This weekend’s Midlands Regional Championships in Bedworth will see the inaugural appearance from the recently formed Bilton Silver (Evolution) Band from Rugby.
In a new initiative announced by the Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band, the new ensemble has ‘evolved’ from the organisation’s Training Band which has around 80 young people involved.
Bilton Silver (Evolution) Band will be directed by long-term Bilton Silver member Jack Fisher (pictured), who joined the training band aged 5 and, having progressed to the main band at the age of 9, has been Bilton Silver's principal percussionist since 2009. Jack was also principal percussionist of the National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain over a number of years.
Jack commented to British Bandsman: “The Evolution Band has been formed in recognition of the emerging talent that we have in our training band, to allow for greater development and to provide a foundation for progression into the main band. Being part of Bilton Silver (Evolution) Band will develop playing ability and rehearsal etiquette whilst maintaining an enjoyable approach to music-making for our up-and-coming players of all ages. I am very excited about the forthcoming months and directing the band through competitions and entertaining concerts. We believe the Evolution Band will contribute to the rich heritage and success of Bilton Silver for many years to come.”
Bilton Silver (Evolution) Band will compete in the 4th Section at this year’s Midlands Area competition of the National Brass Band Championships on Sunday 12 March at the Nicholas Chamberlaine School in Bedworth.