Holme Valley Brass Band Contest

Competing for the first time in section ‘A’ and undeterred by the level of competition, the cool, calm and collected Skelmanthorpe Prospect Brass arrived at the Holmfirth Civic Hall eager to take on the bigger boys of banding at this year’s Holme Valley brass band contest.

With its solo horn player, Louise Fisher suffering an ear infection, solo euphonium player, Paula Fisher supporting a broken foot, third cornet player, Fiona Gledhill nursing an injury to her arm and several other members of the band recovering from a gastric associated illness, Prospect Brass took to the stage and performed this year’s
second section regional test piece, Michael Ball’s ‘Chaucer’s Tunes’ with unshakeable determination.

The band’s Musical Director, Phil Garlick was delighted with the band’s performance and despite its aforementioned adversities, won the prize for ‘Best Second Section Band’ and attained a creditable ranking over all, beating first section competitor, Uppermill into fourth place.

Thanks go to and on solo baritone and second trombone respectively for their
help during the rehearsals leading up to the contest and on the day.

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