2016 Spring Festival
Grand Shield: As it happened

All the action from the 2016 Spring Festival Grand Shield — as it happened.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 18:36:42

Result: The Grand Shield:
Test Piece: Of Distant Memories (Edward Gregson)

Adjudicators: Nigel Boddice MBE & Allan Ramsay

1. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Erik Janssen)*
2. Jaguar Land Rover (Dave Lea)*
3. Hepworth (Mark Peacock)
4. Whitburn (Prof Nicholas Childs)
5. Aldbourne (David Johnson)
6. Tongwynlais Temperance (Glyn Williams)
7. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Kevin Gibbs)
8. Wingates (Paul Andrews)
9. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)
10. Ashton-under-Lyne (Philip Chalk)
11. Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke)
12. Kirkintilloch (Garry Cutt)
13. Unite the Union (City of Sheffield) (David Hirst)
14. Northop Silver (Andrew Berryman)
15. Burry Port Town (Michael Thorne)
16. Camborne Town (Kevin Mackenzie)
17. East Yorkshire Motor Services (Stig Maersk)**
18. Friary Guildford (Chris King)**
19. Redbridge (Alan Duguid)* *
20. Co-operative Funeralcare (North West) (Jef Sparkes)**

Best Instrumentalist: Kirsty Abbotts (cornet) Carlton Main Frickley

*Promoted to British Open
**Relegated to Senior Cup

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 17:51:04

Chris Thomas' Final Grand Shield Opinion

In many ways it's been a disappointing day in the Opera House.

No band has completely conqured Edward Gregson's nostalgic, emotionally engaging score with the error counts often high and the precision of the faster music often lacking.

For us the best was left to last and Virtuosi GUS although the result could be a close call with the GUS error count less than Whitburn but Whitburn delivering the most precise account of the fast music.

We are going with a top six of:

1. Virtuosi GUS
2. Whitburn
3. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery
4. Reg Vardy
5. Friary Guildford
6. Kirkintilloch

Dark Horse Ashton Under Lyne

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 17:38:46

20. Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke)

There is lyrical and emotional warmth as the opening unfolds. Sonorous sounds and it proceeds so naturally......lovely stuff indeed.

The Allegro Energico has real electricity about it and the tempo is bang on the money. Dynamics are so well controlled and nothing is forced. Trombones are not flawless but there's a darkness about the declamations that is so effective.

The Alla Marcia marches on inexorably and the performance draws us in, engaging both musically and technically in its detail and lightness of touch at key moments.

The dreamy interlude is so beautifully done and solo EB bass sings the solo in fine fashion.

The solo voices intertwine in the Colla parte and the melodic lines are allowed to flow with grace and elegance.

Just the slightest of clips on solo cornet but the musical picture remains intact and this is emerging as perhaps the most complete presentation of the score we have heard today.

The build to the final Maestoso is well paced and the Maestoso itself is controlled, spacious and sepia tinted in its emotional scale.

What a fine ending.......judged to perfection and majestic to the last chord.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 17:17:07

19. Camborne Town (Kevin Mackenzie)

The opening is a touch slower than some today but the emotion is evident from the opening bar.

Excellent dynamic to open the Allegro Energico and the tempo is also well chosen. The detail is reasonably good but in comparison to preceding band Whitburn we don't hear the same high level of precision.

Dramatic trombones but some nasty mis-pitches also evident and the ensemble isn't always as tight as the top few bands today.

Tuning is problematic at times in the slow music and one or two uncomfortable individual entries detract...a great shame as the musical intent is clearly evident.

The slips continue to mount and concentration levels appear to drop at the same time.

As we approach the final paragraphs the detail again suffers and and although the final Maestoso is effective, Camborne will no doubt rue a missed opportunity today.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 16:57:32

18. Whitburn (Professor Nicholas Childs)

An elegant and flowing opening that is beautiful balanced and makes an immediate impression.

There's an incisive energy about the detail of the Allegro Energico......at long last this is playing that is putting us on the dies of our seats. There's a nasty little clip on soprano but otherwise this is impressive stuff indeed.

What a lovely lyrical interlude....soprano redeems himself and the energy once again bristles with electricity. Fine trombone declamations and everything feels like it's clicking into place with ease as we progress through the Ala Marcia.....allowing the music to speak for itself.

The dreamy transition is nicely handled although there are one or two little slips noted.

Nick Childs deosn't allow the tempo to languish in the slow music and it maintains a good flow and fluidity although again, there are a handful of little blemishes along the way.

