Brass band to compete in regional championships

By by Alan Vincent alan.vincent@iomtoday.co.im Twitter: @iomnewspapers in Arts

Douglas Town Band is travelling to the UK to compete in a prestigious brass band competition.

The band will be up against 18 bands in its section of the North West Regional Championships at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on February 26.

Douglas Town Band was established in 1887, making it the island’s longest-running brass band, and today features a wide age range of players who regularly perform and compete together.

Secretary Paul Naylor said: ’We have been putting in a lot of practice ahead of the championships, where we’ll be led by musical director Ken Mitchell.

’This year’s test piece, Darkwood by Dan Price, is in three movements - The Boggart, House on the Hill and Blackley Village - and will be a great test for every band member, young and old.

’There are another 18 bands in our section and the positions are decided by some of the top adjudicators from the brass band world, so it will be quite a demanding contest.’

More than 80 brass bands compete across five sections at the North West Regional Championships.

The Steam Packet Company is supporting the band by assisting with the costs of travel for players and instruments.

Steam Packet chief executive Mark Woodward said: ’Douglas Town Band provides opportunities for players young and old to hone their skills, perform across the island and further afield as well as participating in important contests like this.’

The band will perform its test piece as part of an open workshop at St Ninian’s Church, Douglas, on February 23 from 7.30pm.

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