Waratah Brass Soloists Excel

While we usually bring you news of the band as a whole, this time we’re featuring some of our talented and dedicated players who choose to test their mettle against other Australian brass players competing in solo competitions.

Clarence Leung - HRBA Cornet ChampionAs with previous years, 2012 saw some of our players compete in solo competitions at the national, state and local level.

First up, the Solo Events at the National Brass Band Competition held on 6th, 7th & 8th of April.  Greg Bennett, from the band’s EEb Bass section, was the National Junior Tenor Trombone Champion, and demonstrating his versatility and talent, placed 2nd in the Junior High Tuba section.  David Kimpton, our percussionist extraordinaire, placed 2nd in the Open Timpani and 2nd in the Open Multi Percussion.

The Band Association of NSW 2012 State Solo & Party were held on July 21st & 22nd. Ossie Jellyman, our Principal Euphonium player, showing off his expertise and experience was the State Veteran’s Solo Chamption. Greg Bennett, back for more after his fantastic results in the Nationals, was the State Junior EEb Bass Champion and placed 2nd in the Junior Tenor Trombone section.

Wrapping up the solo competitions for 2012 was the Hunter Regional Band Association Solo and Party Championships held on August 4th & 5th.  Our Principal Cornet player, Clarence Leung impressed the adjudicators with his wonderful sound and technical skill winning both the Open Bb & Eb Cornets and Trumpets section and the Perpetual Brass Trophy.

Congratulations to all our soloists on their outstanding performances!.  We’re lucky and proud to have you in the band!