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Saturday 6th may 2017: The first IMG/Soundsport Essex England

Ven, 05/05/2017 - 11:42

Saturday 6th may at 14.30 the first of in total 12 corps will take the floor start their competition.

In Soundsport the next corps will present their show:

1) Knights Acadamy (Kent)
2) Essex Marching Corps (Essex)(YOUTH)
3) Project 13 (Kent)
4) High Cross Cadets (Dorset)
5) Cinderford Academy (Gloucestershire)
7) Romford Drum & Trumpet Corps (Essex)

In the IMG class will be the next Corps:

1) Liberty (Midlands) (YOUTH)
2) The Pacemakers Drum & Bugle Corps (Kent)
3) Thurrock Marching Brass (Essex) (YOUTH)
4) Buccaneers Mini Corps (Essex)
5) Bleu Barons Mini Corps (Scotland)

The Judges are:

Nigel Brown (Music)
Barry Davis (Visual)
Joe Fitzpatrick (Overall Impression)

The place were it all will happen:

Basildon Sporting Village, Gloucester Park North,
Cranes Farm Road, A1235, Basildon, Essex, SS14 3GR

On behalf of everyone at Thurrock Marching Brass thank you for supporting the first IMG.SOUNDSPORT
ESSEX and we hope that you have an enjoyable and memorable day with us.

Saturday 6th may 2017: The first IMG/Soundsport Essex England

Ven, 05/05/2017 - 11:42

Saturday 6th may at 14.30 the first of in total 12 corps will take the floor start their competition.

In Soundsport the next corps will present their show:

1) Knights Acadamy (Kent)
2) Essex Marching Corps (Essex)(YOUTH)
3) Project 13 (Kent)
4) High Cross Cadets (Dorset)
5) Cinderford Academy (Gloucestershire)
7) Romford Drum & Trumpet Corps (Essex)

In the IMG class will be the next Corps:

1) Liberty (Midlands) (YOUTH)
2) The Pacemakers Drum & Bugle Corps (Kent)
3) Thurrock Marching Brass (Essex) (YOUTH)
4) Buccaneers Mini Corps (Essex)
5) Bleu Barons Mini Corps (Scotland)

The Judges are:

Nigel Brown (Music)
Barry Davis (Visual)
Joe Fitzpatrick (Overall Impression)

The place were it all will happen:

Basildon Sporting Village, Gloucester Park North,
Cranes Farm Road, A1235, Basildon, Essex, SS14 3GR

On behalf of everyone at Thurrock Marching Brass thank you for supporting the first IMG.SOUNDSPORT
ESSEX and we hope that you have an enjoyable and memorable day with us.

DCE Championships tickets are selling fast

Lun, 01/05/2017 - 21:18

Drum Corps fans have logged on in their thousands to buy tickets for DCE Championships, which will take place in Parkstad Limburg Stadium in Kerkrade on Saturday 30th September.

Within the first two hours of the tickets going on sale, all package deals and sections A and B have sold out. At the time of writing, only a limited amount of superseats remain for sale.

Speaking on Monday evening, DCE PR Manager Mario Seits said: "We are absolutely delighted to see fans logging on in such high numbers and that sections have already begun to sell out. It will be a special day and we look forward to welcoming fans and performers to Kerkrade in September".

Updates on tickets availability will be posted on DCE Facebook and Twitter pages.

Tickets in the remaining available sections stay on sale through the DCE website at this link.

Orders can be paid using PayPal, credit card, iDeal (The Netherlands), Mister Cash (Belgium) and SofortBanking. Payment costs will be added to the order.

Section C: € 25.00
Section D: € 22.50
Section E: € 20.00
Section F: € 17.50

DCE Championships tickets are selling fast

Lun, 01/05/2017 - 21:18

Drum Corps fans have logged on in their thousands to buy tickets for DCE Championships, which will take place in Parkstad Limburg Stadium in Kerkrade on Saturday 30th September.

Within the first two hours of the tickets going on sale, all package deals and sections A and B have sold out. At the time of writing, only a limited amount of superseats remain for sale.

