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2003 Yorkshire Regional Qualifying Championships

Third Section
St. George's Hall, Bradford
Saturday 1st March
Starts: 1.45pm

Christopher Wormald

The Third Section has over the past 10 years been a breeding ground for bands that have had high ambitions and plenty of talent to go all the way. Past winners here have included four bands that have gone onto the Championship Section – Skelmanthorpe, Rothwell, Todmorden and Marsden, so could the 2003 winner be plotting the same path we wonder.

Not to brilliant a record for the qualifiers though when it comes to the finals of late, with Skelmanthorpe the last National winners way back in 1993, and before that Drighlington in 1987. Old Silkstone got 3rd in 1999 and Horbury Victoria came runners up in 2001, but other than that bands for Yorkshire have failed to make a mark come the finals.

Christopher Wormald has a difficult task we think separating the bands this time, but the test piece should be able to separate the wheat from the chaff easily enough for him to get things spot on.

Last years winners, Hebden Bridge will be looking to make it a double, whilst Oughtibridge will be keen to go one better than last years runners up spot. Promoted bands Barnsley and Emley will be looking to make a mark at the higher level whilst Stanley Newmarket made the drop from the 2nd Section and will be keen to show they can more than hold their own. Looks like a good old fashioned hard old fight for the prizes then.

Barnsley Metropolitan
Conductor: J. Grinnell

Last Year: 6th 4th section (prom)
Last Seven Years:
2002: 6th 4th section (prom)
2001: 3rd 4th section
2000: 5th 4th section
1999: DNC
1998: DNC
1997: DNC
1996: DNC

Promoted up from the 4th section this year, Barnsley have done well in the past three years and have made good solid progress. They held their own in the 4th, but may need a bit extrato really make a mark here. Should be comfortable performers though.

Clifton & Lightcliffe
Conductor: R. Collinson

Last Year: 6th
Last Seven Years:
2002: 6th
2001: Winners 4th Section (prom)
2000: 7th 4th Section
1999: 8th (rel)
1998: 14th
1997: 8th
1996: 7th

Winners of the 4th Section in 2000, Clifton more than held their own last year and came in the prizes with 6th place. That was an excellent achievement, but they will be hoping to make sure that they don’t start dropping away at the is level as they did somewhat in the last few years they played in this section in 1996 – 1999. That shouldn’t be the case this time we think.

Crofton Silver
Conductor: R. Morgan

Last Year: 8th
Last Seven Years:
2002: 8th
2001: 8th
2000: 6th
1999: 2nd
1998: 13th
1997: 12th
1996: 4th

A solid set of results at this level since 1996 for Crofton and with a new MD here since last year they will be keen to improve on the two 8th places of the past two years. Their best was runners up in 2000 when they went on to the National Finals, so that surely will be the aim this time around.

Emley Brass
Conductor: M. Robins

Last Year: 2nd 4th Section (prom)
Last Seven Years:
2002: 2nd 4th Section (prom)
2001: 6th 4th Section
2000: DNC
1999: DNC
1998: DNC
1997: 9th 4th Section
1996: 8th 4th Section

Another band with a change of MD this year for Bradford and Emley will surely be keen to make a mark at the higher level after spending a few years getting out of the 4th Section. According to our records the band didn’t compete for a few years, but the last two has seen something of a rejuvenation of the band and they gained promotion after coming runners up in the lowest section last time around.

Gawthorpe Brass '85'
Conductor: J. Edward

Last Year: 9th
Last Seven Years:
2002: 9th
2001: 10th 2nd Section (rel)
2000: 12th 2nd Section
1999: 5th (prom)
1998: 6th
1997: Winners 4th Section (prom)
1996: Winners 4th Section

Gawthorpe had something of a meteoric rise through the sections up to 2000 after winning the 4th Section title two years in a row in 1996 and 1997 and then gaining further promotion to the 2nd Section 2000. Reality bit somewhat and they struggled and were relegated back in 2002 where they regrouped to come 9th. They have shown that they can do well here though over the years, so don’t write off their chances of making a mark this time.

Hebden Bridge (Walkley Clogs)
Conductor: I. Craddock

Last Year: Winners
Last Seven Years:
2002: Winners
2001: 10th
2000: 8th
1999: 3rd
1998: 10th
1997: 2nd 4th Section (prom)
1996: N/K

Last years winners will be keen to ensure a repeat performance of 2002 and take the title for a second year. The band went on to come 11th at the Nationals so the experience would have benefited them greatly. Promoted from the 4th section in 1998, they made a mark by coming 3rd in 1999 before two quiet years made way for last seasons triumph. Can they do it again?

Maltby Miners Welfare
Conductor: T. Clifford

Last Year: 11th
Last Seven Years:
2002: 11th
2001: 2nd 4th Section (prom)
2000: 6th 4th Section
1999: Winners 4th Section
1998: 8th 4th Section
1997: 8th 4th Section
1996: 9th 4th Section

A band that spent quite a bit of time getting out of the 4th section, finally made it into the 3rd section last year where they came 11th. They have the habit of first holding their own and then pushing for qualification though so they could well improve on last years result this time around. Winners of the 4th Section 1999, they will be looking for further success this time around.

Conductor: D. Moore

Last Year: 2nd
Last Seven Years:
2002: 2nd
2001: 7th
2000: 2nd 4th Section (prom)
1999: 5th 4th Section
1998: 11th 3rd Section (rel)
1997: 13th 3rd Section
1996: 13th 3rd Section

Runners up last year, Oughtibridge and their MD David Moore went on to come 15th at the National Finals in Torquay. The band spent a couple of years in the 4th Section after a few poor years at this level, but on their return they have improved in both 2001 and 2002. Will be hoping for more of the same then.

