PLAYERS with Hepworth (Cookson Homes) Band again proved their ability to compete with the very best of English brass bands, achieving sixth place at the English National Brass Band Championships at the Guild Hall, Preston.
The contest, now in its third year, brings together the top 16 English bands to compete for the title.
The winners earn the right to represent the country at the 2009 European Brass Band Championships, to be held in Ostend, Belgium.
Hepworth, directed by Ian Porthouse, overcame the disappointment of its recent result at the All England Masters to deliver a confident performance of Robert Redhead’s new work, Infinity.
Support for the championship continues to grow, with TV presenter, model and brass band enthusiast Melanie Sykes making an appearance.
Grimethorpe Colliery band retained the title for a second year, with Black Dyke second and Brighouse and Rastrick third.
Hepworth’s sixth place meant that four of the top six places went to bands from Yorkshire.
Last Sunday Hepworth joined forces with Colne Valley Male Voice Choir and soprano soloist Julia Garbutt to appear at Concert in the Park, a summer proms promotion in Belton, north Lincoln-shire.
Moving forward, the band is preparing to work with Ian Porterhouse again for the British Open Championships at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, in September.