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YBS dish out their gongs

European Champs give out (instead or receive)a few awards for Xmas.


Yorkshire Building Society Band End of Year Awards

Last Friday 12th December the members of Yorkshire Building Society Band gathered for an end of season bash. This was to celebrate 2003, which has been one of the bands most productive years of late.

On top of the band retaining the European Championship in Bergen in May, the band went on to win the British Open Championships in September. These contest wins were followed by the bands CD release “Bourgeois in Brass” being voted CD of the year by Brass Band World Magazine.

At the bands end of year bash it is customary to present two special awards. The player of the year award 2003 went to Sheona White the bands outstanding Tenor Horn player. The Bandsperson of the year award this year went to Helen Robinson Cornet. Helen has been with the band since its Hammonds days and is by a long way the longest serving member of the band.

It can also be confirmed that contrary to misleading printed press statements, Mike Howley Euphonium has not left the band. Mike has just finished a short planned break in order to fulfil commitments at the Royal Northern. The band would like to thank Mike Kilroy for stepping in to fill the vacant euphonium chair.

Brass in Concert

Results: 2017 Brass in Concert Championship

November 19 • The all conquering Norwegians of Eikanger become the Brass in Concert champions.


Results: 2017 Scottish Challenge Shield

November 19 • Clackmannan claims the Scottish Challenge Shield honours with a triumphant performance in Perth.


Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.

Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

Sunday 19 November • All Saints’ Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH

Rotherham Schools' Youth Brass Band - Fountain City Brass Band

Monday 20 November • Rotherham Minster - Rotherham s60 1pd

Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE

Chinnor Silver

November 20 • Despite winning the 2nd section at the GBBA contest we still need a Bb BASS to complete our line up. Good but realistic book of concerts and concerts planned.. We have well attended rehearsals on a Wednesday in our own bandroom.

Hucknall & Linby Brass

November 20 • Hucknall and Linby Band - 2nd section- Require a front row cornet player. We rehearse Thursdays 7.30 -9.30 in Hucknall, Nottingham. With great transport links to the city centre and the universities.

Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.

Dave Collins

BA (Hons) (Dunelm) I, FSCO
Composer and Arranger