Pennine Brass Festival The Pennine Brass Festival is set to take place later this month with bands such as diverse as Huddersfield and Friendly right up to the show stopping Black Dyke. The Pennine Brass Festival is taking place on Saturday 25th February 2006 in Halifax Parish Church. It features performances by Friendly Band, Huddersfield Brass, Slaithwaite Band, Delph Band and Hebden Bridge Band with Black Dyke Band providing the finale. Each band will perform their set test piece; adjudication of performances is to be provided by the experienced David Horsfield of Kirklees Music. As each of the five sections is represented, it is an opportunity to hear performances of each test piece before the regional contests in early March. The concept for the event came about during discussions between Philip Wilby and the committee of Hebden Bridge Band, who are responsible for organising the festival. Black Dyke involvement Frances Ellis, Chairman of the Band said, “A decision was made to invite local bands to participate in the festival at Halifax Parish Church. The aim was to provide an opportunity for bands to perform their test piece in a concert/contest environment prior to competing at the regional contest. Several local bands were approached and the result is that six bands took up the invitation to participate. I am particularly pleased that Black Dyke are involved, but I would like to thank all the bands who accepted the invitation to perform. I would also like to express our gratitude to David Horsfield for providing the adjudication”. The festival starts at 7.00pm and admission is free.