Championships 2001

4 Mar 2001

Travelsphere Holidays Band won the area qualifying round and are now The Midlands Area Champions 2001.

The British Bandsman reported:

"Playing off an early second draw slot, Travelsphere Holidays Band's performance of Philip Wilby's difficult Jazz held up against a field which produced high standards to clinch victory at the Midlands Regional Championships, for the first time in five years.

"Led by Frank Renton, Travelsphere's performance coped admirably with the shifting tempi and styles, was anchored by the stylistically fluid cornet playing of Alan Morrison and had many in the audience pigeon-holing it as light years ahead of the pack of 11.

"... for Travelsphere, who have experienced some gritty fortunes of late, it was a deserved moment in the sunlight for a performance which, according to their maestro in the middle, was easy to produce from the start".

Frank Renton said:

"They approached the piece really well right from the beginning and I was lucky to have Alan Morrison as the band's principal cornet, who is well versed in all kinds of styles, so it was a really easy job".

The success at this contest has now secured the band a place at the National Championships of Great Britain 2001 to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on 20th October 2001.