|The Derwent Valley Concert Band performing in Germany.|
"There was great excitement when the results were announced," band president and musical director Layton Hodgetts reported from Germany earlier today. "The DVCB has won the European Open Championship in the March and Standstill sections with a score of 87.35," Mr Hodgetts said.
The band was also awarded a gold medal with a score of 85.75 points in the "on stage" concert band performance, while individual awards of a gold medal went to drum major Chris Rice and a trophy was awarded to Lyall McDermott for best conductor.
Before arriving in Rastede, Germany, last Thursday, the band had performed in Italy and Spain since leaving Tasmania a fortnight ago. Now the band is heading for Copenhagen to compete in the World Championships.