DELIGHTED Delph Band were “extremely proud” to be ranked fourth in their section at the National Brass Band Championships in Cheltenham last month.
Delph have been busy preparing for the competition since May after they qualified through the regional finals, along with Boarshurst Silver Band.
They took 25 players and a host of supporters along for the event, where they competed against 17 other bands each playing ‘Music of a Legacy’ by Steven Ponsford.
Delph Band said: “We were extremely proud to come fourth as the standard of playing was really high.
“We did it while maintaining our village band ethos. The band felt we put on a creative and musical performance; this is always our ultimate aim.
“We had many compliments after. 4barsrest tweeted that we had given ‘a performance of musical note’ and The British Bandsman described our performance as ‘mature and well balanced’.
“But perhaps most importantly the band enjoyed playing at the most prestigious contest in brass banding.”
They added: “We offer our sincere congratulations to Boarshurst Band. They put in a fantastic performance and are now being promoted to the First Section. We wish them good luck in this new challenge.
“The strong Saddleworth presence at this national competition is testament to the talent and dedication of brass bands in our villages. “
Delph Band would like to thank local businesses who supported their journey: Inclusive Technology Limited, R Gledhill Limited, Standring Brothers Limited, InXpress U.K. Limited, Holroyd Waste Disposal, Robert Greenwood Joiners, Just Plain Carpets, Whitworth Veterans Band, Brass Monkeys, Wake Up Delph, Ockwell Assets, and St. Thomas’ Church Delph.
Find out more about Delph Band and their upcoming concerts and events on their Facebook Page /DelphBand