Champions have all the right moves
A SWANSEA band is celebrating hitting the high notes after winning a major haul of awards at a world championship contest.
Members of the Swansea Silver Rhythmaires Marching Band stole the show at the World Marching Jazz Band Championships in Nottingham and were crowned World Champions 2012.
The band, which was first formed in 1978 in Swansea and practices twice a week at Clase Community Centre, competed over two days at Nottingham's Harvey Hadden Stadium.
Michael Godfrey, treasurer of Swansea Silver Rhythmaires, said they were thrilled with their success in the contest.
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He said: "Over the years the band has been one of the most successful bands in the country winning many major championships and the World Championships on four occasions.
"To add to our achievements at the World Championships 2012 we are delighted to announce that we also won Best Music Band, Best Display Band, Best Welsh Entertaining Band, plus numerous individual awards.
"The highlight of the championships was to become World Champions and Overall Band of the 2012 championships.
"We are delighted to have won the World Championships once again and are really proud of the hard work and dedication the members have put into this years championships and to bring the title back home to the city of Swansea."
He added: "The band is now practicing for our next two major championships being the United Kingdom Championships and National Indoor Championships to be held later this year."
The band won a number of awards, including Best Leader for Georgia Pridmore, 16, of Morriston, Best Drum Corps, Best Mascot for Taylor MacDonald, 11, of Ynysforgan, Best Mini Mascot Molly Cunningham, of Morriston, and her sister Codi Cunningham, 4, also of Morriston, was crowned Best Baton Carrier.
Best Lead Kazoo was awarded to Dawn Pridmore, from Morriston, Best Symbol Player was given to Charlotte Edmonds, 29, from Morriston, Best Lead Drum was won by Craig Astley, 22, Morriston and Best Quad Player was Callum Pridmore, 14, of Morriston.
Best Shield Carrier was Ffion Price, 11, of Glynneath, Best Pom Poms was won by Charlie Stevens, 12, of St Thomas, and Nikita Meddicks won Best Band Major.