Brass Band’s are a huge part of my life. In fact, just last night I was part of a concert with the fantastic Lions Youth Brass organisation, where my Beginner Band performed alongside the organisations two other bands, the Juniors and Youth, and also the locally renowned Roberts Bakery Band.
Having been a member of the Roberts band for a couple of years in the early noughties, I was intrigued to hear how the band sounded under their new conductor. Wow. I was, if you’ll forgive the pun, blown away. They were excellent; entertaining, classy and very watchable. In fact, they were everything that a brass band needs to be to continue attracting audiences.
One little note; sat on the front row, right in front of my band of little beginners (average age of 8) was a man who had, just the day before, been performing on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in the National Brass Band Championship Finals for the world famous Black Dyke Band. Not only did he perform in it… he – and his band – won it!
The contrast of children just beginning their musical journey, being watched by a man who is at the very peak of the genre; it was that kind of evening.