16 performances of all five Area test-pieces kept adjudicator Martin Heartfield busy at the annual NEMBBA contest held at the Post Mill Centre in South Normanton recently.
Summing up after each section, Martin gave general pointers to the bands and audience on what adjudicators would perhaps be looking for at the upcoming Regional events contests, supported by his detailed written feedback.
Although they were the only entrants in the top section, Hucknall & Linby MC Brass will have gained a great deal of benefit from their appearance ahead of their Midlands Area challenge, whilst there will have been a timely confidence boost for South Yorkshire Police ahead of their 'Legacy' challenge in Huddersfield on the weekend. There were also wins for Market Rasen, Long Eaton Silver Prize and Matlock.
Prior to the results there were Long Service Awards presented to members of local bands and a Lifetime Achievement certificate presented to Association President Marie Smith.
1. Hucknall & Linby MC Brass (Paul Whyley)
1. South Yorkshire Police (Leigh Baker)
2. East of England Co-op (Nigel Cooper)
3. Chapeltown (Sam Fisher)
4. Oddfellows (David Hollings)
5. Rolls Royce (Graham Cardwell)
6. Shirebrook (Jim, Henson)
1. Market Rasen (David Dernley)
2. Barnsley Brass (William Rushworth)
3. Shirland MW (Lynden Cooper)
4. Leicester Co-op (Brendan Caddy)
5. Ireland Colliery (Lindon Bolt)
1. Long Eaton Silver Prize (Sharon Stansfield)
2. Bakewell (Ryan Stacey)
3. Maltby Miners Welfare (Terry Clifford)
1. Matlock (Chris Banks)
Youngest Player: Maltby
Best Cornet in Championship, First and Second Sections: Emma Plant (Hucknall-Linby)
Best Cornet in Third and Fourth Sections: Emma Morris (Matlock)
Best Horn: Lesley Gresswell (Hucknall-Linby)