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Champions again…..

Sunday 15th June was the date for this years Hebden Bridge and Morley march contests. The band attended both this year with the Hebden Bridge contest first at 1pm and then on to Morley for a 3:30pm march down Queens Street.


The contest march played this year was one of the brass band movements difficult pieces “The Wizard” but this was preceded by the hymn “Deep Harmony”. Having drawn number 12 at Morley the band put on a sterling performance of both pieces of music. So much so both adjudicators Mr Alan Morrison & Mr Alan Holdsworth gave the band 1st for both performances thus giving the band out right champions of the years Morley March Contest.


4Barsrest, the brass band movements favourite website said




There was something of an upset too, as Yorkshire Imperial DUT claimed the £500 first prize ahead of contest march specialists Marsden Silver, with reigning champion Skelmanthorpe completing the Yorkshire podium finishers in third.

A resurgent Imps certainly impressed the judges, Alan Morrison and Alan Holdsworth to boost the coffers by also taking the £60 prizes for ‘best’ hymn tune and ‘best’ march performances to head back home £620 better off.”


overall results were as follows:


March/Hymn* = Total
*Takes precedent

1. Yorkshire Imperial DUT: 94/92 = 186
2. Marsden Silver: 93/91 = 184
3. Skelmanthorpe: 87/90* = 177
4. Drighlington: 88/89* = 177
5. Skelmanthorpe Prospect Brass: 90/87 = 177
6. Kippax: 91/85 = 176
7. Knottingley Silver: 89/86 = 175
8. Hade Edge: 86/88 = 174
9. Tewit Youth Intermediate: 81/80* = 161
10. Hade Edge Academy Youth: 82/79 = 161
11. Elmfield Brass (Stockport): 80/78 = 158
12. Tingley Brass: 79/77 = 156


The new bands conductor Mr Stig Mærsk said


“I was pleased to hear that the band won best hymn tune, best march and best band overall.
When i decided to change the march from Mephistopheles to The Wizard, the band took the challenge and trusted my decision.
The band have worked with great commitment and positive attitude ever since i arrived, and we have got every oportunity to take the band forward from here.
I would like to thank everyone associated with the band and offer my biggest congratulations to the players on a fantastic win.”

Stig Mærsk

both pieces of music can be heard here on youtube:



Deep Harmony



The Wizard



One listener has already took the time to comment on our performance on Sunday:


David Preston – Had the pleasure of being in Morley on sunday and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon … Didn’t stay for the results but was not surprised to see you won on the website … Not a trained musician by any standard but I thought you were a class above ..
Well Done”


Thank you David, it’s just the start……..

March contests will soon be upon us…..

Sunday 15th June, Fathers day here in Britain and it’s also a day for two YORKSHIRE BRASS BAND MARCH CONTESTS, HEBDEN BRIDGE & MORLEY. While some bands will probably enter just one of them, Yorkshire Imps band will be entering both March Contests, a long day and Fathers Day too! Now we aren’t going to be silly enough and tell you what we are playing! Now that would just be silly, but rest assured we will be doing our utmost and put a quality show on at both venues.

Sunday 29th June will be this years Brighouse March Contest which sees almost 30 bands the part in the biggest March Contest in Yorkshire, a very good day out and sure to hear some real quality playing from several bands. All these March Contests are run along the same format, which is a short march down the street while playing a well known march piece and then set stage for a hymn tune and contest march.

Our new resident conductor Stig Mærsk is keen to make an impression and has been working the band hard over the past couple of months he’s been in charge which has seen a few changes in the band and with still some seats needing to be filled it’s going to be a hard couple of contest march days.


Come and enjoy the days at Hebden Bridge, Morley and Brighouse, sure to be great days worth of entertainments…….

June 16, 2014 - 4:54 pm

David Preston - Had the pleasure of being in Morley on sunday and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon … Didnt stay for the results but was not surprised to see you won on the website … Not a trained musician by any standard but I thought you were a class above ..
Well Done

June 17, 2014 - 6:58 pm

info@marlinimages.co.uk - Thank you David, the band are on the up and Sunday proved what hard work and a new conductor can do. Keep an eye open for more of our up and coming concerts, some crackers well worth traveling to come and see,



Shop now open…..

It’s been a while coming, but it’s here at last. The Yorkshire Imps SHOP is now open for BUSINESS. Over the coming months you will be able to purchase several different bits or merchandise from the Imps band and to start of with we have 2 classic CD RECORDINGS.

ENDEAVOUR & IMPS IN CONCERT, both priced at a reasonable £10 each with postage set at £2.50 no matter how many you purchase. Pop over to the shop page and have a look, BRASS BAND MUSIC at it’s BEST.

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June 6, 2014 - 3:03 am

Richard Wright - I am looking to join a band and take up the cornet again. In my youth I was a member for the Brighouse British Legion Boys Drum And Trumpet Band, We then moved to Ravensthorpe St Johns Boys Band, and we were the North Eastern champion’s 3 years running. The first time a band had achieved this. I am 54 and I used to play the cavalry trumpet, cornetm trombone, french horn euphonium and e flat bass. I now wish to concentrate on playing the cornet again.

June 6, 2014 - 3:26 am

info@marlinimages.co.uk - Hi Richard, thanks for the comment, I’ll pass this on to the committee. Thanks, will be in touch.

Player profiles on the site…..

Over the next few months we will be creating player profiles on the Imps website which will give you an idea of who the players are, where they started and much more. We will also be creating a gallery page of old and new photos, we have been very kindly been sent quite a lot of old photos from Mr Ian Wilkinson from when he played in the band in the 60′s and 70′s with some very familiar faces. keep a look out for some amazing images and stories.

The Band

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Imps announce their new Musical Director


The Yorkshire Imperial David Urquhart Travel Band are pleased to announce the appointment of the Danish cornet virtuoso Stig Maersk to succeed David Nesbitt as their new musical director. Born in Denmark, Stig was principal cornet with the Danish National Champions, Concord Brass, prior to studying trumpet at the Danish Royal Academy. Since graduating he has played professionally with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Band of the Danish Royal Guards and worked as Musical Director of The Aarhus Band and The Concord Band. He and his wife moved to Yorkshire in 2012 where he teaches brass at The University of York St John. In 2013 he was appointed as Musical Director of the National Youth Band of Denmark.

Band Chairman Mark Tweedle commented, “Stig quickly established an excellent rapport with the band when he guided our preparations for the Yorkshire Area contest and all of our players are looking forward to working with him on a permanent basis. I know he is excited to have the opportunity to work with a band with a great history and is very much looking forward to further extending our musical boundaries.”

Stig Maersk