Stannington Brass Band are enjoying their second ‘hat-trick’ of wins in less than three months. Their latest success came at an Open Invitation entertainment contest at Lakeside, Arnold in Nottinghamshire on 16th September against some fine band performances. The day and was adjudicated by David Read. The contest was very well run and organised by Carlton Brass. The whole day had a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere and was enjoyed by audience and bands alike. Stannington hope the day was as successful for Carlton as it was for them............... Stannington band took home 1st prize and the George Slattery Memorial Cup as well as the prize and trophy for the most entertaining band. The entertainment adjudicators commented: "Looked Good…..All Round Entertainment.....The Best & Most Entertaining Band". These prizes were received on stage by the band’s youngest member - Cornet player Becky Ball who has recently progressed from Stannington’s training band and promises to be a ‘star of the future’ for the band. Karen Bolt, principal horn player (and member of the band since she was 11) also won her 3rd soloist prize by scooping the prize for best soloist on the day with her performance of Peter Graham’s ‘A time for Peace’ on which David Read commented : "Pleasing sound from the soloist.....I enjoyed it very much" The band opened their 25 minute programme with Sandy Smith’s arrangement of the cornet feature ‘Valero’ this led into the second movement of Peter Graham’s Call of the Cossacks suite ‘Gypsy Dream’ which was followed with an entertaining performance of ‘Cartoon Music’ - complete with bells, whistles, hooters and squeaks! This was contrasted with Karen’s prize winning solo ‘A time for Peace’. The band then featured their talented trombone section with the timeless classic trio ‘Trombola’ and closed their programme with music from the big screen by playing a selection of music from the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. David Read finalised his comments by saying: "This a well balanced band with a good sound, well directed throughout" In June the band also won three prizes at the battle of the bands entertainment contest in Staveley, Chesterfield hosted by the Ireland Colliery band. Here the band walked away with 1st place, the most entertaining performance prize and also the band person’s award (which was voted for by a representative of each band playing on the day). The band would again like to thank their talented MD Derek Renshaw for his dedication, direction and an inspired programme choice. You may also have spotted the band on TV this weekend playing for the X-Factor judges at the Sheffield Civic reception to mark the first time that auditions were held in the city. The band’s next concert is at the Lomas Hall, Stannington, Sheffield, on 6th October featuring David Morris the world champion whistler. Tickets are priced at £5.50 and £4.50. For availability please Telephone 0114 230 1873.