There are some magical moments though and above all we sense both emotion and warmth in the presentation with impressive dynamic control.

Fine darkly hued trombones and sonorous bass sounds lead us into the reprise of the Allegro and now the momentum starts to build impressively as we head towards the final Maestoso.

The Maestoso is superbly paced although a slip on soprano again unsettles the picture momentarily. It's a fine ending though and caps an engaging performance.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 16:36:24

17. East Yorkshire Motor Services (Stig Maersk)

A nicely shaped opening although not without one or two uncomfortable moments.

The Allegro Energico sets off well but the tempo never quite settles with various entries pulling the MD in several directions.

The opening of the slow section is marked by a fine solo cornet contribution from Iain Culross and there are warm band sounds on display along with good quiter dynamics.

Stig Maersk puts huge energy into the performance as he drives the band on although the players don't always respond and it's a tired, somewhat bland ending.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 16:15:41

16. Northop Silver (Andrew Berryman)

Tuning problems marr the opening...a shame as the approach is good.

The Allegro Energico proceeds without major incident but we miss the excitement factor....the notes are generally there but the spirit of the music is stubbornly falling to materialise.

Again the slow music is executed with no major errors but we are missing the misty eyed emotion that is so crucial to this most personal of scores.

It's a solid approach to the final maestoso, with the final paragraphs still failing to ignite a reasonably secure but lack lustre performance.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 15:54:09

15. Friary Guildford (Chris King)

A well shaped, sonorous opening and this has a sense of style that catches our attention.

The Allegro Energico is impressively neat and tidy with an excellent tempo and good attention to balance that allows us to hear the detail. This is a performance that is impressing us more and more as it progresses.

The slow music has some lovely touches, with excellent solo contributions, a flowing sense of melodic line and and a delicacy of touch that draws us in. There really is some fine playing on display here.

What a shame it falters as solo cornet struggles with a solo entry and for a moment it feels very fragile.

It recovers though and the reprise of the Allegro Energico is again impressive in its detail although we sense that concentration levels are dropping to a degree.

The ending builds a head of steam in the approach to the final Maestoso and the maestoso itself is well shaped despite tired lips.

An impressive show from Friary Guildord. Highly musical in its approach and generall well executed.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 15:33:07

14. Redbridge (Alan Duguid)

A nasty clip on the opening note immediately unsettles the musical picture.

The Allegro Energico is better, setting off at a good tempo and with an exciting, sense of energy. Detail is heard and there's a sense of spirit about this that engages and gives the performance momentum.

Little clips continue to frustrate however with the dreamy transition into the Poco Meno mosso spoilt by several nasty moments in the cornets.

The Colla parta is better and although there are still fragilities the dynamics are effective.

The reprise of the Allegro Energico seta off at a brisk pace and not all entries are able to keep up.

Nice transition into the Allegro Deciso and the build to the end is good. Those errors and inconsistencies will surely count against Redbridge today though.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 15:12:20

13. Tongwynlais Temperance (Glyn Williams)

A safe opening but one that doesn't quite get us on the edges of our seats.

The Allegro Energico is generally despatched without major incident although ensemble is not always entirely accurate. More significant perhaps is the fact that the error count is lower than a good many bands today.

The MD takes the dynamics down in the Colla parte although there are several nervy entries as solo voices almost fail to speak. There moments of magic but also fragility that undermines the musical picture.

The reprise of the Allegro Energico is mixed with the performance as a whole remaining stubbornly unwilling to ignite whilst the closing paragraphs sound tired and lack lustre.

A mid table finisher for us.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 14:52:32

12. Jaguar Land Rover (Dave Lea)

A robust opening dynamically but with a sense of shape and warmth that engages.

The Allegro Energico doesn't initially sit right in the groove but quickly settles and there is a big band sound on display although ensemble isn't always bang on the money. It's a touch muscular and we would like to hear a little more rythmic delicacy in the running passages.

Excellent trombones and a darkly hued bass bone adds a touch of class.

Again it's a bold, big boned presentation of the score but it's certainly exciting and drives on with real energy. The slow music initially lacks a touch of emotional warmth but as it progresses there are some lovely touches of colour and solo contributions of quality.

The reprise of the Allegro Energico picks up where it left off as the MD takes no prisoners.

The build up to the final paragraphs motors along and again this high adrenalin stuff.......it's also one of those performances that the judges could love or hate with little in between.

The final maestoso is well handled but with one or two uncomfortable moments in the cornets leading to a powerful final chord.

