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National champs ready for Rochdale test

31 bands — including National Champions Oldham Band (Lees) and Middleton will be taking to the stage at the popular Rochdale own-choice contest this weekend.

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  The National First Section champion Oldham Band (Lees) will be looking to add even more silverware to their 2018 collection

The second half of the 2018 contest season is now in full swing with another popular event taking place at Rochdale Town Hall on Sunday 21st October.

31 bands will compete at the North West Area Brass Bands Association own-choice contest, rounded off with a combined Championship/First Section.

Fantastic response

NWABBA Chairman Richard Milton told 4BR: "Although we would have liked to have attracted a few more Championship and First Section competitors, we've had a fantastic response from bands in the Second and Third Sections in particular."

The contest will also see the first appearances of Oldham Band (Lees) and Middleton following their National Championship successes at Cheltenham, whilst there will also be challengers making their way from Wales, Yorkshire and the Midlands.

The contest will also see the first appearances of Oldham Band (Lees) and Middleton following their National Championship successes at Cheltenham, whilst there will also be challengers making their way from Wales, Yorkshire and the Midlands4BR

Judges

The adjudicators will be John Doyle and Benjamin Richeton, whilst players and conductors will be able to browse tradestands from Pennine Music and Creative Brass. The vent has gained support from sponsors Hanson Springs, WT Building Services, KP Industries and The Flying Horse.

Tickets for the whole day are only £7.00 and are available on the door with the music starting at 9:30am

Championship/First Section:

Hade Edge (Jonathan Beatty)
Oldham Band (Lees) (John Collins)
Silk Brass (Tony Wyatt)
Vernon Building Society Poynton (Stig Maersk)

Second Section:

Besses o'th' Barn (Trevor Halliwell)
Delph (Phil Goodwin)
Farnworth & Walkden (Luke Pallister)
Flixton (Matthew Ryan)
Greenfield (Tom Haslam)
Horwich RMI (Jason Smith)
Ifton Colliery (Scott Lloyd)
Middleton (Kevin Gibbs)
Pemberton Old DW B (Ian Brownbill)
Royal Buckley Town (Keith Jones)
Slaithwaite (Ryan Watkins)
Whitworth Vale & Healey (Christopher Binns)

Third Section:

City of Chester (Ewan Easton)
Cleethorpes (Brian Harper)
Dobcross Silver (Grenville Moore)
Eccleston Brass (John Wood)
Hoover Bolton (Craig Mann)
Littleborough (Adrian Woodhead)
Pilling Jubilee Silver (Steve Hartley)
Skelmersdale Prize (Ben Coulson)
Thornton Cleveleys (Stephen Craig)
Uppermill (Dean Redfern)

Fourth Section:

Blackley (Adrian Smith)
Cadishead Public (David Holland)
Parr St Helens (J. Ludden)
Seindorf Beaumaris (Scott Lloyd)
Tewit Silver (Martin Hall)



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Craig Roberts

BA (Hons), MA
Conductor / Adjudicator