ON SUNDAY 24 November, Thurrock Marching Brass travelled to Stafford and entered contestants in 11 different categories for the 2013 British Youth Band Association hosted Individuals & Ensembles Competition. The competition saw contestants categorized by age, and by chosen speciality of Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Mallet (all types) and Colourguard, brings together some of the very best talent in the Marching and Performing Arts arenas here in the UK .
At the conclusion of the day, the four highest scoring Individual competitors move through to the two Main categories of “Young Musician of the Year” (selected from the highest scoring competitors from each of the Music categories of Brass, Woodwind, Percussion and Mallet), and the “Young Guard Performer of the Year” (selected from the highest scoring Individual Guard competitors from any of the age ranges, excluding Open Age).
Of the 11 categories that Thurrock Marching Brass entered, they achieved no less than an incredible seven Gold Medals, taking the top honours for the 11 and under Individual Mallets, the 11 and under Individual Brass, the Open Age Fanfare, the 11 and under Individual Guard, the 13 and under Individual Guard, the 11 and under Duet Guard and the 17 and under Duet Guard. In addition, there were 4 Silver Medals in the 11 and under Individual Brass, the 11 and under Duet Brass, the 11 and under Individual Guard, and finally the 13 and under Ensemble Guard category.
After another round of performances, Thurrock Marching Brass are proud to announce that Chloe Mepham was awarded the Gold Medal, Naomi Essery Trophy and title of 2013 Young Guard Performer of the Year. Our congratulations to Chloe, and to the other two finalists Emily Easter and Paula Robinson for outstanding performances and for making the final four.
Speaking of the achievements a very proud Corps Director, Joanna Crisp said “I am very proud of each and every member of Thurrock Marching Brass for what they achieve, but today was a really special day for everyone involved. Our very young performers pitted their skills and competencies against their peers from across the country and their individual achievements today were amazing. I think I was more nervous than they were just prior to their performances, which is a testament to the training that they all receive here. They flew the TMB flag and they flew it high today and I couldn’t be any prouder of each and every one of them.