Our brass band organisation has had a lot of success over the years. Not as much as some of the top bands in the country, but we’ve won some national competitions here and there; most recently the 2015 Midlands Section Section Regional Championships. We subsequently came an excellent 4th at the National contest too.
You always win a nice banner after a victory, and this top one was for one of the now defunct bands in our organisation (NCT), who won the old Championship Section Regional Contest.
It may seem strange having a competitive element to brass banding, but it’s a core element of our culture. Some don’t like it, but it’s something I really enjoy.