soloistsAnother Nationals is over, and we in Excelsior couldn’t be happier with the results. After an intense weekend of competition Excelsior became the Australian A Grade Champions 2016!

The band performed the hymn and test piece on the Friday, and was very satisfied with the performance. The Saturday started with the marching. The band’s drum major was Craig Millar, and he led the band to a solid second place in the marching contest.

The performance of the own choice, Audivi Media Nocte by Oliver Waespi, was a special experience! The band played better than ever and the soloists delivered amazing solos.

Although the weekend was somewhat rocky, the experience came in handy! Marc Nethercot, one of our 2nd trombone players, had to go back to Brisbane on Friday morning due to family illness. Four trombones became three, and a few changes had to be made, but all-in-all it went very well.

Three of Excelsior’s members also competed in the solo competition. The band is very proud of the soloist that competed! Jaime Brown won the Champion of Soprano Cornet, Benjamin Tubb won Champion of Tenor Horn and Kerry Vann won the Champion of Percussion, Multi Percussion, Timpani, Mallet Keyboard and Snare Drum.

We would like to congratulate all the bands who performed during the weekend! Thank you for yet another successful competition!

By Vilde Gaupholm, Norwegian trombone student at the Queensland Conservatorium and 2nd trombone for Brisbane Excelsior Band.