In the Top Half at the British Open Spring Festival

The band returned to Blackpool for a 3rd consecutive year to compete in the Senior Trophy at the British Open Spring Festival on Saturday 11th May 2024. Inside the sweltering Spanish Hall at the Winter Gardens, the band performed the set test piece ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ by Peter Graham.

The band were pleased to be awarded 7th place in a field of 17 bands, equaling the result from 2022. The adjudicators were Helen Douthwaite-Teasdale and John Doyle. Thanks go to Matthew Jenkins who stepped in to conduct the band with Paul Jenkins being unavailable.

Full results for the section are below.

1Ebbw Valley BrassGareth Ritter9
2Newtongrange SilverAnne Crookston3
3Haverhill SilverMatthew Brown12
4Marsden SilverAndrew Lofthouse16
5Tongwynlais TemperanceOwen Farr4
6Roberts BakeryMike Jones14
7PontardulaisMatthew Jenkins11
8EnderbyGareth Brindle13
9Eccles BoroughMareika Gray2
10East London BrassJayne Murrill6
11Blackburn & DarwenDaniel Thomas17
12WoodfallsPaul Holland1
13LongridgeMark Peacock15
14Parc & DareDewi Griffiths10
15Yorkshire ImperialGarry Hallas8
16Unison KinneilRaymond Tennant7
17Easington CollieryMichael Fowles5

Best Instrumentalist: Stephen Sykes – Trombone (Ebbw Valley)