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New arrivals at Skelmanthorpe

Skelmanthorpe welcomes a new quartet of signings.

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Skelmanthorpe Band has announced the arrival of a quartet of new players.

New players

Connor Lennon comes in on soprano cornet following spells at Bolton Hoover, Poulton le Fylde, Wingates, Wardle & Anderson, and most recently Wakefield Metropolitan, whilst 13 year old Hannah Stell takes on the solo trombone role from the Skelmanthorpe Community Band.

Andy Hunt joins on front row cornet having previously played principal cornet for Garforth Brass and Stanley Newmarket, and the experienced Steve Bey comes in on Eb bass after enjoying spells with the Welsh Guards as well as the Leeds Symphony Orchestra and Yorkshire Imps.

Looking forward

Connor told 4BR: "I'm delighted to be given this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to a long and successful period with the band."

Meanwhile, Hannah has rapidly moved up through the Skelmanthorpe Community Band winning numerous and solo contest and ‘Best Soloist’ awards along the way—including at the Yorkshire Championships last year.

I'm delighted to be given this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to a long and successful period with the bandsoprano player Connor Lennon

Great to join

Andy added: "It’s great to join a friendly and sociable community band, and I look forward to my future with Skelmanthorpe."

A spokesperson added: "We would like to thank outgoing players Mark Wilkinson and Mike Kilmartin for their services to us and extend our gratitude to Les Beevers who has conducted the band at successful concerts at Shelley College and York National Railway Museum."

National trophies

2018 National Finalists confirmed

March 19 • The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2018 Regional contests on the weekend.

Friary Guildford

Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • Frairy Guildford make it four wins in a row as they retain their top-flight title and are joined at the Albert Hall by Thundersley.


Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 18 • Bradwell Silver strikes gold to take Fourth Section title and head to Cheltenham alongside Regent Community Brass and Great Yarmouth Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • NASUWT Riverside makes it a North of England Area double as they head back to the Albert Hall as champions again with Reg Vardy in tow.

Black Dyke Band - The Hawth, Crawley

Sunday 18 March • The Hawth, Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

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

Knaresborough Silver Band

March 19 • Knaresborough Silver Band are looking for percussion players to join them following their recent success in the Areas 3rd section gaining our 3rd Cheltenham invitation in the last 4 years. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings @ 7.30pm.

East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band

March 19 • The EYMS Band has an immediate vacancy for a first class Solo Euphonium Or Solo Baritone. With The Grand Shield on the horizon and a sensible concert schedule we are looking for a talented individual to join this experienced section.

Chinnor Silver

March 19 • We are sadly loosing one of our award winning bass team soon(best basses award at areas) so we are looking for a Bb BASS . Good book of contests and concerts planned including butlins . We rehearse on Wednesday in our own bandroom

Alan Widdop

Conductor, Brass teacher, Adjudicator (ABBA)