This year the band participated in the Oxford Brass Band Association Winter Contest for the first time. We went to the contest to give ourselves an opportunity to perform the area testpiece
in contest conditions and recieve some critique from the adjudicator so we could tweak and fine tune our performance in time for the Regional contest two weeks later.
all 10 bands that took part were all doing the same, and so played the same test piece 'St. Andrew's Variations' by Alan Fernie. We had put a lot of effort into our preparations and were well rehearsed and we felt our performance went well overall, and although
we lost a few marks for not having a full percussion team, we were still awarded a creditable 5th place. We didn't leave empty handed though, as our principal euponium player, David Parker was awarded the 'Best soloist' prize for the 4th section.