The band members of the award winning Abraham Darby Specialist School for the Performing Arts, Madeley, Telford will leave early in the day next Sunday (26th November) to travel to the West of England/South Wales Regional Festival of the National Concert Band Festival that will be held in Chepstow. Both the Showband (sponsored by Newport Chiropractic) and the School’s Jazz Band will be competing and will be hoping to achieve regional Gold Awards which will result in an invitation to participate in the National Festival which will be held in Gateshead in March 2007. Both of the school bands have achieved unprecedented success at the National Festival in previous years with the Showband having achieved seven consecutive National Gold Awards and the Jazz Band having secured five National Gold Awards in the last seven years which saw them achieve another National Silver Award. Simon Platford, the school’s Director of Performing Arts said “that he and all the band members were pleased to be participating in Chepstow and were looking forward to the event at this Regional Qualifier as the hosts have always made us feel most welcome. The school bands have enjoyed the unprecedented success in this prestigious National Festival as a result of long hours of dedication and hard work over many years – and hopefully all this work will be rewarded with an invitation to play in the National Festival in Glasgow next April”.