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Champion brass band is blowing its own trumpet

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 17, 2012

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A West Lindsey brass band which has won its first competition after nearly 30 years of trying is holding two concerts to include reprise performances of its landmark success.

Market Rasen Town Band became Bolsover Festival of Brass champions when they travelled to Derbyshire.

But they will be on familiar ground next Saturday, October 27 when they make the shorter trip to Nettleham Village Hall.

And they return to home territory on Saturday, November 10 – at the Market Rasen Festival Hall.

And the fourth section Midlands area band also secured a sponsorship deal to pay its travel expenses

Veteran musical director Alan Needham confirmed that the competition breakthough after 27 years as also-rans was no fluke.

"In a high-class entry of bands – two of which had recently appeared at the National Brass Band Championships – the band secured victory by some considerable margin," he said.

"This was all the more remarkable as they were deducted penalty points for over-running the allotted time restriction.

"Market Rasen Town Band was still awarded 94 points from a possible 100.

"Runners-up, a position usually filled by the town band, were hot favourites Ireland Colliery Band of Chesterfield on 91 points and Sheffield's Deepcar Brass came in third on 90.

"Our young band deserved the long overdue victory, having come so close on so many occasions.

"I am so proud of them and it makes us even more proud to represent the town and the county of Lincolnshire in this victory.

"Spirits are high and confidence will only increase as a result of this victory."

Adjuducator Philip Sparke is also a world-renowned composer and musical arranger.

He said: "Market Rasen's was a very classy presentation with great musical leadership."

Experienced tuba player Martin Huckle said: "It was a great pleasure to be with a winning band.

"It's 20 years since I won a band contest – terrific."

Lyndon Jago, a student at the University of Lincoln. said: "This is amazing.

"I've never won a band contest before and can't imagine a better band to have won with."

Re-formed in the town following the Second World War, the band still has a nucleus of experienced musicians passing on their skills to junior players.

Octogenarian and president Nick Hall remains actively involved, flugel horn player Brenda Cherry has been with the band for 30 years and has been joined by her daughter and son, Aicha and Smain – who is principal cornet player.

RAF warrant officer Peter Wood also has a 30-year connection with the band. And his son Leigh is principal percussionist.

Family connections include brothers and sisters Craig and Rachael Ward, Lyndon and Darcy Jago and mother and daughter Barbara and Georgina Parfitt.

The confidential sponsorship package was secured from RESDEV, a manufacturer of floor resins.

Both the Nettleham and Market Rasen concerts will have Proms to Poppies themes, celebrating pomp and circumstance with style.

Each starts at 7.30pm and tickets at £6 are available in advance on 01472 840870 or 07989 174241.

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