The Band has had great success at the North of England Regional Championships in Darlington on Saturday 15th March. The test piece was “Partita for Band – Postcards from Home” by Philip Wilby. Our performance was rated highly by the adjudicator, Mr Kevin Wadsworth, who awarded us first place and the title North of England 3rd Section Champions!
By becoming 3rd Section Champions, the band has again qualified for the National Finals at Cheltenham in September and can now expect promotion to the 2nd Section in 2015. In addition, our percussionists have retained their trophy as “Best Percussion Section”. Finally, the hard work of Musical Director, Ian Scott, over the last two years has been rewarded by receiving the trophy for “Best Conductor” in the 3rd Section. Ian has brought the band from 7th place in 2012 on his arrival, to runners up in 2013 and to North of England 3rd Section Champions 2014!
The band members all make a tremendous commitment, giving all their time and effort freely and even paying for their own seats on the coach! This commitment has been well rewarded in Darlington. However, the challenge is now to raise funds for the National Finals at Cheltenham to cover coach and hotel arrangements. There is the opportunity to become a Friend of the ERYB and help support a very successful band. The band is also open to future sponsorship.
Undoubtedly the 15th March 2014 was a day to remember for the Band under their Musical Director – Ian Scott.
The Band’s next performance will be at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show on April 26th.