Midlands Regional Championships & AoBBA release joint Statement

The Midlands Regional Committee & the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators have issued a joint statement concerning Section 3 of the Midlands Regional Championships 2020, which was held at Kenilworth College on Saturday 7 March.



"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 Section 3 performances. Fundamental errors took place, which goes against the standards set by both the AoBBA and all the Regional Committees."

Midlands Regional Committee Chairman John Slater added: "We are sorry for mistakes made on the results sheet of the Section 3 competition, and are assured that this incident is under urgent investigation by AoBBA."

Speaking for the AoBBA, Chairman Mark Wilkinson said: "On behalf of the AoBBA Executive, we would like to send our apologies to all competing bands involved at the Midlands Section 3 Regional Championships competition, especially the Newhall Band who was wrongly announced as the Area Champion. We have commenced an enquiry with the help of the Midlands Regional 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 Regional Committee for their professionalism and help in this unfortunate situation."