The band is currently preparing for the Regional Championships to be held in the Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage in just a few days time, Sunday 19th March. The selected test piece is Land of the Long White Cloud (Aotearoa) by Philip Sparke. Aotearoa was the name given to New Zealand by its Polynesian settlers whose first sight of the islands was a long, flat cloud lying low over the land. The work is not speciﬁcally programmatic, although many have images of the surging ocean in the opening section or maori dance-like features throughout. It’s a challenging work, but we’re putting the hours in….