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Derwent band marches to world title

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Tasmania’s Derwent Valley Concert Band has cleaned up at the World Marching Band Championships.

The band was judged the winner over 14 other outfits in the open event in Germany.

The conductor Layton Hodgetts has told ABC Local Radio the award took everyone by surprise.

“And to cap it all off they decided to give me the gold medal conductor award, so we’re all feeling pretty excited over here tonight, it’s been an amazing outcome,” he said.