Oxted took part in the Scaba Spring Contest today at the Hawth in Crawley, where we had a very successful morning.
Following the recent closure of the Scaba Registry, and as Oxted have not contested nationally for some years, we found ourselves in a new ungraded section where we competed against two other local bands: Cranbrook Town and Patcham Silver.
Our section played first so we were up early and on stage by 10:20 on a Sunday morning! We opened with the classic Rosehill march, and followed this with Morley Calvert’s work, the Canadian Folk Song Suite. Both seemed to go well, but with contesting you never really know until the results.
After enjoying listening to the Youth, Fourth and Third sections, the morning’s results were finally announced and we found ourselves cheering a lot:
Ungraded Section 1st Place: Oxted Band
Best March prize winners: Oxted Band
Best Conductor: Darrell Scholes, Oxted Band
Best Instrumentalist: Kevin Adams, Principal Cornet, Oxted Band
We came home very happy with our work and looking forward even more to now working towards our next events.