2017 – The Bench

Liberty are pleased to announce their 2017 Summer Production, ‘The Bench’.

Throughout the day a range of people use the bench as a place to rest, a place to eat, or a place to meet. However for one person, the bench is more than that….it’s where he sleeps and where he wakes up. It’s the closest thing he has to a home.

Music choices include ‘Morning” from Peer Gynt, “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You” and “Fix You”

Throughout the season, at the various events and competitions we attend, Liberty’s members will be raising money for a charity working with homeless young people.

Liberty’s corps will once again be made up entirely of young people aged 18 or under and will be competing on the BYBA and DCUK circuits.

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We Will Remember Them

Liberty’s Drumline were extremely proud to lead the Remembrance Parade through Daventry on Remembrance Sunday.
We were also really proud to once again supply a trumpet player to sound Last Post and Reveille at the village of Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.
We will remember them.
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Liberty in the Diwali Parade

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diwali-2After having such a fabulous time with the guys at The Cube Disability, we then supported our local community again on Saturday night by taking part in Northampton’s Diwali Parade. The only instructions we had were ‘Follow the Big Bird’, and then a stunning creation powered by people on a push bike came round the corner.
The streets were lined with people watching the parade full of lanterns and lights….we even lit our drums and colourguard poles up for the night.

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Our visit to Cube Disability Arts Academy

For one day at Liberty it wasn’t about trying to recruit new members, or trying to raise funds, or even trying to plan for next year’s show….. it was about ‘giving back’ to our local community.
We were delighted to run a marching percussion workshop for a number of young people with down syndrome who attend The Cube Disability Arts Academy in Northampton. It was a wonderful and incredibly rewarding morning that gave some of our young members an opportunity to share their skills and enthusiasm in a new setting. Whilst we might have been ‘giving back’, we were actually given far more in return by the young people that we had the absolute privilege to share this experience with.
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Focus on our 2016 new members

new-members-2016We wanted to introduce and shine a light onto the young people who joined us in 2016 and stepped onto a competition field for the very first time.
15 young people, between the ages of 9 and 15, completed their first Liberty show in 2016 (unfortunately one was away for this photo) and these 15 young people made such a positive difference to the corps and soon became part of the Liberty family. Before they joined Liberty none of them had done this before, so there was a lot to learn…and they did a fantastic job.
They came with friends, or after a school presentation, or to join a sibling, or because someone told them about the corps, or because they’d seen a leaflet…or most rewarding of all, 3 of them moved up from our junior band.
“New Member of the Year” is going to be a tough call at our end of year review night in November!
And this week we start the work to find 15 new recruits for 2017…and if they are as great as this bunch, it’ll be another fantastic year at Liberty.

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BYBA Finals 2016

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byba-finals…and so to the last competition of our season – British Youth Band Association Finals. We met at lunchtime and between rain showers managed a couple of full run throughs. We then travelled to Telford in pouring rain, hoping that the weather might be a bit kinder to us when we performed.
The rain cleared up, the flood lights came on, the field was a bit slippy but Liberty were ready to go!
The final performance was just what you hope for…..the best one of the season. 38 x 11-17 year olds performed their hearts out and delivered a great show.
Liberty finished in 5th place overall in the Premier Class with our best score of the season. Wonderful memories have been made and great friendships formed…and now it’s on to planning for Liberty 2017. We’re looking forward to seeing you on the field or entertaining you in the stands

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Thank you DS Smith Plastics!

ds-smithWe want to say a huge thank you to the wonderful people at DS Smith Plastics who sponsored our last rehearsal before BYBA Finals. We worked hard on making the last few adjustments and improvements to the show so that we could perform at our very best at the last competition of the year. Thanks to all at DS Smith for their support.

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Preparing for BYBA National Finals

wootton-tyre-and-exhaustA huge thanks to Wootton Tyre & Exhaust Centre Ltd for sponsoring our rehearsals last week. Guys…..your support made such a difference.
We have been listening to the judges’s feedback from last weekend’s competitions and then making the the last few tweaks to ensure that the show is the best it can be for British Youth Band Association (BYBA) finals at Telford on 1st October.

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Liberty at Drum Corps Finals

Liberty had a great time at DCUK Finals this year.
Our best run came in the morning’s Prelims competition where everyone left the field knowing we had just delivered the best performance of the season….and that’s a great feeling at Finals.
The afternoon’s Drumline Battle was a real highlight of the day. The first round saw us beat Beeches Performance Ensemble and then we moved onto the semi-final where we were beaten by our friends at The Pacemakers. Great fun…and the drummers have already been talking about next year!
We didn’t feel that the evening’s finals performance went quite as well as the morning’s run through…but the score improved so we’ll take that! Being on early in the evening we were then able to pack away and have time to watch the top corps.
We got back to Northampton in the early hours, rolled out our sleeping bags and slept on the sports hall floor before travelling over the Stafford for the BYBA Brass Explosion show. A really good run saw us achieve our highest score of the year and move up to 4th place in the Premier Class. There will have been some tired bodies back at school the next morning!dcuk-finals-guard

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Drumline at Singha Sevens

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saints-7sIt may be Summer…but its nearly the rugby season again and Liberty were delighted to be involved at the Singha 7s Premiership Rugby tournament held at Franklin’s Gardens, home of Northampton Saints.
Liberty’s drumline performed pitchside to the crowd in the main stand prior to the first match between Saracens and Gloucester. A little later in the night the drumline performed again between matches and each time the corps was shown across the stadium on the big screens. Hopefully a young drummer will have been inspired to come and check us out!

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