Published on February 9th, 2017 by gavin

North of England Bands Line Up For Durham

The list of competing bands that will battle it out for the qualification places on offer for the Royal Albert Hall and Cheltenham at the North of England Brass Band Championships, in Durham have been announced.

The contest weekend will take place at the Gala Theatre, in the heart of the historic city of Durham, on the weekend of the 11th/12th March, with two places up for grabs in the Championships Section. Two bands will be invited from the First, Second Third and fourth to represent the North of England at Cheltenham in September.

A total of forty bands will perform in a highly competitive contest. The Contest will have two adjudicators per section for the first time in its history. Regional Secretary, Tony Griffiths told A4B: “All bands took part in a ballot on this issue after the 2016 event. They decided to go with two adjudicators.”

The contest starts with the section and the fourth section on the 11th, from 12 midday. Sunday the 12th, commences with the first and third section concluding with the championship section.

Championship Section:
Sunday 12th March
Draw 1.30pm
Commences: 3.00pm (approx after the conclusion of Third Section)

Easington Colliery (Ian Robinson)
East Yorkshire Motor Services (Stig Maersk)
Fishburn (Joseph Cook)
Kirkbymoorside Town (John Woodward)
Lockwood Brass (John Roberts)
NASUWT Riverside (Dave Roberts)
Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)
York Railway Institute (Dr David Lancaster)

First Section:
Sunday 12th March
Draw: 8.30am
Commences: 10.00am

Cockerton Band (Michael Hardman)
Dunston Silver (Aiden Hodgson)
GT Group Peterlee (Trevor Langthorne)
Harrogate (Dean Jones)
Ripon City (Martin Hall)
Shepherd Group Band (Richard Wilton)
Westoe Brass (Lee Morris)

Second Section:
Saturday 11th March
Draw: 10.30am
Commences: 12:00pm

Ashington Colliery (David Kendall)
Bearpark & Esh Colliery (Peter Elcoat)
Durham Miners Association (Stuart Gray)
East Riding of Yorkshire Band (Gary Hallas)
Ellington Colliery (Jonathon Fenwick)
Houghton Brass (Tom Gibson)
J36 Brass (Andrew Warriner)
NASUWT Concert Brass (John Bell)

Third Section:
Sunday 12th March
Draw: 10.45am
Commences: 12:15pm (approx, after the conclusion of First Section)

Backworth Colliery (Colin Harris)
Barton Community (Gary Oglesby)
Billingham Silver (Vaughn Evans)
Ferryhill Town (Andrew Hall)
Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes (Brian Harper)
Marske Band (Alun Prest)
Murton Colliery (Richie Wallace)
North Skelton (Lewis Wilkinson)
Swinton & District Excelsior (Robin Rutter)

Fourth Section:
Saturday 11th March
Draw: 1.00pm
Commences: 2:30pm (approx, after the conclusion of Second Section)

Burneside (Laurie Johnston)
Craghead Colliery (Jack Dodds)
Jayess Newbiggin Band (Andrew Griffiths)
Knaresborough Silver (Steve Morland)
Lanchester (Gareth Sykes)
Penrith Town (Mark Wilkinson)
Spennymoor Town (Neil Davis)
Trimdon Concert Brass (Tina Mortimer)

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