Success at Blackpool

A brilliant Youth Band performance at the North West Regional Championships in Blackpool saw them take a superb fifth spot in the Fourth Section contest.

They were the only youth band to compete at the prestigious competition.

Weeks of hard work on the test piece Stantonbury festival, extra rehearsals and masterclasses with leading brass musicians, saw the band give a sparkling rendition.

Brass magazine 4bars rest described it as ‘a committed account that put a smile on the face. Whatever the result, brilliant to see the passion and concentration on their faces.’

Brass Band World was also full of praise: “Dobcross Youth just make you smile. Great passion and commitment. If we see a more passionate account than that one over the next four weeks, bravo.”

The event at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens was an extra-special one for band chairman Sue Crook, who was presented with a certificate to mark her long service to music at the start of the awards ceremony. She has been with the Youth Band since it was founded by her father Albert Spencer in 1988.

Musical Director Matt Hindle said: “We are all incredibly proud of this fantastic result. When you consider that the average age of our band at the contest was just 13, you can see what a great achievement this was. To go up against 11 experienced adult bands and take fifth place really is testament to our players’ musicality and commitment.

“It’s great for them to have the experience of playing at top class venues like the Winter Gardens and Birmingham Symphony Hall where we performed in the Music for Youth finals last year.”