A hat-trick win for Crofton Silver Band has crowned an impressive series of contest performances over the winter by scooping first place in our section of the Yorkshire Regional Brass Band Championships. The win, at St. George’s Hall, Bradford, on Saturday, means that the band will represent Yorkshire, alongside Third Section runners-up, Dronfield Genquip at the National Championships at Cheltenham in September, and is promoted to banding’s second section or division.
Crofton’s success at Bradford comes hard on the heels of a prestigious win in the Butlin’s National Mineworkers’ Open Contest in January and at the Leicestershire Open contest in November, to complete three straight wins. The band’s principal cornet, Andrew Clutton, was named best soloist in the 12 competing third section outfits. Judge, Dr Robert Childs, described Crofton’s offering as: “A good show indeed. A polished performance, full of detail and musicianship.”
Band secretary, Graham Firth, who plays soprano cornet, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the win, particularly for our conductor, Dean Jones, who has worked wonders since he joined us a little over a year ago.”
“He has brought great musicality to the band, and his can-do attitude has given us all a sense of self-belief that I don’t think we have ever had before. This amazing string of results has confirmed that the band is going places.”
“We have a good crop of very talented young players as well as a core of more experienced players, but it is the ever-growing enthusiasm and camaraderie in and out of the bandroom that makes the future look really exciting.”