Sunday will see brass banders from all over the North-West head to Blackpool for the annual ‘Areas’ Championships. Arguably one of the most competitive contest of the year, bands will go head-to-head to demonstrate their current musical form. In recent years, Morecambe band have consistently produced top performances at the area contest. They were promoted from the third section in 2009 and have since climbed the ranks to make their debut on the Championship stage.
This is a historical moment for Morecambe Band. It will be the first time in the bands 126-year history that they will be competing in the section, alongside banding greats such as Fodens, Faireys and Leyland. MBBA are particularly proud that as well as some fantastic new signings to the band such as Stevie Craig (flugel), a considerable number of home-grown players will be featuring on Sunday. One of the longest serving members is Geoff Colling (cornet) who started aged 12 in 1964. He described the coming contest as a “banding career highlight”. Keen supporters of the band will also recognise soloists Sara Harwood (Baritone) and Harry Cunningham (E flat bass), who both started as juniors within the Morecambe Brass Band Association.
Under the baton of musical director Andrew Warriner, the band have been working to produce another top quality performance that will build successes and hard work of the past six years. The band will take the stage to play set test-piece ‘The Torchbearer’ by Peter Graham. It is based on the Salvation Army march by Eric Ball, Torchbearer. It retains the main compositional characteristics and harmonic flavours of Ball’s compositions, echoing ciphers from some of his most famous works. This has been a particularly enjoyable test-piece to rehearse for the band, and should prove to be enjoyable for the audience to listen to as well.
Good Luck Morecambe Band!