After a trying time at the British Youth Band Association (BYBA) Daventry show the week before where the sound system stopped, the youngsters of Thurrock Marching Brass did what they do best and prepared for any eventuality at Drum Corps United Kingdom (DCUK) Leicester, which was held on Sunday 16 July 2017. Productive rehearsals in the lead up to DCUK Leicester gave everyone some confidence that the show would be back on track.
Setting off in good time from Essex, the coach full of excited members, staff and supporters, there was no hint of concerns. The truck, laden with all the scenery and instruments also set off at the same time as the coach, and was loaded directly after the final rehearsal the afternoon before.
What could possibly go wrong. The sound system had been taken care of, the kids were ready, the brand new show screens had arrived the day before but a little too late to introduce for DCUK Leicester, but everything was ready.
Heading up towards the A414 and in good time for a relaxed preparation at the show, when the truck passengers received a message from the coach….. “Did we pack the tarp into the truck?”
What the message referred to was a blue light weight tarp that would go over the electronic equipment in the event of inclement weather and so the truck pulled over to check to see if it was loaded. Yes, and a sigh of relief! But where were the large show screens?! They weren’t attached to the framework that was packed into the truck. For the run-through the day before they weren’t used so they were still in the container back in Essex!! A few choice words and the realisation that we needed to get the truck to the venue, but also somehow get back to Essex to collect the forgotten screens. Fortunately we had a car following the truck and our Chairman, Paul Morgan jumped in and asked the driver if he would drive the car back to Essex, which he did. Messages and updates going back to the organisers and to the staff on progress and the drivers brilliant driving skills managed to get back to Essex, and get to Leicester with 10 minutes to spare before the kids went on for their performance. Three minutes later the screens were all loaded into place and the TMB engine was set and ready to go.
You would have thought that with all that excitement that the youngsters of Thurrock Marching Brass would have been fazed, but not a hint of it. The mood remained upbeat and as the kids took the field for competition, any worries that were previously there about the whole set up just faded away. The kids love to perform this program and the amazing staff at TMB had prepared them for this performance perfectly.
Throughout the performance there was wonderful and appreciated encouragement and support from a really great audience, and once they completed their program the ultimate congratulations came with a well-deserved standing ovation. They had gotten through the program unscathed; and the performance was a great stamp on the competition to let everyone know that the youngsters of Thurrock Marching Brass are starting to get show ready to give their ultimate performance at finals. A performance that saw the kids take High Effect and High Visual, and within just 0.6 of their nearest rivals Concord Allstars, has set up a final exciting showdown in this very competitive Junior Class for the season finale in September.
Another five kilos of sweets later, the youngsters of Thurrock Marching Brass were on their way home to Essex after an incredibly rewarding day all round.
Speaking of the day, Thurrock Marching Brass Corps Director, Jay Lindner said “I felt incredibly emotional about today’s performance given the challenges we faced at Daventry the week before, but I have watched each and every member really work hard to get the program back on track and oh boy did they perform today. It was clear to me, and to everyone around where I was standing, that the kids were excited to perform. All sections really worked hard and the effect points are really starting to take shape. The ballad was stunning today and I don’t usually single any section out but the girls played well beyond their young years today. Our frontline with their multiple parts and delicate touches almost brought me to tears again and the overall visual experience from all sections is really starting to come alive. Watching everyone get to their feet was just something magical to experience and I would like to thank everyone for giving that to the kids and appreciating what we have put together for everyone’s enjoyment. We have some brilliant surprises in store for next time out and we are working hard on all of them. I want to say thank you to my Assistant Corps Director, Laura Pickton, our staff and every single support staff and parent as they are just an incredible bunch of people and thank you for all that you do for these kids. I can’t wait for the next show!!”
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