Sheffield band show they are top brass with national title

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LOUD and proud – these musicians have every right to blow their own trumpet.

They have just brought home a national title to Sheffield and want everyone to know about it.

The Unite the Union Band – formerly known as Stocksbridge and City of Sheffield Band – were crowned First Sectional National Champions 2012 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, after a performance of Tom Davoren’s Vivat.

Members of the band, which became Yorkshire Area First Section Champions in March, have been working towards the national finals under Derek Renshaw, musical director

The band, which was formed 110 years ago, first became famous after appearing in famous Sheffield movie The Full Monty.

John Lee, band chairman, said the sponsorship from
Unite has seen them progress along their route to become top brass.

He said: “The band has been fortunate in being supported by our sponsor, Unite the Union, in this goal.

“At a time when money from the arts is hard to come by, we are eternally grateful to Unite for its support.

“Union members saw our passion for music and were keen to keep our history and heritage in tact.

“As a band, Unite have thoroughly enjoyed rehearsing and playing Vivat, and it was felt this reflected in the performance on the day.

“The winning performance was started brilliantly by baritone player Steve Machin, who also left the contest with the best instrumentalist prize.

“It’s congratulations to all the band and Derek – all the hard work was worth it.”