Yorkshire Regional Championships 2014
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On Sunday 2nd March the band competed at the Yorkshire Regional Championships at St George's Hall in Bradford, performing Kenneth Downie's "St Magnus".
This contest was the first one that the band entered since being promoted to the Championship section at the start of the year, where the band gained a respectable 12th place.
As this was the band's first contest since promotion, along with a late draw (and a stage which was at sauna temperature!), the band is pleased with this result and would like to thank the adjudicators, journalists and most importantly audience members & band supporters for their supportive comments!
Congratulations go to the Brighouse & Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery and Black Dyke Bands who will be representing Yorkshire at the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall later this year.
Following a brief week off, the band will now be preparing for the Senior Trophy contest at the Spring Festival in Blackpool on Saturday 26th April!
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Owing to the recent busy diary of the band, we have not had a chance to update our supporters and site visitors on the latest events at Drighlington Band, so here is the roundup of what's been going on in the band!
Firstly, following our success at the Yorkshire Regional Championships in March with our invitation to compete at the National Brass Band Championship Finals, on Sunday 22nd September the band competed against 16 other 1st Section bands from the 7 regional qualifying heats in England, Scotland & Wales, and gained a very credible 5th place. The band had to raise nearly £3000 in order to compete at the National Finals & would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to our fundraising efforts!
On Sunday 10th November the band 10-piece played at the Remembrance Sunday Service held at Drighlington Cenotaph, where the band's Principal Cornet player Nik Payne performed the Last Post & Reveille.
The band is now in midst of Christmas, the busiest part of the year. Following productive carolling days at Haworth for the Christmas Markets and the traditional "Scroggling the Holly" event & our annual concert with Fox's Ladies Choir at Cartwright Hall in Bradford, the band will be perfoming more concerts in Castleford, Drighlington & Bramham. In addition to extra carolling in Bradford & Nostell Priory, we will be taking part in the St Gemma's Hospice Light A Life ceremony, which the band has completed anually for a considerable number of years.
Drighlington Band wish to offer our supporters and followers a very Happy Christmas and New Year, and look forward to our return to the Championship Section on 1st January 2014!
March & Hymn Tune Contest Success
Late Spring and Early Summer, each year, bring a slightly different type of contest to the Brass band diary, with contests aimed solely at bands competing on Marches and Hymn Tunes (and some with additional Deportment prizes too).
This year has seen the band, so far, compete in three of these contests at Morley, Hebden Bridge and, most recently, Brighouse.
Building on the awards already won this year, the band are climbing ever higher, with a 5th place overall at Morley, 2nd place and Best Street March at Hebden Bridge and 7th place with Best First Section Band at Brighouse, just this last weekend, beating many Championship Section bands on the day at each.
Adding these wins to our ever growing list for the year provides an even greater boost to our hopes and drive for the National Finals at Cheltenham in September!
Spring Festival success with 5th place ranking!
The month of May brings one of the most prestigeous contests in the Brass Band World, and this year, we were extremely happy to be invited back to compete at the Spring Festival in Blackpool against some of the finest bands in the country.
This year saw the band, with our best result here for over a decade, awarded a highly creditable 5th place in a field of 20, just one place off the promotion zone and consilidating itself well for next years contest.
The band are now continuing with our fundraising in order to compete at the National Finals in Cheltenham. If anyone wishes to assist with the fundraising, find out more about our fundraising activities or request raffle tickets for our Summer Draw, please do get in touch via our Contact Page.
A Royal Celebration of St Georges Day at Leeds Minster
On Tuesday, 23rd April, the band were invited to participate in a special service, celebrating the English Patron Saint, organised by the Leeds branch of the Royal Society of St George, in the illustrious surroundings of Leeds Minster.
The service was attended by the Mayor of Leeds & the address was given by the Rector of Leeds. Music was provided by Drighlington band along with the choirs of Morley Academy, Victoria Primary School & Commuity and the Leeds Minster Choir.
As well as being conducted by our own MD, Jim Davies, the band were also conducted in Jerusalem & the National Anthem by Dr Simon Lindley, the renowned Choirmaster, Conductor, Composer & Organist at Leeds Minster & Leeds Town Hall.
2nd place at the Yorkshire Regionals... National Finals 2013 here we come!
Plus promotion back to the Championship Section for 2014!
