19th September, 2017
It with great pride and joy that I write this post. On the 16th of September the band performed at the 2017 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain and they only went a won!
James Garlick and the band took to the stage after being drawn fourth and settled down to play Music of Legacy by Steve Ponsford. Anyone that has ever played on that stage knows full well how lonely it is. Every note blown is carried up and away, seemingly with little or no acoustic at all, leaving the players feeling that they are playing too loudly or not together at all. So, the need to stick by your guns and listen intently to your band mates is paramount.
The band did just that. The ensemble was spot on, “electric” as one adjudicator put it!
Tinged with sadness that “our Janet” wasn’t with the band for this momentous occasion after passing away earlier this year – and amazement that they had the chance to play at all (after Cheshire Constabulary pulled out due to a pre-arranged tour to Germany) – the result was a dream come true!
As you can imagine the celebrations have been ongoing (what happens in Cheltenham stays in Cheltenham!!) Needless to say Boarshurst aren’t resting. The band are already prepping for the upcoming promotion to the 1st Section in 2018, performing in concerts in the run up to Christmas and also diversifying with their newly formed Alchemy brass fusion band (check out Facebook for details: search google for alchemyliveband).
Thanks to everyone that helped the band in the run up and over the contest weekend.