Crofton Silver Band has secured a ground-breaking first contest victory to cap a string of impressive performances since moving up to banding’s second section.
The band had produced an unbroken series of podium finishes at contests since being named National third section champions in 2016 and has now landed first place at the prestigious Leicestershire Brass Band Association’s annual open contest in Loughborough, as well as picking up the prize for Best Instrumentalist which was awarded to our Solo Euphonium player, Matthew Reasbeck.
Crofton were two points clear – a convincing margin in banding – of a field which included bands from Lancashire, Derbyshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire, playing the Salvation Army-inspired test piece Fire in the Blood.
Adjudicator, David Hirst, described Crofton as: “A good band, well lead by musical director, Dean Jones. Some quality sound which was always under control.”
Dean said of the win: “It’s good to back in winning ways after going so close so often since our promotion. The band can be very proud of this performance and use it as a foundation to build on as we continue the work to raise our standards.”
Crofton’s next major contest appearance is at the Butlin’s Mineworkers’ Open at Skegness in January. The band scooped the third section title in 2016 and were placed third when competing a “division” higher in 2017.