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Delegates Meetings 2016

These are the basic decision-making body of the Association consisting of a delegate from each member band. Please make an effort to ensure that your band is represented.

Meetings take place at  at 2.p.m. (Except A.G.M. Which starts at 1.30 p.m.) at Walton Village Hall,  School Lane,
Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 7DW.

 March 19th  (AGM) (Note change of date!)

The Yorkshire & Humberside Brass Band Association is an organisation devoted to the promotion of Brass Bands and Brass Band Music throughout Yorkshire and the Humberside Region of England.

It is a Member of the British Federation of Brass Bands, the National Federation of Music Societies (Making Music) and of Welcome Yorkshire

For the Association's Constitution
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2015-6 Subscriptions

Subscriptions are payable by 30th June 2015.  Please download a Subscription form here.

YHBBA subscriptions are unchanged since 2004 and represent remarkable value, so do please continue to give support to your local Association!

Annual Open Brass Band Contest

Sunday, 1st November saw the return of the Yorkshire and Humberside Brass Band Association Annual Contest after a break of some 10 years. The Civic Hall, Holmfirth was the venue and the sun shone to welcome bands from Yorkshire, Lancashire and Teesside

to the last of the summer wine country.

Late withdrawals were a cause for disappointment but 7 bands competed in good atmosphere and provided the appreciative audience with 7 different test pieces and 7 different hymns.

On behalf of the association Peggy Tomlinson, President YHBBA, thanked all concerned for their participation and for supporting the association in their effort to re-establish this event in the banding calendar. Thanks were also given to Geneva Instruments for their valued sponsorship in providing the services of one of their artistes to act as soloist in a concert or to give a master class for winners of each group. Mr John Roberts was adjudicator for the day.


Group A

Overall Winner: Elland Silver

Best First Section Band: Elland Silver

Best Second Section Band: Eccleston

Best Instrumentalist: Eb Bass, Hade Edge

Best Hymn: Hade Edge

Group B

Overall Winner: North Skelton

Best Third Section Band: North Skelton

Best Fourth Section Band: Stalybridge Old

Best Unregistered Band: Otley

Best Instrumentalist: Soprano, North Skelton

Best Hymn: Old Skelton

Gary Hallas writes:

“The return of the YHBBA Annual Contest saw 7 bands take to the stage at Holmfirth Civic Hall on Sunday November 1st.

In Group B North Skelton Band took top honours and their Soprano player picked up the best Instrumentalists award, NSB also picked up the best hymn award too! Just behind them were Stalybridge Old band who picked up 2nd place overall and Best 4th section band prize money. Otley Brass Band played in their first ever test piece contest picking up 3rd overall and the best non-contesting prize too.

Group A saw a very close contest at the top, Hade Edge picked up Best Instrumentalist along with best hymn, but were just pipped to top spot by Elland Silver Band who took overall honours, best 1st section band and Group winners. In 3rd place were Ripon Band, with Eccleston in 4th collecting the Best 2nd section trophy!

It's always tough getting a new contest off the ground, thanks today go to our sponsors Geneva Instruments, all the bands who turned up support today's new event and to Peggy Tomlinson who has worked tirelessly to create a new event for Yorkshire banding after many bands & bandsmen said they wanted a local event.

So, here's to next year, we'll keep you posted on the details as soon as we've got them sorted.”

Hardraw Scar Contests - Entries requested!

Yes, it really is that time of year again

Stuart Warriner writes:

Dear Friends

Entries are now open once more for the Hardraw Scar Contest 2016 and I am already looking forward to another great day of contesting in the fabulous Hardraw venue on Sunday 11th September 2016

As last year we are using a two stage entry procedure to be as fair as possible to all bands. The deadline for initial entries is the 13th of March which sees us clear of the main Regional Contests.

The entry form and procedure is attached (click on the link!) - basically for now all you need to do is to send this form back to me, e-mail is easiest or you can post it to me. I will respond within 48 hours. Then after the 13th of March we will assign places, drawing for slots if the sections are full. You send the entry fee once your place is confirmed.

Please do take the time that this procedure gives to talk to your bands about this special contest. A number of bands who were allocated places withdrew last year, some rather late in the day which led to disappointment for the audience. Please remember that we need to cherish this contest, it is so unique and people travel 100s of miles to come to it so for both them and also for our sponsors (that make the whole event possible) we need to put on a good show with a full complement of bands.

I very much look forward to hearing from you and for another vibrant day this autumn!

Any queries just let me know