Whit Friday 2017 Results: Saddleworth Contests

East of the M60’s classified check on the Oldham and Saddleworth Area Whit Friday Brass Band Contest Results.

Brighouse and Rastrick, and Fairey Bands dominant

The Saddleworth contests proved to be a good Whit Friday for the Brighouse and Rastrick, and Fairey bands. If we were allegorical about the Saddleworth villages’ first prize winners, in political terms, a Hung Parliament compared with the Foden’s Band’s landslide victory in Tameside.

Brighouse and Rastrick came out on top at Diggle, Dobcross, Greenfield, Grotton, Lees and Springhead, and Lydgate. Fairey Band won at the Delph and Scouthead and Austerlands contests. Black Dyke Band picked up the top prize of £1,000 at the Denshaw contest. The winners at Uppermill was Oldham Band (Lees) whereas Rong Brass (from Bergen, Norway) took up the top prize at Friezland.

Greenfield also saw its first ever Whit Friday without the Greenfield Conservative Club. Opening before the first Whit Friday Brass Band Contests took place, it had been part of the contesting circuit since Winston Churchill wore short pants. For years, it had been the booking in spot for the Greenfield contest. Not least a popular stop for sustenance among spectators and bands alike. Prior to moving to their present base in 1979, Boarshurst Silver Band used to rehearse there.

The weather was ideal for spectators as well as brass band players. It was fairly warm and the rain kept off. The worst of the rain fell at 11am, prior to the Uppermill Whit Walks.

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Delph

81 Bands (+1):
  1. Fairey Band – £1,000
  2. Hepworth Band – £750
  3. Bad Ass Brass – £400
  4. Wingates Band – £300
  5. Milnrow Band – £250
  6. Hammonds Saltaire Band – £200
  7. St. Cecilia Chermignon (Switzerland) – £150

Highest Placed Band not in Championship Section: Oldham Band (Lees) – £150

Highest Placed 3rd/4th Section: Eccleston Band – £150

Highest Placed Local:
  1. Marsden Silver Band – £150
  2. Boarshurst Silver Band – £80

Highest Placed Saddleworth Band: Delph Band – £60

Highest Placed Youth:

  1. Oldham Music Centre – £100
  2. 2nd Rossendale Scouts – £60

Solo Cornet: Hepworth Band – £30

Soprano: Fairey Band – £30

Euphonium: Fairey Band – £30

Basses: Fairey Band – £40

Trombones: Hepworth Band – £30

Deportment: The Band of The King’s Division – £35

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Denshaw

59 Bands (-1):
  1. Black Dyke Band – £1,000
  2. Fairey Band – £600
  3. Hammonds Saltaire Band – £400
  4. Milnrow Band – £200

Highest Placed 1st Section: 

  1. Marsden Silver Band – £100
  2. Hebden Bridge Band – £75

Highest Placed 2nd Section:

  1. Feldmusik Zell (Switzerland) – £100
  2. New Forest Brass – £75

Highest Placed 3rd Section:

  1. Eccleston Band – £100
  2. Dobcross Silver Band – £75

Highest Placed 4th Section: 

  1. Enfield Band – £100
  2. Friezland Band – £125

Highest Placed Saddleworth band:

  1. Uppermill Band – £150
  2. Boarshurst Silver Band – £125

Highest Placed Local: Slaithwaite Band – £100

Highest Placed Outside UK: Harmonie Neuekirch (Switzerland) – £100

Highest Placed Youth:
  1. Wardle Academy Band – £100
  2. Tewit Youth Band – £75

Spot Prize: Royston Town Band – £100

Best Bass Section: Black Dyke Band – £40

Best Soprano: Black Dyke Band

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Diggle

58 Bands (-5):
  1. Brighouse and Rastrick Band – £800
  2. Diggle Band – £500
  3. Fairey Band – £400
  4. St. Cecilia Chermignon (Switzerland) – £250
  5. Oldham Band (Lees)
  6. Hammonds Saltaire Band

Highest Placed 1st/2nd Section: Oldham Band (Lees) – £150

Highest Placed 3rd/4th Section: Hawk Green (Marple) Band – £150

Highest Placed Unregistered Band: Bad Ass Brass – £100

Highest Placed 4th Section not featured in any other prize: Putney and Wandsworth Band – £60

Highest Placed Youth: Wardle Academy Youth – £100

Highest Placed Saddleworth: Boarshurst Silver Band – £125

Highest Placed Local (the Holden Prize): Uppermill Band – £100

Best Instrumentalist not in Championship Section: Oldham Band (Less) – Cornet, £30

