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Derwent successful at The Midlands Area

The band members are seen here celebrating after scooping 2nd prize at the Midland Regional Championships at Bedworth Civic Hall on Saturday 13th March.

A tough test was presented with the set test piece, A Moorside Suite by Gustav Holst. which proved to be quite a tough challenge during the period of rehearsal preparation prior to the contest, which included additional band rehearsals, individual sectional rehearsals, a 'dry-run' of the piece in concert, and finally our MD Keith Leonard arranged for a visit of Fodens MD Gary Cutt for the final polish to the preparation.

"This years the band really settled on stage" commented MD Keith "and produced a performance to be proud of. Special thanks also need to go to our soloists Martyn (trom), Graham (horn,) Pam (flugel), Paul (bass), Adrian (baritone) Adam (euph), and |Dai (sop),   and of course Dave (cornet) who produced sublime playing in the very difficult exposed cornet solos.  This result also qualifies the band for another appearance at the National Finals (our 6th) which will be held at Harrogate in September.



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