Liberty finished the 2019 season in style, winning their class at the British Youth Band Association National Championships and along the way taking the captions in Wind, Percussion, Colourguard, Field Visual, Music Effect, and Visual Effect.
Liberty’s 2019 show, ‘The American Dream’ quickly became a favourite amongst the members who really enjoyed performing The Impossible Dream, Take the A Train, Autumn Leaves and Empire State of Mind.
Once again the music was arranged by Joe Rodwell who has arranged music for Liberty every year since the corps was launched in 2008 and really understands how to get the best out of young musicians. The drill design by Danny Goodier, who has also been part of our team for a number of years, gave the members the opportunity to look and sound good at the same time, and really showcased their talents.
2019 was a transitional year for Liberty as we saw a large number of older members go off to university or other projects at the end of 2018. 40% of the corps were brand new to the activity this year. It has been great to see the new members settle in and become part of the new generation….and also wonderful to welcome back many of the class of 2018 who have supported the staff and helped at rehearsals whenever they could.
As each Winter session starts, all Liberty marching members must be aged 18 or under….and so this year we said farewell to 19 year old baritone player James Tosh, who gave his last competitive performance as he aged out of the organisation after 5 years. James was applauded off the field by his fellow band members and took the Drum Major’s role at the awards muster.
Many thanks to all the volunteers at British Youth Band Association (BYBA), Indoor Music Games and Drum Corps United Kingdom who have run shows and events this year and given us a platform to perform and grow. Your time and effort is really appreciated.
…and now to plan for 2020!