Thurrock Marching Brass Win First League Title For 30 Years
Thurrock Marching Brass were crowned as the British Youth Band Association (www.byba.org.uk) 2013 Cadet Class League Champions on Sunday 22 September 2013 after competing at the Brass Explosion competition held in Staffordshire. Competing against their own previously highest score the young band secured their second consecutive victory, posting a new highest score in the cadet class so far this year with an impressive 71.50 points out of a maximum 100. With two weeks to go until the National Championships, which are being held at Hednesford Town Football Stadium near Cannock, Staffordshire on Sunday 6 October 2013 the race is on to see if the band can top their Silver Medals, awarded in 2011 and 2012 respectively at Nationals.
Speaking of the bands achievement, Corps Director, Darren Crisp comments “We had made a number of changes to our competitive routine and also included some new members since the last competition and so I am absolutely delighted that all of these young performers not only remembered all the new things that we had taught them both musically and visually, but did so with the upmost professionalism that we expect here at Thurrock Marching Brass. Every single member performed and behaved impeccably and to score enough points to win the BYBA league title has set us in good stead as we prepare to master all the additional things added to the show. Once again, I cannot thank my staff, support staff, helpers and parents enough for all their hard work and support and am looking forward to the National Championships in a few weeks time”
Adding to Darren’s comments, Chairman, Paul Morgan said “Yesterday we added some great accolades to the highly respected name of Thurrock Marching Brass, and this re-launch, with everyone’s support, is really starting to take shape. We last won a BYBA League title in 1983, which is exactly 30 years ago. The current team, lead by Darren Crisp have masterfully guided the kids to achieve. Three years into the re-launch the band is going from strength to strength and the board’s aim of ensuring that we provided a safe, fun place for the kids of Thurrock to come along and learn something new and create amazing experiences is very much baring wonderful fruits. To see every single one of our extremely young performers achieving so much in such a short space of time makes all the hard work and dedication well worth every ounce of effort that goes in, often behind the scenes to make it all work. I am extremely proud that this organisation is born from the community of Thurrock and is for the community of Thurrock to enjoy. Winning isn’t about just getting past the line first, it is about getting past your own line each time you step out, and if we can continue to help and assist all our youngsters to keep crossing their own lines then there is no telling just how far they will go or just what they will be able to achieve. I, my entire board, and everyone surrounding them will continue to do everything we can to make Thurrock Marching Brass an amazing place to come and be a part of”.
Thurrock Marching Brass are proud to perform as much as they can within the community and you can keep up to date with all their engagements on our website below or on Facebook.