It’s that time of year, once more, where dozens of brass bands descend on Bedworth to participate in the annual Midlands Regional Brass Band Championships.
My band, Carlton Brass, were competing in the First Section; hoping to improve on a disappointing 14th place last year. We were playing Land of the Long White Cloud by Philip Sparke, drawn number 11 of 16.
We played really, really well, and came off stage happy with our efforts. The result, 7th, was a little disappointing considering how well it went, but we can’t really argue with the remarks from the adjudicators; some really nice playing but a few too many errors here and there to come much higher.
We had some lovely comments from others in the hall, so perhaps we could have come higher, but we are still happy to play as well as we did.
We obviously celebrated out achievement by having a few drinks, as is tradition.