Darwen’s Debut on Contest Circuit Well Received

  • Excellent turnout and good weather at inaugural contest;
  • Successful afternoon all round for Ashton-under-Lyne, Hawk Green and Glossop Old Bands.
The first band of the afternoon: Parr (St. Helens). Pieces played: True and Trusted (Deportment March); O’Lord My God (Hymn); Irresistable (Contest March).

Ashton-under-Lyne Brass Band came out on top at Blackburn and Darwen Brass Band’s first hymn and march contest at the Circus on Sunday afternoon [13 September]. The Championship Section band received top honours on both the hymn and the contest march. Their Principal Cornet player also won the best soloist prize.

It was also a good afternoon for Hawk Green and Glossop Old bands. The Marple based band came third place overall in the Hymn prizes and won the Best 3rd Section Band Contest March. Glossop Old Band finished third overall and won the Best 2nd Section Hymn prize.

The inaugural contest was well received with a decent crowd outside the Circus. Allowing for deportment marches, Market Street was closed off to local traffic, with slight diversions for local bus routes. For Blackburn and Darwen Brass Band’s new venture, the weather was on their side.

The contest, hopefully the first of many, tied in with Darwen’s Heritage Weekend and the nationwide Heritage Open Days. Given the dearth of hymn and march brass band contest in Lancashire, Darwen’s is a welcome addition.

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The Results:

Overall Winners

  1. Ashton-under-Lyne;
  2. Haslingden and Helmshore;
  3. Glossop Old Band.

Best Hymn

  1. Ashton-under-Lyne;
  2. Haslingden and Helmshore;
  3. Hawk Green.

Best Soloist

  • Ashton-under-Lyne, Principal Cornet.

Best 2nd Section Hymn

  • Glossop Old Band.

Best 3rd Section Hymn

  • Rivington and Adlington.

Best 4th Section Hymn

  • Brindle.

Best 2nd Section March

  1. Eccleston;
  2. Farnworth and Walkden.

Best 3rd Section March

  1. Hawk Green;
  2. Greenalls.

Best 4th Section March

  1. Brindle;
  2. Cadishead Public Band.

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The Pictures:

Hawk Green Brass Band, lining up prior to playing ‘Slaidburn’ on their deportment march.
Glossop Old Band, seen performing their deportment piece ‘On The Quarter Deck’.
Eventual winners Ashton-under-Lyne Brass Band performing ‘Arnhem’ on their deportment march.

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S.V., 13 September 2015.

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