Sunday, March 3rd, at St Georges Hall in Bradford saw the band take on what, for most bands, is the most important contest in the Brass Band calendar, the Yorkshire Regional Championships and come away with a convincing 2nd place, qualification to the National Finals at Cheltenham Racecourse in September and yet another big shiny trophy for the cabinet this year!
Playing sixth in a field of twelve from across Yorkshire, the band produced a very solid performance of Gareth Woods "Brass Triumphant" which had us hot on the tail of the band just previous to us, Hebden Bridge, at the halfway mark. Both performances obviously left a strong, positive, impression with the judges, with Hebden only just pipping us to the Number 1 prize slot, ensuring that not only will both bands be representing Yorkshire at the National Finals come September, but also both have secured promotion back into the Championship Section from January 2014!
At the end of the contest, the two judges agreed that both Drighlington and Hebden Bridge had been well ahead of the rest of the field and would provide a serious opposition to the other qualifying bands from around the UK at Cheltenham.
Next target in the crosshairs for the band? We are very pleased to be invited back to the Blackpool Winter Gardens in May for the Spring Festival contest, pitting ourselves once again at National level on Eric Ball's "Journey into Freedom".
2013 is shaping up to be a very promising and successful year for Drighlington!
Drighlington are the Butlins Mineworkers 2013 1st Section Champions!
Saturday, January 19th 2013, was one of those days that will live long in Drighlington history. Enduring, somewhat appropriate, seasonal snow and ice the band battled our way east, to Butlins Holiday Camp in Skegness, to compete for our second year in the 1st Section of the Butlins Mineworkers Open Championships on the set test piece "Ad Undas (To the Waves)" by Gareth Churcher which depicts the story of the Titanic from the shipyards to its fateful encounter with the iceberg.
Playing number 18 in a field of 26 of some of the best 1st Section bands in the country, the band faced a long, chilly, wait to perform after our final rehearsal at 7:30am on the Saturday morning. However, it was to be perhaps the best performance the band has given in recent years, resulting in the ultimate goal, bettering our well earned 2nd place there last year!
Come results, the band recieved high praise from the Adjudicators (judges) as we collected, not just a gleeming gold trophy and Butlins Champions 2013 pendant, but also a cheque for £2000.
Next up is the Yorkshire Area Contest in March at St Georges Hall in Bradford, where we will be looking to add a second victory to our contest run for 2013. All eyes will be on us, as we are already in the pole position of the Yorkshire 1st Section leading up to the contest based on the previous years league tables!
The piece for St Georges Hall? "Brass Triumphant" by Gareth Wood, we certainly intend to rename it "Drighlington Brass Triumphant" come contest day!
A blast from the past to start the New Year
What happens when a former member of the band gets a new toy for his computer at Christmas? He starts revealing his collection of banding memories that he has kept hidden away for many years!
Thanks to Billy & Angela Wain, we are proud to present, "Colin Hardy - The Lightning Conductor"! Enjoy..
Happy New Year!
From everyone at Drighlington Band, we would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and best wishes for 2013.
The band has an exciting year ahead starting with the Butlins Mineworkers Contest on 19th January, in Skegness, where they will be aiming to improve on last years 2nd place and come home the champions of the 1st Section!
Drighlington Band is now a registered charity!
We are please to announce that the Drighlington Brass Band organisation has been granted official Charity Status as of the 4th July 2012. Our registered charity number is 1147947.
4th place and "Best Instrumentalist" at the Yorkshire Regional Championships
The most important contest of the year, for many bands, has just taken place this last weekend at St George's Hall in Bradford. The 3rd & 4th of March saw every contesting band in the Yorkshire region do battle to become Yorkshire champions of their section and win the chance to represent Yorkshire at the National Finals later in the year.
Unfortunately, this year was not to be the year we were given the honour of representing our region, however a solid, and still award winning, performance resulted in fourth place and puts us firmly in the number 1 slot in the league tables for next years contest, with high hopes of promotion to the Championship Section for the 2014 season.
Special congratulations go to Nick Payne, our Principal Cornet, on winning the "Best Instrumentalist" award, pipping some very talented players from around the region.
- 16th Feb 2014
Birstall Rotary Concert
St Thomas's Church, Batley
- 2nd Mar 2014
Yorkshire Regional Championships
St George's Hall, Bradford
- 26th Apr 2014
Winter Gardens, Blackpool
- 27th Apr 2014
Harrogate Flower Show
Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
- 30th Apr 2014
St George's Day Service
The band would like to acknowledge recent support & donations from the following organisations, our greatful thanks!