October 2007: A Trip to the National Finals
Having made the long trip to Harrogate for the National Finals, with unplanned stop on the M1 and M62, We arrived at 18.30 for our first rehearsal in Brighouse. The Band excelled and were sounding good.
Saturday morning was a shock to the system but we were back on the road by 10.45. Making it to Wetherby on time, rehearsals went well, with a short stop to look around before we were told we were drawn 14th. Back on the coach and into Harrogate arriving around 15.00. the time before warm up was spent looking around town and catching up on sleep.
To the contest stage, playing at 20.00. we made a great start, even though we were told to expect odd acoustics. The music flowed nicely without any major errors, a smile appeared on Jonathan's face, solos were played with style and the smile grew, the ending was full and controlled, the smile on Jon's face now ear to ear. We were all pleased with how the band played.
After we had changed and loaded the coach, what a thrill to walk back into the hall to loud cheers and whistles from all our supporters what great support we had, thank you!
The section finished around 21.00 and to the results, we were placed 8th not bad but we always wish for more. A good weekend with lots to learn from and put into a plan for the future.
1st Section Results:
|Poulton le Fylde||187||3|
|Woodfalls Concert Brass||184||6|
|Milton Keynes Brass||176||12|
|Jackfield Elcock Reisen||174||14|
|City of Cambridge||172||15|
|Newmilns & Galston||168||16|
4barsrest.com provided a review of the performance:
Opening is steady and the atmosphere is delivered with colour. Nice and effective this. It’s so relaxed in its delivery – high jinx from sailors. All pleasant and content as we move along and there’s plenty of quality ensemble on show – confident stuff this. Our only gripe is a lack of depth to the sound. It’s not dark enough at times. Final third sees band in good form gain. Lots of passion and quality to the close.
Overall: A neat and solid show that had plenty of persuasion. Just needed a bit more edge. Star player: Euph – well led.