175th year celebrated with brilliant contest result

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What a result!. Amersham Band came 4th in the First Section Finals of the National Brass Band Championship, having only been promoted to the First Section last year. This is the band’s highest ever result and adds icing to the cake of celebrations of the 175th year since the the first record of the band in 1843.

Playing against 16 of the top first section bands from across the country at the Finals in Cheltenham, the band drew the last performance slot and had a long wait before taking the stage at 9pm. Nevertheless, the adjudicators were impressed with our performance, summarising; “A solid and well managed performance with good solo lines and band sound”.

Band Chairman, Fred Harrison said “we are delighted with this result, it is a great achievement and a just reward for all the hard work that went into preparing the test piece. We only had a short time for rehearsals, as the band had been on a trip to our twin town, Bensheim, just two weeks ago.”

Band Chairman, Fred Harrison receives 4th prize from adjudicator John Maines

Prior to the contest, the band met in a nearby village hall for a final rehearsal and to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the band, which was first mentioned in a newspaper report dated September 1843. Band Manager Caroline Perkins provided a special celebration cake which no doubt helped the band members to give a great performance on the stage.

If you would like to hear the band in top form, then our next event is a joint concert with  the world renowned Brighouse and Rastrick Band, on 4th November at The Centenary Theatre in Berkhamsted. For tickets, visit our online box office.