A mixed bag from JLR.......moments of high quality but a dynamically one dimensional approach.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 14:29:03

11. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band (Erik Janssen)

There is a lovely warmth about the opening and Kirsty Abbotts immediately makes her mark on principal cornet.

The dynamics ebb and flow so naturally and as the Allegro Energico gets under way we hear detail that crackles wth electricity and clinical accuracy. This is so exciting and we are hearing things that have not been consistently evident in other performances with only minor clips detracting.

Trombones don't entirely nail the declamations but again the momentum of the performance is carrying us forward with wide ranging dynamics and the MD finding the shape of the score with elan.

Sensitive Eb bass solo into the Meno mosso and the solo lines are so beautifully shaped, with flowing lyricism and that elusive sense of stillness in the Serenissimo that has been absent from so many performances. Kirsty Abbotts again excels in playing of sweet toned sensitivity and the contrast with the Allegro Energico that follows is so effective.

The transitions bwteen the various sections are skilfully handled and there is a ensue of building tension before the release at the Allegro Ritmico.

The final Maestoso is again deftly handled and we hear all of the running lines beneath the surface leading to a blazing conclusion.

A fine performance indeed from Carlton Main directed with brilliance by 'flying Dutchman' Erik Janssen.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 14:05:44

Chris Thomas's Half Way Comment

It's been a frustrating morning in the Opera House at times with many bands failing to find either the spirit or intricate detail in Edward Gregson's Of Distant Memories.

A couple have come close but with a large number of the fancied bands still to play in the second half of the draw we have a feeling that we haven't heard our winner yet.

So far Chris Thomas is going for a top three of Reg Vardy, Kirkintilloch and Ashton Under Lyne, with Aldbourne also turning in a decent display.

Don't miss the second half of the action though.......the big guns of Carlton Main, Whitburn and Virtuosi GUS amongst others are still to come.

Halfway point prediction:

1. Reg Vardy
2. Kirkintilloch
3. Ashton under Lyne

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 13:54:54

10. Ashton Under Lyne (Philip Chalk)

The opening is slow in comparison to many today but manages to retain its sense of line and flow.

Good tempo in the Allegro Energico although not all of the detail is clear. It tends to slow as differing sections pull the tempo back.

The MD drives it on as the Allegro Energico returns and there is a good sense of spirit about the playing....we sense a band that is throwing everything at the performance.

The dreamy interlude is well negotiated and Eb bass executes solo with style and accuracy.

The Colla parte proceeds without major incident and again solo entries, including euphonium, are generall safely despatched. A little more emotion could be evident perhaps but this is solid, competant playing and the dynamics are used to telling effect.

Opening of the reprise of the Allegro Energico is a touch scrambled but the MD drives onwards and again, there is a sense of commitment that is always in the foreground.

The approach to the final maestoso is exciting with the maestoso itself providing a solid ending to a highly committed and well executed performance from Philip Chalk and his team.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 13:44:20

9. Foresters Brass 2000 (Jack Capstaff)

The Midland outfit certainly is nautical journey although it toiled through some rough waters at times.

The Vinter music is evident, but it just needed more astute navigation through some troubled waters. There was a nice flow, but the solo lines (whilst committed) were not fully secure and easy on the ear.

There is tiredness in evidence at the end.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 13:33:59

9. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)

A opening of emotional warmth enunciated in glowing, burnished tones. Beautiful stuff that sets the scene so well.

The Allegro Energico has an immediate rythmic integrity about it with the triplets and detail all fitting into place in impressive fashion. There are one or two slips though that whilst minor are also obvious in the context of the overall quality.

The dynamics are wide ranging and there's a real sense of excitement abut this that permeates every bar of the score.

The dreamy little Tempo primo is just that.....dreamy and wistful.

Fine solo cornet and euphonium in the music that follows and there is a sense of stillness in the Serenissimo that is not easy to find. It could be just a touch quieter perhaps but we might be a tad churlish there......the emotion is always evident.

Just one or two tiny clips here and there which will no doubt frustrate the players concerned but we love the elegance Russell Gray is bringing to the score.

The bass entry after the trombone figure is magical........so well done and unlike any other band so far.

The drama builds inexorably until the release of energy that propels us toward the final maestoso......warm sounds once again but also one or two clips. Overall though a fine ending and one that will surely make its mark in the box.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 13:13:37

8. Kirkintilloch (Garry Cutt)

The opening is beautifully balanced with a flowing sense of line and shape......this has real promise.

