Wessex Winter Contest 2022

Poole Borough Band came second out of the other bands in the second section yesterday and 8th overall. One of the band’s favourites, Purcell Variation (K. Downie), was our test piece of choice for the Wessex Winter Contest 2022 at Talbot Heath Hub, Bournemouth. Our principle cornet, Richard Baczala, received … Continue reading

Canford School Regatta

Poole Borough Band are looking forward to our next outing at the Wite Horse Inn at Stourpaine on Sunday 24th July. Meanwhile, here is our own John Bailey playing the most famous flugel solo ever! – Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez – at Canford School Regatta just over a week ago. … Continue reading

Spring Concert at Poole Salvation Army

Last Saturday was our first full concert since lockdown. We had shared a concert with Winton Salvation Army a few weeks earlier, but this was the first full concert by Poole Borough Band, with soloist Pauline Bartlett. We raised over £300 for the good works of the Salvation Army Poole … Continue reading

Now 4th in the 2nd Section

Having come 5th in the south west areas contest in March 2022 playing Goff Richard’s Aeronauts, the band now lies 4th overall in the 2nd section. Not bad for our first contest back in the 2nd section.
Our next event is a concert in May at Poole Savlation Army.

WINNERS of the South West Area 3rd Section 2020

For the second time in a row, the band was drawn to play first in a contest, and Sunday 15th March 2020 Poole Borough Band came first in the south west area contest in Torquay. The test piece was Endurance by Andrew Baker, whom some band members met at the national finals in Cheltenham the previous September. We await confirmation, but the band expects to be promoted to the second section, and again, have been invited to play at the National Finals in September. A lot of shopping was done at the trade stands and there is a lot of new music to try out, so we will have to see if the current pandemic crisis allows for the summer programme of events to go ahead.

Huge thank you’s to our Musical Director, Lloyd Bartlett, and our Band Secretary, Polly Dear, for all their consistent, hard work that enables the band to take part in contests and to keep making such marvelous progress. Thank you to Former Musical Director, Martin Portman for taking the time to visit and listen to the band, and for his advice. Finally, thank you to every member of the band for making playing with the band the fun and lovely experience it always is.

One of our band families with the first place banner and shield.

1st place banner

1st place ‘Peoples Challenge Sheild’

Band members meet the composer of the test piece – Endurance by Andrew Baker