The Cory Band has acted quickly to issue a statement apologising unreservedly for comments made by one of its adjudicators taking part in the live broadcast of the Second Section of the Kapitol Cory Online Championships on Friday evening.
In thanking people from around the globe who took the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding performances from competing bands, they added a very clear official comment immediately after the event in regard to the incident.
It said: "We would also like to take this opportunity to apologise and retract a live statement made by one of the judges which on reflection was clearly wrong and will have caused offence."
The comments during the broadcast brought immediate condemnation, with the Bandspeople's Alliance to Negate Discrimination (BAND) stating that was "beyond any doubt that this incident should never have happened, and that there can be absolutely no place for it within our institution."
They added that these were "remarks that must not have a part in our movement."
We would also like to take this opportunity to apologise and retract a live statement made by one of the judges which on reflection was clearly wrong and will have caused offenceCory Band
Since the incident Cory Band has acted swiftly and has issued an apology on its Facebook page, with MD Philip Harper telling 4BR that the adjudicator in question will not be part of the judging panel for the second of the live broadcasts that will take place today at 4.00pm with the Fourth Section event, and that he will issue a further direct apology on behalf of the band at the beginning of the broadcast.