Speaking on Monday evening, DCE PR Manager Mario Seits said: "We are absolutely delighted to see fans logging on in such high numbers and that sections have already begun to sell out. It will be a special day and we look forward to welcoming fans and performers to Kerkrade in September".

Updates on tickets availability will be posted on DCE Facebook and Twitter pages.

Tickets in the remaining available sections stay on sale through the DCE website at this link.

Orders can be paid using PayPal, credit card, iDeal (The Netherlands), Mister Cash (Belgium) and SofortBanking. Payment costs will be added to the order.

Section C: € 25.00
Section D: € 22.50
Section E: € 20.00
Section F: € 17.50

Ticket sale for the DCE Championships starts Monday night!

Dom, 30/04/2017 - 21:14

Every year thousands of drum corps fans come to the DCE European Championships for the best that Europe has to offer in drum corps. Are you coming too this year? Order your tickets Monday night via the DCE website and enjoy 30 amazing drum corps shows at the Parkstad Limburg Stadium in Kerkrade on Saturday 30th September.

Prices for seats range from 17.50 to 32.50 euros, and tickets give access to the stadium throughout the day and evening (a maximum of 20 tickets per order). If you want to attend the event in complete luxury, you can order a Super Seat for 125 Euros, with overnight stays at the stadium hotel as an optional extra. In addition to your own seat with a great view on the field, a Super Seat also offers complimentary refreshments, lunch, dinner and a free subscription to the DCE Video Vault.

Orders can be paid using PayPal, credit card, iDeal (The Netherlands), Mister Cash (Belgium) and SofortBanking. Payment costs will be added to the order. The DCE Ticket Store will open at exactly 8 pm GMT / 9 pm CET.

Section A: € 32.50
Section B: € 27.50
Section C: € 25.00
Section D: € 22.50
Section E: € 20.00
Section F: € 17.50

Ticket sale for the DCE Championships starts Monday night!

Dom, 30/04/2017 - 21:14

Every year thousands of drum corps fans come to the DCE European Championships for the best that Europe has to offer in drum corps. Are you coming too this year? Order your tickets Monday night via the DCE website and enjoy 30 amazing drum corps shows at the Parkstad Limburg Stadium in Kerkrade on Saturday 30th September.

Prices for seats range from 17.50 to 32.50 euros, and tickets give access to the stadium throughout the day and evening (a maximum of 20 tickets per order). If you want to attend the event in complete luxury, you can order a Super Seat for 125 Euros, with overnight stays at the stadium hotel as an optional extra. In addition to your own seat with a great view on the field, a Super Seat also offers complimentary refreshments, lunch, dinner and a free subscription to the DCE Video Vault.

Orders can be paid using PayPal, credit card, iDeal (The Netherlands), Mister Cash (Belgium) and SofortBanking. Payment costs will be added to the order. The DCE Ticket Store will open at exactly 8 pm GMT / 9 pm CET.

Section A: € 32.50
Section B: € 27.50
Section C: € 25.00
Section D: € 22.50
Section E: € 20.00
Section F: € 17.50

Dutch Music Games Contest entry details

Mar, 25/04/2017 - 19:30

Saturday 3 june 2017 Contest Roosendaal

JUNIOR CLASS

Showband Jong Holland Junioren Zwijndrecht (NL)
Junior Drumcorps Johan Friso Middelburg (NL)
Jong Beatrix Hilversum (NL)
Jong Jubal Drum & Bugle Corps Dordrecht (NL)

PREMIER CLASS

Juliana Drum & Bugle Corps Middelburg (NL)
Jubal Drum & Bugle Corps Dordrecht (NL)

Saturday 24 june 2017 Contest Huizen

JUNIOR CLASS

Showband Jong Holland Junioren Zwijndrecht (NL)
Junior Drumcorps Johan Friso Middelburg (NL)
Jong Beatrix Hilversum (NL)
Jong Jubal Drum & Bugle Corps Dordrecht (NL)

PREMIER CLASS

Showband "Spirit of 52" Rastede (D)
Blue Diamonds Drum & Bugle corps Nienhagen (D)
Showband Jong Holland Zwijndrecht (NL)
Beatrix Drum & Bugle Corps Hilversum (NL)
Juliana Drum & Bugle Corps Middelburg (NL)
Jubal Drum & Bugle Corps Dordrecht (NL)

