Pilling Jubilee Silver Band

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22/03/2015 - Band News March 2015

You will recall from our last newsletter that the local qualifying contests for the National Brass Band Championships took place in Blackpool on 1st March. This year, the band competed in the third section, following our promotion from the fourth in January. This meant, of course, that we faced stiffer competition and perhaps the result reflected that. There were 19 bands competing in the third section, these being divided into morning and afternoon sessions, allowing the adjudicators to take a break for lunch and Pilling were allocated a place in the morning session.

This meant an early start, beginning with a rehearsal from 07:30 until 08:30 in St Kentigern's church hall near Devonshire square. We then met at the Winter Gardens and awaited the outcome of the draw for order of play, which turned out to be No 8. A further wait then, whilst some went for a bacon buttie or a brew before finally registering and going on stage in the Opera House at about 11:15. We thought that the performance went reasonably well, some minor hitches though it never ever goes as well as we have played in the bandroom! Those who stayed then had time for some lunch, a bit of shopping, a drink in the bar or to listen to some other bands (not recommended) before the results were announced at about 3:15pm. A good number of us gathered in the Opera House to hear the adjudicator's comments and to see the top six bands receive their prizes, sadly Pilling Band was not one of them, though we were pleased to see local band Blackpool Brass qualify by gaining third place. When the full results were handed out we found that we had come in 9th place out of 19 bands, no disgrace at all to be mid-field at our first major contest in the third section.

We are now rehearsing for the upcoming concerts, that on the 9th April in Pilling having to be cancelled due to the hall being demolished on the 1st April (how can that have happened, perhaps the 1st April is significant?) We are at Gt Eccleston WI on Saturday 18th April and at Cockerham Church on the evening of Sunday 19th April.

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