National Finals – Cheltenham 2015

This weekend saw the band travel to Cheltenham to represent the North West in the 1st Section National  Brass Band Championships. Having rehearsed in Evesham at lunchtime the band had to wait until nearly nine o’clock to play having drawn 17th and last – twenty bands had actually qualified, but three had withdrawn from the competition. The band’s performance had some fine playing, but the judges noted that the performance was inconsistent and as a result the band were placed a disappointing tenth. Paul and the band will learn from the experience as the band prepare for next season in the Championship Section.

The band had a great weekend nonetheless staying at the quirky Evesham Hotel where the band enjoyed a friendly welcome and a pie supper after the rehearsal on Saturday night. The band would like to thank the hotel, and also the Avonbank (Evesham) Band for the use of their bandroom and nice brews. Thanks also to everyone who helped to organise the trip, especially Ian Threlfall our contest secretary and logistics expert! Thanks also to the friends and family who came to support us and for the overwhelming good wishes the band received via social media etc.



National Finals Cheltenham 2013

Band and DuckThe 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.

Anthony with Camera

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