1st Section National Champions!
5 Apr 2016
The Pikes Peak Brass Band is pleased to
announce their first place finish in the
2016 NABBA competition, 1st section!
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 could not
be more pleased with the result. 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 a record setting 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 2008-2015, 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 awarded 1st place 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
10-Piece National Champions!
In additional to
their win in the 1st section, 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 two
movements from Juan J Colomer's
progressive work Fierabrass, a dynamic
and powerful piece for brass ensemble.
While every player was featured in the
performance, impressive solo work by the
soprano cornet of Mark Baker and the solo
cornet of Kelly Scollin were instrumental
in delivering the first place finish. The
PPVB looks forward to returning to the
competition in 2017 to perform again on
the national stage!