After last May's debacle, you could have forgiven The Kippax Band for giving the Buxton contest a miss this year. Indeed, things were looking pretty bleak as recently as Monday, when a shortage of percussionists forced a quick change of test piece, falling back onto "Carnival" from the Area contest. However, go they did and gave a superb performance of the piece, taking first place by two clear points. Adjudicator Colin Hardy was clearly impressed, his remarks during the 2nd movement “Pavane” simply stating: “sorry for not writing – just enjoying”! The band have definitely put last year’s last place well behind them now – in fact they have not been out of the prizes in the last 12 months, recording 3 first places and 3 runners-up spots in the six contests they have entered. This one probably won’t do much for Kippax’s World Ranking position, but the £400 prize just paid for the bus and there’s another piece of silverware in the Band Club!