At the start of 2013 we began rehearsals for the Northern Area contest held in Darlington and South Cumbria Music Festival, little did we know on that first rehearsal what fantastic journey the band would be taken on, on this our 20th anniversary.
We travelled to Darlington on Saturday 16th March and played the set piece A Devon Fantasy to the adjudicators and the audience. Once the last band had performed we all gathered to hear the results and were extremely proud of our solo Euphonium player Dave French as he was awarded the prize for the Best Euphonium. The places were then read out and we were vey pleased to be placed 2nd and given an invitation to compete in the 2013 National Brass Band Finals later in the year.
The following day 17th March we again took to the contest stage as we competed in the South Cumbria Music Festival where we were placed 1st in the Entertainment contest and 1st in the Open Brass Band Contest.
In May we made the trip to the Whit Friday marches and played in 5 villages ending in Delph, we were pleased that coach trip this year was uneventful. In June we travelled to Ripon to contest at the Ripon Entertainment contest.
The rest of the year was taken up with entertaining the people of South Cumbria with our music, we performed at the Great North Swim, where we got soaked to the skin after a very heavy downpour of rain. Ambleside Rush bearing parade and Warcop Rush bearing parade. We played concerts at Happy Mount Park and Grange Over Sands Bandstand, as well as playing at garden fetes and festivals in the South Lakes and Kendal Torchlight Carnival.
Whilst we preparing for the summer engagements we also had to find time to start rehearsing the Test piece for the National Finals which were to be held in Cheltenham, this was the first time in our 20 year history that we had qualified to compete at the finals.
We worked extremely hard on the test piece A Malvern Suite and on Friday 20th September we left Kendal and travelled down to Gloucester where we had an overnight stay prior to the contest day. On contest day itself we had a rehearsal and then travelled to the contest venue – Cheltenham race course. Eventually our turn came to perform and we gave a very good account of ourselves and came off the stage with our heads held high. Unfortunately we were not placed in the top three, but extremely proud to say in 2013 we are the 14th Best 4th section band in the UK. However the way some of us partied after returning to the hotel many would have thought we had won, there was much to celebrate and everyone enjoyed their time at the National finals.
Remembrance weekend was soon upon us and on Saturday 9th November we performed a Joint concert with the Carnforth Salvation Army Fellowship Band, on the 10th we played at the Kendal Remembrance service held in Kendal Parish Church and in the afternoon we played at the Wreath laying ceremony at the Windermere War memorial.
During the build up to the busy Christmas period we held our award evening and Mr Eric Jones was awarded the Maggie Lees Trophy and Mrs Debbie Caine was awarded with the Musical Directors trophy for her hard work as the Principal cornet player for Burneside Brass.
December has been a very busy one for the band with Light a life services, concerts and Carolling in the South Lakes, in total we turned out 18 times throughout the month.
The Academy band under the direction of Mr Craig Woods continues to develop as the players have become more confident in their musical abilities. Earlier in the year under the Direction of Miss Nicola Bell the academy band took part in the Kirkby Lonsdale Brass Band contest and gave a very good account of themselves.
Both bands are always on the lookout for new or lapsed players that would like to become part of Burneside Brass and the wider Brass Band movement. For further information about joining either band or to book the band please contact Mr Stuart Bell 01539 720977
or visit our webpage at http://www.burnesidebrass.co.uk