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Another busy couple of months for the Band. April saw us return to Scotland for the Fife Entertainments Contest, this time in their new home at the Lochgelly Centre. The Band played a programme brilliantly put together by Claire. We cam 3rd out of 4, a result the band are quite happy with considereing the level of banding in this years contest, well played to all the other bands involved and well done to the winners. May see's us prepare for the Ripon Entertainment Contest which takes place on the 2nd June in Ripon Cathedral. The Band will be playing a programme based on Hero's and Heroism, we'll be playing Walking with Hero's by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, The Prayer arranged by Ricks van der Velde, Balkan Dance by Etienne Crausaz and a special commision written by our own Steve Halsey called Sisters on Parade, a march inspired by the words and music of the Suffragettes. Keep your eyes peeled on Social Media for information on how the day goes.
On a sader note, the Band will be loosing our Band room. The Band moved into Chantry Middle School back on 2012 and took over half of the old music room, unfortunatly the school need this space back for classrooms, our Band Manager John has been exploring new band rooms in the Morpeth area and we hope to have a new home soon, watch this space for more info.
What a great month for the Band. As always, March sees the return of the North of England Bass Band Championships, this year our piece was Napoleon on the Alps by Philip Harper. Clare put in all her usual heard work making sure we were prepared, we went on stage with an unusual calm feeling, we played the piece the best we could and we came off stage feeling confident. We waited nervously as the adjudicators read out the remarks, we came 3rd, a result we’re over the moon with! Not only that be we also won Best Cornet and Best Percussion! Its been a couple of years since John has won the best cornet prize but this is the first time the band has ever won best percussion, a massive well done to Daryl, Becky, Edgar and Angus! On that note a special thank you has to go out to Becky, Edgar and Angus as these guys aren’t percussionists, they all play brass instruments but due to the lone percussionist that is Daryl they all stepped up to the mark and learned new instruments ensuring all parts were covered, an big thank you has to go to Clare for the extra percussion sectionals which helped these guys get up to scratch.
Our next outing will be on the 7th April at the Morpeth Gathering so if you’re in the area pop along and have a listen.
Our next contest will be on the 21st April up in Dunfermline.
What a hectic few months its been for the band. After recovering from a busy Christmas period we hit the rehearsal room hard and prepared our self for our annual visit to Butlins. This year we had Henry V and this marked Clare’s first contest with us. She worked us hard preparing for the contest, we went on staged feeling more prepared than ever, we gave what we felt was an accountable performance which Clare was really happy with. We came 12th, over all the Band are quite happy with this, we got some great feedback from spectators and some really encouraging remarks from the adjudicators. A huge thank you to Clare for all her hard work and commitment leading up to the contest and thank you to the band for attending all the rehearsals!
Jan and Feb also see’s us prepare for the North of England Brass Band Championships. This years see us return to the 3rd sections and with Clare at the helm we don’t plan on staying her long. We’ll be giving out rendition on Napoleon on the Alps on the 18th March at the Gala Theatre in Durham, keep an eye on our Facebook Page and Twitter feed for live updates. Wish us luck.
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