Saturday 9 september 2017 Dutch Music Games Championships Dordrecht

JUNIOR CLASS

Showband Jong Holland Junioren Zwijndrecht (NL)
Junior Drumcorps Johan Friso Middelburg (NL)
Jong Beatrix Hilversum (NL)
Jong Jubal Drum & Bugle Corps Dordrecht (NL)

PREMIER CLASS

Showband Calypso Zwevegem (B)
Showband "Spirit of 52" Rastede (D)
Blue Diamonds Drum & Bugle corps Nienhagen (D)
Starriders Drum & Bugle Corps Bad Munder am Deister (D)
Wölper Löwen Drum & Bugle Corps Neustadt am Rübenberge (D)
Beatrix Drum & Bugle Corps Hilversum (NL)
Juliana Drum & Bugle Corps Middelburg (NL)
Jubal Drum & Bugle Corps Dordrecht (NL)

It promises to be a great season again. Don't want to miss it? Order your tickets now via our ticket shop.

Follow Dutch Music Games also on Facebook.

Dutch Music Games Contest entry details

Mar, 25/04/2017 - 19:30

Saturday 3 june 2017 Contest Roosendaal

JUNIOR CLASS

Showband Jong Holland Junioren Zwijndrecht (NL)
Junior Drumcorps Johan Friso Middelburg (NL)
Jong Beatrix Hilversum (NL)
Jong Jubal Drum & Bugle Corps Dordrecht (NL)

PREMIER CLASS

Juliana Drum & Bugle Corps Middelburg (NL)
Jubal Drum & Bugle Corps Dordrecht (NL)

Saturday 24 june 2017 Contest Huizen

JUNIOR CLASS

Showband Jong Holland Junioren Zwijndrecht (NL)
Junior Drumcorps Johan Friso Middelburg (NL)
Jong Beatrix Hilversum (NL)
Jong Jubal Drum & Bugle Corps Dordrecht (NL)

PREMIER CLASS

Showband "Spirit of 52" Rastede (D)
Blue Diamonds Drum & Bugle corps Nienhagen (D)
Showband Jong Holland Zwijndrecht (NL)
Beatrix Drum & Bugle Corps Hilversum (NL)
Juliana Drum & Bugle Corps Middelburg (NL)
Jubal Drum & Bugle Corps Dordrecht (NL)

Saturday 9 september 2017 Dutch Music Games Championships Dordrecht

JUNIOR CLASS

Showband Jong Holland Junioren Zwijndrecht (NL)
Junior Drumcorps Johan Friso Middelburg (NL)
Jong Beatrix Hilversum (NL)
Jong Jubal Drum & Bugle Corps Dordrecht (NL)

PREMIER CLASS

Showband Calypso Zwevegem (B)
Showband "Spirit of 52" Rastede (D)
Blue Diamonds Drum & Bugle corps Nienhagen (D)
Starriders Drum & Bugle Corps Bad Munder am Deister (D)
Beatrix Drum & Bugle Corps Hilversum (NL)
Juliana Drum & Bugle Corps Middelburg (NL)
Jubal Drum & Bugle Corps Dordrecht (NL)

Eventuele wijzigingen in de deelnemerlijsten zullen via de site en social media bekend worden gemaakt.

Volg Dutch Music Games op www.facebook.com/dutchmusicgames/

 

Ticket sale DCE Championships will start soon for VIP Members

Ven, 21/04/2017 - 07:00

The ticket sale for the DCE European Championships will start from 24 April for VIP members. VIP Members can order tickets one week before the general ticket sale starts on 1st May. No VIP Member yet? Join now and secure the best seats at the Parkstad Limburg Stadium in Kerkrade on 30th September!

Drum Corps Europe introduced their VIP Membership in 2013. For a fixed amount per year, drum corps fans will get free access to video platform The DCE Video Vault and the opportunity to order tickets (up to 2 per person) for the DCE European Championships before the official ticket sales start.

