CONTESTS The contesting year started in April for the Band with an appearance in the UK Marching Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall. Bodicote gained a creditable third place and were awarded a Bronze for their performance standard. Other contest results saw overall wins at Stone, and Hickstead and second places at Aldershot and Halesowen. At the TYMBA National Finals held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham the Band were placed second. An bugler award of Third was made to Drummer Bugler Alison Pacey in the individual musician competition. The Band were placed joint winners of the TYMBA Contest Class League for the year and were promoted to Championship Class for the 1998 season.

Outside the Albert Hall following our performance in the UK Marching Band Championships.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT New opportunities opened in 1997 with 8 band members taking part in a 4 day summer camp at Napier Barracks, Folkestone, Kent. Here, along with 150 other young musicians from around the country, TYMBA put together a massed band display of Beating Retreat. This was to prepare a performance for a TYMBA Massed Band appearance at the Birmingham International Tattoo. The Tattoo, held in December, saw the Massed Band give a superb display and then, in the finale, massing with bands from HM Grenadier Guards, The Swedish Navy, The Hungarian Army, and the States of Jersey. It was a tremendous site and experience for all concerned. Other new opportunities included a 4 day music workshop at Brean Sands Holiday Camp and senior Band members attending an RBL Administrators Course at the RBL Training Centre in Tidworth.

Photo by M. Watson. TYMBA.

Members of the band are seen here with the TYMBA Massed Band of 1997 appearing at the Birmingham International Tattoo.

PERFORMANCES In September the Band hosted a concert graciously given by The Waterloo Band of the Royal Green Jackets. The Bodicote Band were given the opportunity to mass for some of the bugle numbers and all agreed it was an excellent day. The season was long and hard and saw the Band playing at Carnivals and Parades in High Wycombe, Marlow, Eynsham, Buckingham, Wallingford, Witney, Woodstock, Stow on the Wold and Stourport as well as the more local fetes and events around Banbury. Once again the Band had the honour of leading the Banbury Carnival.

SPONSORS Thanks go to ' Michael ' the anonymous sponsor found via BBC Thames Valley FM radio station. Michael very kindly paid for the coach for the trip to The Royal Albert Hall to enable the Band to take part in the UK Championships.