Members of bands from the award winning Abraham Darby Specialist School for the Performing Arts, Madeley, Telford returned from Chepstow on Sunday having achieved two Gold awards at the West of England and South Wales Regional Festival of the National Concert Band Festival. Both the Showband (sponsored by Newport Chiropractic) and the School’s Jazz Band as a result of scooping these awards have now received an automatic invitation to participate in the National Festival which will be held at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Glasgow in April 2006. Both of the school bands have achieved unprecedented success at the National Festival in previous years with the Showband having achieved six consecutive National Gold Awards and the Jazz Band having secured five National Gold Awards in the last six years with the last four awards being in consecutive years. The Showband performed Concert Prelude written by Philip Sparke, Global Variations by Nigel Hess and a piece entitled As all the Heavens were a Bell by the American composer Jay Bocook which was written following the tragic events of 9/11. The Jazz Band programme included Old School, Count Bubba, Body & Soul and Ol Man River. The adjudicators made specific mention of both band’s tight ensemble playing and good attention to detail which resulted in some impressive playing and interpretation leading to excellent performances for both bands. In conclusion the adjudicators stated that in connection with the Showband that it was difficult to say anything else other than their performance was immensely tremendous. In connection with the Jazz Band they stated that there was some really secure sectional phrases for all sections and that the performance was evident of the high level of commitment practice and dedication by the band members. Simon Platford, the school’s Director of Performing Arts commented “that the band, staff and parents are all part of a strong team and coupled with the band’s hard work and dedication this result again is evidence of the ever increasing list of sustained and outstanding consistent achievements over many years. Both the Showband and the Jazz Band are now looking forward to participating in the National Festival next April in Glasgow”.