Count down to Huddersfield

The pride of Yorkshire banding will battle it out for the domestic bragging rights in Huddersfield this weekend and those all important qualification places to London and Cheltenham.

  52 bands will compete at Huddersfield Town Hall

The Yorkshire Regional Championships take place this weekend at Huddersfield Town Hall.

52 bands will take to the stage on Saturday & Sunday, 2nd & 3rd March.

Championship Section

Three bands will be invited to represent the region at the Championship Section Royal Albert Hall National Final. This includes National Champion Black Dyke Band who also look to secure a seventh Area victory in eight competing years.

The judges for the top section are Tom Davoren, who makes a welcome return visit to the UK, as well as tuba star and conductor Steve Sykes, who returns for a fourth time and the first since 2019.


Two bands in each of the First (12 bands), Second (10 bands), Third (10 bands) and Fourth Section (8 bands) will be invited to represent the region at the Cheltenham National Finals in September.

A Young Adjudicators Panel will take part in an initiative run by the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators and the Regional Committee for the Fourth Section.

4BR will be there for both days, but as previously stated, due to the personal commitments and priorities of the 4BR Editor, band by band live coverage will be given to the Championships Section with the full draws and results published of the other sections when appropriate and when provided in full.


(see below for timing etc)

Saturday 2nd March:
Second Section followed by Fourth Section and Third Section.

Sunday 3rd March:
First Section followed by Championship Section.


Tickets go on sale on Monday 15th January 2024 from the Box Office: 01484 225755 or online www.kirklees.gov.uk

Further details can be found at: www.regional-contest.org.uk/yorkshire

Championship Section:

Adjudicators: Stephen Sykes and Tom Davoren
Commence: 3.00pm
Draw: 12.45am

Black Dyke Band (Prof. Nicholas J Childs)
Brighouse & Rastrick (Garry Cutt)
Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Allan Withington)
City of Bradford (Matthew Ryan)
Elland Silver (Brett Baker)
Grimethorpe Colliery (Michael Bach)
Hammonds Band (Morgan Griffiths)
Hepworth Band (Ryan Watkins)
Horbury Victoria (Duncan Beckley)
Marsden Silver (Andrew Lofthouse)
Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)
Stannington Brass (Sam Fisher)

First Section:

Adjudicators: Andrew Warriner and Paul Norley
Commence: 9.30am
Draw: 8.00am

BD1 Brass (Jamie Smith)
Chapeltown Silver (Colum J. O'Shea)
Crofton Silver (Dean Jones)
Hade Edge (Lewis Bettles)
Hebden Bridge (Christopher Binns)
Knottingley Silver (Kevin Belcher)
Meltham & Meltham Mills (Tom Haslam)
Old Silkstone (David Maplestone)
Skelmanthorpe (Jonathan Bates)
Strata Brass (Leigh Baker)
Unite the Union (Jonathan Beatty)
Yorkshire Imperial (Garry Hallas)

Second Section:

Adjudicators: Stephanie Binns and Mark Wilkinson
Commence: 9.00am
Draw: 7.30am

Barnsley Brass (Ben Brickles)
Drighlington (Garry Hallas)
Emley Brass (Tim Sidwell)
Hatfield & Askern Colliery (Richard Marshall)
Huddersfield & Ripponden (Adam Bell)
Kippax Band (James Beecham)
Lindley Band (Alan Widdop)
Rockingham (Adam Whittle)
Slaithwaite (Simon Jacobs)
South Yorkshire Police (Leigh Baker)

Third Section:

Adjudicators: Tom Davoren and Nicholas Garman
Commence: Approx 4.20pm
Draw: 2.30pm

Barnsley Metropolitan (Alex Francis)
Clifton & Lightcliffe (John Clay)
Dronfield Genquip (David Holling)
Garforth Brass (John Thompson)
Gawthorpe Brass '85 (John Edward)
Lofthouse 2000 (Lee Whitworth)
Maltby Miners Welfare (Terry Clifford)
Oughtibridge (John Hopkinson)
Wakefield Metropolitan (Lee Dunkley)
Wetherby & District Silver (Craig Ratcliffe)

Fourth Section:

Adjudicators: Paul Norley and Andrew Warriner
Commence: Approx 1.00pm
Draw at 11.15am

Deepcar Brass (Andrew Horton)
Dinnington Colliery (Jonathan Beatty)
Dodworth Colliery M.W (Geof Benson)
Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) (Mick Silson)
Linthwaite Band (Tony Robertson)
Loxley Silver (Lindon Bolt)
Thurcroft Welfare (Matthew Wright)
Tingley Brass (Allan Briggs)

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