Four Crypt School students played with bands in the WEBBA contest in Torquay on 12-13 March and are through to the National Finals in Cheltenham in November.
Sixth former David Crowe played percussion for the renowned Flowers Band – the first time he has played in a contest with them. Competing in the championship section, the band beat twelve other bands to win 'Best brass band in the West of England'. They will compete in the National Finals in Cheltenham in November.
Another sixth former, Alastair Stock, played Soprano cornet with Cheltenham Silver Band in the contest who came second in their section and will also go through the National Finals.
Brothers Alexander and Lysander Waring (Year 10 and Year 8 respectively) played with Lydney Town Band (Alexander on the cornet and Lysander on percussion). The boys usually play for Lydney Training Band but were invited to play with the senior band for the contest. The band came third in their section and will also play at the National Finals. For more information about the WEBBA contest, visit their website.
Additionally, Alexander recently played his first solo with Lydney Training Band at Lydney Town Council’s annual civic service at St. Mary’s Church. He played a challenging solo - 'I'd Rather Have Jesus' – which he had to begin on his own! Here is a link to the arrangement that he played:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yi2JQtDwwzw.