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Offshore investment deal pays off in Jersey

21 years of off shore brass band investment will pay out a remarkable return in Stevenage this weekend for Jersey Premier Brass.

  21 years of investment pays out in Stevenage on the weekend for Jersey Premier Brass

It's believed a small piece of contesting history will be made at the London & Southern Counties areas in Stevenage this weekend as Jersey Premier Brass become the first band 'off shore' band to play in the Championship Section contest.

21 years in the making

It's been an achievement 21 years in the making, as MD Tim Pritchard told 4BR.

"Representing the Island at the highest level was a pipe dream when we set out in 1997," he said. "It was always something of a joke between us as we thought the Third Section would be our limit for a band that calls home a rock just 8 miles by 4!

Signing new players hasn't been an option so we have produced our own — from cornet players to BBb tubas. As a result we are perhaps the most close-knit band in the country as everyone shares the same outlook."

18 still with us

Tim added: "18 of the players on stage this weekend will have played with the band back in 2005 when we became the Third Section National Champion.

Sunday will be a special moment for us on what will be our 21st birthday. We have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of 'Odyssey' and are aiming to surprise a few people, not least ourselves!"

18 of the players on stage this weekend will have played with the band back in 2005 when we became the Third Section National ChampionMD, Tim Pritchard

Open rehearsal

The band will be holding an open rehearsal at Stopsley High School in Luton, on Saturday 17th March, joining up with the Luton Youth Service Brass Band for a pre-contest concert.


Result: London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Third Section

March 18 • LGB Brass leads the way back to another National Final appearance alongside St Sebastian Wokingham and Milton Keynes Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Third Section

March 18 • Barton Community heads to Cheltenham with Knaresborough Silver at their side after a cracking Third Section battle in Durham.

Upper Rhondda

Result: 2018 Welsh Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 18 • Upper Rhondda beat the snow and the opposition to head to Cheltenham with the youngsters of Cwmtawe Youth

Ian Williams

Williams memory at Brangwyn Hall

March 18 • There may be a keen battle for glory today in Swansea, but people will take time to remember one of the finest players to grace the Brangwyn Hall stage.

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

Clifton and Lightcliffe Band

March 18 • Our third section B Band are looking for Cornet and Trombone players. Rehearsals Friday's 7.00 - 8.15pm and Sunday mornings 10.00 - 12.15pm Based at Bailiff Bridge Brighouse. Our Saturday morning training band is also looking for players. All abilities.

Clifton and Lightcliffe Band

March 18 • Second Section band we are looking for a 2nd Trombone and back row cornet. We have a busy concert calendar and a trip to Italy planned for August 2018.. Based at Bailiff Bridge Brighouse.

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

March 17 • Musical Director due to work commitments, the Wakefield Metropolitan Band seeks applications for this position. 1st section band with a 5th place at the areas. We require someone with the drive and ambition to take us to the next level is this you ?

Jack Capstaff

Bmus (Hons)
Conductor | Composer