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
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.”
both pieces of music can be heard here on youtube:
One listener has already took the time to comment on our performance on Sunday:
Thank you David, it’s just the start……..