Band is tuning up to take on the best of brass

HEBDEN Bridge Brass Band is tuning up to take on some of the biggest names in the brass band world.

The band, which won promotion to the top section last year, will compete against the likes of Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, and Grimethorpe in the Yorkshire Area Championship at St George’s Hall, Bradford, on Sunday.

Alan Bottomley, president of Hebden Bridge Brass Band, said: “We are going up against the biggest bands in the world.

“The last time Hebden Bridge Band won it was in 1912.

“It’s been a long road coming back but we are now competing in the championship section again.

“Just qualifying is such a great thing for us. The players are all trying their hearts out in rehearsals.”

The band will perform Philip Wilby’s “Paganini Variations” as it attempts to finish in the top two and qualify for the National Championship, held at the Royal Albert Hall in October.

“It’s a very difficult but very interesting piece,” Alan said.

It will be a particularly special day for the band’s principal Eb bass player Ian Coleman, who has played in the band since he was a boy.

“Ian will walk out on stage on Sunday to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition by playing with the band in the championship section,” Alan said.

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