Monday, June 29, 2015

Our band beats the best in Europe

The Derwent Valley Concert Band performing in Germany.
THE Derwent Valley Concert Band has won two sections of the World Association of Marching Show Bands European Championships in Germany at the weekend. With two European championships, two gold medals and a trophy under its belt, the band is now making its way to Denmark for the world championships.

"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.

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