Best Bass Section: Brighouse and Rastrick Band – £30

Best Soprano Cornet: Brighouse and Rastrick Band – £30

Best Euphonium: Brighouse and Rastrick Band – £30

Best Youth Soloist: Wardle Academy Youth – £50

Best Band on the March: The Band of The King’s Division – £30

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Dobcross

64 Bands (-6):
  1. Brighouse and Rastrick Band – £750
  2. Horwich RMI Band – £500
  3. Fairey Band – £400
Highest Placed Youth:
  1. Wardle Academy Band – £150
  2. Tewit Youth Band – £100

Highest placed Saddleworth band: Boarshurst Silver Band – £200

Highest placed Local: Delph Band

Best local band seen on Whit Walks: TBC – £75

First Band: City of Bradford – £10

Best Junior Soloist: Wardle Academy Youth – £50

Best Junior Player: Wardle Academy Youth – £50

Best Local Junior Soloist: Wardle Academy Youth – £50

Best Youth Soprano Cornet: Wardle Academy Youth – £50

Best Youth Trombone: Wardle Academy Youth – £50

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Friezland

46 Bands (-2):
  1. Rong Brass (Norway)
  2. Allerton Brass
  3. Market Rasen Band
  4. Hawk Green (Marple) Band
  5. Greenfield Band
  6. Downton Brass

Highest Placed 4th Section: Allerton Brass

Highest Placed Youth:
  1. Oldham Music Centre
  2. Wardle Academy Youth

Best Cornet: Diggle Band

Best Basses: Downton Brass

Best Deportment: 2nd Rossendale Scouts

Best Entertainment: Dobcross Youth Band

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Greenfield

69 Bands (-3):
  1. Brighouse and Rastrick Band – £1,000
  2. Black Dyke Band – £750
  3. The Band of The King’s Division – £500
Highest 1st Section:
  1. Oldham Band (Lees) – £400
  2. Marsden Silver Band – £200
Highest 2nd Section:
  1. Boarshurst Silver Band – £150
  2. Wakefield Metropolitan Band – £125
Highest 3rd Section
  1. Rong Brass (Norway) – £100
  2. Hawk Green (Marple) Band  – £75
Highest 4th Section:
  1. Allerton Brass – £70
  2. Friezland Band – £60
  3. Pangbourne Band – £50

Highest Placed Saddleworth band: Boarshurst Silver Band – £50

Highest Placed Local 4th Section band: Friezland Band – £50

Highest Placed Local: Oldham Band (Lees) – £50

Highest Placed Youth:
  1. Wardle Academy Youth – £70
  2. Rochdale Borough Youth – £50

Deportment: The Band of The King’s Division – £100

Best Entertainment in Village: University of Sheffield Band – £100

Best Cornet: Brighouse and Rastrick Band – £100

Best Euphonium: Black Dyke Band (Daniel Thomas) – £100

Youth Soloist: Wardle Academy Youth – Cornet, £50

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Grotton

48 Bands (+2)
  1. Brighouse and Rastrick Band – £700
  2. Black Dyke Band – £350
  3. Oldham Band (Lees) – £150
  4. Marsden Silver Band – £100
  5. Milnrow Band
  6. St. Cecilia Chermignon (Switzerland)
Highest Placed First Section:
  1. Langley Band – £75
  2. Chiltern Hills Brass
Highest Placed Second Section:
  1. Slaithwaite Band – £150
  2. Delph Band – £50
Highest Placed Third/Fourth Section:
  1. Allerton Brass – £150
  2. Sale Brass – £50
Best Local Band:
  1. Delph Band – £150
  2. Uppermill Band – £75
Best Youth Band:
  1. Tewit Youth Band – £150
  2. Rochdale Youth Band – £50

Best Deportment: St. Cecilia Chermignon (Switzerland) – £30

Best Youth Deportment: Tewit Youth Band – £25

Best Cornet: Black Dyke Band – £30

Best Soprano: Black Dyke Band – £30

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Lydgate

74 Bands (+3):
  1. Brighouse and Rastrick Band – £850
  2. Black Dyke Band – £450
  3. Marsden Silver Band – £250
Highest Placed 1st Section:
  1. Oldham Band (Lees) – £150
  2. Harmonie Nevenkursch – £100
Highest Placed 2nd Section:
  1. Horwich RMI Band — £150
  2. Delph Band — £100
Highest Placed 3rd Section:
  1. Hawk Green (Marple) Band — £150
  2. Rong Brass (Norway) — £100
Highest Placed 4th Section:
  1. Allerton Brass — £150
  2. Lydgate Band — £100
Highest Placed Local:
  1. Oldham Band (Lees) — £150
  2. Oldham Music Centre — £100
Highest Placed Youth:
  1. Unknown
  2. as yet.

