Morecambe Brass Band makes the big league

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Morecambe Brass Band is celebrating an historic first after gaining championship status.

It is the first time the group has reached the highest section in the Brass Band League since its foundation in around 1888.

The league is made up of five sections with Morecambe rising up the ranks from the third tier six years ago.

Members have performed at the national finals in Cheltenham twice, most recently earlier this month.

Musical director Andrew Warriner, who started to conduct Morecambe Brass Band in 1998, said: “Gaining Championship status is a great reward for the band and all its supporters and we will be doing our very best to keep Morecambe Brass Band moving forward.

“I would like to thank all the players and committee members for all their hard work.”

Over the last six years, the group has had 18 top three contest performances and established a 30-strong second band, Morecambe Bay Brass.

The Morecambe Brass Band Association has around 100 members and continues to attract new talent.

Mr Warriner added: “This week we will be introducing a number of new younger players to the band who have graduated through our B Band and hopefully, after a summer’s banding with the band, they will be ready to progress onto the contest stage.”

The organisation consists of three bands, made up of performers of all abilities and musical interests, which play regularly at local concerts and festivals.

It will celebrate its promotion to the championship level and its 125th birthday with an outdoor party at Lancaster Brewery. Former members will be invited.