The SWBBA hold two workshops annually, one for all brass players and the other focusing on a specific instrument.
The 21st SWBBA Mid-winter Brass workshop was held again this year at West Buckland School near Barnstaple North Devon.
The tutors this year were all from the Black Dyke Band. Richard Marshall (Principal Cornet), Zoe Lovatt-Cooper (Flugel Horn) and Daniel Thomas (Principal Euphonium).
SWBBA capped the attendance at 100 in order to realise the expectations of all the participants, maintaining a manageable band whilst balanced against affording as many as possible the opportunity to attend the workshop.
The event proved to be a great success with many favourable comments being received. During the end of course concert Zoe Lovatt-Cooper and Dan Thomas both played lovely solos to the delight of the course participants and the audience.
The participants were from all age groups and standards and the feedback provided by the majority of those attending suggested that they enjoyed the course immensely.
The senior award which the tutors felt was most deserved went to the Soprano Player of South Molton Band, Michael Dallyn, and the most improved junior player on the course receiving the junior award went to George Barnes-Collier of Bodmin Youth Band. These awards were presented by the SWBBA President Sue Richards.
Many thanks go to Jenny Edwards and her helpers for the superb catering, which was once again first class.
The SWBBA Committee are indebted to the various publishers who provided the music for the course, namely Pennine Music, Studio Music, Christopher Bond Music, Kirklees Music, Wright and Round Ltd, Bandleader Publications and PLC Music.