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2018 National Finalists confirmed

The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2018 Regional contests on the weekend.

National trophies
  The intense contesting month in the UK known as the Regional Qualifiers is over and all the finalists are now known.

Following four weekends that have seen around 15,000 musicians compete for bands from as far afield as Scotland down to the West Country, the full list of challengers is now known.

The full list of qualifiers for 2018 is as follows:

Championship Section

The following bands wil compete on Saturday 6th October at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Black Dyke
Brighouse and Rastrick [Defending Champion]
City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) M1
Co-op Funeralcare
Desford Colliery
Friary Guildford
Grimethorpe Colliery
NASUWT Riverside
Reg Vardy
Tongwynlais Temperance
Virtuosi GUS

Sections 1-4 to take place at The Centaur, Cheltenham on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September.

First Section

Final taking place on Sunday 16th September 2018

Bournemouth Concert Brass
Burry Port Town
Dunaskin Doon
Ebbw Valley
Foresters Brass
Houghton Brass
Johnstone Silver
Oldham Band (Lees)
Sandhurst Silver
Strata Brass

Second Section

Final taking place Saturday 15th September 2018

Annan Town
Bollington Brass
Campbeltown Brass
Crofton Silver
Helston Town
Hucknall & Linby
Ifton Colliery
J36 Brass
LGB Brass
Milton Keynes Brass
North Skelton
Pontardulais Town
Rolls Royce (Derby)
St Sebastian Wokingham
Shrewton Silver
South Yorkshire Police

Third Section

Final taking place on Sunday 16th September 2018

Allerton Brass
Audley Brass
Barnsley Brass
Barton Community
Bugle Silver
City of Norwich Brass
Chichester City
Cleobury Mortimer Concert Brass
Dronfield Genquip
Eccleston Brass
Hatherleigh Silver
Knaresborough Silver
Market Rasen
Newmains & District
Selkirk Silver
Taff Vale Brass
Weymouth Concert Brass

Fourth Section

Final taking place on Saturday 15th September 2018

Bradwell Silver
City of Birmingham
Croft Silver
Cwmtawe Youth
Garforth Brass
Gawthorpe Brass '85'
Gosport Solent Brass
Great Yarmouth Brass
Highland Brass
Lostock Hall Memorial
Pendeen Silver
Regent Community Brass
Sale Brass
Spennymoor Town
Stamford Brass
Tewit Silver
Upper Rhondda
Whitburn Heartlands


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Friday 19 October • Shaw Playhouse 2. 2 Newtown Street, Oldham Ol2 8NX

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Northern College of Music Brass Band

Friday 19 October • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London. W1C 2DJ

Black Dyke Band - Elsecar Heritage Centre Barnsley

Saturday 20 October • Elsecar Heritage Centre Wath Road Elsecar Barnsley S74 8HJ

Woodfalls Band - Wellstead Community Choir

Saturday 20 October • Chandlers Ford Methodist Church. Winchester Rd, Chandler's Ford, Hants SO53 2GJ

St Albans City Band - Parmiters School

Saturday 20 October • Dagnall Street Baptist Church, 1 Cross Street, St Albans AL3 5EE

Thundersley Brass Band

October 15 • Thundersley Brass Band are inviting applicants for: Soprano Cornet, 2nd Tenor Horn, to complete our line-up on a permanent basis from October 2018. This represents a fantastic opportunity to join a friendly top level brass band in the London/Essex area

Tongwynlais Temperance Band

October 13 • Tongwynlais Band have an immediate vacancy for a Solo Euphonium player to lead the section for the remainder of the year and into the 2019 contest season. The band have concerts scheduled for 2018 in Cardiff and looking to return to the Welsh Open in Feb.

Thurcroft Welfare

October 12 • Solo Horn and tutti cornet vacancies. Thurcroft Welfare are looking for a solo horn player and also a tutti cornet to join our happy ranks! Rehearsing Tuesdays and Thursdays in our own band room close to Junc 1 M18 near Rotherham/Doncaster/Maltby.

Phil Lawrence

Composer and conductor