The VIP Membership is the perfect opportunity for those hard core drum corps fans to enjoy watching European top drum corps both at home and in the stadium. You can be a VIP Member for only 29.95 euros per year. Get the VIP Membership now! You can then order tickets for this year by emailing to info@drumcorpseurope.org and you will receive the information and payment request.

As always, the standard ticket sales for the DCE European Championships will start on 1st May at 8pm (Ireland/UK time).

Become a DCE VIP Member now - click here!

Ticket sale DCE Championships will start soon for VIP Members

Ven, 21/04/2017 - 07:00

The ticket sale for the DCE European Championships will start from 24 April for VIP members. VIP Members can order tickets one week before the general ticket sale starts on 1st May. No VIP Member yet? Join now and secure the best seats at the Parkstad Limburg Stadium in Kerkrade on 30th September!

Drum Corps Europe introduced their VIP Membership in 2013. For a fixed amount per year, drum corps fans will get free access to video platform The DCE Video Vault and the opportunity to order tickets (up to 2 per person) for the DCE European Championships before the official ticket sales start.

The VIP Membership is the perfect opportunity for those hard core drum corps fans to enjoy watching European top drum corps both at home and in the stadium. You can be a VIP Member for only 29.95 euros per year. Get the VIP Membership now! You can then order tickets for this year by emailing to info@drumcorpseurope.org and you will receive the information and payment request.

As always, the standard ticket sales for the DCE European Championships will start on 1st May at 8pm (Ireland/UK time).

Become a DCE VIP Member now - click here!

New unit started in UK - inspired by SoundSport

Lun, 17/04/2017 - 08:02

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that, under the banner of the Southern Knights Performing Arts organisation, a new musical ensemble has been setup in Brighton & Hove, United Kingdom. Under the direction of Paul Townsend, this group will comprise of G brass instruments plus a small percussion section.

The repertoire will include fun and funky music that is instantly recognisable, and the sole aim is to entertain.

WHAT WE ARE NOT - a drum corps, or traditional marching band - we don't take ourselves too seriously, and we won't be wearing uniforms or marching a show or travelling to the USA to compete on a football field at DCI or DCA but we have been inspired by the introduction of SoundSport into the UK by Drum Corps United Kingdom.

WHAT WE ARE - fun loving, entertaining, not afraid to try new things - a cross between Bridgemen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WCA6oV9AAc, Mnozil Brass - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGwSmowLGTI and Meute - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2DQK1kcYrU.

We are looking for horn players, a few percussionists (can be kit or marching snare/base drum/quads) and potentially a marimba/xylophone as well (especially if you have your own instrument).

We practice once a week, for 2 hours on a Wednesday night in Brighton.

We are planning on performing in a few SoundSport shows but our aim is to entertain (not win) in addition we will be busking and performing at paid events throughout the country.

Alan Thompson, Chairman of Southern Knights added "Knowing Pauls commitment and drive, from when he was heavily involved back 20+ years ago with Southern Knights when we had a very active Drum Corps, so to be able to support him in the new venture was an easy decision and I wish them all the best of luck."

If you would like to know more please message Paul directly on Facebook at @paultownsend or via email at orders@beaujangles.com

For more details regarding this Press Release please contact Alan Thompson at alan.thompson@southernknights.org.uk

New unit started in UK - inspired by SoundSport

Lun, 17/04/2017 - 08:02

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that, under the banner of the Southern Knights Performing Arts organisation, a new musical ensemble has been setup in Brighton & Hove, United Kingdom. Under the direction of Paul Townsend, this group will comprise of G brass instruments plus a small percussion section.

The repertoire will include fun and funky music that is instantly recognisable, and the sole aim is to entertain.

WHAT WE ARE NOT - a drum corps, or traditional marching band - we don't take ourselves too seriously, and we won't be wearing uniforms or marching a show or travelling to the USA to compete on a football field at DCI or DCA but we have been inspired by the introduction of SoundSport into the UK by Drum Corps United Kingdom.

WHAT WE ARE - fun loving, entertaining, not afraid to try new things - a cross between Bridgemen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WCA6oV9AAc, Mnozil Brass - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGwSmowLGTI and Meute - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2DQK1kcYrU.

