Prize-winning performance from town band

Towcester Studio Band
Towcester Studio Band

Towcester Studio Band has hit a high note, winning a first prize in the MK Own Choice Contest.

The contest, which used to be a fixture in the calendar of bands based in the Midlands, Home Counties and south, was resurrected last yearff.

Towcester Studio Band

Towcester Studio Band

This year’s event, at Stantonbury Leisure Centre, saw bands attending from as far afield as York and Brighton.

The A section of the contest is reserved for bands in the first and championship sections of the national ‘league’.

Towcester Studio Band (TSB) was competing in the B section of the contest, for bands that play in national sections 2 to 4.

Currently in national section 3 , TSB took on eight other bands, including local rivals and defending champions, Olney Brass. Bradwell Silver Band were also participating.

The ‘Own Choice’ of the title refers to the test piece each band plays, with each musical director free to select their own choice piece of music.

TSB musical director Neil Brownless chose a challenging piece called Kingdom of Dragons, by Philip Harper. TSB were drawn to play seventh, two after Bradwell and immediately before Olney.

Adjudicators Paul Fensom and John Ward announced the results in reverse order. Olney Brass came fourth, Wantage Silver B Band were third, Soham Comrades filled second spot and Towcester Studio Band were the winners.

This is the third time Neil Brownless has taken first prize with TSB this year, after the band took the honours in the Oxford Association contest in February, followed by first place at Bolsover Entertainment contest in October.

Tomorrow, Saturday, TSB will be in Kislingbury Church, for the annual Christmas concert, at 7.30pm. Wednesday, December 16, is TSB’s Christmas concert in St Lawrence Church, Towcester, at 7.30pm.

The following night will be carols on the Market Square at 6.30pm, and Friday, December 18, sees the band performing at Franklins Gardens prior to the Saints home game.

On Saturday, December 19, TSB will be at the Heart of the Shires shopping village, near Weedon.