SKELMANTHORPE Band have bagged a brace of vital victories to boost their chances of promotion to the big league.
After winning the Pontin’s championship last November, Skelmanthorpe took home another national level win when they came first in the Butlin’s Mineworkers’ Open Festival at Skegness, to make it a holiday-camp double.
The band spokesman, Graham Crossland, said it was a really good weekend and a great achievement to win the First Section trophy for the second year running.
“We’re looking towards the Yorkshire Regionals in March,” he said. “If we get enough points we could get back up with the big boys in the Championship and go through to the National Championships in Harrogate.”
Mr Crossland said new conductor John Roberts had made a big impact having arrived at Skelmanthorpe with a terrific reputation in the world of brass bands.
Skelmanthorpe won the top prize with a performance of Gregson’s The Plantagenets, that the brass band website 4barsrest.com described as ‘a performance of real quality’– adding that Skelmanthorpe were ‘nigh on unbeatable’.
The website’s review went on to say, ‘The musicality of the band was to be heard from the opening fanfares coupled to quality ensemble and solo work from around the stand and all knitted together by clear direction from the middle.
‘Principal cornet Joanne Payne had a dream contesting debut leading the band with authority and style (her reward was a kiss from the MD at the close) and that was mirrored throughout the band with the middle lyrical section terrifically executed.’.
The website has nominated Skelmanthorpe for its Lower Section Band of the Year award - votes can be cast at www.4barsrest.com.
The band has released a new CD called First Class. Copies can be ordered by sending a cheque for £10.99 (including P&P) made payable to ‘Skelmanthorpe Band’ to Skelmanthorpe Band, The Bandroom, Commercial Road, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield, HD8 9AA.