We are looking for horn players, a few percussionists (can be kit or marching snare/base drum/quads) and potentially a marimba/xylophone as well (especially if you have your own instrument).

We practice once a week, for 2 hours on a Wednesday night in Brighton.

We are planning on performing in a few SoundSport shows but our aim is to entertain (not win) in addition we will be busking and performing at paid events throughout the country.

Alan Thompson, Chairman of Southern Knights added "Knowing Pauls commitment and drive, from when he was heavily involved back 20+ years ago with Southern Knights when we had a very active Drum Corps, so to be able to support him in the new venture was an easy decision and I wish them all the best of luck."

If you would like to know more please message Paul directly on Facebook at @paultownsend or via email at orders@beaujangles.com

For more details regarding this Press Release please contact Alan Thompson at alan.thompson@southernknights.org.uk

DCUK 2017 Contest entry details

Gio, 13/04/2017 - 05:07

Drum Corps United Kingdom are pleased to give details of the initial show entries for each of their 2017 events:

Sunday 18th June. Venue - Barnsley FC Academy, Barnsley South Yorkshire
JUNIOR CLASS
Concord AllStars
OPEN CLASS
Beeches
Comets
Dynamic Vibe
East Coast Elite
Kidsgrove Scouts
Revolution
The Company

(This will be a joint event with the British Youth Band Association)

Sunday 2nd July. Venue - Woking FC, Woking, Surrey
JUNIOR CLASS
Cadence Cadets
Cadence Juniors
Thurrock Marching Brass
OPEN CLASS
Beeches
Cadence
Kidsgrove Scouts
Liberty
The Company
The Pacemakers

Sunday 16th July. Venue - Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium, Leicester
JUNIOR CLASS
Concord AllStars
Thurrock Marching Brass
OPEN CLASS
Beeches
Cadence
East Coast Elite
Kidsgrove Scouts
Revolution
Starriders (Germany)
The Company

Sunday 10th September. Venue - Hednesford Town FC, Hednesford, Staffordshire
JUNIOR CLASS
Cadence Juniors
Concord AllStars
OPEN CLASS
Beeches
Cadence
Comets
East Coast Elite
Liberty
Revolution
The Company
The Pacemakers

(This will be a joint event with the British Youth Band Association)

Plus on Saturday 23rd September the 38th British Drum Corps Championships will return for the 5th consecutive season to the fabulous facilities at Select Security Stadium, Widnes, Cheshire. For more details on all these events visit the DCUK website at www.dcuk.org.uk.

In addition details will also shortly be releasing more details regarding the SoundSport and DrumLine Battles events being held as part of this coming summers schedule.

IMG Forest of Dean results

Lun, 10/04/2017 - 11:38

 

The event, held in Lydney, was attended by 13 units participating in three classes. In the concert class six groups competed for a medal. Berry Hill and Forest of Dean Wind Band won bronze medals. Cinderfold Academy, Lydney Training Band and Parkend Silver Band won the silver medal.

In the SoundSport class, the silver medals went to 614 Lydney ATC and Tin Soldiers, where High Cross Cadets won the bronze medal.

In the IMG competition points were given and are comparable throughout the other IMG competitions held this year. Thurrock Marching Brass ended in third place with a score of 56.6 points. Runner up was Buccaneers with 67.7 points, just a bit behind Concord.

Below the complete results.

Concert Section

Berry Hill - Bronze
Forest of Dean Wind Band - Bronze
Cinderford Academy - Silver
Lydney Training Band - Silver
Parkend Silver Band - Silver
Lydbrook Training Band - Gold

SoundSport

High Cross Cadets - Bronze
614 Lydney ATC - Silver
Tin Soldiers - Silver
Cinderford Academy - Gold

IMG

Thurrock Marching Brass – 56.6
Buccaneers – 67.7
Concord – 70.1

IMG SoundSport Youth Champions - Thurrock Marching Brass

The next IMG SoundSport competition is held in Middelburg on April 22nd. The next competition in the UK will be held in Essex at May 6th. 

