A commanding Elland Silver Band claimed a clean sweep of the prizes at the Brighouse & District Lions March & Hymn Tune Contest on the weekend.
High quality performances of 'The Wizard' and 'Abide with Me' saw the Yorkshire top-flight outfit secure a cash package of £700 as they topped both disciplines as well as claim individual 'Best Principal Cornet' and 'Best Soprano' awards for star performers Lewis Barton and Darren Blake.
Playing so well
"The band is playing so well at the moment and this builds on the success we enjoyed at Whit Friday," MD, Daniel Brooks told 4BR.
"We gave two cracking performances, so to win by such a margin against a really high-quality field shows just how good the band and our soloists were in the day."
And after coming third overall at the recent Saddleworth Whit Friday contests, Danny believes there is more to come from his band as they look forward to the Doctor Martin Wainstone's Cup contest in September.
"This is the start of my eleventh year with the band and we are in a really good place.
I'm sure there is much more to come with the way in which we are organised and how hard we work, so we are really looking forward to the second half of the season starting at the Doctor Martin contest."
Aided by good weather, the generous prize fund and a great variety of repertoire to compare and contrast for the experienced judges of Brian Rostron and Derek Broadbent, it proved to be a welcome return for the popular contest that started in 2000.
Second place went to former winner Marsden Silver, as they also claimed the 'Best First Section' honours, with 2017 & 2028 champion Milnrow in third. The top six was completed by Wardle Anderson, Blackburn & Darwen and defending champion Hepworth who claimed the 'Best Road' march prize.
Other section accolades went to Diggle, Skelmersdale, Dobcross, Boro' Brass and Elland Silver Youth, whose talented young principal cornet Gemma Hall won the 'Best Youth Soloist' prize.
Adjudicators: Brian Rostron & Derek Broadbent
March/Hymn = Total
1. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks): 98/97 = 195
2. Marsden Silver (Andrew Lofthouse): 91/95 = 186
3. Milnrow (Lee Skipsey): 94/91 = 185
4. Wardle Anderson (Brad McCulloch): 91/92 = 183*
5. Blackburn & Darwen (Dan Thomas): 90/93 = 183
6. Hepworth (Ryan Watkins): 88/94 = 182
7. Diggle (Sean Conway): 87/90 = 177
8. Skelmanthorpe (Martin Heartfield): 86/88 = 174
9. Lindley (Michael Golding): 79/84 = 163
10. Skelmersdale Prize (Ben Coulson): 76/86 = 162
11. Emley (Tim Sidwell): 80/78 = 158*
12. Uppermill (Jamie Cooper): 75/83 = 158
13. Meltham & Meltham Mills (Tom Haslam): 78/79 = 157
14. Slaithwaite (Leigh Baker): 74/82 = 156
15. Dobcross Silver (Jason Smith): 73/82 = 155
16. Hebden Bridge (Alan Hobbins): 72/81 = 153
17. Gawthorpe Brass '85 (John Edward): 77/73 = 150*
18. Hade Edge (Jamie Smith): 70/80 = 150
19. Elland Silver Youth (Sam Harrison): 71/73 = 144*
20. Littleborough (Alan Higgins): 69/75 = 144
21. Boro' Brass (Laura Whitaker): 62/74 = 136
22. Diggle Community Band (David Shipp): 50/68 = 118
*March points take precedent
Best Contest March: Elland Silver
Best Hymn Tune: Elland Silver
Best Soloist: Lewis Barton — cornet (Elland Silver)
Best Euphonium: Ben Smith (Hepworth)
Best Soprano: Darren Blake (Elland Silver)
Best Trombone Section: Hepworth
Best Bass Section: Milnrow
Best Road March: Hepworth
Best Trombones on Road March: Skelmanthorpe
Best First Section Band: Marsden Silver
Best Second Section Band: Diggle
Best Third Section Band: Skelmersdale Prize
Best Fourth Section Band: Dobcross Silver
Best Un- registered Band: Boro' Brass
Best Youth Section: Elland Silver Youth
Best 4th Section Hymn Tune: Dobcross Silver
Best Youth Soloist: Elland Silver Youth Principal Cornet
Best Deportment: Diggle
Best Youth Deportment Elland Silver Band
Youngest Player: Harry Dunning (Boro' Brass) — aged 10