The first Saturday afternoon in July found the band playing and marching at the annual Ambleside Rushbearing celebration. The weather stayed fine and we got some useful marching practice in ready for the next day.
Teesdale Brass Band Contest – this year the event was staged in the wonderful grounds of The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle. The event starts with a short march to the contest stage, I said the previous days practice was useful, and then we are required to play a march, a hymn tune and a selection/entertainment piece on the stage before marching away from the stage. There is also an optional junior soloist competition and Nicola Bell entered this by playing Memory on the cornet. The judge was very positive about Nicola’s playing and thanked her in his adjudication. Before the results of the contest were announced the players took part in a massed band on the steps to the museum from the gardens and this seemed to give some good photo opportunities to the audience and the local press photographer. We were presented with 3rd prize for our selection piece, Keep Smiling Through, and as the trophys were shared between only three of the seven bands we felt quite pleased with our days work.
The last Saturday in the month found the band paying its annual visit to Cove House at Silverdale to play at the garden party. The band played a variety of entertaining peices which went down well with all who gathered round to listen. It must have been a success as they have already invited us back for next years party.