Huddersfield brass band musicians have been declared victors at a prestigious contest.
Eight brass players and one conductor celebrated after being crowned winners of the Yorkshire Area Brass Band Championships.
Now the musicians, who are part of South Elmsall-based Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, will get to compete with some of the best bands in the world this autumn at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at the Albert Hall in October.
The 25-strong band, which includes solo horn player and Paddock resident Jessica Martin, triumphed against renowned bands such as Brighouse & Rastrick Band, Black Dyke Band and Grimethorpe Colliery Band, with their rousing rendition of brass favourite, the Torchbearer.
Jessica, 25, who lives on the appropriately-named Victory Avenue, said: “We were up against 12 other bands so win was just amazing.
““It’s now the second time that we’ve won the contest recently, our other was in 2011, and the third time that we’ve won a place in the national event.
“We all work really hard and some people travel up to 80 miles two times a week.
“Getting to perform at the Albert Hall is such a privilege.”
Amongst other Huddersfield based band members include conductor in residence Leigh Baker, who is the head of music at Honley High School and on tour conductor, Phillip McCann, head of brass and woodwind at Huddersfield University.
It is the latest bit of good news for the band, which now comprises of relatively young members.
Jessica said: “We age from 16 to about 70 years old and I’m just very proud to be a part of it.
“I joined recently and was helped to get here by Kirklees Music Service, who I had lessons with from a very young age.”
They will now up their game ahead of the Albert Hall date, which will take place on October 10 2015.