April 25th 2016

Lincolnshire cadet takes part in North American Brass Band Championship

Cadet Kira Roberts

A member of the Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) Band has competed against some of the best young brass musicians in the USA.

Earlier this month (April), 15-year-old Cadet Kira Roberts fulfilled her dream when she entered as a soloist in the North American Brass Band Championship held in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She was up against much older musicians, many from the highly rated Fountain City Band from Missouri, and was delighted that her rendition of ‘Rhapsody for Euphonium’ by James Curnow earned her third place in the ‘Youth Brass Solo Championship’.

Kira explained: “I chose the piece as it enabled me to demonstrate my technical side and slow melodic musical ability. This was my first competition and most of the other twenty or so musicians were older than me. Despite my nerves, I must have impressed the judges who gave me a 91/100 score, which was enough for third place.”

Kira’s planning for the event started back in January 2015 and involved closely liaising with family friends living in the USA. She continued: “Travelling alone to the states was a big deal for me but competing against some of America’s best was far more terrifying!”

First taking an interest in music when she was 9-years-old, Kira sometimes accompanied her mum to concerts as she played in local bands around the Alford area. However, Kira soon learnt to play the cornet before her family acquired a cherished second-hand euphonium for her.

Having now witnessed the American lifestyle, Kira is keener than ever to further her musical career there.  She said: “I really enjoyed my time in the states and have an ambition to study for a Doctor of Music Degree in Euphonium, a qualification that is not currently available in the UK”.

To find out more about joining the Lincolnshire ACF Band please call: 07930 8262 051.

"I chose the piece as it enabled me to demonstrate my technical side and slow melodic musical ability"