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The challenge shield for the band scoring most .points in the three competitions was this year won by Wellington, this band being third in the quickstep, second in the •Oberon'selection, and first in Meyerbeer. The Oamaru Band were first in the quickstep, firs* in the 'Oberon' eelection, and fourth in the Meyerbeer selection. This 1 makes a tie for points, but Wellington wins because of making most points on the selections. In one of our telegraphed reports last week it was printed that Croxford produced a hard tone on the BB flat bass while playing his solo. The word intended was "broad," not "hard." • Players who showed special promise in the solo contests were Graham, of Oamaru, on the E flat bass; Smith (of North-east Valley) and Boyd (Engineers), on the euphonium ; Schnack (Oamaru) and M'Glashan (Kaikoraj) on the soprano cornet; Davie (Kaikorai) on the tenor horn; and Leslie (Oamaru) on the baritone. Any or all of these performers have possibilities before them. Bandsmen present were generally agreed that at future contests one piece should be set for each solo contest. This year's plan of allowing eaoh man to pick his own piece has only one. point of recommendation—namely, that it saves expense. But, on the other hand, it led to great dissatisfaction, inasmuch as some performers chose music that had no value for the purposes of a contest. « Accompanists who deserve to be mentioned as having largely assisted the performers of solos are Madame Von Look, Mrs Mohr, Miss Oliver, Mr J. T. Searrell, and Mr A. T. Traversi. The 'Oamaru Mail' remarks:—" There was a tacit understanding among some of the contest bands that the winner of the recent competition should visit Melbourne in the autumn to participate in the big contest there. The Wellington Band intend to make a big effort to get away. The Oamaru Band will not go. The Wellington Band cleared Borne £SOO at their recent baziar, but by the time their instruments are paid for their balance will be reduced to about £IOO. The prize won here will just about pay their expenses." ! The following table shows how the soloists representing eaoh band came out in regard to the possible, taking 40 as the possible:— (

The above represents figures for fifty-eight solos* While the Wellington Band were marching back to Oamaru Township after the quickstep competition last Tuesday, a larrikin shied a stone which smashed the kettledrum. During the off-hours of the band contest Thames street was the scene of all sorts of merriment on the part of the humorists among the visiting bandsmen, the leading pke on Thursday being the appearance of the "Alliance Band," composed of the unattached bandsmen who had gone up for the solo competitions. They paraded in regular form under the command of Captain Humphries, and performed the 'Oberon' selection outside the Globe Hotel, and afterwards gave 'Yankee Doodle' and various other selections in a style all their own, to the delight of an admiring crowd.

i I © 60 •2 3 a & 80 O g V Christchurch ... 2 CO' CU 79 _ 98 75 Dunedin Navals ... ... 4 160 248 — 92.50 Invercargill ... 5 200 182 — 91. Timaru ... 6 240 217—90.41 Dunedin Engineers ... 4 160 142 - 88.75 Eaikorai ... 7 280 246 — 87.85 North-east Valley ... 7 280 242-86.42 Oamaru ... 11 440 363 — 80.22 Wellington .:. 10 400 314 — 78.50 Ashburton ... 2 ' 80 62-77.50

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THE BANDS CONTEST., Issue 10466, 9 November 1897

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THE BANDS CONTEST. Issue 10466, 9 November 1897

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