Soloists from The Royal Artillery Band battled each other to become the proud owners of 'The Ladislav Zavertal Cup' at the Tidworth Garrison Theatre, the first concert of the year.
Originating in 1557, but not official until 1762, the Multi Capability Band (MCB) was relocated to Tidworth Garrison as part of the restructuring of Army Music (FAM2020).
They have since been an integral part of the Garrison community hosting regular concerts for the service personnel, their families and the local community.
Six competitors from the Royal Artillery Band took to the stage, in all different disciplines and styles.
- Lance Bombardier Phil Breeze – Trombone
- Lance Bombardier Faye Snowdon – Flute
- Bombardier Glenn Shepherd – Trombone
- Lance Bombardier Edward Austwick – Saxophone
- Bombardier Kayleigh Compson – Percussion
- Lance Bombardier Andy Urquhart - Flugelhorn
The soloists were judged by Commanding Officer Regional Music Units, Lieutenant Colonel Verne Yates; Garrison Commander Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Balls and Academic Professor at the Royal Military School of Music, Berendina Norton.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Corps of Army Music. Her Majesty The Queen signed a warrant to allow the formation in 1994 and is being celebrated at CAMUS25. Captain Rob Smith said:
"They've all performed to the Band Masters and myself and we have selected these six to go through to this competition"
Captain Smith also added that the competition is mandatory for the junior rank musicians and optional for seniors.
The winner will not only win the solo competition in Tidworth but will have moved onto the Regional Finals, followed by a Corps-wide Solo Competition, which will be held at the CAMUS 25 Gala Concert at the Royal Military School of Music in the summer.
The soloists performed incredibly well, making the judging even more difficult. However, the winner on the night and progressing through to the Regionals was Bombardier Glenn Shepherd. He said:
"It feels amazing, I worked hard and it's really rewarding to win this competition."
The hard work continues for Bombardier Glenn Shepherd as he works with the band, to make the solo refined, for an even better performance.