WGUK Championships LIVE webcast

Gio, 30/03/2017 - 18:42

Hosted by Keleigh Clarke and Emma Brown, and sponsored by Absolute Embroidery, the very first WGUK Finals Webcast will be on air from 10.00am. WGUK will be bringing you all the action as it happens, as well as interviews with performers, instructors and supporters, all in HD.

Join WGUK at the University of Worcester Arena on Saturday 1st April for the 2017 British Winter Guard Championships live and free on UK Fan Network - www.ukfannetwork.org

IMG SoundSport Forest of Dean announces line-up

Ven, 10/03/2017 - 06:00

The following units will participate:

- Berry Hill
- Buccaneers
- Cinderford Academy
- Concord
- Forest of Dean Wind Band
- High Cross Cadets
- Lydbrook training Band
- Lydney ATC Band
- Lydney junior Band
- Parkend Silver Band
- Tin Soldiers
- Thurrock Marching Brass

The competition will be followed by a Grand Finale featuring an exhibition performance by the Cinderford Town Band and a special guest appearance by the British and European Champions, The Cory Band who are officially the best Brass Band in the World.

The event will conclude with a Massed Band performance and the results ceremony. Contest Secretary Sharon Thomas said “We’re delighted with the number of entrants into this year’s contest from all across the UK, and to have the world’s number 1 band here as well is the icing on the cake.”

The contest starts at 2pm with the Finale commencing at 6.15pm and takes place at:-

Forest Oak Arena
Purlieu View
Lydney
Gloucs GL15 4LN

Tickets are for the whole day are £8.00, under 15/over 65 £6.00 for unreserved seating.

15 minutes with the Judging Co-ordinator, Mark Bassett

Lun, 13/02/2017 - 06:58

What are the responsibilities of the Judging Co-ordinator?

I am responsible for providing a team of certified judges for Drum Corps Europe, and for managing the Judging Team. I ensure that the Code of Conduct rules are enforced, and also act as the first point of contact for any queries that are raised during the season – I also provide a response when any investigation has concluded. I am responsible for the recruitment of new judges and the start of their training, and (along with the Judges’ Administrator, Ann) for the arrangement and logistics of the Judges’ College, which is held in May each year. I also oversee the judging allocation/assignment process.

This sounds like a lot of work! Why did you take up the role?

It is a busy role, but one that I enjoy. There is always something to work on from January through to December – it’s not just a job for the summer months! After my passion for Drum Corps began back in 1990, it feels good to be giving something back to a hobby that I have got so much from.

For my ‘day job’ I work as a Project Manager for the UK government. I was put forward for Judging Co-Ordinator, as I have transferrable skills to undertake the requirements of the role. I have been in this post since the start of the 2014 season.

What are your aims for the Judging Team during the 2017 season?

Firstly – we need to recruit more judges! If you are interested in starting your training this year, even if you are still marching/teaching, please get in contact! We all always looking for new judges across all captions, but at the moment especially for Ensemble Music and Music Effect.

The Judging Team contains a group of people that are skilled and experienced in the area(s) they adjudicate, and are very passionate about the activity. I hope that the team remains strong, friendly and willing to learn and better themselves, and that they continue to provide educational and constructive commentary/feedback to corps at all levels of ability.

I am very grateful to each member of the team for volunteering their time to provide this integral part of our activity.

Alongside your Judges' Co-ordinator role, you also judge Field Percussion. Describe your judging experience to-date in three words!

Challenging. Rewarding. Fun.

You are taking a step back from judging in 2017 - what are your plans for the season?

I have lived with Kidney Failure for most of my adult life, and my kidneys failed completely in late 2009. This resulted in me having to undergo dialysis treatment multiple times per week, and therefore no longer able to be involved in teaching a drum corps.

I started training to be a DCE Judge in 2010, which allowed me the opportunity to stay involved in the activity, but without the weekly commitment level expected from teaching a corps.

In April 2016 I had a Kidney Transplant, which has afforded me a new lease of life. This includes being away from home for longer periods of time due to not having to dialyse, and having increased energy levels to allow me to do more of what makes me happy.

