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Music students win Brass Band Championship area finals

Marcus Rowbotham, Holly Musgreave and Eliza Van Noort smiling at camera with Finals Shield.

Three Music students, and members of the Barnsley Metropolitan Band, have won the Yorkshire Areas final of the National Brass Band Championships.

First year Level 3 Music Performance and Production students Marcus Rowbotham, Holly Musgreaveand Eliza Van Noort, who are members of the Barnsley Metropolitan Band, will now go on to compete against other regional section winners at Cheltenham Racecourse in September.

The championship has been running since 1945 and has been won by bands such as Grimethorpe Colliery Institute Band and Hebden Bridge Band.

The regional competition consisted of ten brass bands and the students and band really pulled out the stops this year after finishing fourth last time.

Level 3 Music Performance and Production student, and [instrument] player, Marcus Rowbotham, said: “I’m really proud of our achievement and I think we deserved to win.

“The band worked really hard in the build up to the competition and it wasn’t until a week before that I thought we could do it.

“On the day I think we smashed it and the people in the audience came up to us afterwards and said we were untouchable in comparison to the rest.”

The students have recently featured on the College radio station, The Vibe, where they talked about their experience and how they are looking forward to the next stage of the competition.

Tim Speight, Course Leader in Music at Barnsley College, added: “We are absolutely delighted for Marcus, Eliza and Holly. It’s so great to hear success stories about our students outside of college. We are very proud of them and we wish them the best of luck for the next round of the competition.

“We always try to promote students to ‘put themselves in the spotlight’ which can be very daunting, but this shows what you can achieve with hard work, commitment and dedication. It’s fantastic!”

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Last updated: 25th March 2024

Originally posted on: 25th March 2024

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