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2004 North West Regional Championships

Fourth Section
Sunday 14th March

Test Piece: Partita – Edward Gregson
Adjudicator: Maurice Priestley


A large Fourth Section entry of 20 bands should ensure a fine contest in the surreal surroundings of the intimate Spanish Hall. It may look an odd place to have a brass band contest, but it does offer a very nice acoustic for the bands and the adjudicator Maurice Priestly.

Last year the North West sent Nelson Brass, Trinity Girls and Wardle and District Anderson Brass to Dundee, and the strength of lower section banding in the area was seen with the bands returning as winners as well as gaining 4th and 8th places. That was the first win for the North West at the Finals since 1996 when Manx Concert Brass won, whilst before that it was Eaton’s Farnsworth in 1992.

As always in the Fourth Section there are bands on the up, bands on the wane and bands who are new to the whole contesting thing. The latter this year comes in the form of the irrepressible Ted Griffiths who has unearthed yet more talented players from Dobcross – how on earth does he do it? There are also some returning bands in the shape of Valley Brass, St. John’s Mossley, Farndon and Carrbrook, so things are looking up for the future.

It should make for a fascinating contest, and with three places up for grabs, it will be a bit of a humdinger for sure.


Barnton Silver
Conductor:
S. Yates

Last Eight Years:
2003: 21st in Third Section (rel) (S. Yates)
2002: 17th
2001: 8th
2000: 6th 4th Section (prom)
1999: 3rd 4th Section
1998: 7th 4th Section
1997: 15th (rel)
1996: 12th

Barnton have slipped in the Fourth Section after three years when results have gone against them somewhat. 21st last year saw them come bottom of the pile, but it is nice to report that they have stuck together to try and get back straight away. What form they bring to the contest we will have to wait and see.


Besses Boys
Conductor:
M. Stringer

Last Eight Years:
2003: 4th (M. Stringer)
2002: 11th
2001: 18th
2000: 13th
1999: 10th

One of the most famous names in youth banding in the country, Besses Boy’s can boast players such as Mark Wilkinson (Principal Cornet at Fodens) as an old boy, so after coming 4th last year, there seems to be plenty of budding future stars in the ranks. They came runners up at Pontins late last year, so have some good form to fall back on. Can they up that to make it to the Finals this year?


Carrbrook Brass
Conductor:
J. Hunter

Last Eight Years:
2003: DNC
2002: DNC
2001: 19th
2000: 24th
1999: 20th
1998: DNC
1997: 15th
1996: 7th

Carrbrook return to the contest for the first time since 2001, so we wish them well as they hope to make it a more permanent stay here. They did struggle a little the
last time they were here, so we hope they come back stronger and fitter than ever.


Dobcross Youth 2003
Conductor:
T. Griffiths

Last Eight Years:
2003: DNC
2002: DNC
2001: DNC
2000: DNC
1999: DNC

The amazing Ted Griffiths starts yet another load of talented youngsters on the road to fame and hopefully fortune with this new band at the contest. We are sure they have been well taught and more importantly will be out to enjoy the experience. Look out for them.


Douglas Town
Conductor:
G. Higginbottom

Last Eight Years:
2003: 9th (G. Higginbottom)
2002: 2nd
2001: 15th
2000: 11th
1999: 5th
1998: 13th
1997: 11th

Gordon Higginbottom and his band make the trip across the Irish Sea to try and recapture the form that they showed in 2002 when they were runners up here and reached the National Finals themselves. 9th a twelve
month ago was a little disappointing, so we are sure they will be determined to make up the lost ground this year.


Eaton’s Farnsworth and Walkden
Conductor:
P. Ashley

Last Eight Years:
2003: 17th in Third Section (rel) (P. Ashley)
2002: 14th
2001: DNC
2000: 2nd 4th Section (prom)
1999: DNC
1998: 14th (rel)
1997: DNC
1996: DNC

One of the bands with the longest names in this or any other contest were National Champions in 1992, but have since had a bit of a on/off appearance at the contest. The last couple of years have been hard, and they find themselves relegated back to the Fourth Section after coming 17th last year in the Third Section.
They were placed 10th at Pontins in the Third Section, so we will have to wait and see how they do.


