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Band start competition season on high note




Spalding Marching Ambassadors swept the board at their first championship of the season.
Spalding Marching Ambassadors swept the board at their first championship of the season.

Spalding Marching Ambassadors swept the board on Saturday in their first championship competition outing of 2018.

Their silverware haul included the trophy for overall winners, along with trophies for wins in general music effect, general visual effect, field visual, field wind and field percussion.

Fourteen bands took part in the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades British Marching Bands championship at Stoke-on-Trent.

Bandmaster Jim Bright had every reason to be proud of the Ambassadors, including a member of his family.

“My grandson Tristan Bright, junior bandmaster, choreographed this year’s show and put all the music together,” said Jim. “For a first time, he has done a very good job.”

The Marching Ambassadors set off from Spalding at 8am, arriving in Stoke at 11am and had time for a practice run-through before appearing in the arena at 1.30pm.

Jim says: “The band were playing and marching for 12 minutes and were spot on in their set-piece, hardly putting a foot wrong.

“Our music for the show was about relationships, with the music Haven’t Met You Yet, Crazy in Love, Sweet Dreams, Everybody Hurts and two of Elton John’s classic hits, I’m Still Standing and Can You Feel the Love Tonight.

“We then had to wait until 4.30pm when all the bands, 14 in number, all marched onto the arena for the presentation of awards.

“We were over the moon when we realised we had won all the sections in our class.”

If you want to learn to play music with the award-winning band, pop along to Spalding United Reformed Church on Wednesday, June 13, when the beginners’ class runs from 6pm-7pm. Instruments are provided. Membership is open to those aged eight upwards.



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