Trombonists dominate at British Open Solo Championships

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Trombonists dominated the prizes in this weekend's British Open Solo and Quartet Championships 2006 held in Dunkinfield, Greater Manchester. Although the top prize was one by baritone player Katrina Marzella, trombonists Philip Dias and Gregor Stewart came second and third in the Senior Solo Final. Philip Dias, who was the overall winner last year and is now a post-graduate student at the Royal College of Music having completed studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, collected ??250 and the Association of Band Tarders Shield. The Margaret Mortimer trophy for Best Trombone in the preliminary round was awarded to Gregor Stewart who plays for Bo'ness & Carriden Band in Scotland. For his third place overall he received the Bill Gaskell Shield and ??150. In the Intermediate Slow Melody Contest, Aldbourne Band trombonist Stephen Sykes won and took away with him the David Brunsden Trophy and ??300 worth of tuition. Third place went to trombonist Chris Mansfield of Innovate Skelmanthorpe Band and Chethams, who received the William Halliwell Trophy and ??100 worth of tuition. And in the Junior Slow Melody Contest, the winner was a trombonist: Peter Moore from Wingates Band, who retains his title from last year, including the NWCBBA Trophy and ??300 worth of tuition.

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