAND.-Conductor, P. 11. Koor i Soprano cornet, J. Scott; solo cornet, F. Hiitton; first cornet, G M'Caw; repiano, E. Rissel; second cornet, D. Williams ; third cornet, E. Munro; solo horn, J. Dephoff; first horns, W. Oliver and J. Himburg; second horns, G. Hegarty aad D. Baird; second flugel, E. Cameron; third flugel, F. Hawkey; first trombone, J. Cameron; second trombone, P. Kirby ; bass trombone, .T. Burns; first baritone, C. Holmes; second baritone, T. Webb ; euphonium, T. M'Natty ; E flat bass, C. Bird and J. Clark ; BB flat bass, 0. Harrison ; bass dram, J. Stevenson; side drum, G. II m'). r ,'; serf.ea it-major,;il. Klgin. I The Valley Bind did not arrive in time to take part in or hear the quickstep competition, I but the other five went to the post, as the saying j goes. Shortly after 1 p.m. they musteied on' in the town, and formed a combined band for the purpose of p'ay ng ' 1 he Moa' march out to the North road Cricket Grouml, where the contest was held. Origi- I nally is had been expected that about 300 players would take part in this mirch and make j a big dwpliy, hut owing to there bein? fo mauy bands absent, and owing in a degree to the fact ! that tome of the men in attendance with their bands dodied the arrangement and rode out in traps, there were probably not mauy morethaulOO men in the combined muster. It was just as well, j perhaps, from a musical point of view, that the ] management had only the smaller number to woik with. A combination for marching purposes is a mistake. The cornets in-the roar get a bar or two behind the front-rank trombones, and men playing in a crowd, knowing very well t at whatever they do goes to the general effect and adds not to the glory of their own band, do not "go in" very ardently, especially when they are wanting to save themselves to play immediately afterwards. Even with the limited numbers playing 'The Moa' march these ii.rluences were noticeable, and it can that the result was in any sense imposing. As a matter of fact, the men and all concerned beoame sick of it bng before the so-called mile and a-half (nearer two miles to a townsman) had been travelled, and after playing ihe march three times they gav» it best. It is probable, and desirable, thtt at future meetings this combined business will be managed on the lines adopted at tho Timaru meeting. There they sent off two bands at a time, and each played in turn, thu3 keeping up the music on the road, without tiring anybody and without causing the least confusiort Th.-re mu.st have been nearly 3,000 persons on the ground while the quickstep competition was going on. The music used for the occasion, ' ihe Challenge,' by Calveit, 13 a tmooth-going c mpoei-.ion, not so catchy as last year's test march, * J he Mca,' but it is a march that one likes better the oftener i is heard, and bv general consent it fairly well suited tho purpose, though the men who play on the deeper instruments say that it cuts them cut of the showy parts and unduly favors the c&rnftts. 1 he Kaikorai Band had the bad luck to draw first place. This is usually understood to be a disadvantage. The first fellows get no hints or tips from anvbody, asd any misfortunes that befall them are useful as ''beware" posts to those who follow, j Mr Stratton's men were not, however, put about by their bad luck. IVy stood inspection, so far as the public could julge, creditably ; they hit the time of the march to a n'cety, and no one serms to fully understind how they got such a low rating for their wheeling, dressing, etc., as i-i indicated by the judge's figures. As to the Kaikorai plajicg, they opened beautifully in tune, and kppt so save f«.r a momentary sharpness on the part of one or two of the inner instruments towards the end of the march ; they played with steadiness throughout, and altogether mada an excellent impression, so much so that the remai k was frequently heard that they would take a lot of beating. The Waimate Band followed, and here, again, the spectators found little to find fault, for, though the soprano met with a couple of mishaps and was inclined to get sharp, and though the drummer hit rather hard, there was abundance of compensation in tho general evenness of the band's work as a whole. The Timaru men presented a very smart appearance and played well together, the concord of their basses being especially noticeable, particularly toward-, the finish. A trifle more strength in the melody would perhaps have been an improvement, but taking the performance as a whole it was workmanlike and honest. 