Bideford Town Band are Champions! At the West of England Brass Band Association finals held in Cheltenham on Saturday 2nd, we won the 4th section group, coming 1st out of 11 bands with a super performance of the test piece ‘Argos’.
This means that we now go forward to compete with 4th section winners from all over England in September as well as being promoted to the third section both of which being great achievements for the band.
Mark Durham has been the band’s Musical Director for the past eight years (coming down from Yorkshire where he played cornet with the Shepherd Group Band), during which time they have made incremental progress (with the odd poor one-off) — turning regular top-six finishes into four podium finishes in their last seven competitive outings.
“We’ve been improving slowly but surely,” he said. “The players are so committed and now it’s paying off. I’m so happy for them all. It’s a wonderful band with wonderful people — they deserve this so much especially having not played competitively -due to the pandemic – since the last contest in March 2020.
The band is based in Victoria Park, Bideford. As well as the senior band here we also have a thriving music academy which welcomes players of all ages and abilities. To find out more including when we can be seen and heard, or to support the band in a non-playing capacity, find us on Facebook and send us a message.