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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
Cory
Desford Colliery
Fairey
Flowers
Foden's
Friary Guildford
Grimethorpe Colliery
Leyland
NASUWT Riverside
Reg Vardy
Thundersley
Tongwynlais Temperance
Tredegar
Virtuosi GUS
Whitburn
Woodfalls

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

Amersham
Bournemouth Concert Brass
Burry Port Town
Chalford
Dunaskin Doon
Ebbw Valley
Enderby
Foresters Brass
Freckleton
Harrogate
Houghton Brass
Johnstone Silver
Oldham Band (Lees)
Sandhurst Silver
Skelmanthorpe
Staffordshire
Strata Brass


Second Section

Final taking place Saturday 15th September 2018

Annan Town
Bollington Brass
Campbeltown Brass
Crofton Silver
Flixton
Helston Town
Hucknall & Linby
Ifton Colliery
J36 Brass
LGB Brass
Middleton
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
Usk
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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Phil Lawrence

ARCM PGRNCM MFTCL ARCM B.Mus.
Composer and conductor