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We all complain about the draw—don’t we now? So how many bands won off the number 1 draw in 2007?



Hard to find out, but just how did bands get on with the balls on the bag this year at the major contests?

We’ve looked at the following contests in all sections to find out our results: Butlins, Yeovil, Regional Championships, Europeans, Grand Shield, Senior Cup, Senior Trophy, Masters, English Nationals, British Open, National Finals, Lower Section National Finals, Pontins, Brass in Concert and even the Norwegian Championships.

Kelly's Eye

Did the curse of Kelly’s Eye strike again, or did being drawn the earliest of early doors mean a marker that couldn’t be beaten?

That’s 76 separate contests we looked at (it could have been more but we didn’t have the draws for others to hand).

So how many number 1 drawn bands actually won then?

Did the curse of Kelly’s Eye strike again, or did being drawn the earliest of early doors mean a marker that couldn’t be beaten?4BR

Famous Five

Step forward the famous five!

Brosley in the First Section regional championships in London as well as Formby, Crosskeys and Buckhaven in the Fourth Section at the same events in the North West, Wales and Scotland respectively.

The fifth member of the 2007 Number 1 Club is Brass Band Pfeffersberg who won the B Section of the Europeans off the number 1 draw, although there was only three bands in the contest on the day.

As for the rest?

Not one major championship contest was won off number 1 as far as we could find out all year—the nearest being Redbridge winning off number 2 at Stevenage.

However, a surprising of number 1 draws came in the frame at the Areas—10 bands in total (including those winners) came in the top 2 and qualified for Harrogate (but not the Royal Albert Hall).


What a Pity...

July 17 • Fulham Brass to take part in a major theatre production that starts of normally but soon descends into complete madness...


Blidworth mark anniversaries

July 17 • Blidworth helps commemorate anniversaries of different kinds — but with equal poignancy.


New signing at Strata Brass

July 17 • Yorkshire National finalists add to their foundation base with new signing.


Oh! We do like to be beside the seaside...

July 17 • A new festival in the seaside resort of Lytham St Annes run by Lancashire Music Service has been a great success...

Kettering Citadel S A Band -

Tuesday 17 July • 66, Rockingham Road,. Kettering,. NN16 8JU

Roberts Bakery Band - Bluedot Festival

Saturday 21 July • Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. . The University of Manchester. . Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL

Medway Band - Higham Church Annual Prom

Saturday 21 July • St. Marys Church. 1 Abbey Farm Cottages . Church Street. Higham. Rochester . ME3 7LS

Lofthouse Brass Band - Oxenhope Railway Station

Sunday 22 July • Oxenhope Railway Station, The Railway Station, Station Road, Haworth BD22 8NJ BD22 8NJ

Tendring Brass - Opening Night Concert of the Frinton Mission 2018

Saturday 28 July • Greensward,. Frinton on Sea,. Essex CO13 9DN

Ashton under Lyne Band

July 17 • PERCUSSIONIST & TENOR HORN : We are looking to recruit a competent percussionist and horn (position negotiable) to our already established championship section band. Rehearsals are Monday nights 8-10pm postcode OL6

The Corsham Band

July 17 • With a solid result in our first year in the Second Section at the Regional Contest, the band are now looking for an experienced Front Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team.


July 16 • Are you looking for a band in the North West?. PEMBERTON OLD WIGAN DW 'B' BAND have vacancy for 1st horn, Bb Bass and kit player.

Chris Wormald

B.Mus (Hons), LTCL, PGCE
Conductor, adjudicator, arranger