Potters Bar band wins gold at World Music Contest

PUBLISHED: 14:37 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:00 07 August 2017

Hertfordshire Showband after their first performance at WMC in Holland.

Hertfordshire Showband after their first performance at WMC in Holland.

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A Potters Band with 45 members won big at a worldwide music contest in Europe and are now looking for more members to join their success.

Potters Bar based Hertfordshire Showband won gold at the World Music Contest (WMC) in Holland.

The band created a 10-minute show called ‘Boogie Nights’ which they played on the move around a set course in the stadium, with intricate moves and dance choreography that had the 10,000 spectators calling for more.

Music included ‘All Night Long’, Gloria Estefan’s ‘Conga’, ‘Blame it on the Boogie’, ‘Flashdance - What a Feeling’, and a drumming feature.

WMC is every four years and although the band had been before, it is the first time they have won a gold medal for a ‘show’ style programme.

The 45 members of the senior band, who are primarily young adults and older teens, have been working on this performance for the past two years.

A further 20 people are involved in the training programme, so things look very good for the band’s long-term future.

While in Europe the band was also invited to appear at Disneyland Paris where they preceded the afternoon Disney Parade.

The band is currently auditioning for new senior band members, and would particularly welcome players of lower and middle brass instruments such as tuba, euphonium, trombone, plus tenor and French horn.

There may well also be places for saxophone, clarinet, flutes and trumpets. .

Similarly, the band is looking for other musicians to play the xylophone and other keyboard instruments.

People of below Grade 3 or equivalent standard are welcome to join the Training Band which has members from nine years and up.

Anyone interested in finding out more can visit www.hertfordshire-showband.org or call Terry on 01707 650209.

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