After a difficult week of preparation involving the use of several rehearsal venues in a number of local towns and villages, the band has qualified for the National Championship Finals which will take place in October at the Royal Albert Hall.
We were also pleased to welcome our Guest Principal cornet player, Russell Gray, to the band for the week prior to competition. Russell cemented the cornet section together in just 5 rehearsals with skill and confidence and demonstrated his own ability with a fantastic performance on stage at Burton On Trent's Town Hall. It was a delight to have Russell with the band and we thank him for his work.
The day itself got off to a bad start when the band was informed that they had received the dreaded 'number one' draw. However, they played with confidence and style to a packed hall, and the audience reaction of obvious enjoyment was well matched with that of the adjudicator, Bill Relton, who recognised the band's quality by awarding 195 points which gave them a third place.
Qualification was then confirmed when NSK-RHP Ransome received a 2nd place (they had already received an automatic qualification to the 2000 National Championships due to their high ranking in the 1999 National Championships, and so on this occasion the 3rd placed band receives an invitation).
After receiving qualification for the 2000 National Championships, combined with the knowledge of a sponsorship deal with Travelsphere Holidays, the band celebrated in style and now looks forward to working towards its next competition challenge - The All England Masters, being held in Cambridge in May.
Details of the National Championships will appear here in the near future.