'lhe Wellington Band's rendering of the march was characterised by briskness and spirit; indeed, this was the brightest performance of the day, and at tho same time the playing did not disclose any suspicion of hurrying or conspicuous fault of any kind after the men had marched a few paces and settled down to their work : and the opinion was freely expressed that if the judge liked dash and life the Wellington men would be hard to beat, while in any case their excellent combination would give them a place. The Oamaru representatives rather astonished their numerous friends by displaying a knowledge of military work that they had not been given credit for, and, while holding their own in this deiarlment, they secured tho winning advantage by tu'tir renderii g of the music, The feature of thtir performance was undoubtedly the excellence of the tone produced from the whole band, and the judge must have ofc. served, as everj body did, the entire absence of harshness, also the way that the leading cornets kept together as though they were parts of one instrument. The competition was over at ten minutes past four, and a few moments later the bands were formed up into three sides of a square to play the National Anthem and bear the result announced by Major Head'and, who said ; " You are no doubt anxious to hear the mult. "Well, I may tell you that Oamaru (loud cheers) are first (prolonged applause) with 146 points; Timaru are sfcond (applause) with 143; and Wellington came third with 140 Waimate are next with 130, andKaikorai made 120.—(" Oh.") I may say that the Oamaru Band have won it on the music, not on the military work. ■ The totals of points in the military work are— Oamaru 71, Timaru 76 (applause), fnd Wellington 70; and the musical p:ints are— Oamaru 75 (applause), Wellington 70. and Timaru 67." The announcement bo far as the winner was concerned gave satisfaction, it being felt that Oamaru must be there or thereabouts ; but lots of people expected that Wellington would be closer up, and on all sides surprise was expressed that Kaikorai were not placed higher. Perhaps this will be rxplained later on, so far as the music is concerned; at present it is a mystery. A tabulated statement of the judging shows the following'romlts : Inspection (maximum 20).—Oamaru 19, Timaru 19. Wellingtonl9, Waimate 16, Kaikorai 16. .. Time of marching IOOydR (COsec required).— Oamaru 57sec, 14 points; Timaru 59 4-ssec, 20 points*,' Wellington 58sec, 16.points; Waimate 618-53«0, 18 roints; Kaikorai 69 3'sseo, 20 points)
No. of stcp3 peT 100 yds (regulation 121, 19 points; Timaru 122,18 points ; Wellington 123,17 pnnts ; Waimate 117,17 points; Kaikorai 123,17 points. Points for wheeling; dressing, etc. (maximum 20). Oamaru 19, Timaru. 19, .Wellington 18, Waimate IC, Kaikorai 10. Total for Points . Military for Total. Work. Music. Oamaru ... ... 71 75 •Timaru ... -... 7fi (<7 Wellington 70 70 Waimate GS 62 Kaikorai 63 57 At the call of Sergeant-major.Elgin (Timaru) cheers were given for tho Oaraatußand, and this ended the afternoon's work. Mr J. H. Otto Schwartz, of : Wellington, was the judge, and.= is acting in that capacity throughout the meeting ;.and for the quickstep the -military judges were Major Headland, Major Jowsey, and Captain Mahan. ■" The solo competitions were commenced in the evening at the Theatre Royal, in the presence of a moderately largo, audience, Ihe B flat cornet contest sufficed for one night, as. sixteen men play ed and the last man was not done .until 11.10. The placings were as follow : J. W. Glennie (Invercargill Garrison\ 40 ... \ E. perry (Christchurch Garrison), 40 ... ... \ L. King (Wellington Garrison)..ll9 ; ... . \;-. 