Crofton Silver Band flew the flag in high style for the Wakefield District in a prestigious brass band contest in Leicestershire at the weekend.
The Band scooped first prize and the Co-op 150 Celebration Trophy, competing against bands from all over central England. They beat off challenges from 10 ensembles based in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire to be named best third section band.
Their performance of Paul Lovatt-Cooper�s stirring and dramatic Vitae Aeturnum brought rousing applause from the audience at the 19th annual Leicestershire Brass Band Association�s Open Contest.
Crofton Band�s secretary and soprano cornet player, Graham Firth, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this win. It is a great reward for all the hard work that our Musical Director, Dean Jones, has put in since joining us in the New Year.”
“He brought a cracking performance out of us and it has put us all in a really positive frame of mind for two more contests we have coming up in the next few months, the National Mineworker�s at Butlins in January and the Yorkshire Regional finals at Bradford in March.”
The Silver Band is made up of amateur musicians, aged from 13 to over 70, from all over the Wakefield District. It is looking forward to a hectic Christmas season which includes the Mayor Wakefield�s Carol Service at the Cathedral and concerts in Ossett, Streethouse, Wragby and Crofton.