Whitwell Brass Band has been crowned the Midlands Fourth Section Champions for the first time in nearly 50 years. The band, conducted by Musical Director David Fretwell, beat off competition from twenty other brass bands from the Midlands. Playing the set test piece, The Talisman by Frank Hughes, adjudicators, Derek Southcott and David Hirst picked out the band's Solo Cornet player, David Wheatley and Euphonium player Ryan Stacey for special praise. They also congratulated the whole band for their use of dynamics and expression. David Fretwell said of the result, “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and effort put in by the band over the last couple of years. The band have done everything musically that I have asked of them. The 'proof of the pudding is in the eating' as the saying goes and I would publicly like to say well done to everyone concerned both in front and behind the scenes”. The last time the band qualified for the Fourth Section National Finals was in 1960, when the contest was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. They went on to make subsequent appearances in 1961 and 1963 in the Third and Second Sections respectively. The band's next public concert is on Saturday 25th April at Worksop Town Hall. It is a St George's themed event with local Soprano singer, Michelle Todd.