There's a sense of momentum and underlying movement to the Allegro Energico....and the parts neatly fit into place with nothing overdone or sticking out of the musical picture, whilst the troublesome triplets are safely anchored.

There's drama as well as accuracy in the trombone declamations but above all this is communicating itself as a performance of musical integrity, intelligently directed and getting to the core of the music.

Dreamy interlude leading into the Poco Meno mosso is effective and the ensuing solo entries are executed with style and security.

The Serenissimo has poise and elegance and the dynamics are well observed whilst retaining a warmth of sound. In short, this is Gregson's music portrayed as the composer intended it.

The reprise of the Allegro Energico again crackles with energy and the tempi are always bang on the money.

The build of momentum towards the final maestoso is so well paced and the maestoso itself glows although there's just a hit of strain in the upper band.

Tuning just wavers in the closing bars but it's a fine ending and caps a performance of high quality from the Scots.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 13:11:07

The Grand Shield:
Test Piece: Of Distanr Memories (Edward Gregson)

Comments: Chris Thomas

Draws: 9.30am & 1.00pm
Commence: 10.30am

Adjudicators: Nigel Boddice MBE and Allan Ramsay

1. Co-operative Funeralcare (North West) (Jef Sparkes)
2. Wingates (Paul Andrews)
3. Unite the Union (City of Sheffield) (David Hirst)
4. Burry Port Town (Michael Thorne)
5. Hepworth (Mark Peacock)
6. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Kevin Gibbs)
7. Aldbourne (David Johnson)
8. Kirkintilloch (Garry Cutt)
9. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)
10. Ashton-under-Lyne (Philip Chalk)
11. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Erik Janssen)
12. Jaguar Land Rover (Dave Lea)
13. Tongwynlais Temperance (Glyn Williams)
14. Redbridge (Alan Duguid)
15. Friary Guildford (Chris King)
16. Northop Silver (Andrew Berryman)
17. East Yorkshire Motor Services (Stig Maersk)
18. Whitburn (Prof Nicholas Childs)
19. Camborne Town (Kevin Mackenzie)
20. Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke)

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 12:52:25

7. Aldbourne (David Johnson)

A nicely honed and shaped opening with some individual but effective nuances.

The Allegro Energico sets off at just the right tempo and we hear the detail as well as the inner parts with excellent attention paid to balance and transparency......quite a relief after some of the absence of detail evident so far today.

Solo entries are consistent and this is shaping up as a performance that has been very well put together. Trombones not quite in tune in declamations but otherwise this is very convincing indeed.....and the MD directs with charisma and energy, engaging his players impressively as he goes about his business.

Fine Eb bass solo and a beautifully dreamy Tempo Primo leading into an emotionally compelling Poco Meno mosso. This so well shaped. Dynamics just a little heavy at times maybe but playing that finds the heart of the music, especially in the Serenissimo.

Nasty little moment for solo cornet but one that can be excused for qualities elsewhere.

The reprise of the Allegro Energico just rushes a little and loses its shape but composure is regained and there is a sense of mounting energy. The reprise of the opening theme is elegant but there are signs of tired lips now as slips start to creep in more frequently.

It's a majestic ending however and seals a performance that impressed on numerous levels.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 12:30:30

6. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Kevin Gibbs)

Opening tuning jars slightly although it's a nice solo cornet sound and the music flows well.

There is good momentum behind the opening of the Allegro Energico but several stilted individual entries ocasionally hold back the progress. Those triplets are causing problems once again.

The detail is often lost as the music flashes by and trombones are in overdrive in the declamatory bars.....a touch too much perhaps.

There is a touch of over excitement that informs much of the faster music and whilst the energy is admirable, there is a tendency for the band to descend into a headlong dash.

We don't sense the emotion in the Colla parte....this should reach out to us but there is a stubborn absence of heartfelt warmth on display. The Serenissimo is better although the quieter dynamics could be better observed.

The triplets rush in the reprise of the Allegro Energico and the music doesn't sit firmly as a result.

It's a big sound at the close but in line with several other performances so far today, this has been an inconsistent and at times scrapy account of an extremely challenging test piece.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 12:07:30

5. Hepworth (Mark Peacock)

A nasty opening entry unsettles the opening and although the sound has warmth there are also tuning issues evident.

It's a bracing opening to the Allegro Energico though. This really flies along and we hear the detail as well as the spirit behind the music.

