One Sheffield band is on a serious high note after blowing away the competition to be crowned top brass in Yorkshire.
Chapeltown Silver Prize Band scooped first place in the Yorkshire Brass Band Championships – less than a year after being promoted to the highest division.
The band will now bid for the national title against iconic acts like Grimethorpe Colliery Band and Black Dyke Band in Cheltenham this September.
Conductor Andrew Dennis said: “We are delighted to have won. It’s fantastic news – we’ll now be up against some of the most famous brass bands in history.
“When we were promoted to the first section in January, our only aim was to survive. I don’t think any of us expected to win.”
Andrew said he was especially pleased to have won as the band put in a ‘tremendous’ effort ahead of the competition.
He said: “It’s extra special because we have built up this band by working hard to get every player up to standard – rather than booting players out, like some brass bands do.”
The band played Essay, by Edward Gregson, at the competition in St George’s Hall, in Bradford. The piece of music was played by the other 12 bands in the running.
Andrew said: “Everybody played exceptionally on the day, I was so proud.”
He added: “It’s great to see so many Yorkshire bands in the national competition. Brass bands are in our blood – nobody does it quite like Yorkshire.”
Andrew said the band, which was formed in the 1870s, is looking to take on new members.
They currently have percussion and cornet roles available for any willing volunteers.
Andrew said: “We’ve got a big mix of people and ages here, so anybody is welcome to come along. You’ve got to be prepared to work hard, though.”
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