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Yorkshire and Humberside Brass Band Association

 Easingwold Market Place Saturday June 24th 5.00 p.m.



In  association with the Yorkshire and Humberside Brass Band Association

We are delighted to announce the return of the well-loved marching contest to Easingwold this year. It will be held on the evening of Saturday June 24th. The first band will march off at 5.00 p.m and the last at 8.45 p.m. And the prize-giving should finish at about 9.30 p.m.

In a change from previous practice  bands will enter the contest in advance - entries need to be in by May 31st and a draw will take place on June 1st.

Easingwold Contest was one of the most popular events in the YHBBA calendar both for participants and audiences. Centred on the Market Place of this attractive North Yorkshire town it formed the culmination of a day of fun and fundraising organised by The Easingwold Lions' Club.

The inaugural contest was held on Saturday 11th September 1982 as a Standing March contest for Grade 1 and 2 bands with the grade 1 bands required to play” a march circuit of the Market Place” before performing the contest march. Grade 2 bands were excused marching with the added performance of a hymn tune to their contest march – in the event only one band figured in Grade 2. The contest concluded with massed bands playing for community hymn singing, which was a regular feature of all the Easingwold contests to date.

Sadly, fewer bands were entering and it was impossible to know how many would turn up, so with regret the decision  to abandon the contest was made  in 2011.

The new contest will consist of a march played on the road and a hymn and a march played on the stand.


The march will begin on Tanpit Lane, turning left and following the Market Square anti-clockwise until level with The George Public House.


Championship, First, Second, Third and Fourth Section 1st Prize will be £200. Further prizes may be added dependent on entries.

Championship, First, Second, Third  Fourth and Unregistered bands will all receive a trophy for winning their section.

There will be a prize of £100 for the best Marching band, determined by combination of Marching and Playing on the road.

The Overall Champion band will also receive a further prize of £100 and trophy. Further prixes may be added as funding is secured.

If you have any questions please contact Garry Hallas, Contest Controller . Tel 07732 396776

Rules and entry forms for this year's contest can be downloaded here