There is warmth and affection evident in the Tempo Primo and again the second Allegro Energico is well handled with excellent trombones including a fine bass trombone.....this is good stuff!

There's a bravura about the playing in the faster music that engages and the dreamy little passage leading into the Poco Meno mosso is so nicely done. The music that follows flows nicely with the solo entries well supported by the lower band, something that hasn't really been in evidence so far today until now.

Nice solo cornet and flugel in the Colla parte and thee is both poise and elegance in the slow music that comes as a breath of fresh air.

The reprise of the Allegro Energico has that vital energy that we need and once again trombones excel.

This is motoring now...what a shame about the uncomfortable opening bars.

The quality of band sound is evident in the closing paragraphs and the final Maestoso has the breadth and shape that we have been missing so far this morning, capping a convincing account that although not without slips captured the spirit of the music with aplomb.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 11:47:56

4. Burry Port Town (Michael Thorne)

The opening has warmth and lays down a good platform for the Allegro Energico which has plenty of spirit even if the running triplets are a little panicky in the cornets.

The band has a good solid sound and the MD is shaping the music intelligently.

Again the triplet figures in the second Allegro Energico do not entirely convince. Trombone declamations don't entirely come off but there is a good deal of very committed playing heard and the band gives the music it's due respect.

Nice dreamy transition into the Meno mosso although the Serenissimo could be a little more serene for us. Good dynamics though and and the MD tries to maintain the flow of the melodic lines through the Colla parte.

There are one or two skewed entries heard in the reprise of the Allegro Energico and again the trombone declamations don't quite come off. There's an impressive flow of energy leading into the final Molto maestoso but again we need to hear more expansive, majestic sounds in the closing paragraphs.

A mixed bag from Burry Port Town with no shortage of intent but not everything fell comfortably into place.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 11:25:22

3. Unite the Union (City of Sheffield) (David Hirst)

The opening needs to be a little more expansive for us and tuning issues are also evident at times.

The Allegro Energico certainly has energy but it doesn't always knit together with dovetailing cornet figurations ocasionally untidy. There is no shortage of commitment from the players but it also feels fragile at times and the trombone declamations don't quite convince.

Transition to the Poco Meno mosso could be a little more dreamy and we need to hear a little more lyrical fluidity in the music that follows although soloists generally do well including solos cornet.....just the slightest blemishes but it has feeling. Again though there is often a feeling of fragility that undermines the lyricism of the music.

Detail in the reprise of the Allegro Energico is often masked and the shape of the music is compromised as a result.

The ending sounds tired rather than majestic and although the band has given its all, the challenges of the score proved too much for Unite the Union today.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 11:06:12

2. Wingates (Paul Andrews)

What a nicely shaped opening....there is a glow about this that makes an immediate impression.

The Allegro Energico crackles a along nicely......just the odd blemishes in enemble but we hear the detail in what is a dry, unforgiving acoustic in the Opera House.

Effective transition into the second Allegro Energico and the trombone declamations are both bold and solid. This is enjoyable music making with a sense of both charachter and style.

Just a little detail lost in the faster passages that follow but the Alla Marcia has a fine bravura about it.

The MD really tries to take the band down to the lower dynamic levels in the slow section and although there are one or two uneasy entries we sense the musical intentions behind the playing very clearly.

Again there is warmth about the approach although the reprise of the Allegro Energico is a touch scrappy in places......there's a feeling that the band is tiring a little as the performance progresses.

The final pean needs to be sustained more...again there is tiredness evident but this was a performance with much to commend. A clear headed musical interpretation, delivered with impressive commitment.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 10:45:46

1. Co-operative Funeralcare Band North West (Jef Sparkes)

Opening lacks a little warmth and voices don't always speak together.

The Allegro Energico sets off at a fiery pace and its loose in places with some individual entries pulling back the tempo. It certainly trips along though and the MD isn't holding back.

Trombone fanfare entries are very scrappy and although the Alla Marcia is taken at a good tempo the ensemble is again very untidy in places.

Tuning in the Poco Meno mosso is not always 100% and the music needs to flow a little more. We are missing the affection that needs to inform the music as nervy and untidy entries get in the way with trombone fanfare figures once again ragged into the Allegro Deciso.

The Poco maestoso and conclusion need more breadth and majesty for us, capping a performance that had a few early morning cobwebs about it.

