Spen Valley, Thurmaston and Romford win respective classes at first competition of the year
Nine bands took to the field at the picturesque Himley Hall and Park for the Halesowen Marching Band Championships, as part of Dudley Borough’s Armed Forces Day event on Sunday 30 June 2019.
With all bands improving on previous outings, it was Spen Valley Scout and Guide Band who lifted the Contest Class trophy, closely followed by the local Marching Band of St Gregory’s and Stone Scout and Guide Band.
In the Open Class, another local band, Coseley Performance Ensemble gained Silver Awards for their performance, themed around mental health issues.
The Championship Class was also a close contest between Biggleswade Sea Cadets who finished runners up and Thurmaston Marching Brass who were winners.
In the National Class, Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps made an impressive return to TYMBA with a contest-winning performance, followed by 10th Leicester 1st Syston Scout and Guide Band* and Haverettes All Girls Band.
Andy Downton, Chair of TYMBA, said: “I say the same every year, but the standard is constantly improving, so well done to everyone involved with the bands.
“I’d especially like to say ‘well done’ to Syston – they performed under great emotion after the loss of their bugle instructor, Dave Lucas, little over a month ago.
“The news of Dave’s passing has touched everyone not only in his own band but also across the whole association and he will be missed.”
TYMBA bands now have a break until the TYMBA National Championships in September at Whale Island, Portsmouth, hosted by The Royal Marines.
*10th Leicester 1st Syston Scout and Guide Band 10th Leicester/1st Syston gain National Class Runners Up with a higher number of 1st places, as per TYMBA Rule Book Section 2 Rule 8 – this was incorrectly awarded on the day.