3 E. Rissell (Timaru Garrison), 38 ... ..■..-, 4 The others in order were:—F. M'Leod (Oamaru) 36, P. Denton (Wellington) 30, J. Parker (Duneqin. Engineers) 3t>, F. Ifatton (Timaru) 38, J. Humphries (Invercargill) 35, E. Kerr (Kaikorai) 34, F. Trownson (N.E. Valley) 32, G. Lawrence (NH. Valley) 31, J. Hartley (Oamaru). 29,. E. Schnack (Oamaru) 28, A. Smith (N.E. Valley) 25, J. Wylie (Oamaru) 15. . Sp.'aking generally, the pieces selected were easier than the test'iiece provided last year. Ihe exception wa3 Glennie's. He brought out a vt-ry difficult arrangement of tho ' Carnival '— tco difficult even for him to get through without a sip; still _ he played it very well II dee 1, and quite deserved his place. Derry chosa a tasteful set of variations on the old Fnglish melody 'The Thorn,' arid got through the piece carefully and tastefully, producing a fine tone. These two men stood'out well above the others-at least the spectators thought so, though it was quite true, as the judge said, that ■ some of the players lower down the list—presumably young players—did well enough to justify one in encouraging them to go on. The test selection ' Obcron' is to be played on Wednesday night. November 3. The solo competitions were resumed this morning, a start being made shortly after ten o'clock with the BB flat basses, for which, of. the seven entered, only ono (Robertshaw) was an absentee. Robertson (Kaikorai) drew first place, and played 'The pilg im of love,' bat grew dissatisfied with himself before the tiid of the piece and retired. Croxford (Dunedin Engineers) selected a polonaise ai ranged by Boyd, and producing a hard tone and showiug neat execution in runs, was fancied for a place. Anthony (Invercargillj chose variations on' The minstrei boy,'and gave a moderately goo I performance. Harrison played the well-known song 'The wolf,' and, though mis-dug a couple of notes, displayed a thorough knowledge of the theme, a'so attending to l'ght and shado. C. Davie (Kaikorai) selected 1 e Beriots ' Seventh Air' a 1< ng and exciting piece and gave a careful and c rrect reading, though his tone was a little thick. Baker (Wellington) choso Hartmanu's 'Sunset.' The judge awarded points thu3 : Davie 40, Harrison 38, Croxford 37, Anthony 34, Baker 32, Robertson 23, remarking that the gentleman who played the De Beriot air particularly deserved-praise, as he played it beautifully. The E flat bass contest was then taken, all the seven competitors appearing, and after an interesting competiiion, which was quite up to the level of last year, the judge gave the following awards:—
Bee played an arrangement by Round ot the English air 'The a-h grove,' his performance being marked by nice phrasing, good tone, and i clean execution. Ablett chose Hartmann's ' Suls it,' and though he failed on one or two top notes this was compens vted for by 1m breadth of tone anl correct playing of the vaiiations. Cough!an'3 piece was a'transcription of 'When other lips,' anil he played it very evenly, his slips being few and comparatively unimportant. Of the others Graham's playing was noticeable for purity of tone, but it was perhaps rather oa the delicate side'... In the trombone competition tho results ore ;
The last mentioned gave up before finishing, owing to his lipj drying. The playing in thi3 contest was disappointing, the judge remarking that tone had been sacrificed to execution. Mr Pettit played the ' Linda di Chamoani' air. The " gate" yesterday was satisfactory, the. day's takings having been about £l2O.
rts. D. Bee, Oaniaru ... .. 40 .1. AUttt, Cliristchnreh ... ." "' ;,i| \V. C'oiiKhlan, North-east Valley ... US H. ,T. Dixon, Wellington ... ... ..', ;j7 E. Graham, Oamaru... ... ... [" 37 A. If. Millar, Uuneilin Navals ... ..'. its .). Chapman, Ashfourton ... ... ... Xi
Points, Pettit (Kaikorai) ' ... 36 ►Siddall (Invercargill) ... 37 Cameron (Timaru) ... 36 . Graves (Invercargill) ... :« Sinclair (Oamarn)" 1, .... 34 """ Home (Dunedin Navals) ... 31 - Cummings (Wellington)... .:. £0
THE BANDS CONTEST., Evening Star, Issue 10461, 3 November 1897
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