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”