Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band
1st Section Champions 2022
Report on 4BR on our win in Durham
'Spectrum' has been both a severe and
accurate measure of the true First Section
credentials of bands around the country.
It was no different here at Durham.
Alan Fernie may have used a touch of well
observed dry wit in saying that perhaps the
Promotions Music Panel could have been "a little kinder" with their choice
almost two years away, but then, what
piece can bands at this level hope to play to prepare
something like 'Contest Music' to follow'?
Felt tip pens
Covid-19 had made things harder. At least four of the six bands were
trombone and bass sections in particular. It was like trying to colour
in a picture with half a
pack of felt tip pens.
No lack of fortitude, determination or sheer ballsyness then on show from
six bands that were a
credit to themselves and the North East banding spirit.
After two near qualification misses in 2019 and 2020, Kirkbymoorside
inspired by a super
reading of nuance and textured colouring (aided by their prize winning
bass team) by
Sarah Woodward produced a number 1 marker that couldn't and wouldn't be
return to the National Finals for the first time since 2015.
It was the extra moments of control that caught the ear both in the box
and the hall,
with Alan writing in
his remarks that it has been a performance, "...with excellent
and a lot of care in prep and execution", whilst Nicholas Garman added
that it, "
...allowed the character of the music to come through."The
announcement of the winners
was greeted by a huge outpouring of
celebration, with Sarah herself in danger of being flown
into the air
by her delighted band rep as he swung her round in joy like the opening
of the test-piece.