You may remember that Jake was successful in the latter half of 2019 …. Well that continued into 2020 as he, together with YouthBrass 2000 have had a busy month of competition. Fri 10th – Sun 12th January saw them competing in Butlin’s Mineworkers Brass Band Contest,held in Skegness. This was a whole weekend of Brass Band competitions and included the Youth Section. YouthBrass 2000, conducted by Cathy Fountain, were awarded 1st place in the contest after performing a 25 minute concert programme, which had a to include a march and a hymn.
Taking that accomplishment with them, Fri 23rd – Sun 25th January brought with it the ‘Brass in the Wire’ contest, held in Warrington. Saturday was spent in rehearsal, with the contest held on the Sunday. Again, a 25 minute concert programme was delivered, this time the band was conducted by Chris Jeans. Again the band put on a superb performance and were awarded 1st place.
Off the back of these great performances Jake has also been recruited to Midlands-based First Section Brass Band to play solo cornet. This is his first seat in an adult band and one we are sure he will fill admirably.
So…not content with two fantastic achievements in January, YouthBrass 2000 are now preparing for the National Youth Brass Band contest, to be held in Rotherham in March. However, it doesn’t stop there… they are also representing the UK in the European Youth Brass Band Championship in Palanga, Lithuania, in May. There are exciting times ahead for both Jake and YouthBrass 2000 and we hope to bring you more news of success over the next few months.