The Sellers International Youth Band were delighted to be awarded the prize for 'The Most Improved Band' in the Community Section of the National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, held last Sunday, 9th April at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. After being drawn number 1, the band preceded to give a very fine performance, 'its best ever in any contest' according to Musical Director Mark Bousie, and clearly made an impression on adjudicators John Roberts and David Horsfield who subsequently listened to the programmes of ten of the finest youth bands in the country, including the eventual winners, Mount Charles from Cornwall. Sellers Youth were also delighted to recieve a Silver Award which meant that they were placed within the top four or five in the section. Since the band's first appearance at the National Youth Championships in 2003, it has managed to achieve a marked improvement in results: 2003 - Junior Section -Bronze Award, 2004 - Junior Section - Gold Award and prize for 'Most Promising Band in the Section', 2005 - Community Section - Silver Award, 2006 - Community Section - Silver Award and prize for 'Most Improved Band in the Section'. Clearly the band are keen to work as hard as possible to continue this progression in 2007. The band's programme at the RNCM commenced with the set test piece, A Caledonian Journey by Scotsman Alan Fernie which featured some very mature solo performances from all of the band's principal players. Principal Cornet player 15 year old Joe Murray then gave a most lyrical and expressive account of The Londonderry Air (arranged by Goff Richards), performing without music and in the prescence of the Sellers International Band's Principal Conductor, Cornet Legend Phillip McCann. Immediately following the band's performance Joe, along with the band's Solo Horn, Jess Martin, made the five hour journey down to Taunton to join the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain's Easter Course, where following his seating audition he was delighted to be given the fifth solo cornet position. The band brought their programme to a terrific climax with The Conquest of Paradise by Vangelis. The band now looks forward to its next performances, which include a concert with Guest Soloist David Thornton, the Principal Euphonium player of the Black Dyke Band,on May 21st at Delph Bandclub (they are the reigning Delph Whit Friday Youth Champions), an Open day in the Summer, to which all young brass players in the Huddersfield area are invited and further competitive appearances, including its second showing at the Pontins British Open Youth Championships in September.