Conductor: K. Lever

Last Year: 7th
Last Seven Years:
2002: 7th
2001: 4th
2000: 9th
1999: 9th
1998: 12th
1997: 3rd
1996: 3rd 4th Section (prom)

Another famous old Yorkshire banding name (they have won the Grand Shield amongst other trophies over the years), Slaithwaite came 7th last year. They were promoted up from the 4th Section in 1997 and since then have more than held their own, with a 3rd in 1997 and 4th in 2001. They dropped off a little last year so they will be looking for a return to better ways, and a possible challenge for a podium place at least.

Stanley Newmarket Colliery
Conductor: G. Thompson

Last Year: 12th 2nd Section (rel)
Last Seven Years:
2002: 12th 2nd Section (rel)
2001: 9th 2nd Section
2000: 4th (prom)
1999: 4th
1998: Winners 4th Section (prom)
1997: 4th 4th Section
1996: 6th 4th Section

Stanley Newmarket had something of a rapid rise in recent years up through the sections, with a win here in the 4th Section in 1998 and further promotion from the 3rd section in 2000. They found life a touch too hard in the 2nd Section though and returned back down for this year after coming 9th and then 12th last year at the higher level. Have shown that they can do well here – two 4th places in 1999 and 2000, so they will be looking at least to match that.

Wetherby & District
Conductor: G. Kearsley

Last Year: 4th
Last Seven Years:
2002: 4th
2001: 6th
2000: Winners 4th Section (prom)
1999: DNC
1998: 5th 4th Section
1997: 6th 4th Section
1996: 7th 4th Section

Wetherby have really made a mark in recent years here, and with the exception of 1999 when they didn’t compete they have improved their results year on year. If that is anything to go by then, this year could well see them get one of the two qualification places up for grabs. 4th last year, a podium place at least this time around?

Past Winners:

2002: Hebden Bridge (Walkley’s)
2001: Armthorpe Elmfield
2000: Wilfreda Beehive Hatfield
1999: Old Silkstone
1998: Frickley/South Elmsall
1997: Marsden Silver
1996: Todmorden Old
1995: Rothwell Temperance
1994: Rothwell Temperance
1993: Skelmanthorpe
1992: Jayess ‘87

Winning Conductors:

2002: I. Craddock
2001: H. Griffiths
2000: G. O’Connor
1999: B. Rostron
1998: L. Price
1997: A. Widdop
1996: D. Hatfield
1995: D. Roberts
1994: D. Beckley
1993: S. Fawcett
1992: A. Eastwood

Test Pieces:

2002: St. Austell Suite – K. Downie
2001: Sinfonietta – J. Horovitz
2000: Narnia Suite – G. Burgon
1999: Main Street – E. Ball
1998: Three Saints’ – G. Richards
1997: Tintagel – D. Wright
1996: Divertimento – B. Kelly
1995: A Snowden Fantasy – T.J. Powell
1994: Chorale and Toccata – S. Bulla
1993: The Shipbuilders – P. Yorke
1992: Suite for Brass – M. Arnold


2002: John Maines
2001: Roy Sparkes
2000: Derek Broadbent
1999: Malcolm Brownbill
1998: Steve Sykes
1997: Malcolm Brownbill
1996: N/K
1995: Alan Morrison

Past Qualifiers:

2002: Hebden Bridge, Oughtibridge
2001: Armthorpe Elmfield, Horbury Victoria
2000: Wilfreda Beehive Hatfield, Horbury Victoria
1999: Old Silkstone, Crofton Silver
1998: Frickley/South Elmshall, Yeadon Old
1997: Marsden Silver, Huddersfield Brass Ensemble
1996: Todmorden Old, Elland Siver
1995: Rothwell Temperance, Stannington

Yorkshire bands at the Finals:

2002: 11th, 15th
2001: 2nd, 9th
2000: 6th, 15th
1999: 3rd, 7th
1998: 9th, 13th

Last Years Result:

1. Hebden Bridge (Walkley’s) – I. Craddock 182pts
2. Oughtibridge – D. Moore 180pts
3. Frickley South Elmshall – J. Wade 179pts
4. Wetherby and District Silver – G. Kearsley 178pts
5. Armthorpe Elmfield – H. Griffiths 177pts
6. Clifton and Lightcliffe – R. Collinson 176pts
7. Slaithwaite – K. Lever 175pts
8. Crofton Silver – R. Larder 174pts
9. Gawthorpe Brass ’85 – J. Edward 173pts
10. Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) – C. Caton 172pts
11. Maltby Miners Welfare –T. Clifford 171pts
12. Dearne Valley – G. Williams 170pts

4BR Prediction:

Should be a close run thing but we will put our heads on the old chopping block and make our prediction. We think a band with a improving record may be the ones to beat, so it’s Wetherby for us, closely followed by last years top two, although in reverse order. Oughtibridge second then with Hebden third.

Behind them it’s a close fight between Clifton and Lightcliffe, Stanley Newmarket and Slaithwaite with Emley our dark horses.

1. Wetherby and District
2. Oughtibridge
3. Hebden Bridge
4. Clifton and Lightcliffe
5. Stanley Newmarket
6. Slaithwaite

Dark Horses: Emley

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