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Aldbourne Band celebrate 3rd place at the Area Contest!

Aldbourne band once again enjoyed their annual trip down to the English Riveria in March to compete at the West of England Regional Championships Area contest, coming away with a well-earned 3rd place.

It wasn’t quite enough to qualify for the National Finals in the Royal Albert Hall, but still marks the continued meteoric rise of the Championship Section band under the guidance of their charismatic conductor David Johnson.

The band was well supported throughout the day, with many of the Friends of Aldbourne Band joining them for the day in snowy Torquay. Drawn 3rd (out of 11) between Chalford and Brunel Brass, some of the band took to literally “warming up” back stage before taking to the stage for the performance (see pic below)!

Philip Sparke’s Harmony Music was the challenging test piece this year, originally written for the Championship Section National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in 1987. Starting with a double piano solo for the second horn, the piece took all of the players out of their comfort zones and ensured a very busy few months in the band room and at home for all involved!

4barsrest described the band’s performance on the day as “… a flammable mix of high octane excitement and combustible enthusiasm…”, filled with “adrenaline fuelled emotion”.

The adjudicators Brett Baker and David Thornton also enjoyed the exciting performance commenting on the excellent dynamic detail and particularly praising the well executed solos from our Principal Cornet Richard Hughes and Solo Horn Tim Dixon. Whilst the band were proud of their performance on the day, it wasn’t quite enough to beat off the local rivals of Woodfalls and Flowers for the sought after qualification places.

For more details on the band and its schedule, visit the band website, see link below. Links to the Friends Facebook page and the Aldbourne Band Heritage Project – Flickr gallery are also shown.

Posted by: RB on 24th April 2013