Over the years Morecambe Band has competed in regional and national competitions at all levels, culminating in contesting at the very highest Championship level in 2014. Since then the band had taken a break from contesting and only just returned to it when the COVID pandemic brought all band rehearsals and performances to a stop. Although unable to play “live” together, the band, led by their inspired musical director Andrew Porter, decided to enter the 2021 International Kapitol Cory online Championships. The results placed Morecambe Band as outstanding winners in
their section with their entry entitled “A Brief Encounter by The Sea”. The award winning performance and production brought rave reviews, not least by Cory MD Philip Harper, and the band were nominated in the end of year awards by 4Barsrest in the Contest Performance of the Year category.
In February 2022 the band entered the North West Area Championships and were the victors in the 4th Section. This success was followed up in June 2022 with a winning performance and near clean sweep of prizes at the Kirkby Lonsdale Entertainment Contest. The band have also enjoyed a full programme of concerts since March to the end of August.
At Morecambe Band we have an inclusive outlook , a committed work ethic and, importantly , a positive culture and team ethos . Every Player at Morecambe Band isimportant and we are fortunate to have a full group of strong and dedicated players with every seatfilled,making us very happy.
Some of our soloists have recently won awards for their performances: Carol Porter, Flugelhorn, in the Cory Online Championships; and, Becky Stead, Solo Trombone, at the Kirkby Lonsdale Entertainment Championships. However, we have classy soloists all around the band. Oliver Kernthaler, Principal Cornet, Karen Tattersall, Solo Horn, Sara McKinley, Solo Baritone and Michael Easthope, Percussion, have all been featured soloists in recent performances. In our performance of New Beginnings we will feature our Soprano Cornet, Sam Barbary, and Solo Euphonium, David Sewell.