The Skelmanthorpe Band will hold its Annual Slow Melody and Ensemble Competition at Pilling Lane Chapel, Skelmanthorpe, on Saturday 8th November, starting at 11.00am. There will be sections for 11 & under; 14 & under; 16 & under and Open, as well as a Veterans’ Section, Junior Ensemble and Open Ensemble. In addition a special section for a bit of fun has been included – a ‘Random’ Section, where entrants draw an instrument other than their own out of a hat and play a verse of the National Anthem! Organising this year’s event is Graham Bates who commented “The ensemble idea makes entries less restrictive than the traditional quartet – we’re welcoming anything from a duet to an octet. The ‘Random’ Section is a bit of fun, especially if a percussionist draws out the trombone!”. :biggrin: The band is home to two successful senior bands ( both national finalists 2008 ) and a training band, affectionately known as the “nippers”, who will perform a short concert prior to the announcement of the results. Keeping in control of events will be the ‘legends’ that are Reg Shaw and Ronnie Bates – famous for their hard-working exploits for many years at Holme Band Club and the Holmfirth Contest - who have been dragged out of retirement for the event. Refreshments will also be available thanks to the kind assistance of the ladies of the band & committee. Entry forms are being sent to local bands, however these can also be obtained by contacting Graham on 07999 751988 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting the band’s website www.skelmanthorpeband.info. once the webmaster has recovered from this weekend!