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Tyke bands in line for honours.

Yorkshire may not have the largest entry for this year's eight regional qualifying contests for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, but it has the best bands in the land.

When we come to the Royal Albert Hall final in October for the Championship class, of the 20 bands lined up for honours, five will be from the White Rose county.

That brings in current National Champions, Grimethorpe Colliery, along with Black Dyke and YBS who finished in that order in last year's final.

For a few years now the first four bands in the final are given a bye into the next year's final. On Sunday two further bands will join that trio of giants in this year's RAH battle.

Fifty-eight bands are lined up for the two-day regional encounter in St George's Hall, Bradford, this weekend and of that number 14 are Huddersfield-based.

In the Championship class,which will bring the weekend of contesting to a close on Sunday evening, Brighouse and Rastrick, under the direction of recently appointed musical director Alan Morrison, will be keen to find a place in the London final after missing out last year, and it's pretty certain that Sellers International (Phillip McCann) and Hepworth Lanson Homes (Mark Bentham) will also be in the reckoning. YBS have engaged Allan Ramsay to conduct following the shock departure of Prof David King.

It's good to see that Marsden Silver (Riverhead Brewery) have fought their way back into the top flight after a brief spell back in Section 1. Glyn Williams conducts.

The test-piece is Isaiah 40, and composer Robert Redhead is flying over from the USA to take in the Yorkshire contest. Nigel Boddice and Geoffrey Whitham are the adjudicators.

The surprising news in Section 1 is that Grange Moor have withdrawn. However, Huddersfield still has four other representatives in this class. These are Hade Edge (J & E Dickinson) (Simon Wood), Innovate Skelmanthorpe(John Roberts), Lindley (Neil Jowett) and Pennine Brass (Ian Porthouse).

Here the set test is Eric Ball's The Wayfarer, and the adjudicators are C Brian Buckley and Richard Evans.

Meltham and Meltham Mills (Stuart Fawcett) and Slaithwaite (Barry Hudson) fly the flag for the town in Section 2 where the test is Carnival by Helen Perkin. C Brian Buckley is back on duty in this class along with David Horsfield.

The recently merged Huddersfield Brass and the old Ripponden Motors Band make their contest debut in Section 3 under the new title of Huddersfield and Ripponden with Steve Platten at the helm.

Joining them in this class is Emley Brass (Garry Hallas).

Malcolm Brownbill and Peter Roberts adjudicate and the test-piece is Prelude and Jubilate (Darrol Barry).

Innovate Skelmanthorpe "B" (Philip Garlick) and Linthwaite (Jim Hunter) are the towns representatives in Section 4, and sorting out the bands here will be the vastly experienced David Read, who can surely take the title of Britain's No 1 adjudicator, and Steve Pritchard-Jones. The set test is The Seasons by Philip Wilby.

The weekend timetable is Saturday: Section 3 at 10.45 am; Section 1 at 2.30pm approximately. Sunday: Section 4 at 9.30 am; Section 2 at 1.45 pm (approximately); Championship at 5.30 pm.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 2, 2007
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