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National award for county band

November 30, 2013


A SCOUT and guide group has marched its way into top place in a national competition.

Thurmaston Scout and Guide Group band took part in the Traditional Youth Marching Band Associations' national competition, in Dewsbury.

The band, made up of around 30 teenagers, swept the board in a number of disciplines, coming out as the overall winners to the delight of band master Richard Warrington. He said: "We've been crowned the supreme champions after climbing our way through a number of regional heats and competitions. "It's absolutely fantastic and is a huge boost to all our members who worked incredibly hard and put in a lot of practice time to make sure that not only was our music top notch, but so too was our technical marching.

I'm really proud of them."

Ironically, it's the first time the band, which is also known as the 78th Thurmaston Scouts and Guides, has won the competition, which was 78 yearsold this year.

Mr Warrington said: "It may have been fate, but it's something we thought was well worth celebrating."

The band, which is made up of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments, played a variety of music, including musical scores composed for the Wallace and Gromit film series and Last of the Mohicans.

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