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Record entry for Butlins

There are a record number of bands geting their lips in shape for the first major contest festival of the year, as Butlins announce the line up of competitors for Skegness.



Butlins Resort Skegness has informed 4BR that they are pleased to announce a record number of entries for their forthcoming Mineworkers Brass Band Festival which will take place over the weekend of January 19 to 22.

All five sections will compete on Saturday January 20 playing the set test pieces and the Championship section also features an entertainment contest on Sunday January 21.

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Competing bands

Championship Section:
Test Piece: (Northern Lights — Philip Wilby)

Tongwynlais Temperance
Yorkshire Imperial
United Coop Milnrow

First Section:
Test Piece: Music For The Common Man — Kenneth Downie

Becontree Brass
Bedford Town Band
Bedworth Brass
City Of Cambridge
Ellington Colliery
Enderby Band
Foresters Brass 2000
GT Group (Peterlee)
Gresley Colliery
Haslingden & Helmshore
Hopkins Blidworth Colliery
Innovate Skelmanthorpe
Ipswich & Norwich Coop
Jackfield Elcock Reisen
Markham & District
Pontardulais Town Band
Sandhurst Silver
Shirland Welfare Training
The Riddings Band
United Yorkshire Coop
Lockwood Brass

Second Section:
Test Piece: Kaleidoscope — Philip Sparke

Betteshanger Welfare
Carlton Brass
Chinnor Silver
City Of Coventry
Frickley South Elmsall
Hitchin Band
Lewis Merthyr Band
Shirebrook MW Band
The Cawston Band
The Egham Band
The Harborough Band
The Kippax Band
Unity Brass
Wansbeck's Ashington
Yiewsley & West Drayton
East London Brass

Third Section:
Test Piece: Edwin Of Northumbria — Keith Wardle

Barrow Concert
BMP Europe Goodshaw
Dronfield CMW
Flixton Band
Kirkby Colliery Welfare
Leicester Cooperative SMW
Maltby Miners Welfare
Moulton 77 Brass
Rockingham Band
Stantonbury Brass
The Heyl Band
The Matlock Band
Waterbeach Brass
Whitworth Vale & Healey
Woodbridge Excelsior Band
Dodworth Colliery MW

Fourth Section:
Test Piece: The Journeyman — Ray Steadman-Allen

Bestwood "Black Diamonds"
Creswell Colliery Welfare
Dunstan Silver
Market Rasen RPC
Royston Town Band
Skegness Silver
Tewkesbury Band
The Martlesham Band
Thoresby Colliery Youth
Thurcroft Welfare
Welbeck Estates
Whitwell Brass

Gala Theatre

Result: North of England Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 17 • Spennymoor Town makes it a clean sweep as they head to Cheltenham with fellow qualifiers and debutants Tewit Silver.

Taff Vale Brass

Result: 2018 Welsh Regional Championship: Third Section

March 17 • Taff Vale Brass claim the Third Section honours on their contest debuts and are joined in Cheltenham by Usk.

Brangwyn Hall

Potential weather and road closure delays for Welsh Regional Championship

March 16 • Snowfall on the way to Swansea and some road closures near to the Brangwyn Hall on Saturday morning may cause problems for bands at the Welsh Regional Championship.


Cory visit adds extra boost to Scottish banding

March 16 • The good news continues for Scottish banding as Cory's forthcoming visit to Perth creates ticket demand.

Contest: London & SC Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Victoria Hall, Bolton

Saturday 17 March • 37 Knowsley St, Bolton BL1 2AS

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

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

Cheshire Constabulary Band

March 17 • We are urgently looking for a Tenor Horn, Cornet and snare drummers (for our Corps of drums). Smart friendly well run band with varied engagements, just one rehearsal a week. Open to all walks of life ( you do not need to work for the Police!)

Arrow Valley Brass

March 16 • Arrow Valley Brass is developing well under Andy Culshaw and seeks to appoint an experienced front row cornet player. We are based in Inkberrow, Worcs.and our main rehearsal is on Sunday morning. Full programme of concerts, contests etc.

Garforth Brass

March 15 • Following on from their success in coming second in the 4th Section in Huddersfield, GARFORTH BRASS are now looking for a SOLO/TUTTI CORNET player to join the team in preparation for their appearance at Cheltenham in September.

Ian Porthouse

Cornet soloist, clinician, conductor and adjudicator