Following another very successful Branch Indoor contest on Saturday 28th March 2015 at The James Young High School in Livingston, I would like to thank all the stewards, compilers, adjudicators, branch committee, and all the catering and facilities staff at the school for all their help and support. And thanks to all the bands, competitors, and supporters for their continued support of this event.
This year we had well over 200 solo competitors and of the 20 bands entered, 16 played on the day.
This year we tried out the full band format as opposed to the mini-band format at the event, following requests from a number of bands for a full band event in the Branch.
We had quite a bit of feedback on the day around the full band v mini-band question. From the Novice and Juvenile bands there was 100% support for the full band format as it allows all of the young people who are ready for competition to have a run out with the band, rather than having to select only a few players.
However from the Grade 4 and Grade 3 band who attended, they favoured a return to the mini-band format. As we didn't have any Grade 2 or Grade 1 representation at the event, I'd be keen to hear their thoughts on which format works best for them.
So I'd be keen to get feedback from all of the Branch Bands on their thoughts for this event going forward.
At this point the Branch Committee are proposing to keep the full band format for the Novice and Juvenile grades, and the mini-band format for Grade 4 and Grade 3 for next year. The Grade 2 and Grade 1 format remains undecided until we get some feedback from the Branch bands in those grades.
Please feel free to come along to the Branch Meeting or provide some feedback through our Facebook page.
The final Branch meeting before the start of the season is on Sunday 26th April at 6pm in the Bellsquarry Community Hall.