EYMS Scoop the top prize in the North of England

With three Regional Competitions taking place again over the last two days, it was a busy final weekend for deciding those National qualifying spots. Congratulations go to EYMS who won the North of England Regional title with a great performance of Ray Steadman-Allen’s ‘Seascapes’,from the dreaded number one draw. It was a convincing performance from the East Yorkshire band under the leadership of Stig Maersk and laid down a marker that the judges felt could not be bettered. Joining EYMS for the trip to the Royal Albert Hall in October are runners-up Reg Vardy, who drew second and again gave a great account of the set-work directed by Russell Gray.
Victories in the lower sections were awarded to J36 Brass, Bearpark & Esh Colliery, North Skelton andTewitt Silverin the First to Fourth Sections respectively. A list of the full results can be viewed below with further details to follow in the next issue of BBW.
Championship Section:
Test Piece: Seascapes (Ray Steadman-Allen)
Adjudicators: Dr Brett Baker & Alan Morrison
1. East Yorkshire Motor Services (Stig Maersk)*
2. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)*
3. NASUWT Riverside (David Roberts)
4. Easington Colliery (Daniel Brooks)
5. Fishburn (Paul Lovatt Cooper)
6. Shepherd Building Group (Richard Wilton)
7. Westoe (Jason Smith)
8. York Railway Institute (David Lancaster)
9. Harrogate (Leigh Baker)
*Top two bands qualify for National Final
Best Soprano: NASUWT Riverside
Best Principal Cornet: EYMS
Best Euphonium: EYMS 
Best Trombone: EYMS
Best Tubas: EYMS
Best Percussion: Reg Vardy
First Section:
Test Piece: Symphony of Marches (Gilbert Vinter)
Adjudicators: Stan Lippeatt & Alan Fernie
1. J36 Brass (Andrew Warriner)*
2. Ripon City (Mark Sidwell)*
3. Kirkbymoorside Town (Sarah Woodward)
4. Houghton Brass (Tom Gibson)
5. GT Group Peterlee (Ian Langthorne)
6. Ashington Colliery (Nigel Steadman)
*Top two bands qualify for National Final
Best Trombone: J36 Brass
Best Basses: J36 Brass
Best Percusion: J36 Brass
Second Section:
Test Piece: Rise of the Phoenix (Darrol Barry)
Adjudicators: Alan Fernie & Anne Crookston
1. North Skelton (Lewis Wilkinson)*
2. Cockerton (Andrew Hunter)*
3. Felling (Jason Smith)
4. NASUWT Concert Brass (Andrew Hall)
5. Barton Community (Gary Oglesby)
6. Dunston Silver (Dean Jones)
7. Durham Miners Association (Stuart Gray)
8. Ferryhill Town (Gareth Sykes)
9. East Riding of Yorkshire (Gary Hallas)
*Top two bands qualify for National Final 
Best Euphonium: North Skelton
Best Soprano: North Skelton
Best Basses: Cockerton
Third Section:
Test Piece: First Suite in Eb (Gustav Holst)
Saturday 16th March
Adjudicators: Dr Brett Baker & Stan Lippeatt
1. Bearpark & Esh Colliery (Phillip Tait)*
2. Trimdon Concert Brass (William Harrison)*
3. Ellington Colliery (Claire Winter)
4. Knaresborough Silver (Nick Garrett)
5. Jayess Newbiggin (Andrew Griffiths)
6. Cleethorpes (Brian Harper)
7. Billingham Silver (Vaughan Evans)
8. Swinton & District Excelsior (Robin Rutter)
*Top two bands qualify for National Final
Best Percussion: Bearpark & Esh
Best Cornet: Nicola Evans (soprano) — Bearpark & Esh
Fourth Section:
Test Piece: Stantonbury Festival (Ray Steadman-Allan)
Adjudicators: Benjamin Richeton & Anne Crookston
1. Tewit Silver (Martin Hall)*
2. Burneside Brass (Laurie Johnston)*
3. Penrith Town Band (Ian Butterworth)
4. Spennymoor Town (Fiona Casewell)
5. Marske (James Chisholm)
6. Backworth Colliery (Daniel Maverick)
8. Lanchester (John Weirs)
8. Craghead Colliery (Stephen Goddard)
*Top two bands qualify for National Final
Best Principal Cornet: Tewit Silver 
Best Euphonium: Penrith

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