Sun 26 May 2013
Dukinfield Whit Friday Champions!

The band might not have won the overall prize of Tameside Whit Friday Champions 2013, but it did come away with a number of prizes.

Playing the Contest March The President by William German and the Street March The Middy, the band managed to get round all eleven Tameside Whit Friday contests, starting at Denton at 4pm, where the band got their first prize of the evening by being the first band to perform at that venue!

The weather, certainly for the first part of the evening, couldn't decide what to do. One minute rain, the next sun... but nearly always a very cold wind! but the band battled on and gave a number of great performances of The President throughout the evening bringing about a 6th Prize (and highest placed 1st Section band) at Hurst Cross, a 4th Prize at Droylsden (you can watch a video of this performance on our Multimedia page) and, to top the evening off, our very last performance of the night at the Tame Valley (Dukinfield) Contest saw the band take 1st Prize where we beat the current National and British Open Champions Fodens Band who claimed the overall Whit Friday Tameside Champions Prize.

Of the 42 bands that competed in the minimum of 6 Tameside contests in order to gain an overall position, Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band came a very creditable 7th Place.

All members of the band (including our two Whit Friday virgins Nick Harrington and Michael Hunt) had a great time and thanks must go to Andy Ingleby for sorting out the route, Alan Lawton for taking a couple of rehearsals on the contest march and, of course, our conductor Neil Samuel for making the band believe they could win some prizes.

A few photos of the evening can be viewed here.

The video of the band playing at Droylsden can be found here.

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