Brass band contest hits the right notes

Shirland Training Band
Shirland Training Band

The weather may not have been winning last weekend but that didn’t stop brass bands from across the north shining in Morley.

Held over the weekend of June 20/21, there was some outstanding playing at this year’s Morley March and Hymn Tune Contest. Overall winners were the Marsden Band who were presented with the Crispin Trophy and a cash prize of £500 after impressing the judges with their playing of KJ Alford’s On the Quarterdeck as they marched along Queen Street.

They continued their winning performance by playing the hymn tune Love Unknown and William Rimmer’s Honest Toil in the band arena in Windsor Court

Marsden are the only band to have competed in all nine contests in Morley and have taken the title on six occasions.

The runners up, and making a welcome return to Morley, were Unite the union band from Sheffield and the third placed band were last year’s winners Yorkshire Imperial Band.

Tingley Band were announced winners of the Best Grade 4 section.