A BAND’S winning form continues.
Elland Silver Band’s 22nd Annual Slow Melody and Quartet took place.
The contest was well supported with almost 40 slow melody entries with ages ranging from eight to sixty.
This year’s contest saw a new section for Junior Duets (under 16) with five entries and a record number of nine quartets took partl, five junior (under 16) and four senior.
Adjudicator Kevin Wadsworth remarked on the success of the day, saying he was impressed with the standard of playing, especially in the 11 and under section.
He thanked Elland Silver Band for organising the long established event and went on to say that the brass band movement is suffering a decline and this kind of event that can only be good for the movement.
Winners in the various classes were: youngest player George Kelly, aged eight, of Elland Silver Training Band.
The adjudicators award was given to 10 year old Eb bass player Alex Cockburn of Dobcross Youth Band.
Kevin gave him the award because of his “true grit”.
In the 11 years and under, first place went to Emily Armitage of Elland Silver Training band. Benjamin Jarvis, of Eccleston Band, took second place and Joshua Barber, of Elland Silver Training band, came third.
In the 14 years and under category, Bethany Moore of Elland Silver Youth came first, Bethan Plant of Elland Silver Youth came second and Dulcie Fieldhouse, of Elland Silver Youth band, came third.
In the 16 years and under, first place was awarded to Seth Livingstone of Dobcross Youth band, second place went to Bethany Moore of Elland Silver Youth band, and third place to Andrew Straiton, also of Elland Silver Youth band.
In the open age group first place wasa warded to Stephen Lomas of Leyland band, second placed was Elland’s Bethany Moore and third place went to Jim Tew of the Vernon Building Society Poynton band.