Torrential rain in Rugby failed to drown the determination of the young members of 10 youth marching bands taking part in this year’s TYMBA National Championships 2018.
On the day, Grafton District Scout Band won a hotly contested Contest Class with The Marching Band of St Gregory’s, Spen Valley Scout and Guide Band and Stone Scout and Guide Band close behind. Grafton also lifted the crown of 2018 League Champions.
In the Championship Class, 10th Leicester 1st Syston Scout and Guide Band and 3rd Davyhulme Scout and Guide Band have been battling it out all year, trading places in the league, but it was Syston where both victorious on the day, and take the TYMBA of 2018 league title.
In the Open Class, Biggleswade Sea Cadet Band and Chesham All Girls both secured a Silver Award for their overall performances with Haverettes All Girls Marching Band securing a Gold Award.
Despite being uncontested all year, Alderley District Scout Band did not take it all for granted and have each time put on performances worthy of them being named TYMBA National Class Supreme Champions once again.
Andy Downton, Chair of TYMBA, said: “As the rain fell, I did start to wonder whether we would have to cancel the day, but I am so glad we didn’t!
“I was amazed and proud to see the determination and dedication of the young musicians who all took it in their stride, each putting on a great show!
“Talks have already begun on what we do next year, and it is going to be huge!
“Well done everyone, you did yourselves proud.”
After the competition, the bands came together for a Beating Retreat, lead by Dan Button of the Royal Marines Band Service, marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, watched over by the Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Tom Mahoney.
Full results from the TYMBA Nationals 2018