On Saturday 6 May 2017 the events team at Thurrock Marching Brass set the stage for some stunning acts that would entertain and thrill a very warm and appreciative crowd at the Sporting Village in Basildon.
It was evident from the start that the team, led by Thurrock Marching Brass Trustee and events lead, Steve Hall, spent many hours to ensure that the event ran smoothly and to plan. With only very minor challenges to overcome on the day itself. One specific area that will be a one off was the withdrawal of the tiered seating due to technical issues, which meant that hiring seats was necessary, leading to 550 seats being rented. That didn’t deter from the day though and everyone was treated to fantastic performances by units from Essex, Kent, Northamptonshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Glasgow and from over the water, from France.
Two classes including Drum Corps Europe’s (DCE) Indoor Music Games (IMG), which sees mini marching band and drum corps battling it out for a top score, with much appreciated commentary from a seasoned panel of Judges who consisted of DCE accredited personnel and a special guest judge from the British Youth Band Association (BYBA). The other class was the equally exciting DCI branded Soundsport, which caters for any type of musical group. On the day we were treated to performances from the Brass Band, Military style, Marching Band, Drum Corps and Percussion arenas. A truly spectacular mix of entertainment which was enjoyed by all. The Soundsport class awards units with a Gold, Silver or Bronze award, and this was adjudicated again by DCE Accredited judges and a special guest from Drum Corps United Kingdom (DCUK).
Add to that mix arguably one of the best announcers in the business, MPA-UK’s chairman, Alan Thompson, and it can safely be said that this was a brilliant multi-organisation and cross platform supported event all round, hosted by Thurrock Marching Brass under the DCE banner.
A full summary of the awards and the recap for the day will be accompanying this update, but for the IMG/Soundsport Essex show and in addition to the specific class awards, the judges were asked to award two further trophies on the day. One for the Youth Champion of the day, which was selected from groups that fielded in either Soundsport or IMG classes whose marching members were all under the age of 25. The other was awarded for the Overall champion of the day, which was again selected from both classes, where the Gold award winners from the Soundsport class and the highest scoring IMG unit were considered.
Our congratulations to all the units who performed, but especially to Soundsport Gold Award winners, Unik Star and IMG champions, the Blue Barons Mini-Corps for topping their respective classes on the day. Congratulations also to Liberty Drum Corps for being crowned the Youth Champion and Unik Star for also being crowned the Overall Champion of the day.
Speaking of the events and proceedings, Thurrock Marching Brass chairman, Paul Morgan said “Although this is the third successive year in which the DCI Soundsport flag has been flying high here in the UK it is really starting to bed in with lots of interest across the spectrum. When combining that spectacle with other entertainment classes, in our case the DCE IMG class, we can start to see the potential in bringing an indoor event that can truly be supported by all. For anyone confused at the difference between the two classes, one differentiation is that the IMG class allows for any and all types of electronic interactions which could be in the form of looped tracks of pre-recorded material intertwined within the program. Soundsport class does not allow this. Soundsport really does also invite any and all types of musical performance, whereas the IMG is styled and adjudicated for the benefit of smaller drum corps and marching bands specifically, often with the hope that it will inspire groups to continue their growth through the summer season. With self-selection in play I can see the evolution of this type of event to include perhaps a separate percussion class but for us, the day itself couldn’t have been anymore well organised or run, and for that our sincere thanks must go to Steve Hall and his incredible team for what they achieved. Also, for me, it was just brilliant having so many well-known people from across the marching and performing arts spectrum there supporting the day, and that is something that I hope to see more of in the future. I would like to thank Matijn and Katy of Southern Percussion for sharing some wonderful photos that they took on the day too. More of those can be found at www.facebook.com/southernpercussion.”
“Lastly, it would be remiss of me not to thank our Corps Director, Jay Lindner, our Assistant Corps Director, Laura Pickton and their incredible staff for what they have built for our kids to perform. The show is going to be a real crowd pleaser and I for one couldn’t be any prouder of what the youngsters at TMB achieved on the day against some brilliant performances across the spectrum. Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event, and we will see you all again next time”.
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