The Band took part in the North of England Brass Band Championships today at the Gala Theatre, Durham. This year, the Band competed in the 2nd Section (the first time since the 1980's), played Rhapsody in Brass and we were placed in 7th. This is a result which the Band can be proud of to say the least of, due to having two promotions in two years. 2015 in the 4th Section and 2016 in the 3rd Section. A big thank you goes to Steady, Garry, Jack and Dan for helping us out and also to all the Band for their hard work in the run up to today. Congratulations to Ashington Colliery Band and Houghton Brass on qualifying for the National Finals in September.
The Band would also like to congratulate Georgia Stones on winning the Ray Evans Memorial Trophy for the Youngest Player of the Winning Band in the 4th Section. Well done Jayess Newbiggin on their victory and qualifying for the National Finals. A massive congratulations also goes to Kym Daley on winning the Ralph Bell Memorial Trophy for the best Euphonium in the 4th Section. A well deserved award going to a very good friend of the Band.
Today did also see two people say goodbye to the Band as well. Peter Elcoat, our Conductor, leaves the Band to continue his musical career and Ian Clayton, who is retiring from Brass Bands. The Band would like to thank you both for your loyal dedication and hard work to the Band over the last year. We wish you both all the best for the future and hope that you both won't be strangers to the Band.
The Band had a very enjoyable evening at the Test Piece Showcase Concert hosted by the Reg Vardy Band tonight. The Band performed a solid performance of Rhapsody in Brass with some good advice from Russell Gray to work on before we hit the stage on Saturday. A big well done also must go to Reg Vardy, Spennymoor Town Band, Dunston Silver Band and Ferryhill Town Band for some excellent performances of their own test pieces. A massive thank you goes to all at Reg Vardy for your support both in the workshop and tonight.