Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:32

Tin Bath Championships

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This years World Tin Bath Championships were blessed with glorious sunshine, almost a first this summer! As usual the band were the warm up act and played for an hour before the races got underway. The occasion was also special for the band as it coincided with National Brass Band Day, a day in which brass bands all over the British Isles take part in events to promote the brass band movement. It was also an opportunity for the band to get involved in ‘Brass the Baton’, part of the Cultural Olympiad which has been organised to run alongside the 2012 London Olympics.

Brass the Baton has seen 5 coloured conductors batons being passed from band to band, the length and breadth of the British Isles, and will culminate in a massed brass band performance of “Going the Distance” at the in International Brass Festival in Durham on 22nd July 2012.

 

We had been assigned to the green baton relay and had arranged for the baton, which had been used in York for the Brassed On! York 2012 festival, to be presented to our musical Director Rodney Evans by the coxswain of the Port St Mary lifeboat, another organisation with a history of supporting the Tin Baths. Commenting, Rodney said “It’s been a great opportunity to get involved in promoting brass bands up and down the British Isles” (See the full interview). 

 

During the afternoon the band played a number of easy listening pieces, including a piece for those tin baths that wouldn’t finish the course, My Heart Will Go On from the film Titanic.

 

The green baton now continues its journey as we pass it onto the Jackfield Elcock Reisen Band and Tongwynlais Temperance Band who will be playing at the Irongbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival in Telford on the 14th and 15th July.

 

Special thanks must go to Terry Luddington, the Liaison Officer for the British Federation of Brass Bands for assisting our inclusion in Brass the Baton and to Jade Leach, a colleague from Ramsey Town Band for bringing the baton over to the island.

 

More information on Brass the Baton can be found on the Federations website, 

www.brassthebaton.com

 

Report by Brian Osborn 11/07/2012

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