“And the band plays on…to its next musical success” was the title of the article written by Adrian Mullen for the Arts column of the Westmorland Gazette on Friday 4th May 2001.
And he was right. Burneside Brass Band had a success filled year in 2001. Despite dissapointment at the Brass at the Guild contest in Preston in February, Burneside proved it was not defeated and tacked ‘Sinfonietta Pastorale’ by Henry Geehl for their debut performance at the North of England Regional Championships in Darlington, with success…Adjudicator Mr Maurice Priestley placed the newcomers Burneside Brass Band in 5th place out of 13 bands taking part. Deserved success at last! This continued into May with the band achieving third place at the Morecambe Music Festival, and cornetists Claire Shore and Alan Bottomley enjoying victory in the soloist classes. Later that month, the Band was victorious in Ripon Cathedral, achieving second place and also best soloist, Oliver Bateman. June proved once again triumphant, as Burneside hit Kirby Lonsdale, achieving fourth position and gaining the cup in the Best Hymn Tune Section. September saw Burneside’s debut perfomance in the Torchlight Procession in Kendal, and sucess continued into October, winning the Printer’s Pot for 3rd place at the Wilkinson Northern Open in St. Helens
2001 was also a year of fundraising for Burneside Brass Band, as a Musical Instruments Quiz devised by Stuart Shore and supported by Lakeland Insurance Services and Prontaprint of Kendal, raked in over £600, helping Burneside to fund their new uniforms.
Lets hope 2002 brings the same victory as this year!