With Christmas out of the way, the first event of the year was our annual Valley Brass Solo Competition (postponed from November 2018). Many players, old and young, experienced and new, took to the stage to perform a solo of their choice. This is always a great time to hear the individual talent of each player – something which is often hard to do when playing within the band. Well done to everyone involved, and a massive congratulations to the winners and runners-up!
The North West Regional Championships is often the biggest contest for many bands across the region. Having won in the 3rd Section in 2016, Valley Brass were determined to be crowned champions again, to gain a trip to the National Finals. Well, long story short, that’s exactly what happened!