This weekend saw the band travel to Cheltenham to represent the North West in the 1st Section National Brass Band Championships. Having rehearsed in Evesham at lunchtime the band had to wait until nearly nine o’clock to play having drawn 17th and last – twenty bands had actually qualified, but three had withdrawn from the competition. The band’s performance had some fine playing, but the judges noted that the performance was inconsistent and as a result the band were placed a disappointing tenth. Paul and the band will learn from the experience as the band prepare for next season in the Championship Section.
The band had a great weekend nonetheless staying at the quirky Evesham Hotel where the band enjoyed a friendly welcome and a pie supper after the rehearsal on Saturday night. The band would like to thank the hotel, and also the Avonbank (Evesham) Band for the use of their bandroom and nice brews. Thanks also to everyone who helped to organise the trip, especially Ian Threlfall our contest secretary and logistics expert! Thanks also to the friends and family who came to support us and for the overwhelming good wishes the band received via social media etc.