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Yorkshire Regional Championships

Second Section:

We cast our eye over the competing bands in the Second Section as they try and win one of the two qualifying spots on offer for Torquay.


Second Section:

Saturday 2nd March
Adjudicator: John Roberts
Commences: 2.45pm

Competing Bands: Elland Silver (T. Whitaker): Hade Edge (J&E Dickinson) (S. Wood): Horbury Victoria (I. Shires): Huddersfield Brass Ensemble (S. Derrick): Meltham and Meltham Mills (S. Fawcett): Old Silkstone (N. Law): South Yorkshire Police (D. Lever): Stanley Newmarket Colliery (G. Walker): Weaver Building Group (D. Horn): West Yorkshire Police (B. Thompson): Wifreda Beehive Hatfield (G. O'Connor): Yorkshire Building Society Concert (A. Mc Lauchlan).

Saturday should see a very tight and competitive contest in the Second Section as 12 good quality bands tackle Ewald's "Symphony for Brass".

No real clear favourites here, but some of the bands have a better track record than others of late both here and at national contests. Hade Edge should be one to listen out for under the baton of Simon Wood as they were second here last year and went on to come fifth at the Lower Section Nationals, whilst Horbury Victoria who came second in the third section last year went on to come 2nd at the Nationals could well be in with a shout under the excellent direction of Ian Shires.

Others to listen out for could well be West Yorkshire Police who were promoted for this year and Yorkshire Building Society Concert who came in the opposite direction from the First Section and will be mighty keen to get back. Norman Law has the reins at Old Silkstone who were third here last year and David Horn will be keen to try and get Weaver Building Group higher up and onto the winners podium after just missing out and coming 4th last year and then came 13th at Pontins.

Graham O'Connor has been working with Wifreda Beehive Hatfield and hopefully they can improve on last year's 7th spot, which was a fair result given that they were promoted from the Third Section as Champions the year before and they came 2nd at last year's Miners Championships, whilst both Elland Siver and Tony Whitaker and Stanley Newmarket Colliery will be travelling to Bradford, keen to improve on last years 8th and 9th places respectively. Elland were 8th in Pontins and will be hoping for better things whilst Stanley will be keen to keep on the road of improvement after also coming up from the Third Section in 2000.

Stuart Derrick of YBS euphonium fame takes the baton at Huddersfield Brass Ensemble and they will be going all out to improve on last years 11th place and hopefully reclaim at least the 3rd place of 2000, whilst the famous old Meltham and Meltham Mills band have been consistent performers coming 5th last year and 10th in 2000 after gaining promotion to the section. South Yorkshire Police make up the final band in the field after being relegated from the First Section after coming 10th last year. They too will be keen to get back up a section where they were comfortable performers.

A close run contest to look forward to then and with a tricky set test it could a section where the band that makes the most music rather than the least mistakes gets the nod from John Roberts. No one and really stands out, but we like Hade Edge and Simon Woods direction at the Nationals last year and we think they could be the band to beat.

2001 Result:

1. Knottingly Silver
2. Hade Edge
3. Old Silkstone
4. Weaver Building Group
5. Meltham and Meltham Mills
6. Stannington

4BR Prediction:
1. Hade Edge (J&E Dickinson)
2. Old Silkstone
3. Horbury Victoria
4. South Yorkshire Police
5. Wilfreda Beehive Hatfield
6. Stanley Newmarket Colliery

Dark Horse: Yorkshire Building Society Concert



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