On Sunday 12th February, Wardle Academy’s Youth Band and Training Band participated in the 2017 Action Medical Research Youth Entertainment Championships at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
Now in its 33rd year, the competition for the top titles in this championship has always been tough, with a number of award-winning youth bands on the list. Despite this competition, we are delighted to announce that the Wardle Academy Youth Band achieved the award for best march, first in entertainment and third in music, making them overall the National Youth Entertainment Champions of Great Britain.
The band entertained audiences with a well-crafted entertainment set based on the recent American presidential elections with a fantastic selection of solo and group performances alongside some superb cameo performances from students performing elements of the presidential race. Both the crowd and judges were dazzled with the show that was delivered, resulting in a standing ovation.
“Comedy, musicality, a variety of pieces and entertainment. This is outstanding.”
John Doyle, Entertainment Judge for the Senior Competition.
Wardle Academy’s Training Band also performed in the junior division of the competition. This was their first performance in a major festival. Their performance and representation of the Academy was exceptional. They were a credit to the school.
“Overall a slick performance which had a bit of everything. I particularly enjoyed the end, the band went out with a bang!”
Alex Bray, Junior Performance Judge.
“We are incredibly proud of every student that took part in these competitions. Each student has been a fantastic example of the hard work and dedication that they have put into these performances. We are already looking forward to the Youth Band’s performance at the sage in Gateshead, later this year.”
Julie Morris, Wardle Academy Director of Performing Arts.
As a result of winning the competition, Wardle Academy’s Youth band have been invited to perform at the Sage in Gateshead. The school will be working hard to raise funds to get the band to this performance. If anyone would like to help raise funds or make a donation to the Youth Band’s efforts, please contact the school.