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Senior Band Overview....
Following our excellent and fun experience in the Championship Section in 2016, we are excited about joining back into the First Section in 2017
Training Band Overview....
The band have been spending a great time this weekend at the Butlins Mineworkers contest in Skegness. A great 4 day event. This was the first contest back in the First Section for the band, since ending a great 2016 competing in the Championship Section.
There was a tough field of 24 national bands this year to compete against. This was arguably made more challenging in that the band was drawn to play of the No 1. draw.
Following a rendition of the 'Queen' to start the event, the band went on to deliver a very creditable performance, where all players were happy with the performance, some feeling it was an improvement from the performance at the Leicester contest back in November, where we beat some credible Championship bands.
It was a bit of mixed result in that the band were announced as the highest placed mineworkers based band in the section (There were 4 bands with a history/connection to a colliery.)
On receiving the final positions, we were slightly disappointed to be only placed 18 overall. Specially considering one of the two adjudicators was the same person as at the Leicester Contest.
As seems to be the norm at this contest, all of our other midlands based band friends were also placed in general mid table obscurity.
More importantly everyone had a great weekend and as the Leicester contest, where we were awarded the best trombone section, again we were awarded a prize as the highest placed Mineworkers band.
The band are now looking forward to preparations for the North East Midlands Brass Band Association Contest in February and the Midlands Regional Contest in March.
Well what a busy and successful year it has been for the Coalville based band achieving promotion to the Championship Section in 2016.
The year started with a great weekend attending the 'Brass at the Guild' (Preston) contest. Both a professional and fun weekend, staying at the Salmesbury Hotel and incorporating a masterclass session with Renowned conductor, Alan Ramsey.
The masterclass was a great way to build confidence to step up to our first 'Championship' contest. The Preston Guildhall is a great hall to play in and inspired the band to deliver a very credible performance.
Although the band were placed 7th and last (Although 2 other bands withdrew), the performance was of merit enough for the band to be invited to the May Spring Festival contest in Blackpool. Another first for the band in it's history.
The next contest was the big one... Attending the Midlands Regional contest. A daunting proposition, considering we would be in the company of such bands as Desford and Gus, who regularly complete at the National finals in the Albert Hall in London.
Again the band put on a very credible performance and were placed 11 out of 12.
With the way the points system work, unfortunately this position meant that we would be relegated back to the First Section in 2017, by half of one point!!
Our next contest was the first appearance for the band at the Spring Festival in Blackpool. Another great weekend socialising, as we stayed at the Herons Reach hotel. Although we came last in the tough field of 20 national bands, again the performance was credible and the weekend enjoyable.
We had our usual summer jobs including park jobs in Solihull, Melton and a performance at Coalville Picnic in the park.
Our final and arguably best contest performance and result this year was at the Leicestershire Brass Band Association contest in November. Some of the banding social media sites 'Tweeted' several complimentary comments and predicted that we could finish in third place. In the end, we came fourth and were also awarded the 'Best Trombone Section' of the day. No mean feat considering the competition.
We had a few personnel changes through 2016:
We said a sad farewell (For now) to Nick Lear, Jenny Shaw and Rebecca Aston
We welcomed Emily Rushton, who joins us from the Gresley band.
In summary, from the bands ambitions to get to the Championship Section by 2017, we achieved this a year earlier than planned. Whilst we all knew the tough task ahead to stay up in the top section with the way the points work, although we missed staying up by half a point, it has certainly been rewarding and proud that we could hold our own and perform credibly at the top level.
The added bonus is that with the First Section, it is a great section to play in, with some great pieces to play, whilst not having the added pressure that comes with playing at the top level.
So we look forward to the challenges of competing in the First Section in 2017 with excitement...
We welcome Sarah Moore to the band, joining on the cornet section. Sarah has joined us from the Hathern band and previously from North Wales, where she played for the Seindorf Beaumaris band.
On Friday 29th May, the band travelled up to Saddleworth for the annual Whit Friday marches.
Due to the event normally being in school term time, we have not attended for over 5 years, so we were all excited to attend.
Due to the event being well attended this year, we just missed out on completing a minimum of 6 village contests to be placed in the full Saddleworth results.
However we had a great evening and competed at Scouthead, Diggle, Delph, Dobcross and Uppermill villages. Thanks to Darren Stonehouse who volunteered to be the 'booking in' runner for the evening.
26th February 2017
11th March 2017
Midlands Area Contest
8th April 2017
Joint Concert with Gresley Male Voice Choir at Hugglescote Church
23rd April 2017
St Georges Concert at Markfield Court
For a full list, please see our Full Events page