Music; specifically drum corps, has played a big part of my life, and is something that I really missed during my prolonged period of illness. I have decided to take a step back from judging this season, and instead have taken the opportunity to be involved with The Company Performance Ensemble. I am a member of the percussion staff, as well as assisting with logistics management of the corps.

I hope that this sabbatical from the field will allow me to refresh/improve my percussion knowledge, and enable me to bring a renewed understanding from a corps perspective back to the judging team.

Best wishes and good luck to each corps that are competing in the 2017 edition of the European Music Games.

From middle C's to the Middle East - For the love of Drum Corps

Lun, 06/02/2017 - 10:35

If I also tell you we couldn't (and still can't) comfortably read music, well nothing more than simple whole, half or quarter notes, you'll know how important it is to spend quality time with someone, who compared to the rest of us, is right up their with Mozart. That's where our old brass instructor and lead soprano comes in.

Now like most corps in the 80's learning music meant spending the off season in a local school room painfully going through the score bar by bar and if your 12/13 year old self could keep concentration for long enough, you would manage to put a few bars of music together by the end of the night, it was like that in the Barons anyway! Now It's important at this stage to mention 80's technology or the lack of it, (It's important later on) Let's just say it wasn't exactly cutting edge!

So you can imagine all these years later when a group of old friends got together again and thought about picking up some instruments, learning music was never going to be our strong point. Although lucky for us our old brass instructor was one of those old friends. We had one minor issue to overcome however, he now lives in Bahrain, not exactly within easy commuting distance of the South side of Glasgow!

Now times change and technology has improved so much. Smart phones? Super fast broadband? We rely on it every day and for us it makes a real difference. It makes performing together again today a reality. So no more face to face classroom tuition, we Skype call our favourite brass instructor every Tuesday in the Middle East. We learn the music (still bar by bar!), we manage to put a few bars together at the end of the night and we once again get to enjoy the activity that gave us so much in our teens. We get to see our brass instructor in person every time we perform, he makes the trip from Bahrain to wherever we have a competition, no Skype required, just like the 80's all over again!

The Baron

Cory will perform at the IMG SoundSport Forest of Dean Show

Gio, 02/02/2017 - 20:20

Cory from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, who are officially the best Brass Band in the World, will be making the short journey to the Forest of Dean for what promises to be a day of superb musical entertainment.

The event will commence with a traditional Brass Band contest, aimed at Youth, Training and Unregistered Bands performing a 20 minute concert program. This is followed by the IMG SoundSport show where bands from a wide variety of backgrounds including Mini Corps, Wind Bands and Brass Bands compete head to head in a 7 minute performance, with entertainment and visual effect counting towards the score as well as the music.

At the end of competition Cory will give a special exhibition performance before joining all the bands for a Massed Band, giving the performers the chance to play alongside the reigning British and European Champions.Cinderford Academy conductor Clive Lewis said “We are over the moon that Cory have agreed to attend our IMG SoundSport show. They are the undisputed number one band in the World and have been so for the last ten years! Last year’s contest was a great start but this year’s should be absolutely tremendous.”

Cory Conductor Philip Harper said “We're pleased to be able to support this unique initiative from the Cinderford Band and we are looking forward to entertaining gathered band fans from across the different worlds of banding!”

Participation in the show is open until March 3rd and further information is available from contest secretary Sharon Thomas.

IMG/Soundsport & WinterGuard return to Dublin

Gio, 19/01/2017 - 05:15
"Following a very successful show in 2016, the IMBA are looking forward to welcoming a variety of performing groups back to Dublin for this years event. We are also looking forward to returning to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght which is a great facility and has great history with IMBA events since the 90's. We encourage as many groups as possible to get involved for what promises to be a very enjoyable show"   Most Irish bands/corps will be represented at the event as well as the welcome return of the Blue Barons from Glasgow, Scotland who are returning to Dublin after a very successful trip last year.   The event is hosted by the IMBA (Irish Marching Bands Association) in partnership with DCE (Drum Corps Europe) & WGUK (WinterGuard United Kingdom). Application forms and further info for performing groups is now available via this link.

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