Experience of a lifetime
Charlie (left) getting ready to perform on the glockenspiel
Experience of a lifetime
A cadet's perspective of taking part in the National Band Competition
OC Charlie, Northeast Yorkshire District
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OC Charlie, Northeast Yorkshire District

OC Charlie, Northeast Yorkshire District
07/09/15
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The journey began when we travelled over to Harrogate Unit the Tuesday before the competition. At first I was nervous because I knew we all had a lot to learn in a short amount of time, and we had never met any of the Harrogate Band before.


Our rehearsals went really well and we all got on like we'd known each other for ages. We all worked really hard getting our kit and instruments ready. 

Saturday came around and everyone had butterflies. We had breakfast and then met at the bus with our number 1s. We set off for the Tower of London and on the way I saw Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Shard and the London Eye. 

We finally reached the Tower of London. It looked like a little village inside and the Beefeaters looked great. 

It was time to get ready for our inspection. The weather was so hot, with the sun beaming down on us. We formed up and quite a few of us felt a bit wobbly with nerves. We marched round to where all the public were and prepared for our performance. 

"We didn’t win, but it didn't matter. We got to play at the Tower of London – that felt like a first prize in itself"

I couldn’t believe how many people were watching! I just didn't want to mess up, so nerves were high, but the butterflies turned into adrenalin and we went on to play. 

It was amazing – the experience of a lifetime. I totally loved it and felt so proud of myself and of our band of Harrogate and Scarborough!

We didn’t win, but it didn't matter. We got to play at the Tower of London – that felt like a first prize in itself. Hopefully it won't be our last time, as I would love to do it again!

Check out our Naitonal Band Competition gallery for loads more pitcures from the day.