Farndon and District
Conductor:
P. Dalton

Last Eight Years:
2003: DNC
2002: 16th
2001: DNC
2000: 23rd
1999: 17th
1998: DNC
1997: DNC
1996: DNC

Farndon return to the contest for the first time since 2002 when they came 16th here. They didn’t compete the year
before but came a lowly 23rd in 2000. It is always nice to see a band return, so we wish them well.


Friezland
Conductor:
L. Clough

Last Eight Years:
2003: Joint 4th (L. Clough)
2002: 5th
2001: 9th
2000: 17th
1999: 2nd
1998: 12th
1997: 17th
1996: 10th

Lana Clough has been doing great work with Friezland over the last couple of years, and they will certainly be looking to make a mark here this time out and possibly claim a qualification place at least. The results show they are moving in the right direction, so ones to look out for we think.


Greenfield
Conductor:
D. Chapman

Last Eight Years:
2003: 13th (D. Chapman)
2002: 18th 3rd Section (rel)
2001: 15th 3rd Section
2000: DNC
1999: 11th 2nd Section (rel)
1998: 4th 3rd Section (prom)
1997: 12th 3rd Section
1996: 5th 3rd Section

Greenfield struggled a little here last year – their first back in the Fourth Section after being relegated in 2002. They have been as high as the Second Section in recent years, but are back at the bottom determined to rise again. They came 11th at Pontins late last year, so they will be looking to improve on that here this time for sure.


Hesketh Bank Silver
Conductor:
S. Pullin

Last Eight Years:
2003: 8th (S. Pullin)
2002: 12th
2001: 4th
2000: 11th 3rd Section (rel)
1999: 13th 3rd Section
1998: 19th 3rd Section
1997: 7th (prom)
1996: 3rd

Stuart Pullin has been developing Hesketh Bank nicely in the last couple of years and they came a solid 8th place last year after dropping down to 12th the year before. If they can carry on that rate of improvement they could
possibly be looking to gain one of the three qualification places on offer.


Parr (Richardson Ltd St. Helens)
Conductor:
R. Kerwick

Last Eight Years:
2003: Joint 10th (J. Ludden)
2002: 17th
2001: 17th
2000: 7th
1999: 9th
The hard working band from St Helens are on the up, and although they came 8th at the recent Preston Contest it was in the higher Third Section that they competed. After two lowly 17th placings they came 10th last year under John Ludden, and they will be looking to continue that improvement here this time as well. A top six places beckons we wonder?


Pemberton Old Wigan B
Conductor:
P. Ashley

Last Eight Years:
2003: 14th (P. Ashley)
2002: 6th
2001: Winners
2000: 20th
1999: 13th

Pemberton will be coming to the contest chock full of confidence after winning the recent Preston Guild Hall contest. Before that they also came 5th at Pontins, so they could well be one of the favourites to take the title here. 14th place last time out though suggests they shouldn’t take too much for granted, as contesting has a nasty habit of tripping a band up when they least expect it.


Rivington and Adlington
Conductor:
H. Bentham

Last Eight Years:
2003: 6th (H. Bentham)
2002: 9th
2001: 10th
2000: 21st
1999: 11th
1998: 15th 3rd Section (rel)
1997: DNC
1996: 15th 3rd Section

Rivington are another band that will be making the trip to Blackpool full of confidence after they had a good result at Preston where they came 3rd, just a couple of points behind the winners Pemberton. Before that they came 8th at Pontins, so they seem to heading in the right direction for sure. The last four years have seen a year on year improvement as well, so the omens could be good for a qualification place at least.


St. John’s Mossley
Conductor:
S. Corbett

Last Year: DNC
Last Eight Years:
2003: DNC
2002: DNC
2001: DNC

We think St. John’s are making their first appearance at the contest here for some time, although we have a nagging thought that theirs is a famous name from some years ago. Still, no record of the band competing in the last eight years. Whatever the case, we wish them well.


