Tendring Brass wins third place in National contest

Following its success as runner up in the London and Home Counties Regional Brass Band contest in March this year, Tendring Brass travelled to Cheltenham this weekend to compete in the third section of the National Brass Band Championships. On Sunday 18th September the Band, along with 18 other third section bands, played their test piece “Lake of the Moon” to two world class adjudicators. Many weeks of preparation and hard work were rewarded as the Band was awarded third prize. The adjudicators praised the Band’s attention to detail, control and musical performance of a challenging piece. Musical Director Antony Sanders said “The Band gave a superb performance and it’s fantastic that all that practice and rehearsal led to such a great result on the day. The Band gets better and better year by year and a win at national level is such a brilliant reward and a huge confidence booster for everyone”.
The cost of competing at national level is very high. Band chairman and treasurer Brian Harmer said “We are very fortunate and grateful to have received donations from Clacton and Harwich Rotary clubs and David Watson Transport. These helped significantly with the cost of competing and travelling to Cheltenham.” Tendring Brass Academy also put on a concert to help raise funds for the trip. Band member and bass (tuba) player Bob Bales, a keen cyclist, did a sponsored cycle ride. He made a six day “epic” 400 mile round trip to Cheltenham included via Oxford, Stevenage and Aylesbury. He took with him a “mini bass” instrument and enjoyed a rehearsal with City of Oxford band. Bob raised around £900 to be shared between the Band and St. Helena Hospice.

Bob with his bike prior to the sponsored ride
Bob with his bike prior to the sponsored ride
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