There was a full day of high quality competitive music making at the Yorkshire & Humberside Brass Band Association's annual contest Dewsbury Town Hall.
Bands travelled from far and wide to enjoy the excellent facilities, including a much appreciated warm up room before going on stage.
The competing bands performed a wide choice of hymns and test-pieces adjudicated by Ian Brownbill (Groups C & B) and Sandy Smith (Group A) that were also greatly appreciated by an appreciative audience.
Trainee adjudicator, Sam Fisher, shared the box with Sandy Smith and expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to advance contesting experience.
Skelmanthorpe led by Jim Davies comprehensively took the Group A honours and William Birch trophy ahead of Blackpool Brass with South Yorkshire Police in third.
Meanwhile, Group B was won by North Skelton ahead of Eccleston and Dronfield Genquip, with the University of Nottingham gaining a clean sweep of the awards in Group C.
Peggy Tomlinson, YHBBA President, warmly thanked the bands for their participation and support of the contest and Geneva Instruments for sponsoring the overall winner in Groups A and B by providing a Geneva artist to play as guest soloist for the winning band at a forthcoming concert.
For photo galleries from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 contests click here
We are pleased to announce that this year’s annual Open Brass Band Contest will take place on Sunday 4th November 2018 at Dewsbury Town Hall. Put the date in your dairy now!
We are now open to receive entries, and entry forms and rules of the contest can be downloaded here.