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Concert Band Wins A Top Award

Corby Business Academy's Concert Band has won a prestigious award at the Kettering and district Eisteddfod.

The academy's fledgling band proved it was right on song by walking away with the acclaimed GUS cup at the centenary event on Thursday, March 12.

The concert band, which was only formed in September and is made up of many first time musicians, beat off three other school bands to claim the first prize, including reigning champions Southfield School for Girls, who had won the cup for  the previous three years.

Its performance of The Regal March and Pirates of the Caribbean was highly praised by the adjudicators who applauded the band's "wonderful and exciting sound".

And to top off a great day the academy's brass ensemble was also placed second in its category.

Music leader Clive Wears said: "We did not expect to win, being that this was our first appearance at the Eisteddfod, so it was just fantastic.

"The band put on a great performance and the members should be really proud of what they have achieved.

"Many members of the audience commented on the quality of the performance as well as how smart our students looked.  A well deserved victory."

Year 8 students Ellie Moore and Mirella Piatkowska are members of the 40 piece band.

Mirella, who has only been playing the clarinet since September, said: "It was just great when it was announced that we had won as the other bands were of a great standard."

And Ellie said: "it was our best performance and we are looking forward to defending the title next year."

Parent Bryce Bainbridge, whose daughter Georgina is a concert band member, said: "From a parents view it is good to see the CBA taking on more established schools in the area and winning. Well done to the band and long may its success continue."

Another date for the diary is the end of year concert, Music for a Summer's Evening, which will be staged in the Academy Theatre on June 24th at 19:30.

All of the school's musical groups, such as the Concert Band, the CBA choir and the rock band will be performing.