We took part in the London and Southern Counties Regional contest, ‘the areas’, 4th section. This is the first time the band has played in the areas since 2002.
We played the test piece ‘An English Pastorale’ by Dean Jones, against 21 other bands.
We had a great time, and to top it all off the adjudicators awarded us 2nd place !
Our 2nd place means we qualify to play in the National finals in September.
We played to a very enthusiastic audience in Diss as part of a series of concerts being held at St Mary’s church.
Our concert opened with the TV theme tune from ‘The Simpsons’, and was followed by a traditional march ‘Cornish Cavalier’.
We then played ‘Pride of the Forest’, a piece which our conductor first played when he was starting out in bands at the age of 9.
Our first soloist was Alicia playing the Soprano solo ‘Demelza’
Next was ‘Mr Jums’, and then a solo from our Principal Cornet Ellis Holt, ‘Share My Yoke’
Then came ‘Ruby Tuesday’ and we finished the first half with ‘Instant Concert’
The 2nd half started with the march ‘Praise’, followed by ‘A West Country Fantasy’.
Jack then played ‘The Lazy Trumpeter’, and the cornets featured in ‘Buglers Holiday’.
Not to be outdone the trombones then featured in ‘I will follow Him’.
We then played ‘Amazing Grace’, Tracey played the Eb Bass solo ‘Bare Necessities’ and we finished with ‘Things’.
As you can see we play a wide and varied repertoire.