AoBBA ‘Young Adjudicator’ Initiative Goes Live

AoBBA ‘Young Adjudicator’ Initiative Goes Live

The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (AoBBA) has been delighted with the response for their ‘Young Adjudicators’ initiative which has now gone live at both the Yorkshire Regionals and the London and Southern Counties Regional contests.

AoBBA are extremely grateful to Peggy Tomlinson and her team at the Yorkshire Region in giving fantastic support over the last few years to this scheme which can now be offered to all regions in the UK.

Secretary Nick Garman commented “At AoBBA we are conscious that we need to develop an interest in the art of adjudication at an early age and the Young Adjudicators initiative has proved so successfully we are to roll it out nationally from 2020”.

This year AoBBA are running the scheme in both the Yorkshire and LSC regions and the young people, aged from 11 – as in a live situation, writing their own remarks and producing a results sheet, comparing their list with the adjudicators. Once the official results were given the youngsters met with the official adjudicators for a final debrief.

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Left to Right: 

Yorkshire Region
Alice Fletcher (15 yrs Percussionist with NEMBBA Youth Band), Dan Cullen (16 yrs Cornet with Tewit Youth), Alan Duguid (AoBBA adjudicator), Corey Kohut (13yrs Cornet with Blidworth Welfare Band) and Oliver Atherton (16yrs Bass Trombone with Eccleston Band)

LSC Region 

Thomas Hall (young adjudicator) and Mark Wilkinson (Chair AoBBA)
13 year old Thomas plays baritone with Medway Brass who came third in the 1st Section on Saturday and was extremely excited to be accepted to be part of the panel.

David Ashworth acted as mentor for this years cohort and said ” Each Young Adjudicator stated that they had learned a great deal from the experience and now understood just how difficult the task of the Official Adjudicators was, but they would not have missed it for the world.”

AoBBA would welcome further interest in our ‘Young Adjudicator’ initiative from other regions who would like to participate in the scheme in 2020. Please contact Martin Heartfield E-mail: