Winner of the Redruth Town Band at the West of England Championships

A Cornish marching band could be forgiven for blowing its own trumpet a bit after the members won their second promotion in as many years.

The Redruth Town Band secured a win in Section Three of Britain’s Western England Brass Band Championships, promoting them to Section Two.

The fierce competition took place in Cheltenham, Gloucester last weekend, and under the guidance of competition music director David Nicholson, Redruth brought the trophy back to Cornwall.

Next up for this hard-working ensemble is the National Finals, which will take place in September.

The group was promoted from the fourth section to the third section in the last championships. Now, after winning against 13 other groups, they will be promoted to the second section, after the national final in September.

Judge Gary Davies called it a “very well-structured performance that brought detail and flair”, adding: “The win was well deserved in what turned out to be a close battle for title honors with Ocean. Brass, who provided an equally crisp marker of brilliance [a musical term for spirit or vigour] and the energy of the number one draw under MD Andy Wareham.”

Meanwhile, fellow judge Steve Pritchard-Jones said: “A performance with many fine musical touches. The third movement was lovely.”

The Redruth Town Band have enjoyed success in recent years in the lower sections, but this latest victory looks promising for a bright future, especially as they have worked with a new bandleader, David Nicholson.

David praised the band members for their dedication and resilience, saying, “It was a fantastic performance from an amazing team. It was a truly wonderful experience! I can honestly say that I enjoyed every minute of the preparations and then getting that result. It was a total pleasure.”

Sections one through four of the National Finals are scheduled to be held the weekend of September 17-18.

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