Standish
Conductor:
J. Roberts

Last Eight Years:
2003: Joint 10th (J. Roberts)
2002: 13th
2001: 12th
2000: 11th
1999: 18th
1998: 5th

Standish will be looking to make that step up and push into the top ten here at least this year. The last few years they have hovered around the mark, so the time is right.
They did come 15th at Pontins late last year, so they will need to be on top form to do it we think.


Tarleton and District Brass
Conductor:
G. Bould

Last Year: DNC
Last Eight Years:
2003: DNC
2002: DNC
2001: DNC
2000: DNC
1999: DNC
1998: DNC
1997: DNC
1996: DNC

We think Tarleton are making their debut here this year – we couldn’t find a record of the band competing here from 1996 onwards, so we wish them well on their first outing. They recently came 5th at the Preston contest, so they will be looking to make a good mark here.


Tottington Public
Conductor:
L. Dunkley

Last Eight Years:
2003: 16th (N. Martin)
2002: DNC
2001: DNC
2000: DNC

Tottington came 16th here on their debut last year, so they will be looking to at least improve on that this time. No recent form as such for us to look at, so we will have to wait and see if they can do it.


Uppermill
Conductor:
S. Wood

Last Eight Years:
2003: 12th (J. Hunter)
2002: 14th
2001: 13th
2000: 22nd
1999: 21st
1998: 10th
1997: 14th
1996: 8th

Uppermill are gradually moving up the table each by the year at the contest, and after coming a lowly 21st in 1999 they have changed that to come 12th last time out under Jim Hunter. Simon Wood takes the helm this time, and we think that can only be a good thing for the band. He took them into 13th place at Pontins late last year and 6th at Preston, so don’t be surprised if they challenge for a top six place this year.


Valley Brass (Haydock)
Conductor:
D. Chadwick

Previously known as Haydock Youth Band, Valley Brass have been busy recruiting new youngsters into the band by performing workshops in schools in and around Haydock. They make their first appearance at the contest since 2002 when they came 8th. Nice to see them back.

Last Eight Years:
2003: DNC
2002: DNC
2001: 8th
2000: 14th
1999: 9th
1998: DNC
1997: DNC
1996: DNC


Results archive:
Full results of previous year's contests together with a results summary can be found in our results archive.

Past Qualifiers:

2003: Trinity Girls, Wardle and District Anderson Brass, Nelson Brass
2002: Timperley, Douglas Town, Wardle and District Anderson Brass, Kirkby Lonsdale
2001: Pemberton Old Wigan B, Nelson Brass
2000: Diggle, Eatons Farnsworth, Blackley
1999: Old Hall Brass, Frieland
1998: Hazel Grove, Haslingdon and Helmshaw Brass
1997: Old Hall Brass, Dobcross, Pilling Jubilee
1996: Manx Concert Brass, Milnrow
1995: Trinity Girls, Lostock Hall Memorial

Fourth West bands at the Finals

2003: 1st, 4th, 10th
2002: 2nd, 4th, 14th, 17th
2001: 9th, 14th
2000: 5th, 12th, 17th
1999: 6th, 14th
1998: 2nd, 9th

4BR Prediction:

This should have the makings of cracking contest, with three places up for grabs for the trip to Harrogate on offer. Of the twenty bands here some have a better chance than others, and the form guide to follow may be the one that saw Pemberton come top at Preston recently. We will go with that and plumb for the to take the top prize. Close on their heels should come Rivington and Adlington, whilst we opt for Uppermill to take the third spot on offer. After them the top six should be made up of Besses Boys, Tarleton and Friezland. Our dark horses are Dobcross Youth 2003 – more success for Ted Griffiths.

1. Pemberton Old Wigan B
2. Rivington and Adlington
3. Uppermill
4. Besses Boys
5. Tarleton
6. Friezland

Dark Horse: Dobcross Youth

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