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Report & Results: 2017 Morley March & Hymn Tune

Marsden Silver show off their prowess at the twin discipline event as they take the title for an eighth time.

Marsden Silver Prize
  Marsden Silver Prize carry on their fine 2017 form with another Morley victory

Marsden Silver once again showed off their march and hymn tune prowess as led by MD, Alan Widdop they claimed the Morley title in West Yorkshire for an unprecedented eighth time on the weekend.

Cold drink

After taking the Saddleworth Whit Friday Local Champions title last weekend, the Yorkshire Area First Section winner added an extra £770 in prize money to their coffers, as well as being able to fill the Crispin Trophy with a cold drink or two in celebration as they look towards the National Finals in Cheltenham in September.

The band won both elements with euphonium player Alice Waterhouse taking the individual award for 'Best Instrumentalist'.

Second place and £330 went to Championship Section Yorkshire Imperial DUT, with Second Section Skelmanthorpe Prospect Brass upsetting the form book and taking some notable scalps in coming third and bagging £180.

Fantastic day

Contest controller Geoff Fowler told 4BR: "What a fantastic day we had in Morley. There were lots of brilliant performances from start to finish. The weather also played its part and the attendance was the best to date."

What a fantastic day we had in Morley. There were lots of brilliant performances from start to finish. The weather also played its part and the attendance was the best to dateContest organiser, Geoff Fowler


Adjudicators: Kevin Waldsworth; Sarah Groarke-Booth
March/Hymn = Total

1. Marsden Silver (Alan Widdop): 1/1 = 2
2. Yorkshire Imperial DUT (Russell Gray): 2/2 = 4
3. Skelmanthorpe Prospect (Phil Garlick): 5/3 = 8
4. Fishburn (Lewis Wilkinson): 3/6 = 9
5. Skelmanthorpe (Jim Davies): 6/4 = 10
6. Hepworth (Leigh Baker): 4/8 = 12*
7. Kippax (Ian Knapton): 7/5 = 12
8. Unite the Union (John Robertds): 8/7 = 15
9. Shirland Welfare Training (Lynden Cooper): 9/9 = 18
10. Elmfield Brass (Jack Bennett): 10/10 = 20
11. Tingley Brass (John Belton): 11/11 = 22
12. Tewit Youth Intermediate (Martin Hall): 12/12 = 24
13. Huddersfield & Ripponden (Adam Bell): 13/13 = 26

* Higher placing in Street March

Best Street March: Fishburn (£60)
Best Deportment: Fishburn (£50)

Best First Section Band: Skelmanthorpe (£120)*
Best Second Section Band: Kippax (£120)*
Best Third Section Band: No entries*
Best Fourth Section Band: Elmfield Brass (£90)*
*Not in top three prizes

Best Youth Band: Shirland Welfare Training (£90)
Best Contest March: Marsden Silver (£75)
Best Hymn Tune: Marsden Silver (£75)

Best Instrumentalist: Marsden Silver (euphonium) (£20)

Best Hymn Tune (Youth): Shirland Welfare Training (£50)
Best Deportment (Youth): Tewit Youth Intermediate (£50)


Player registration queries to be investigated

March 21 • The series of Regional Championship events has brought player registration infringements to light — with investigations and disqualification decisions made.


National Youth Band heads west for April showcase

March 21 • Bramwell Tovey and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain will head to Cheltenham and Wells this April for their end of course concerts — with an Open Day opportunity on offer too.


Shirebrook open for entries

March 21 • The popular Shirebrook Entertainment Contest is looking for competing bands as local council continues long term support of banding movement.


Death of Riki McDonnell QSM

March 21 • The death has been announced of the celebrated New Zealand brass band musician Riki McDonnell QSM.

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Brass Band

Friday 23 March • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

The Fairey Band - Ensembles from Bramhall High School

Friday 23 March • Bramhall High School. Seal Road. Stockport SK72JT

Croydon Citadel Band - The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army

Saturday 24 March • The Salvation Army. Booth Rd. Croydon. CR0 1XY CR0 1XY

Black Dyke Band - Newtown (Powys)

Saturday 24 March • Theatre Hafren, Llanidloes Rd, Newtown SY16 4HU

Amington Band

March 21 • Amington band are looking for back row cornets, a bass of each flavour & a bass trombone. We're a friendly, hard working bunch and welcome all to join us. We rehearse on Mondays & Wednesdays from 8-10pm in our own band room in Tamworth.

Leyland Band

March 21 • FLUGEL HORN. As a principal player, this will provide regular opportunities for solo performances in the concert and recording schedule. There will also be contest appearances at this year’s British Open Championship and the National Finals at the RAH.

Blidworth Welfare Band

March 21 • Percussionist.. Having just secured a fifth place in the Midlands Championship Section we are inviting applications for percussionist. We have a sensible diary of engagements whilst providing players with the potential to achieve success..

Simon Gresswell

Conductor, adjudicator, tutor, tuba specialist