Battle of the Bands

Now in its fourth year, the ‘Battle of the Bands’ is firmly established as a co-curricular event of note. The standard is high and whilst there is a good atmosphere of healthy competitiveness, there isn’t quite the heady intensity of the House Shout, which is a good thing.

By kind permission of The Master, this year’s event was held in the picturesque gardens of The Lodge, and to supplement the musical heart there was an array of stalls and other events including tug-of-war, precision football shooting, and an absurd mass race of plastic yellow ducks down the Kennet. The weather did its very best once again to put the kibosh on proceedings, but on this occasion failed, and despite a rather damp affair there was plenty of sparkle in the air from the bands themselves.

With so many good contributions, judge Russell Carr had the unenviable task of trying to sift out a winner. There were plenty to choose from and in the end New Court ran out winners with B1 a very close second. Congratulations to all, and indeed to Mr Baldrey for so meticulously putting on a show in such trying conditions.

There were many highlights to savour throughout the afternoon. One abiding memory will be watching Mr Marvin wading into the River Kennet (literally chest high) to round up the flotilla of yellow ducks as they bobbed and jockeyed for first position, to the delight of the massed ranks of Marlburians on the bank. Mad? Maybe, but great fun.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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