Sunday 12th July a New Venue and the 3rd Competition in the BYBA circuit for 2015, Summer Rhythm hosted by Liberty Drum Corps at Daventry Town Football Club. This hosted event was part of Daventry Arts Festival which features arts and craft themed exhibitions and performance across the local area between 4th July to 26th July.
Following on from Richard Haw’s famous tweet about Music Revolution some weeks ago it’s that fine rain tweet. It was certainly looked liked there maybe more then just fine rain.
Most bands arrived early and headed for the practice area about 5 minutes walk away from the venue to get in that extra practice and added new bits to their shows, whilst in the ground volunteers and show staff were busy adding the finishing touches to host the days events.
Upon arrive at the venue it was noticeable that their was no central seating focus and the seating stands at either side of the main building was on ground level viewing from a spectator point, seating was slightly to the side element however there was some standing room in the central focus point and small area looking down from the main stand onto the 50 mark, However this did not stop an enjoyable day of entertainment.
Entry to the grounds was shared by entrance and exit for the bands and pit equipment at times there was congestion maybe another side entrance to the left of the main stand would been more suitable for bands coming off the arena, however it was manageable with some give and take.
The heavens decided to open up and it was not that famous fine stuff – this was a heavy downpour just as The championship class was about to start, I do think the show organisers should have been put back the start to at least half an hour as soon as Stafford Brigades finish their show the rain stopped, however this did not hinder Stafford Brigades performance – A journey through the Magic of Disney from a noticeable younger band then in previous years which certainly brought a ray of sunshine to the day their performance was rewarded with first place by a decent margin, the second win for Stafford Brigades this year so far on the BYBA Circuit.
Next band on the arena was Lanesfield BB/GB a well performed performance – AniMovies a Disney featured show with music from Pixar very entertaining which earned them the runners up position.
With the sun shining music from the Musicals followed including ‘All that Jazz’, ‘I dreamed a dream’, ‘Defying Gravity’ and ‘December 63’ from Jersey Boys from the final performance of the championship class from the Comets Performance Ensemble another band fielding a much younger corps accomplished by some experienced members.
Following a short break I noticed some spectators around the ground smiling despite a wet start to the day, lots of people floating between the four stalls on offer, from Musical Instruments, to bands stalls and finally the noticeable famous logo of the BYBA stall being managed by Mr and Mrs Cartwright.
It was great to see others bands that was not competing in the days events coming along to support others, namely a large number of members from the Warwick Corps of Drums which I hope may return to the fields of competition very soon.
The start of the Premier Class saw Beeches Performance Ensemble a Medieval themed show – The Sword a
strong well thought out show which got the crowd to its feet, the show features two brass players one good, one evil trying to prise the sword from the stone as the show progresses, earning the band a well deserved first place.
Liberty Drum Corps was next to enter the arena with huge blue Feathers –in their hats a smaller corps then previous years an enjoyable show finishing in 4th place.
Next on the arena saw a mass of blue uniforms The Phantom Knights presenting Disney Frozen featuring the ice cutters started the show, leading into ‘Do you want to build a snowman’, ‘Fixer upper’, ‘Mountain Siege’ finishing with ‘Let it Go’ which got the crowd singing, an exciting uplifting passionate performance finishing in 3rd place.
‘In the Name of the Queen – The Quest for Power’ a story of a power struggle between two knights in chivalric times and the battle for the throne. Revolution Show Corps a gave a strong performance finishing in runners up position
The Final Corps in the Premier Class Stafford Lancers 2015 show War of the Worlds, Musical sections included ‘Eve of the War’, ‘Artillery Man’, and ‘Forever Autumn’ the performance certainly reflected the size of the corps which seem to have struggled in membership over recent months, however Stafford Lancers celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year certainly will have a lot more to give before the season is over.
An extra treat for the spectators from Liberty Juniors a very small corps certainly nerves were showing through playing their western theme show, However by the end had the crowd on their feet cheering as they left the arena,
The Days events was followed by a spectacular retreat seeing all members of bands standing united as one in music as they waited for the results. A mass of Balloons were launch into the sky above Daventry as part of Liberty’s Balloon Race, this followed by presentation of a BYBA fellowship award to David John Harvey of the Southend Blue Jackets Drum and Trumpet corps in the 90’s an honour to seeing a well deserved fellowship a legend of the Southend band movement in the day.
Overall a great day and well hosted by Liberty Drum Corps and a great end to the first half of BYBA summer season, what certainly promises to be an interesting second half of the season.
This Review was independently written for BYBA
by J Butler