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Band Contest at Aberdare The 18th annual Cup Contest of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Band Association was held on Saturday at the Athletic Grounds, Aberdare. There were three classes—"A," a B," & « C." The attendance up to the first-class competition was very meagre. In Class C, out of 13 entries only four bands took part. The test was a La Sounambula." In Class B, out of eight entries only two bands competed, the test piece being a selection from Benedict's tuneful opera, "Lily of Killarney." In Class A there were eight entries and six bands com- peted, the test being a grand selection from Verdi's works. Mr. J. Brier, giving his adjudication, said he was per- fectly well aware there were plenty of musicians besides himself on that field who understood the various pieces played that afternoon, but he should award the prize according to his own judgment. He had heard some wonderful playing, and was surprised some of them did not come north and show them up in York- shire what they could do. There was one band in particular that should be heard in the north. In making the award to the band which played second (Aberdare) he was making it to the band he had specially mentioned, for it was as good as any in Yorkshire. Results: Class "A": 1st, Aberdare Town Band (J. Manley); 2nd, Cwmparc (R. S. Smith); 3rd, Ferndale (S. Radcliffe); 4th, Cory's Workmen (J. Bailey). Class B 1st, Dinas (G. Hawkins); 2nd, Gilfach Goch (W. Patterson). Class C 1st, Deri (W. J. Powell); 2nd, Rhymney (S. Radcliffe); 3rd, Cwm- aman (S. H. Thomas); 4th, Lewis-Mer- thyr (J. Locker). Remarks:—It was pleasant hearing to listen to the eulogistic remarks of Mr. Brier in referring to the Aberdare Band. As good as any in Yorkshire is saying a lot, and were it not for the enormous expense no doubt Mr. Man- ley would take his well-known hand to compete amongst the Tykes. Local bands were well to the front in the prize list, both Cwmaman and Lewis- Merthyr coming in for a share. There was an ugly rumour on the field that someone had been trying to "get at" the judge at Cardiff. May the day be far distant when such a practice be- comes rife in South Wales. The adjudi- cation was not well received, in fact the bcoing was loud and continuous, espec- ially when the second prize was an- nounced. The general opinion of many bandsmen was that "Cory Workmen" should have been placed higher in the list, and that Mountain Ash should have been amongst the prizes.

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