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2004 Yorkshire Regional Championships

Third Section
Sunday 7th March

Test Piece: Vizcaya – Gilbert Vinter
Adjudicator: Ian Craddock

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. Dundee saw both of Yorkshire’s best come out of the prizes, so does that mean that the bands here are not up to it?

No. But Yorkshire folk do like to brag about their exploits, so a cracking contest is needed to restore some dented pride.

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

Gilbert Vinter’s test piece is an old warhorse for sure, but it’s still a good test and contains all those magic ingredients the composer was noted for. The winners will have to capture the essence of the music, as well as just playing the notes.

Barnsley Metropolitan
Conductor: John Grinnell

Last Eight Years:
2003: 10th (John Grinnell)
2002: 6th 4th section (prom)
2001: 3rd 4th section
2000: 5th 4th section
1999: DNC
1998: DNC
1997: DNC
1996: DNC

Barnsley struggled a bit here last year after coming up from the Fourth Section. 10th place means they will need a good result to stave off the threat of possible relegation. They should be well prepared, so hopefully they can take a few more scalps.

Clifton & Lightcliffe
Conductor: Rob Collinson

Last Eight Years:
2003: 4th (Rob Collinson)
2002: 6th
2001: Winners 4th Section (prom)
2000: 7th 4th Section
1999: 8th (rel)
1998: 14th
1997: 8th
1996: 7th

4th place last year was another improvement on the upward rise of Clifton and Lightcliffe. Rob Collinson has done minor miracles with the band since they won the Fourth Section title here in 2001. If they continue in the same vein then a qualification spot may be their reward.

Dinnington Colliery
Conductor: Toby Bannan

Last Eight Years:
2003: Winners of Fourth Section (prom) (Toby Bannan)
2002: 4th
2001: 4th
2000: 8th
1999: 4th

Last year’s Fourth Section Champions went on to come 11th at the Lower Section National Finals, whilst they also came runners up at the Mineworkers Championships. Toby Bannan is an impressive young conducting talent and they have a solid core of experienced players. Another step up the ladder should be their reward this year we think.

Emley Brass
Conductor: Garry Hallas

Last Eight Years:
2003: 11th (Marc Robbins)
2002: 2nd 4th Section (prom)
2001: 6th 4th Section
2000: DNC
1999: DNC
1998: DNC
1997: 9th 4th Section
1996: 8th 4th Section

Emley found the going tough here last year when they propped up the prize table by coming 11th. Garry Hallas has been brought in to steady the ship and the man who guided Grange Moor to the National Finals from the Fourth Section last year will be hoping for a return trip to Harrogate this year as well.

Gawthorpe Brass '85'
Conductor: John Edward

Last Year: 5th
Last Eight Years:
2003: 5th (John Edward)
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

A band moving in the right direction at this contest it seems. Gawthorpe have improved in each of the last two years and John Edward guided them with a solid performance into 5th place last year. They will be hoping for a further nudge up the prize list this time around.

Huddersfield Brass
Conductor: Alan Holdsworth

Last Eight Years:
2003: 10th in Second Section (rel) (Ian Tiffany)
2002: 11th
2001: 11th
2000: 3rd
1999: 9th
1998: 5th
1997: 2nd 3rd Section (prom)
1996: 5th 4th Section (prom)

Huddersfield will be hoping that their recent poor run of results at the Area contest will come to an end this year. Since coming 3rd in 2000 they have fallen away, and were relegated after coming 10th last year. Alan Holdsworth has been brought in to stop the slide, so we will have to wait and see.

Maltby Miners Welfare
Conductor: Terry Clifford

Last Eight Years:
2003: 7th (Terry Clifford)
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

Since 2000 Maltby have been moving in the right direction under the guidance of Terry Clifford. In the last two years in particular they have made big leaps forward, so they will be hoping that continues this year. They recently came 8th at the Mineworkers contest, so what will Bradford bring them?

Conductor: Barry Hudson

Last Eight Years:
2003: 8th (Kevin Lever)
2002: 7th
2001: 4th
2000: 9th
1999: 9th
1998: 12th
1997: 3rd
1996: 3rd 4th Section (prom)

Another famous old name in the banding world, Slaithwaite has been holding their own here over the past seven years without ever really pushing for a qualification spot. Barry Hudson takes over the helm from Kevin Lever for this years outing, so can they beat their best of
4th place in 2001?

Stanley Newmarket Colliery
Conductor: Keith Wardle

Last Eight Years:
2003: 2nd (Glynn Thompson)
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

Last year’s runners up here went on the come 7th at the National Finals in Dundee, so they will be looking for a return trip for sure. Keith Wardle replaces Glynn Thompson at the helm, so will the change in the baton bring further success?

Results archive:
Full results of previous year's contests together with a results summary can be found in our results archive.

Past Qualifiers:

2003: Hebden Bridge, Stanley Newmarket Colliery
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:

2003: 7th, 9th
2002: 11th, 15th
2001: 2nd, 9th
2000: 6th, 15th
1999: 3rd, 7th
1998: 9th, 13th

4BR Prediction:

Another difficult one this, but we think we will go and stick our necks out and plumb for Stanley Newmarket Colliery to go one place better than last year and take the top prize. Behind them we think Maltby Miners are in with a good shout followed by Clifton and Lightcliffe, Gawthorpe, Emley and Dinnington. Our dark horse is Slaithwaite.

1. Stanley Newmarket Colliery
2. Maltby Miners Welfare
3. Clifton and Lightcliffe
4. Gawthorpe ‘85
5. Emley Brass
6. Dinnington Colliery

Dark Horses: Slaithwaite

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