Yorkshire Imps attended both Morley March Contest and Hebden Bridge March Contest this year. New Musical Director Stig Maersk, changed the bands traditional contest march from “Mephistopheles” to “The Wizard”. “Deep Harmony” was the band’s chosen hymn, working tirelessly on the chord functions and intonation.

The band drew number 12 at Morley the band put on a sterling performance, so much so that both adjudicators Mr Alan Morrison & Mr Alan Holdsworth gave the band 1st place for both performances, thus giving the band out right Champions of Morley March Contest 2014.

4Barsrest, the brass band movements favourite website said:

“Upset

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:

Results:
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

New MD, 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmcp3ffI5lg 

The Wizard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4e4lesEGfQ

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……..