THE Yorkshire Building Society Brass Band has made it six straight wins in the European Champion- ships.

The double hat-trick victory for the Huddersfield- based outfit at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall cements its glittering reputation.

It means the band has won the contest for eight out of the last nine years.

The well-deserved title Kings of Europe also happens to be the title of the latest album, released to coincide with the contest.

The band delighted judges with a world premiere of Music of the Spheres, specially written by Philip Sparke.

The band won the set piece class with 97 points out of 100 and the own choice section with 98.

It finished six marks clear of the nearest rivals, the Willebroek band from Belgium.

The Huddersfield band's performance of the set work by Kenneth Downie established its lead.

But it was the rendition of Sparke's composition that outclassed all rivals.

Principal conductor David King enjoyed a personal triumph in becoming the first conductor in the competition's history to have led the winning band 10 times.

His spell of eight wins with the band follows two with Queensbury's Black Dyke Mills Band.

* The band rehearses at Lindley

* The Yorkshire Building Society has been the sponsor since 1993.

* Other titles include British Open Champions in 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003 and All England Masters Champions in 1999 and 2000.

* Its next scheduled performance in Huddersfield is on Saturday, October 30, at the town hall.

* You can book them to play by ringing band manager Richard Hirst on 01274 632676 or e-mailing him at