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North West Area Second Section Champions

Uppermill Band achieved a clean sweep of the prizes in the Second section in Blackpool this weekend. Having been promoted to the second section in January 2020 it was a determined band who travelled to Blackpool, along with family and friends, ready to compete against 16 other bands from across the area.

Uppermill Band were pleased with their performance of the test-piece The Golden Sabre but this was not to be the highlight of their trip to Blackpool. When the adjudicators announced the prizes the cheers of Uppermill Band and their supporters rang out in the Winter Gardens.

The prize for the best bass section was awarded to Uppermill Band bass players – Neil Bartel, David Mansfield, Howard Taylor and Andrew Jordan; for the third consecutive year the Uppermill Band percussion section, Jenny Ward, Graham Gillespie, Katie and Andrew Woodward, were awarded the best percussion section and with Soprano Cornet player Mark Wears awarded the best Soprano in the section it was a clean sweep of the section awards.

The loudest cheer, probably heard back in Saddleworth, was reserved for the announcement that Uppermill Band, under the musical direction of Dean Redfern, were the winners of the North West Area Second Section and would be invited to compete in the National Finals in Cheltenham in September.  

Musical Director – Dean Redfern
 “Winning the Third Section National Finals last year was a huge victory for the band with such a musical performance delivered. But to go to the North West Area just five months later, compete in a higher section and again win with another very musical performance is amazing.  I am so proud of every player in the band. We have created something very special at Uppermill Band around a culture of hard work and a belief in each other, creating a true team spirit. We genuinely look forward to performing to our best ability at future contests and hope our success continues. It’s a privilege and pleasure to conduct Uppermill Band. Thanks to one and all”.

Band Chairman – John Ward “Absolutely overwhelmed and so very proud of Team Uppermill and our MD Dean Redfern.  The  Band’s total  commitment and hard work produced the outstanding performance on the day which ‘swept the board’ when the final results were announced. We now look forward to our return to Cheltenham for the National Finals in September”  

Uppermill Band Sharing National Success

Uppermill Band were crowned National Third Section Champions in the 2019 National Brass Band Championships. As a band that plays an active role in the rich brass band heritage in Saddleworth this was a success they are keen to share with the local community.
Saddleworth Museum and Gallery, located in Uppermill, have created a display that not only showcases the National Trophy but also celebrates the history of Uppermill Band. Other key items in the display include a marching bass drum presented to the band by Saddleworth Parish Council in 1980 and the trophies won in four consecutive years at the Pontins contest – Uppermill Band being the only band to achieve this accolade.

There is a modest admission charge to enter the Saddleworth Museum which is open daily. Visitors will also have the opportunity to buy the Uppermill Band CD in the Museum shop.

If you would like to hear the National Third Section Champions, Uppermill Band will be holding a celebration concert at the Uppermill Civic Hall on Saturday July 18th 2020.

Musical Director – Dean Redfern “It is a privilege to be the Musical Director of Uppermill Band.I couldn’t be prouder of the players and their achievements over the past few years, with the highlight so far being the win at the National Finals of Great Britain.Seeing the Third Section National Championship Trophy in the Saddleworth Museum & Gallery, within the excellent display they have created, gives the local community the opportunity to share in our ongoing success.Thank you for allowing us to share our success to all.  

Band Chairman – John Ward “I have had so many proud moments during my 40 years as Chairman of Uppermill Band, none more so than seeing the excellent display recently installed in the  Saddleworth Museum & Gallery. The display includes items dating from the Band’s formation in March 1979 to the present date, with pride of place given to the Third Section National Champion Band of Great Britain Trophy awarded to Uppermill Band following the Band’s outstanding performance in September 2019.  Thanks go to the expertise of the Museum staff for putting together the excellent display which we hope will be of interest to the many visitors to Saddleworth  and help to keep alive the heritage and traditions of the Brass Band Movement.