It was always going to be a historical day for Morecambe Band as they made their way to Areas. To achieve the status as a Championship Section Band is an achievement in itself, and a credit to the hard work the players and musical director have put in over the last six years. However, few could have predicted the newbies would be the ones to watch as the contest drew near.
Instead, Morecambe threw caution to the Blackpool winds to produce a “well-executed performance”, (4Barsrest.com) worthy of 5th place. Competing against 12 additional bands, Morecambe were also the highest placed Lancashire band at the contest. Musical Director Andrew Warriner said he was “immensely proud of the band” and that this was “by far the largest achievement in the bands history”.
Other local bands familiar to Morecambe supporters also had an exceptional day. Freckleton Brass Band took home 2nd prize in the first section while Blackpool Brass achieved 3rd position in the third section. Pilling jubilee also achieved a highly respectable 9th place upon promotion into the third section this year.
Overall, this weekend has shown a confident and successful transition into the new chapter of Morecambe Band. The players will be hoping to build on this achievement in the next few contests. In the meantime, supporters can next see the band at their annual Easter Concert on the 3rd April 2015 at the Platform, Morecambe.