Colin Harris has won the 2008 Northern Regional Brass Band Trust arrangers competition, as judged at a the N.R.B.B.T. Brass Day held in July. The contest was set up to encourage arrangers to submit a piece of music for brass band based on traditional Northern Folk Songs, and to be around 5 minutes in duration. Colin submitted “A Geordie Songbook”, and was given the first prize of £300 in a public performance of competition entries held at the Lamplight Theatre, Stanley, County Durham, by the Tavistock Chester-Le-Street Riverside Band as part of the N.R.B.B.T's brass festival, on July 19th. “A Geordie Songbook” is a piece that Colin had had in draft form for a few years. This arrangement of 'Geordie' melodies was inspired by the purchase of “Geordie Song Book”, a publication found in a North Shields stationary shop by the arranger many years ago. Many of the area's famous melodies were included in the book along with numerous drawings and sketches. The piece was refined and extended to match the requirements of the competition. The arrangement is scored for standard brass band and percussion, and features Blaydon Races, Bobby Shaftoe, Cushie Butterfield, Blow the Wind Southerly and The Lampton Worm. A few neat touches were woven into the arrangement, such as a play on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for Blaydon Races, a crossover between 2-4 and 6-8 rhythms for Lampton Worm, a touching baritone solo during Cushie Butterfield and a solo for anyone talented enough in the percussion section to the play the spoons. Colin Harris is the Musical Director of Backworth Colliery Band and has a 14-year association with the band. He has been arranging and composing brass band music on an amateur level since an early age, studying Music at Newcastle University, although writing has taken back stage to his conducting work in recent years. Colin is very grateful to Backworth Colliery Band for their patience in allowing him to try-out this piece before submission. As part of the prize, the piece is now to be promoted and published by the N.R.B.B.T. for 12 months. Further details can be found by contacting Len Old at the Trust via Enidlen@aol.com.