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  • Trophy haul over past 12 months proves band are clearly hitting the right notes!

    Henry James

    THE past 12 months have proven to be both successful and enjoyable for all involved with Skelmersdale Prize Band.

    Since musical director Ben Coulson joined the band in 2018, success has been flowing, with many enjoyable concerts and successful contest performances.

    First came Rochdale contest, the band’s final contest performance in the third section before moving to fourth section in January. The band played Dimensions, and were placed an impressive third.

    In the new year, the band enjoyed a clean sweep of prizes at Preston contest, playing A Saddleworth Festival Overture.

    This was rewarded by first place and winning MD trophies, and a best soloist prize for principal cornet James Ball, best euphonium for Darren Fawcett, and best basses for their bass section.

    The area contest in Blackpool at the end of February also didn’t go unrewarded.

    After a pleasing rendition of Stantonbury Festival, the band were awarded sixth place, allowing them to leave Blackpool with yet another trophy for their cabinet.

    This year, the band have also performed for the first time at Boarshurst Band Club, as a part of a popular series of concerts that are live streamed.

    In another first for the band, they were “thrilled” to take part in the From The Bandroom series by East Leeds FM.

    One of the biggest brass band nights of the year is Whit Friday, and this year they were thrilled to take part on the Saddleworth side of the contest. The band spent many weeks rehearsing their march, William Rimmer’s The Black Knight, and they were thrilled to have been placed first in their section for three of the six villages they entered.

    The chosen march holds particular significance for the band, as Rimmer conducted them for a time, making it a special choice indeed.

    Most recently, the band were out at Brighouse March and Hymn contest. They played The Black Knight once again, along with the hymn Abide with Me, and were thrilled to have won their section overall, including the prize for best hymn, and second place overall for deportment.

    A spokesperson for Skelmersdale Prize Band said: “Overall, this year has been one of incredible success and enjoyment for Skelmersdale. This is largely thanks to MD Ben Coulson, but is also testament to the hard work and dedication shown both by the committee and the players of the band.”


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