Emley Brass Band won the 3rd Section of the Wychavon Festival of Brass entertainment contest in fine style on Sunday 21st September. The band left Yorkshire in the early hours of Sunday morning, to compete in Pershore, a few miles east of Worcester. Under the direction of Mr. Garry Hallas, the band opened their 20 minute programme with the Battle Hymn of the Republic, a popular American civil war song. A tribute to Charlie Parker followed with the big band standard Birdland. The band’s “stand-up” solo was taken on by principle Eb Bass player, Mr. Gary Brown, with a fine rendition of his son’s favourite song, Nellie the Elephant. The gentleman of the band then sang The Teddy Bears Picnic with accompaniment from the remainder of the band. To close the programme, the band played film music written by Vangelis to depict the journey of Christopher Columbus to the Americas, A Conquest of Paradise. Then followed the nervous wait to see what adjudicator, Mr Roy Sparkes had made of our performance, and to see how it compared with those of the other bands. We needn’t have worried – Mr Sparkes gave us the prize for best percussion and first place! This success follows first place in section at the Pogson Bray Trust and Easingwold contests. A trio of successes across the three brass band contest disciplines, test piece, marching and entertainment. This demonstrates the continuing improvement of the band over recent years and long may it continue. Special thanks to Mr. Tony Malone for ably filling the Euphonium seat. Welcome to Sam Creamer, ace percussionist, who helped Mick and Drew to another Best Percussion Prize! The band will be showing off their new collection of silverware at Pudsey Civic Centre on Friday 26th September with a gala proms concert organised by the Yorkshire Women’s Institute.