Norwegian Brassband Championships 2019 Bergen

Last Saturday Rong Brass competed in de 1st division of the NM.

Photo made at the try out concert in the Grieg Hallen in Bergen by John Vint.

David Morton prepared the band really well before my arrival, and the band was excited after their win in Siddis 2018. So it was another great week of inspiring work in Rong !

Photo John Vint.

Adjudicators: Jens Torolf Larsen, Thomas Beiganz and Christopher Parkes.

First Division:

1. Krohnengen (Prof Nicholas Childs) — 96
2. Kleppe Musikklag (Philip Hannevik) — 95
3. Rong Brass (Erik Janssen) — 93
4. Askoy Brass Band (Svein Henrik Giske) — 92
5. Ila Brass (Adam Cooke) — 91
6. Flesland Musikklag (Thor-Arne Pedersen) — 89
7. Tomra Brass Band (Frans Violet) — 88
8. Radoy Brass (Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen) — 87
9. Sandefjord Brass Symposium (Helge Haukas) — 86
10.Tertnes Amatorkorps (Tormod Flaten) — 85
=11. Hasle Brass (Robert Solberg Nilsen) — 84
=11. Oster Brass (Eirik Gjerdevik) — 84

4BarsRest: The level of First Division playing in Norway is very high indeed. There are a host of bands here who wouldn’t be out of place in the Grand Shield and a couple at least who would grace the British Open.

We are just over halfway through the contest and we have heard a number of high class performances — and one exceptional one from Krohnengen under Prof Nicholas Childs.

The latest classy show came from Rong Brass conducted by Erik Janssen (above) — so no wonder he was smiling.

Sinfonietta Nr. 3 of Etienne Crausaz is a great composition and it I am really proud of the performance. Rong Brass ending up 3rd in this incredible strong field was fantastic.

Great to have your try out here ! Grieg Hallen.

It was great to have the opportunity to play in the Grieghallen on the monday before the contest and share the stage with Eikanger and Krohnengen for a try out. Thank you Frode Rydland for your feedback.

Together with Arvid Rong and David Morton, enjoying ourselves before the try out concert.

Their was also some quality time, Thanks Arvid for a great day !