Best Cornet: Black Dyke Band

Best Soprano Cornet: Brighouse and Rastrick Band

Best Bass Section: Brighouse and Rastrick Band

Best Horns and Baritones: Brighouse and Rastrick Band

Best Trombones: Black Dyke Band

Best Euphonium: Brighouse and Rastrick Band

Senior Deportment: The Band of The King’s Division – £100

Junior Deportment: 2nd Rossendale Scouts – £60

Best Unregistered Band: band – £prize

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Lees and Springhead

42 Bands (-4):
  1. Brighouse and Rastrick Band – £500
  2. Oldham Band (Lees) – £250
  3. Black Dyke Band – £150
  4. Milnrow Band
  5. Marsden Silver Band
  6. City of Bradford Band
Highest Placed 1st Section:
  1. Marsden Silver Band – £75
  2. Hebden Bridge Band – £50
Highest Placed 2nd Section:
  1. Boarshurst Silver Band – £75
  2. Horwich RMI Band – £50
Highest Placed 3rd Section:
  1. Rong Brass (Norway) – £75
  2. Greenfield Band – £50
Highest Placed 4th Section:
  1. Allerton Brass – £75
  2. Diggle ‘B’ Band – £50

Highest Placed within Oldham Council boundary: Boarshurst Silver Band – £50

Best Local Band: Milnrow Band – £100

Highest Placed Youth:
  1. Rochdale Youth Band – £75
  2. Tewit Youth Band – £30

Best Cornet: Brighouse and Rastrick Band – £25

Best Euphonium: Brighouse and Rastrick Band – £25

Best Deportment: Milnrow Band – £50

Best Youth Deportment: Tewit Youth Band – £50

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Scouthead and Austerlands

69 Bands (-5):
  1. Fairey – £800
  2. Marsden Silver Band – £400
  3. Brighouse and Rastrick Band – £300
  4. Oldham Band (Lees) – £200
Highest Placed 1st Section:
  1. Harmonie Neuenkirch – £125
  2. Langley Band – £75
  3. Bollington Brass – £50
Highest Placed 2nd Section:
  1. Boarshurst Silver Band – £125
  2. Wakefield Metropolitan Band – £75
  3. Horwich RMI Band – £50
Highest Placed 3rd Section:
  1. Hawk Green (Marple) Band – £125
  2. Dobcross Silver Band – £75
  3. Stacksteads Band – £50
Highest Placed 4th Section:
  1. Allerton Brass – £125
  2. Friezland Band – £75
  3. Warwick University Band – £50
Highest Placed Local:
  1. Greenfield Band – £125
  2. Middleton Band – £75
  3. Slaithwaite Band – £50
Highest Placed Saddleworth bands:
  1. Uppermill Band – £125
  2. Delph Band – £75
  3. Diggle ‘B’ Band – £50
Highest Placed Youth:
  1. Rochdale Youth Band – £125
  2. Tewit Youth Band – £75
  3. 2nd Rossendale Scouts – £50

Deportment: The Band of The King’s Division – £50

Youth Deportment: Tewit Youth Band – £50

Best Soloist: Marsden Silver Band – Cornet, £25

Best Soprano: Fairey Band – £30

Best Bass Section: Brighouse and Rastrick Band – £50

First Band to Play: Oldham Music Centre – £30

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Uppermill

52 Bands (NC):
  1. Oldham Band (Lees)
  2. Marsden Silver Band
  3. Bad Ass Brass
  4. City of Bradford Band
  5. Birmingham Conservatoire
  6. Hammonds Saltaire Band

Highest Placed First Section: Hebden Bridge Band

Highest Placed Second Section: Flixton Band

Highest Placed Third Section: Fjell Brass (Norway)

Highest Placed Fourth Section: Sale Brass

Highest Placed Saddleworth band not in prizes: Uppermill Band

Youth Deportment: Wardle Junior Blast

Best Deportment: St. Cecilia Chermignon (Switzerland)

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S.V., 10 June 2017.

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