No cooperation in PalangaWednesday 17 July 2019
After many hours of debate and looking at various travel options, the management team at the cooperation band will not be taking up the invitation to compete at the 2020 European Brass Band Championships in Palanga. A spokesman for the cooperation band has informed us;
“ we have looked very closely at the costs to compete at Palanga and cannot justify the outlay for one contest, the last 18 months have been a very tough time for the band and financial prudence for the band at this time is key to the long term viability of the organisation”.
The spokesperson went on to say;
“There are no direct flights from Scotland which has added greatly to the overall cost, as well as the logistics of taking percussion and larger instruments via road transport which would have involved a 32 hour drive from our base in North Lanarkshire to the venue”
The cooperation band regrets that the current Scottish Champions will not be representing Scotland at this prestigious event and have made this very difficult decision with a heavy heart and wish the EBBA every success in Palanga in 2020.
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SBBA president Carrie Boax said: "SBBA can confirm that they have received written confirmation from the cooperation band that they are unable to accept the invitation to represent Scotland in Palanga for the European Brass Band Championships 2020.
"We have communicated this to the European Brass Band Association, and as an organisation we will continue to work closely with them in the coming weeks."