On Saturday 8 April 2017 the youngsters of Thurrock Marching Brass (TMB) travelled to Lyndney in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire for their first competition of the season. Hosts, Cinderford Academy, created a platform for 12 acts made up from a wide variety of performances. A special treat included a guest performance by the incredible Brass Band World Champions, Cory, so the day was set to be one to remember from the start.
The new Indoor Music Games (IMG) circuit, created by Drum Corps Europe (DCE) allows smaller marching units to compete on an indoor platform rather than the traditional football stadia. This creates a more intimate arena for marching band and drum corps to compete against one another. Scores and placing awards are given for IMG. DCE also work in conjunction with Drum Corps International’s (DCI) Soundsport brand, which facilitates any and all types of musical performance, creating a unique class to allow so many different styles of unit to showcase their abilities. A Bronze, Silver or Gold award is presented to each unit for their performances.
In addition, for units that field marching members all under the age of 25 there is a Youth Champions trophy presented. There are no age restrictions in any of the classes and this is to encourage any type of performing unit to come along and have a go.
This was the first full musical and visual public performance of the 2017 production, Charlie’s Chocolate Factory. We see young Charlie given the key to the chocolate factory and taking the viewer inside for the first time. The acts include ‘All the sweets are gone’ that uses excerpts from Bow wow wow’s “I Want Candy”; ‘Cheer up Charlie’ with a beautiful duet of “Cheer Up Charlie” from the stage musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; ‘Replenishing the stock’ uses excerpts from Status Quo’s legendary “Rockin All Over the World”; and the finale ‘He finally made it’ brings excerpts from the smash hit movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’s “Pure Imagination”.
With set changes and an abundance of scenery to take the audience through this exciting journey, the youngsters of TMB released the first two of seven scene changes at the Forest of Dean show, and their performance was well received by a capacity crowd. The show earned the young members third place, beaten by two wonderful performances by open age groups The Buccaneers Mini-corps and Concord. In addition to this achievement, TMB was also awarded the title of Youth Champions for the day, making the long trip to the Forest of Dean even more worthwhile.
Speaking of the achievements, Corps Director, Jay Lindner said “I cannot tell you how proud I am of everyone involved right now. I was a little nervous going into the first outing with just two scene changes in place, but the young members did us proud with how they delivered the show. It is very clear to all those watching that this production is not only going to grow but will be a real crowd pleaser. From the moment little Charlie walks through the gates that initially conceal what is happening inside the factory, the whole story line becomes readable and easy to follow and I am delighted with the recognition from the judging fraternity on that front. With so much still to deliver, taking third place and the Youth Champions title were unexpected bonuses for all of us at this stage of the season. I can’t wait for us to release additional elements of the show at our own IMG/Soundsport event in Basildon, Essex on Saturday 6 May. Congratulations to everyone involved and roll on 2017 for more exciting performances for everyone to enjoy. The full details of where we will be can be found on our web site at www.thurrockmarchingbrass.org, just scroll down the home page and you will see our currently accepted performances on the right.”
Thurrock Marching Brass is proud to perform within the community as much as possible.