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Tanunda Town Band place 35th at Whit Friday Band Contest

Tanunda Town Band place 35th at Whit Friday Band Contest

Tanunda Town Band has recently returned from their UK trip to play in the infamous Whit Friday Brass Band competition held in North West England.

The band finished 35th out of the 129 bands who performed at the Whit Friday marches, doing incredibly well for a first-time appearance in the international competition.

Members of the band travelled from town to town on their way to the Whit Friday marches held on June 9.

The band jetted off from Australia and arrived in Manchester on May 30, just after a successful Melodienacht held three days prior.

Mr Eric Molenaar, Tanunda Town Band president, wished for the band to attend for the once in a lifetime experience and was pleased with the performance of the band throughout the trip.

Eric said, “It was certainly a remarkable trip exceeding all of our expectations. It was a very busy time for all as it was an action- packed itinerary.

“The support from the community has been overwhelming and we have put up as many posts as possible to keep you all connected and to share this once in a lifetime experience. It is certainly something the band will never forget and we have been invited back whenever we can make it to do it all again. 

“We have made so many new friends here in England and we have done our best to promote not only our beautiful Barossa Valley but Australia. We are a very humble and proud band at the moment and this is going to live with us forever.”

On the first day of the Whit Friday competition, June 9, the band took part in the morning “Procession of Witness” which celebrates Pentecost and started at the St Georges Church, Mossley.

Eric joked that the roads they walked up for the actual procession “made Menglers Hill look like a doodle. It was tough going but with our experience, plus we all needed to lose some weight from all the food we had been eating, it needed to be done.”

The whole march took nearly three hours to finish before heading back to the church to rest.

The TTB travelled to the next six villages to perform so they could qualify for adjudication. They covered Greenfields, Diggle, Dobcross, Scouts Head, UpperMill and Grotten.

The band nearly didn’t qualify since the last town, Grotten, had finished for the day with a previous 49 bands playing earlier.

Luckily, the town was able to plead to the organisers who allowed the band to play at the final venue to qualify.

Thanks to the TTB pleading to play, the organiser said that they had broken the Whit Friday record of 50 bands competing in one day.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.