Band Dinner and Dance
The band held their annual dinner and dance and awards ceremony on Saturday 15th November at Bosuns Diner in Charlestown.
Congratulations go to Andy Mitchell who picked up the Player of the Year, Rob Jose who won Best Performance of the Year, Brent Smith who won Bandsman of the Year, Alex Green for Most Improved Player, Mark Letcher for Silkiest Player, and to Kenny Couch, Justin Carter, Jake Jones, and Alex Green who were awarded the Best Section award.
A great evening was had by all!
Roche Hall Education Trust
We would like to say a big thank you to the Roche Hall Education Trust who have very kindly donated another £500 to the band, which is very much appreciated.
Grant from Cornwall Council's Community Chest
We would like to say a big thank you to Cllr John Wood and Cornwall Council for supporting us with a grant of £1,000 towards new music stands and banners for the band. We really appreciate this very kind donation!
Exmouth Entertainment Contest
Roche Brass entered the Exmouth Entertainment Contest on Saturday 6th September, looking to defend the title they won in 2013.
Under the direction of their newly appointed Musical Director Lee Clayson, the band successfully managed to defend their title, picking up the Best Band of the Day, Best 1st Section Band of the Day, and Best Trombone Section!
The Red Shield - Good opening, solid ensemble work with clarity. Good dynamics with space to hear all the inner parts. Excellent Start.
An Untold Story - Beautifully controlled playing from the soloist (Mark Letcher) and lovely finish with poise and elegance. Ensemble well controlled by MD.
Caravan - Excellent Percussion - grooving! Trombone stand up at 14 and sell it. Well done Solo Cornet. Basses right on it throughout. Superb performance with real excitement.
Shenandoah - Glorious Euph at 'A' and tasteful dynamic playing throughout.
Enter the Galaxies - Good choice for finale, full of drama. Well played by solo chairs. Just an occasional lack of clarity in a couple of ensemble areas.
Conclusion - A splendid performance today from a very fine band. Well hosted and directed by the MD. An excellent choice of music very well performed.
New Musical Director Appointed
Roche Brass would like to announce the appointment of Lee Clayson as its new
Lee is from Plymouth and joined the Army as a musician at 16. Lee studied the Cornet and Trumpet for 2 years with Malcolm Weale, the then Principal Trumpet of the BSO.
Lee held the Principal Cornet seat in all 4 of the Army bands that he served with over a 20 year period and whilst serving in Winchester Lee joined the very successful SWT Woodfalls Band for a 5 year period and won the West of England Championship at his first attempt.
Lee was posted to Kneller Hall as a Warrant Officer Class 1 in 2005 and led the training for all Army musicians for the next 2 years, and for the final 4 years of his career was in charge of the selection process for young musicians wishing to join the Army. He was also the
co-founder of the very successful Army Brass Band.
It was during this time that Lee joined the Desford Colliery Band in Leicestershire, winning the Areas and the Butlins Contest on a number of occasions and performing at the British Open on 4 occasions. Lee has toured with the band to Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and most recently to Japan.
Since leaving the British Army, Lee has set up his own recruiting company in Plymouth and still performs with Desford throughout the year, with some occasional freelance work to keep himself busy.
Lee said; ‘I was delighted to be asked to take Roche Brass following some hard graft with them leading up to their victory in the 1st Section at Bugle. The band has made some excellent progress over the last couple of years and is full of experienced players. I’m really looking forward to progressing with the band over the forthcoming period’
Band Manager, Richard Hawkey said; ‘We are delighted that Lee has accepted our invitation to become our new Musical Director. The players were very impressed with the work that Lee did alongside Simon Badge in preparation for Garry Cutt to come in and lead the band to victory at the recent West of England Bandsmen’s Festival in Bugle. Lee takes over from Simon who has been the bands Musical Director since October 2012. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Simon for all of his hard work and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.’
West of England Bandsmen's Festival
Roche Brass took part in the annual Bugle Band Contest on Saturday 21st June under the baton of Professional Conductor Garry Cutt. The band competed in the 1st Section, playing the set test piece of Spectrum by Gilbert Vinter and the hymn tune Colne by Thomas Rive.
After a very colourful and solid performance, the band were awarded 1st prize for both the test piece and the hymn tune, winning both by a clear 3 points!
Yeovil Town were awarded 2nd place, with Pendennis Brass in third.
The band were awarded the highest overall points of the day, and also picked up the Best Euphonium Player of the day, which was awarded to Robert Jose.
The band made their debut performance at the Regional Championships in Torquay on Saturday 8th March.
18 months on from the first rehearsal and the band entered the 1st Section, playing Cry of the Mountain by Howard Lorriman.
The band achieved a solid mid table placing of 8th out of 14, which was a fantastic achievement in the short amount of time that we have been together.
Congratulations go to Filton and to St. Austell who came 1st and 2nd respectively and qualified for the National Finals in Cheltenham.
Horse Racing Fundraising Event
A fantastic £453 was raised from the horse racing event on Friday 7th February.
A big thank you to Mike and Anne Tregaskes for organising the evening, to Roche Victory Hall for hosting the event, and to everyone who supported us!