September 2022 saw Bideford Town Band travel to Cheltenham Racecourse to compete in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.
After our win in April, we went to represent the West of England area as champions of the fourth section and competed against 15 other bands who are fourth section ‘best of the best’ in their areas across GB.
We are thrilled that we came second in the contest, meaning that Bideford Town Band is officially the second-best (with a very narrow margin) fourth section band in Britain.
Our youngest player George was chosen by our musical director to represent the band at the awards ceremony and is seen here collecting the trophy and prize money from one of the three adjudicators, plus a photo of the band shortly before travelling back to Bideford.
The band would like to give huge thanks to the following for their support in getting us to and from the contest:
Those councillors who donated part of their community grants to help fund the trip, namely Cllrs. Brenton, Inch, Bushby and Langford.
Our shirt sponsors: Brend Hotels, The Thatched Inn, Symons and Son Removals, So Sweet and Surf Bay Holidays.
And lastly but by no means least the people of Bideford and elsewhere, who donated so generously during our summer concert season raising the grand total of £1628.16.
We thank you all and are proud to have put Bideford on the banding map once more.