Practice makes perfect as band aims for historic national title

Hebden Bridge Brass Band
Hebden Bridge Brass Band

A brass band has its sights set on becoming national champion as it prepares to take on the best in the country this weekend.

Hebden Bridge Brass Band will represent the Yorkshire region at the National Brass Band Championships in Cheltenham on Saturday.

The band has been rehearsing every day this week and aims to follow up winning the regional title by being crowned national champions.

President Del Tiller said it would be the band’s biggest achievement in more than 100 years.

“We’re not just going to take part - we’re going there to win,” Del said.

“We won the Yorkshire area, which has the top bands in the country, and we want to prove it by doing well on Saturday.

“We want the prestige of knowing that we are the best.

“It would be absolutely magic to win.

“The last time we did anything like this was in 1911 when Harry Mortimer was in the band.

“It’s been a long time coming and I’m thrilled to bits.”

Under the baton of musical director Alan Hobbins, the band will perform “Fanfares and Love Songs” in front of the adjudicator.

Del thanked Alan for all his efforts since his appointment and believes he can take the band to glory this weekend.

“Alan is really fired up for it,” Del said.

“He has been an absolute godsend to the band.

“I can’t praise him enough.

“I’ve been in brass bands since 1945 and this the best band that I have ever been with.”

Hebden Bridge Brass Band faces competition from 16 other ensembles who are all aiming to hit the high notes: Alder Valley Brass, Blidworth Welfare, Catterick Brass, Drighlington, Filton Concert Brass, Foresters Brass 2000, Freckleton, Harrogate, Johnstone Silver, Kidlington Concert Brass, Lanner and District Silver, Morecambe, Newtongrange Silver, Penclawdd, Staffordshire and Tylorstown.