Band on right note for finals

Promotion and a place in the national finals have been secured by Wetherby Silver Band.

The band, which was formed in 1878, blew the right notes when up against the best in the Yorkshire Area Championships at Bradford’s St Georges Hall last week.

Band member of nearly 40 years and current music librarian Norman Staples said: “Every band plays the same piece and the adjudicators are in an enclosed box so they do not know who is playing.

“They listen for everything and have years of experience. It’s very intense.”

The Wetherby band, drawn at number 10, finished second out of 11 bands playing the test piece Partita for Brass Band: Post Cards from Home.

And the achievement was made all the more amazing because director Keiron Anderson had taken over the baton just a month before due to the sudden departure of Alan Seymour who left due to personal commitments.

“We are hoping Kieron will take us to the finals and stay with us for a bit longer.”

Members now face a hectic few months trying to raise the cash to attend the finals at the Centaur Centre in Cheltenham on Sunday September 21.

“The band will be busy rehearsing a new test piece for the occasion and fundraising to finance the cost of coach travel and hotel for what has to be an overnight stay,” added Mr Staples.

“And we have a very hectic summer season playing at events around the region.”

He said they expected the cost to be about £5,000.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the band can contact secretary Fred Lyn on 01937 585656.