One hundred and forty seven different players led by four conductors in five bands across six Sections bringing home a total of 14 trophies; this was the story of Seindorf Beaumaris’ historic day at the North Wales Rally in November.
The North Wales Brass Band Association’s annual contest was held at Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Ruthin and it was an early start for the Beaumaris’ youngest members as the Junior Band and Intermediate Band competed in Section 6B, the first contest of the day with the Youth Band following them on to the stage in Section 6A.
“Seindorf Beaumaris is extremely proud of its youth sections," said Seindorf Beaumaris President, Fred Evans. "It is a source of immense pride to see our musicians graduate through the junior system before taking their seats in the Senior Band,”
And it was a youthful Seindorf Beaumaris who took to the stage to defend their Fourth Section title with 16 of those on stage having already played for the Youth Band including principal cornet player, Erin Maloney, who rounded off a very successful morning winning the Soloist Prize in both Section Four and the Youth Section.
However, it wasn’t all about Beaumaris’ youngsters.
For the very first time, the Beaumaris Social Band competed in Section Five for unregistered bands.
It was a great day for the wonderfully named Last of the Summer Wind as they followed in the footsteps of the Intermediate Band, Youth Band and Senior Band in winning their Section.
“With an average age over 65 years old the Last of the Summer Wind are another example of Seindorf Beaumaris’ community ethos,” explained Fred Evans. “Some of our members used to play many years ago but the majority of our members hadn’t picked up a brass instrument until they retired.”
The day ended with Beaumaris also securing third prize in the Rally’s Open Section, beating two higher section bands in the process.
“I am immensely proud of what we acheived,” added Mr Evans.
“To be able to bring five bands to the Association’s contest is testament to the hard work and committment of all the conductors, tutors and volunteers at Beaumaris." "To bring home so many trophies is just icing on the cake.”