Town band’s top three finish secures elevation to section one
IT’S onwards and upwards for Rushden Town Band after taking third place in the Midlands Area Brass Band Championships last Sunday.
The high placing means the band – which only won promotion from third to second sections last year – will move into the first section next January.
At last week’s championships in Bedworth, Warwickshire, Rushden Town Band competed in Section 2 against 11 other bands. Their test piece, under the baton of Adele Hudson, was ‘The Mermaid of Zennor’, composed by Philip Harper.
The band’s contest secretary, Hilary Hill, described the placing as “fantastic”, adding: “In January 2017, the band will be promoted to the First Section in the banding world. This is the first time in the band’s history that they have ever been in the First Section so they are really looking forward to it.”
Hilary told Extra Local: “The band had recently achieved a first place in the Loughborough Contest and a third place at the Butlins Championships and were hoping to gain this place in the top half in order to gain promotion to the First Section.
“After being drawn 12th to play, the band had to wait a few hours before performing. Nonetheless, this didn’t deter them and they played extremely well. A banding website called it a ‘performance of real stature’ and one of the adjudicators said it was ‘a musical and committed performance’ – and when the results were announced, Rushden Town Band gained a fantastic third place!”
Band members, who are based at the Working Men’s Club in Griffith Street, Rushden, will be showcasing their talents at their next local engagement at The Rushden Mayor’s St George’s Day Concert at St Peter’s Church, Rushden, on Saturday April 23, from 7.30pm.
Pictured above – PROMOTION IN SIGHT: Rushden Town Band, pictured at the Second Section National Finals last year.