The band travelled to Cheltenham for the National Brass Band Championship on 22nd September 2013 where they came 11th competing in the 1st section. Although the band played well, they were understandably disappointed with the result, in an otherwise enjoyable weekend.
For several members of the band, it was their first experience of a National Finals competition and a chance for all the band to get away together with family and friends for a weekend.
Fanfares and Love Songs by the young composer Gavin Higgins was chosen as the set work for the sixteen bands to play. It presented technical and musical challenges for both the players and conductors, whilst at the same time being a piece the audience could enjoy listening to.
1. Tylorstown, (Gary Davies), 15
2. Staffordshire, (Leigh Baker), 2
3. Kidlington Concert Brass, (Duncan Wilson), 9
4. Foresters Brass 2000, (Peter Collins), 16
5. Drighlington, (Jim Davies), 12
6. Filton Concert Brass, (Tom Davoren), 3
7. Newtongrange Silver, (Lee Skipsey), 7
8. Harrogate, (Craig Ratcliffe), 8
9. Alder Valley Brass, (Roger Burke), 13
10. Lanner & District Silver, (Stuart Chappell), 1
11. Freckleton, (Paul Dalton), 6
12. Penclawdd Brass, (Tony Small), 10
13. Hebden Bridge, (Alan Hobbins), 5
14. Johnstone, (Paul Kiernan), 4
15. Morecambe, (Andrew Warriner), 11
16. Blidworth Welfare, (Martin Heartfield), 1
Withdrawn: Catterick Brass
Best Instrumentalist: Andy Jennings (Soprano) – Staffordshire