NABBA Competitions, 3 Top Finishes!
27 June 2017
The Pikes Peak Brass Band is pleased to
announce their second place finish in the
2017 NABBA competition, 1st section! This
marks their third consecutive top three
finish at the NABBA contest. Their debut appearance in 2015 resulted
in a third place finish, which catalyzed
their resolve to return and improve their
standing. After much diligent preparation
and dedicated effort, the band placed 1st
in 2016. The
brass band website 4barsrest.com reviewed
the contest, describing the PPBB's
performance: "the Music Director
[Debbie Baker] carefully controlled the
dynamics in renditions of the set-work,
'The Alchymist's Journal' and their
own-choice of 'A London Overture', which
featured excellent soloists and a free
flowing sense of musicality."
With 33 large brass
bands performing at NABBA this year, the
competition quality was at an all time
high. The 1st section included the four
bands responsible for claiming the
section title from 2008-2016, a rare
circumstance indeed. "It was a privilege
just to be considered amongst the 1st
section competitors this year," said
PPBB President, Keven Stewart. "To
be in the top three for three consecutive
years in such a competitive
climate is truly an honor. The credit for
our success rests with our music director
and all of our musicians, who's
dedication and diligence manifest the
highest possible standard for excellence
in musical performance."
Congratulations to the Pikes Peak Brass
Time 10-Piece National Champions!
the 2nd year in a row, the Pikes Peak
Versatile Brass, a sub group of the Pikes
Peak Brass Band, was awarded first place
honors in the NABBA 10-Piece competition.
Under the direction of Music Director,
Debbie Baker, the PPVB performed Gareth
Wood's progressive work The
Raft of Medusa, a dynamic
and powerful piece for 10 piece brass ensemble.
While every player was featured in the
performance, impressive solo work by the
soprano cornet of Mark Baker and the solo
trombone of Keven Stewart were instrumental
in delivering the first place finish. The
PPVB looks forward to returning to the
competition in 2018 to perform again on
the national stage!