The band is looking forward to a well-earned summer break after a busy few months with success at Morley March and Hymn Tune contest, a continued run of podium finishes at Hebden Bridge and Brighouse March and Hymn Tune Contests as well as leading the traditional Hepworth feast celebrations and a Beer’n’Brass concert in the village.
The housebuilder Conroy Brook has announced that its sponsorship deal with the Band has been renewed for a further year.
The sponsorship comes as Conroy Brook celebrate their 20th anniversary, so plans are now under way to organise a special commemorative concert by the band at St Paul’s Hall in Huddersfield in early 2017.
The band took the overall first prize and Crispin Shield trophy with a clear-cut victory over 19 rivals from the north of England, Yorkshire, North-West and the Midlands picking up the awards for best contest march, best hymn tune, best foot march and best deportment as the band performed the classic Rimmer march “Ravenswood”, the hymn tune “Reflections in Nature” and the road march “On the Quarter Deck”. Yorkshire Imperial DUT band claimed second place with Wingates third.
Earlier in the day the band had played at Hebden Bridge March and Hymn Tune contest finishing third behind Wingates and Hammonds Saltaire.
Organised by the Brighouse and District Lions, 26 bands gave the packed audience in the Town Hall Square plenty of high class playing to enjoy. It was Wingates who came out on top taking the best march and best hymn tune prizes in the process from judges, Stan Lippeatt and Brian Rostron, pushed hard by Yorkshire rivals Hammonds Saltaire and Hepworth.
The band took part in the traditional feast celebrations on Monday June 27, leading the procession of witness around Hepworth, Scholes and Jackson Bridge in the afternoon and the united evening sing in the village.
The weather held fine as the band rounded off its summer season with a free concert in the village playing outside the Butchers Arms. Thanks to Mark and Caroline for hosting the event and particularly to Mathew Golden of RN Golden Ltd. for supporting the “Brass @ the Butchers” series of summer concerts.
We’ll be back at the Butchers Arms on Sunday August 28 for more Beer ‘n Brass as we look forward to our autumn season of concerts.>
Earlier in May, the Band competed in the British Open Grand Shield contest, where they were also placed third, behind Carlton Main and Jaguar Land Rover bands. Sadly, this meant that they just failed to qualify by one place for the British Open proper.
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The Band was formed in the village of Hepworth, near Holmfirth, in 1882, making it one of the oldest brass bands in the country. Today, it competes in the Championship Section, making it one of the best bands in the UK.
It has had a proud contesting tradition since its founding, and in recent years, has won a string of prestigious prizes. At the same time, it runs its own concert series every year, supports local charities and other events, including the famous Hepworth Feast, and appears at other venues across the U.K. throughout the year.
The Band relies on generous donations from a number of companies, both national and local, for its continued existence. Since the beginning it has also relied heavily on subscriptions raised from local people, and this tradition continues today.
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