20140427-061008.jpgIt wasn’t our day. After two months of careful rehearsal – of dedicated practice by all the players in the band – Regent Brass and I travelled 200 miles to Blackpool to participate in the British Open 94th Spring Brass Band Festival held in the Winter Gardens. Spirits were high, we were relaxed and morale was good as we entered the contest arena to deliver our impassioned interpretation of Berlioz’s phenomenal overture to his unfinished opera, Judges of the Secret Court.

The band played magnificently. A flew blips, a couple of panicked bars, but overall the performance was musical, characterful and an important milestone in the development of the band. Only one problem – we came last. Our adjudicators were not impressed and decided to place us 20th out of 20. The sense of injustice was palable. This decision really hurt. We played well and we gave our all but it wasn’t our day.

Despite the immediate feeling of humiliation and rejection the band will bounce back. It’s sense of family, it’s determination to push forward and develop as a group and importantly, to continue its mission to be a resource and inspiration to the local community of Brent, its home in London, will be undiminshed.

But that’s contesting for you. It didn’t work out as we hoped but we’ll be back again. We’ll pick ourselves up and look forward to pushing ahead with some exciting plans that we have in the pipeline. What do those adjudicators know anyway…