In 2008, the band returned to contesting, taking part in the Scaba Autumn Contest at Folkestone. We would have been happy to simply get through the contest, but were astounded by the results, winning our section for the test piece, picking up prizes for Best Instrumentalist (David Relf), the Conductors Prize and the Best Bass Section, and finally taking the title of Winners in the 3rd Section.
We returned in 2009, and playing Edward Gregson's 'Partita', we were just pipped to winning the section by one point, but happily took second, and again an Oxted player took Best Instrumentalist, this time won by our Principal Cornet, Kevin Adams.
In 2010, the band entered various groups in the 'Solo, Quartet and Ensemble Contest' and proudly picked up a number of prizes, winning Best 3rd Section Quartet, Best 2nd Section Quartet, Best 'B' Ensemble and Best Interpretation.
After two successful years in the 3rd section at the Autumn Contest, we returned in 2010 with promotion into the 2nd section. The competition was even fiercer, and playing Bertrand Moren's Mountain Views we managed a credible 5th place of 10 competitors. 2011 wasn't our finest year for results, playing Shine as the Light by Peter Graham, we placed 7th.
After a short break, we decided to attend the 'Solo, Quartet and Ensemble Contest' again in 2014. Dave Relf, soloing on Baritone, came a very creditable 4th place in a large field of Slow Melodists, whilst in the B section Ensemble Class, we were very happy to bring home a win to add to our long winning history!
We find contesting useful in continuing our standard of playing, and we look forward to future contest events.