Spectrum Sunday And A Band Picnic Lunch!

by Deb Lyons

For the second time in the last three weeks, we at Eagley Band have once again spent a fantastic Sunday in the bandroom with our MD Chris Wormald preparing for our debut contest in the First Section at Blackpool in two weeks‘ time.

After a full 7 hours of individual sectional rehearsals with Chris at the end of January, this time on February 13th we organised a full length rehearsal Sunday complete with band picnic lunch, where all of the Cornets and the full Horn section rehearsed the whole morning with Chris, the full band including all three percussionists arrived at 12 noon bringing with them hot pasties, sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes, biscuits, crisps, tea, coffee, milk and soft drinks for a band picnic lunch and social until 1pm, then we had a full band rehearsal for an hour until 2pm, at which point all Cornets and Horns went home and the rest of the day was spent rehearsing the full Baritone, Trombone, Euphonium and Bass sections until 3.30pm as can be seen.

Once again we had a great Sunday and the piece has really improved with just two weeks to go to the North West Areas at the Opera House Winter Gardens. We are all really looking forward to the challenge of playing in the First Section for the very first time, especially as the pandemic lockdowns meant we were not allowed to play a single note for more than half of the time we were a Second Section band, only just promoted up from Third Section!

Spectrum and the First Section will be great challenges, but the band has improved hugely since Christmas. Here’s to our Blackpool performance!