Crofton Silver Band has crowned two years of unprecedented success by earning promotion to banding’s first section for the first time in its 143-year history.
A clear victory at the Yorkshire Area finals at Huddersfield Town Hall at the weekend saw Crofton earn the right to represent the County –along with 2nd place South Yorkshire Police Band – at the National Brass Band Championships at Cheltenham in September.
Just two years ago, Crofton, still conducted by Minsthorpe High School, South Elmsall, music teacher, Dean Jones, scooped the Third Section title at the “Nationals” after winning the Yorkshire contest.
Dean said of the weekend’s result: “I am so proud of all our players. They have all worked so hard, not just in preparing the test piece, but week in, week out, raising the bar all the time.
“We are not resting on our laurels. It’s virtually straight back to our rehearsal schedule as we continue our preparations for one of the highlights of our year when we take over Wakefield Theatre Royal for the evening on Friday, April 20.
“ It will be a great chance to show the people of the district just why we keep bringing home trophies and why we are earning a reputation as one of the most entertaining, forward-looking and dynamic bands around.”
As the highly respected banding website 4barsrest said of the band’s performance at the weekend: “Crofton Silver made light of the opposition to claim the Second Section title and head to the Nationals.”
Adjudicators: John Doyle and Arsene Duc
1. Crofton Silver (Dean Jones)*
2. South Yorkshire Police (Jack Capstaff)*
3. Horbury Victoria (Duncan Beckley)
4. Slaithwaite (Ryan Watkins)
5. Worsbrough Brass (John Hopkinson)
6. Meltham & Meltham Mills (Tim Sidwell)
7. Clifton & Lightcliffe (John Clay)
8. BD1 Brass (Lee Skipsey)
9. Kippax (Ian Knapton)
*Qualifies for National Final
Best Soloist: Matthew Reasbeck, Euphonium (Crofton Silver)
Youngest Player: Harry Moulson (aged 11) — Worsbrough Brass