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2014 4BR Awards — Lower Section/Youth Band of the Year

So many bands had a 2014 to remember — so which one deserves the accolade as Lower Section/Youth Band of the Year?

The nominations from the 4BR team for consideration are...

Ebbw Valley

Ebbw Valley

The remarkable Gwent valleys contest juggernaut shows no sign of slowing down in its bid to reach its ultimate Championship Section destination.

Along the way they continued to pick up first prizes at just about every contest they entered in 2014 (9 more) - including the most commanding of Third Section National Championship victories at Cheltenham (adding to their 2013 Fourth Section success) under their inspirational MD, Gareth Ritter, and yet another Welsh League title.


Manger

Manger Skulemusikklag

Proof positive that the Norwegians really do know how to produce a brilliant youth band - and one even more remarkably, which gains all its players from just one school.

They produced a stunning performance set in winning the Development Section of European Youth Competition in Perth under MD, Thorgeir Thunstveit, with a display of mature musicality that was way beyond their tender years.


Beaumaris

Seindorf Beaumaris Youth

Welsh banding is certainly enjoying a purple period of success, but it is not just the ensembles of South Wales that are coming up with the title winning goods.

Packed to the rafters with talent and led by an inspirational MD, this is a band with a voracious appetite for hard work and musical excellence.

That was both seen and heard in winning the Action Research Entertainment title, the Newtown and North Wales contests - and most defiantly in wowing the crowds with their concerts at the Brass in Concert Championship.


Tullis Russell Trophies

Tullis Russell Mills Intermediate

If you are looking for a blueprint for long term banding success then you won’t go far wrong by copying what the Tullis Russell organisation is doing.

Clear headed thinking, achievable aims and objectives, hard graft and a musical ethos of enjoyment, permeate everything - and their shining gem in 2014 was their Intermediate Band.

They may have played in seven contests and won one - the Scottish Championship - but that wasn’t the sole reason for them taking to the stage. Others wanting to do things properly with youth development please take note. What a future beckons.


YOuth Brass

Youth Brass 2000

Talking of things to come - what fantastic playing futures have already been created for his remarkable young players over the last decade or more by Chris Jeans.

2014 saw them claim yet another Butlins Youth Championship title, gain victory at the British Open Brass at the Guild Hall contest and capture first prize in the Championship Section of the National Youth Championships.  Just the Action Research title eluded them - but what a year - and what a cracking band.



Thundersley Brass Band - Visit the Vulcan - Open Day

Sunday 19 August • London Southend Airport, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS26YU


Ibstock Brick Brass - Ibstock Country Fair

Sunday 19 August • Ibstock Showground. Pretoria Road. Ibstock. Leicestershire LE676LN


Black Dyke Band - St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate

Saturday 1 September • Duchy Rd, Harrogate HG1 2EY


Contest: 166th British Open

Saturday 8 September • Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Black Dyke Band - Brass on Sunday Gala Concert, Birmingham

Sunday 9 September • Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA


Witney Town Band

August 19 • A friendly 4th section band based in West Oxfordshire require Front row cornet, Second Horn and Percussion. We rehearse from 7:30 - 9.30pm pm every Tuesday at Witney Methodist Church, High Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6HG.


Elland Silver Band

August 17 • Are seeking a Repiano Cornet Player. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced or talented young player to join one of Yorkshire's progressive championship section bands.


Crewe Brass

August 17 • Crewe Brass seek Eb and Bb bass, Euphonium and Baritone players. We are a friendly 1st Section Band and perform at a variety of events (including contests) under the baton of our MD Matt Pithers. Rehearsals are every Friday at 7.45pm in Shavington, Crewe.


Stephen Tighe

ARCM, LDBBA, (Dip)PFS.
Adjudicator / Music Director / Arranger