So, what has happened since our last article in September? How did we get on in our last two competitions of the year? Did we make it four wins out of four?
Firstly, we performed our competition display at Syston Carnival to the people who came to watch, showcasing the talent of the young people we have in the band.
Then it was onto our 3rd competition of the year which was held in Manchester at the Longford Park Stadium, Stretford on Sunday 16th September. The weather conditions couldn’t have been anymore different from the two previous contests; unfortunately, we didn’t have glorious sunshine like before. This time we had heavy rain. But despite the weather, the band went out and gave another brilliant performance, but would that be enough to claim another victory, or have the other bands improved enough to stop us?
Well the band again were awarded 1st overall and took away another seven trophies for their hard work, but the work didn’t stop there as they had one more competition to go and it was the big one; It was the TYMBA (Traditional Youth Marching Band Association) National Championships, being held at Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby.
Could the band make it four wins out four? Well again the weather wasn’t nice to them as it was raining, but that didn’t bother the band. They went out and gave another great performance.
The band knew it was going to be the hardest contest, as it was being judged by Royal Marines.
After drying off, the band took to the arena with the other bands to find out where they had come.
They had only gone and done it, four wins out of four! Taking home another six trophies, but that wasn’t it.
The band were also crowned TYMBA Championship Class League Champions 2018.
With taking the league title, it means the band will be promoted to the TYMBA National Class (Premier League for all the football fans), so it means lots of hard work to prepare for next season.
Even though the competition season had ended it didn’t mean the band could relax, as they had been invited to play at London’s Lord Mayors Show along with the Corp of Drums Society on 10th November. This was a fantastic event to take part in, with all the youngest members marching through the streets of London showing the masses of people lining the streets what they could do.
The next day the band couldn’t have a quiet day either, as it was back to Queniborough and Syston for the Remembrance Day parades, which were both led by us.
The next thing for the band will be their very own annual variety show ‘Sticks & Tones’ on 23rd February 2019 at Wreake Valley Academy Theatre. We will again be doing a Matinee show at 3pm & an evening performance at 7pm.
Tickets are on sale now for £5 for each show. For more details or to book your tickets, contact David Lucas on 07719 553847.