Lewes Glynde and Beddingham Band makes the National

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THE Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Band (LGB Brass) took part in the Regional Qualifiers of a national brass band competition – and won their section.

The ‘National’, as it is often referred to, is brass banding’s equivalent of the Football League – a first-past-the-post championship involving some 600 bands in eight regional qualifying heats staged up and down the UK, plus two ‘finals’ events.

Taking part in the Fourth Section of the London and Southern Counties Region, LGB, under their Musical Director Ian Stewart, took on 15 other bands from across the South East playing ‘Prelude, Song and Dance’ by John Golland.

All the bands were listened to by adjudicator Duncan Beckley, after which he decided that LGB Brass were the best. In his summing up of the band’s performance, Duncan praised the confidence and consistency the band showed throughout and congratulated Ian on a well directed performance.

Band Chairman and solo euphonium, Tony Line, praised the hard work everyone had put in to preparing for the competition. “This has involved extra rehearsals, as well as lots of practice at home, for everyone – including our Musical Director! We all deserve a collective pat on the back.”

LGB will now be working hard to raise the money needed for the trip to the finals, to be held in Cheltenham over the weekend of September 24 and 25.

Anyone wanting any information on the band should contact the Secretary, Jane Stewart, via the band’s website www.lgbbrass.co.uk