The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (AoBBA) and Midlands Regional Committee deeply regret the breakdown of the results collation procedure that took place post the recent 3rd Section performances. Fundamental errors took place, which goes against the high standards set by both the AoBBA and all the Regional Committees.
The Midlands Region Chairman John Slater writes; ‘We are sorry for mistakes made on the results sheet of the 3rd Section competition, and are assured that this incident is under urgent investigation by AoBBA.’
Speaking for the AoBBA, Chairman Mark Wilkinson commented ‘On behalf of the AoBBA Executive, we would like to send our apologies to all competing bands involved at the Midlands 3rd Section Regional Competition, especially the Newhall Band who were wrongly announced as the Area Champions. We have commenced an enquiry with the help of the Midlands Area Committee and the matter will be discussed at our forthcoming Executive meeting. At this meeting we will also look at ways to prevent this incident from happening again and will provide guidance to Regional Committees, and instructions to AoBBA members, to ensure that correct procedures are adhered to. AoBBA would like to thank Lesley Bentley and her team of volunteers on the Midlands Committee for their professionalism and help in this unfortunate situation.’