DCUK Woking And Gold Medal For Thurrock Marching Brass
Thurrock Marching Brass arrived early to DCUK Woking on Saturday 4 July 2015 to allow some lucky members to participate in the World Champion talent pool that made up the Blue Devils International touring corps for a clinic, where Brass, Percussion, Colourguard and Frontline Ensemble workshops were held. This was followed by a huge show and tell much to the delight of an enthusiastic crowd. With over 300 young participants on the field, it will be something that many will remember for a very long time. A great gesture by an amazing organisation for all the youngsters here in the UK.
After the clinic, Thurrock Marching Brass unveiled their 2015 summer program entitled “Leo”. It is a fun packed program that follows the story of young Lion cubs as they play on the plains of Africa, get captured, and then break free again. The young performers really enjoy the role play and also the music which includes Born to be Wild, Hakuna Matata (no worries), Born Free and the final number, to be aired DCUK Essex in September is Happy.
The corps, surrounded by amazing artwork completed by parents and scenery that really does give you a sense of the African Serengeti started the season off with a confident and well executed performance from all sections. Some solid brass and percussion performances with room for improvement, as you would expect for the first show of the season, really helped drive the show forwards. Adding to that some amazing performances by the front line ensemble and colourguard the whole theme and concept becomes very readable and enjoyable to watch and listen to. A great reaction from a capacity crowd as the on field musical line hit a company front during the latter part of Born Free just spurred the kids on to a great conclusion to the first show. A really superb first effort and still lots of hard work to go. A very well deserved first place.
Speaking of the achievement, Chairman Paul Morgan comments “Ken Mansfield has created a really fun show and the entire staff base have really enjoyed developing it over the closed season. Today’s win was a great start to our 2015 campaign but there is still a long way to go and some fantastic Junior Corps to compete against; so we will be working hard to ensure that we take on board all the feedback and apply some of the many ideas to the program going forwards, in addition to our own thoughts. The instructional staff, support staff, parents and supporters have been immense and have shown what working together can really achieve. This is an historic year in our timeline with it being our fifth year since the re-launch plus taking the entire TMB family to compete in the DCE Championships later in September. I would like to thank everyone involved in helping our youngsters achieve so many things. Long may that continue. I would also like to congratulate all of TMB’s participants who took part in the Blue Devils International Clinic on the day. You all did yourselves and the TMB name proud today. Well done indeed!”
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