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 10:08:36

The Grand Shield:
Test Piece: Of Distant Memories (Edward Gregson)

Comments: Chris Thomas

Draws: 9.30am & 1.00pm
Commence: 10.30am

Adjudicators: Nigel Boddice MBE and Allan Ramsay

1. Co-operative Funeralcare (North West) (Jef Sparkes)
2. Wingates (Paul Andrews)
3. Unite the Union (City of Sheffield) (David Hirst)
4. Burry Port Town (Michael Thorne)
5. Hepworth (Mark Peacock)
6. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Kevin Gibbs)
7. Aldbourne (David Johnson)
8. Kirkintilloch (Garry Cutt)
9. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)
10. Ashton-under-Lyne (Philip Chalk)

2nd half of the draw

Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Erik Janssen) (S)
Camborne Town (Kevin Mackenzie) (S)
East Yorkshire Motor Services (Stig Maersk) (S)
Friary Guildford (Chris King) (S)
Jaguar Land Rover (Dave Lea) (S)
Northop Silver (Andrew Berryman) (S)
Redbridge (Alan Duguid) (S)
Tongwynlais Temperance (Glyn Williams) (S)
Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke) (S)
Whitburn (Prof Nicholas Childs) (S)

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 09:45:32

Good morning from a sunny Blackpool where the bands are arriving & the draws taking place.

The judges today are:

Grand Shield: Nigel Boddice MBE & Allan Ramsay
Senior Cup: Dr Robert Childs & John Doyle
Senior Trophy: Sandy Smith & Dr David Thornton.

We get going at 10.00am with the Senior Cup

Grand Shield • Saturday 14, 04:53:57

On the road in the early hours to travel from south Wales up to Blackpool.

Hope the M6 isn't too bad this morning as we have a special cargo in the back seat - the newly refurbished Grand Shield that is waiting to be taken to its new home later today...

Fingers crossed the old banger will make it then...

Grand Shield • Friday 13, 21:27:56

The Grand Shield:
Test Piece: Of Distant Memories (Edward Gregson)

Draws: 9.30am & 1.00pm
Commence: 10.30am

F: First half draw
S: Second half draw

Aldbourne (David Johnson) (F)
Ashton-under-Lyne (Philip Chalk) (F)
Burry Port Town (Michael Thorne) (F)
Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Erik Janssen) (S)
Camborne Town (Kevin Mackenzie) (S)
Co-operative Funeralcare (North West) (Jef Sparkes) (F)
East Yorkshire Motor Services (Stig Maersk) (S)
Friary Guildford (Chris King) (S)
Hepworth (Mark Peacock) (F)
Jaguar Land Rover (Dave Lea) (S)
Kirkintilloch (Garry Cutt) (F)
Northop Silver (Andrew Berryman) (S)
Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Kevin Gibbs) (F)
Redbridge (Alan Duguid) (S)
Reg Vardy (Russell Gray) (F)
Tongwynlais Temperance (Glyn Williams) (S)
Unite the Union (City of Sheffield) (David Hirst) (F)
Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke) (S)
Whitburn (Prof Nicholas Childs) (S)
Wingates (Paul Andrews) (F)

Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 24 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3

Boarshurst Silver Band - Canning City Brass and Boarshurst Silver Band

Sunday 26 May • Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane, OL3 7EW OL3 7EW


Friday 7 June • St. Michaels Church. Duke street. Wigan WN1 2BJ

Bellshill Salvation Army Band - Guest Soloist Tom Hutchinson (The Cory Band)

Saturday 8 June • Uddington Old Parish Church, Old Glasgow Road Uddington. G71 7HF

Wotton-under-Edge Silver Band - Foden's Band

Sunday 23 June • Renishaw Innovation Centre,. New Mills, Kingswood, Wotton-under-Edge,. Gloucestershire GL12 8JR

Mereside Brass

May 22 • MERESIDE BRASS (Rudheath,Northwich) are looking for a FRONT ROW CORNET & a 2nd EUPH to complete our line up. We are a friendly 4th Section band with a sensible calendar of jobs and band social events and enjoy occasional contests. Come and give us a try!

Audley Brass

May 20 • Audley Brass are seeking a Principal Cornet player to lead the band into the First Section in 2025. The band have several fantastic events in the diary including the National Finals and no less than 6 of our epic beer festival sing-along nights.

Linthwaite Band

May 20 • We currently have a vacancy for either a 2nd Euphonium or 2nd Baritone, we have a busy varied list of engagements lined up for the summer, and are a friendly 4th section contesting band based just outside of Huddersfield, and welcome any new players.

Jonathan Corry

Ph.D, M.Mus, B.Mus (hons)
Conductor, adjudicator, teacher.


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