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2017 National Finalists confirmed

The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of the 2017 Regional contests on the weekend.

National Trophy
  The full list of bands who will challenge for National honours later this year is now known.

Following four weekends that have seen around 15,000 musicians compete for bands from as far afield as Scotland down to the West Country, the full list of challengers is now known.

Qualifiers

The full list of qualifiers for the 2017 National Finals in Cheltenham and London is as follows:

Championship Section:

The following bands will compete on Saturday 14th October at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Black Dyke
Brighouse & Rastrick
City of Bradford
Co-operative Funeralcare
Cory [Defending Champion]
Fairey
Filton Concert Brass
Fodens
Friary Guildford
Hammonds Saltaire
Milnrow
NASUWT Riverside
Redbridge
Reg Vardy
Thoresby Colliery
Tongwynlais Temperance
Tredegar
Virtuosi GUS
Whitburn
Woodfalls

Over 15,000 musicians have taken to the stage over the past four weekends in what is acknowledged as one of the biggest amateur music festivals in the UK

Sections 1-4 to take place at The Centaur, Cheltenham on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September.


First Section:

Final taking place on Sunday 17th September 2017

Bathgate
Bournemouth Concert Brass
Foresters Brass 2000
Kidlington Concert Brass
Hitchin
Llanrug
Marsden Silver
Newtongrange Silver
Parc & Dare (Leftfield Environmental)
Pemberton Old Wigan DW
Rainford
Regent Brass
Rushden Town
Shepherd Group
SW Comms
Unite the Union (City of Sheffield)
Westoe Brass


Second Section:

Final taking place Saturday 16th September 2017

Abergavenny Borough
Amersham
Arbroath Instrumental
Ashington Colliery
Bodmin Town
Cheshire Constabulary
Delph
Dalkeith & Monktonhall
Flixton
Foss Dyke
Glossop Old
Grimsdyke
Helston Town
Houghton Brass
Otterbourne Brass
Penclawdd
Wakefield Metropolitan
Worsborough Brass


Third Section:

Final taking place on Sunday 17th September 2017

Abertillery & District
Barton Community
BD1 Brass
Castleton Brass
Cheltenham Silver
Corsham
Formby
Ifton Colliery
Irvine & Dreghorn
Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes
Midsomer Norton & Radstock Silver
Newport Borough
Oxford Cherwell Brass
Rivington & Adlington
Rolls Royce (Derby)
Shirland Welfare
St David's Brass
Trinity Girls
West Yorkshire Police


Fourth Section:

Final taking place on Saturday 16th September 2017

Allerton Brass
Brindle
Clifton & Lightcliffe 'B'
Cleobury Mortimer Concert
City of Norwich Brass
Corby Silver
Dysart Colliery
Fairfield (Buxton)
Hatherleigh Silver
Huddersfield & Ripponden
Jayess Newbiggin
Newmains & District
RAF St Athan Voluntary
Regent Community Brass
Saltash Town
Seindorf Arian yr Oakeley
Shanklin Town (IoW)
Thornton Cleveleys
Trimdon Concert
Watford



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Thoresby

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Ramond Tennent

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Black Dyke Band - Huddersfield Town Hall

Thursday 22 June • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Regent Hall Concerts - The Olazti Trombone Quartet

Friday 23 June • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


Black Dyke Band - Hertford Choral Society

Saturday 24 June • All Saints Church, Churchfields, Hertford, Hertfordshire SG13 8AE


The Fairey Band - Stockport Schools Brass Bands

Saturday 24 June • The Plaza. Mersey Square. Stockport . SK1 1SP SK1 1SP


Garforth Brass - Learn to Play Day

Sunday 25 June • Garforth Methodist Church. Church Lane. Garforth. Leeds. LS25 1NW LS25 1NW


Frampton on Severn Silver Band

June 25 • We are a friendly non-contesting band in Gloucestershire looking for players, in particular cornets, baritone, euphonium and basses. We play at many local events and bandstand jobs, and practice on Tuesday evenings just off Junction 13 of the M5.


Chinnor Silver

June 24 • We need Bb BASS to help us continue our progression . good book of concerts and 2nd section contests.. we rehearse on a wednesday in our own bandroom. come and give this friendly band a try you wont regret it


Foss Dyke Band

June 23 • Foss Dyke Band, under the direction of new MD Michael Howley are now recruiting! If you play Eb or Bb BASS then we'd love for you to join us and help us at the National Finals in Cheltenham and beyond.


Ian Holmes

BA (hons), PGDip (RCM), ARCM, ALCM.
Conductor, band trainer, piano accompanist and teacher