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Thought this adjudication from the turn of the century may be of
interest. Suffice to say the band, which is long since defunct, came
last. It's good to see the adjudicator was so supportive in their
Test piece : The Rose of Castille
Not clean at opening : tongues want smartening up very much. From A bass
and horns were very bad at tongueing.
A tempo : Soprano had a nasty accident, which did not encourage him very
much I am sure.
Andante sostenuto : Horns badly out of tune, bass very much across at
bar 8. Horns are very poor from D on. Cornet does well, but is badly
supported by band.
Allegro giusto is very moderate. Band is evidently very young at
contesting. The rall. bar after G was badly across. I don=92t think you
could have done it worse if you had tried to.
Andante : Trombone sounds very nervous, everthing is too stiff and
formal, no life in it.
Allegro : Far too slow and only moderate. Euphonium cadenza very nicely
Allegretto moderato : Tenor horn was late at starting. I suppose he
thought it did not matter much, he came on later.
Moderato : This was fair, and it was phrased properly : the first band
to do it. I compliment you. Cornet cadenza a good show. Allegro too
Lento : Those horns are badly out of tune, Mr. Conductor.
Andante : Fair. Soprano made a moderate attempt, many wrong notes,
though. Cornet was very uncomfortable from S to T. From bar 26 to end of
movement baritones, trombones and basses were terribly across, so you
can imagine what it sounded like. That could be vastly improved by
taking each section separately.
Allegro moderato : Euphonium solo was nicely given, but the
accompaniments were very scattered.
Finish of selection was very poor, the semiquaver runs being very
As I said before, evidently not up to contesting form. But plod on. Nil
Marks 92 (out of 150)
Adjudicator : Mr A Wade, Ballarat, Victoria
As printed in the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, June 19, 1906