On Saturday 27 April the youngsters of Thurrock Marching Brass traveled to Nottingham to compete in the Indoor Music Games (www.indoormusicgames.org) Midlands show, hosted by IMG & The British Youth Band Association (www.byba.org.uk).
This was the first time that the summer corps performed in competition for the 2019 season and entered into two classes, Percussion Freestyle Class (using the Winterguard International (www.wgi.org) WGI Percussion judging system) and performing under the name Drumsound45 and later on as a whole corps in the Music & Movement Class (using the WGI Winds judging sheets).
Drumsound45 entertained the audience with their percussion ensemble music in a static performance for IMG Midlands and were the only competitors in this class for the event but with an impressive score of 59.00 and a full movement book to be added this was a great result for these youngsters, sporting 2 snares, 3 bass drums, 1 tenor and 7 marching cymbalists.
Great job everyone!
Next up was the whole corps who performed the first two parts to their four part summer production called "Apollo" which is a celebration of the first moon landing some 50 years ago this year. With the music sections moving and the colourguard performing a static presentation, the youngsters did an amazing job and secured 5th place and a score of 60.30 in this incredibly competitive class.
We couldn't be more delighted with their first outing and can't wait to see their presentation at the up and coming WGI UK Regional / IMG Essex show that TMB are hosting for IMG and WGI and to see this production progress through the season.
Speaking of the day, Corps Director, David Friend comments "I now know just how nerve racking show days can be as a Corps Director first hand, but I couldn't have wished for better team around me to support our youngsters, not just my staff but all the parents and helpers too. Thank you all so much for what you do for these kids it really is appreciated. Both the Drumline and the main corps today were outstanding! We have literally only presented a bare shell of this year's production which is going to be spectacular and certainly one to remember and I am so pleased with the results for them on the day. The coach journey home is a great tester to see if the kids enjoyed the day, and it was loud and filled with fun and laughter, so job done there :-). The IMG Midlands show was filled with really brilliant and memorable moments, not least of which was the amazinig support that each and every performer gave to one and other regardless of what unit they came from. I would like to thank all of those too for making the kids day. That makes a huge difference to youngsters and gives them so much confidence. Long may that continue. We are now busy adding to the production ready for our own hosted show on the 11th of May in Basildon and can't wait to see everyone again."
Thurrock Marching Brass is proud to perform as much as they can within the local community and you can follow their progress by connecting to any of the following:-