Dinnington: Colliery band needs help building on success of becoming Yorkshire champions

Dinnington Colliery Band have been named Yorkshire Champions
Dinnington Colliery Band have been named Yorkshire Champions

Members of Dinnington Colliery band which shot to fame in a television documentary are celebrating after becoming Yorkshire champions.

The band were named as the 3rd Section Yorkshire Regional Champions at the competition at St George’s Hall in Bradford.

The win means they have qualified for the National Finals of the Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in Cheltenham in September - for the fourth time in 10 years.

But they now need the help of residents and businesses in South Yorkshire to help them achieve their goal of performing in Cheltenham.

The cost of accommodation and transport will be around £4,000 and the band are searching for sponsorship.

Band manager and solo horn player Joanne Brookes-Wright said: “We were absolutely delighted to go to the Yorkshire Regional Finals in Bradford in March, and win. “

“Following our participation in the BBC2 documentary A Band for Britain’ we were uncertain as to whether our success would be sustainable.”

“Despite losing all the players who were recruited during the filming, we have gone from strength to strength by developing local people (both adults and children), under the expert leadership and guidance of our musical director, Jonathan Beatty.”

“Prior to competing, there was a concern that we were under rehearsed, having only spent a couple of week practicing the test piece, but the results demonstrate this was clearly not the case.”

“Having qualified, we now need the help of South Yorkshire to help us achieve the next step.”

“We estimate that with accommodation and transport costs the event will cost around £4,000 in all.”

“We would therefore be really interested to hear from local individuals or organizations that would be willing to help us.”

“The coach hire costs alone for example for the weekend will be in the region of £1,000.”

“If someone was willing to sponsor us for that alone if would be an enormous help.”

“We are of course willing to offer something in return.”

“We are an up and coming local band, with a sound youth and training policy - doing our best to represent Dinnington and South Yorkshire at national level.”

“We would be available to perform at local events of any major sponsor in return for any assistance given in helping us attend the finals in Cheltenham.”

The regional finals not only saw success for the band, but also for a soloist as well.

Solo trombone player Jamie Hollings was awarded the best soloist award.

The adjudicator of the competition made special mention of Jamie in his summing up of the competition, stating that ‘all the soloists played so well, but the solo prize winner was superb.’

The National Brass Band Championships takes place in Cheltenham in September 2014.

The competition has been running since 1945 in its current format and attracts the very best brass bands from around the country.

Any businesses who can help the band with sponsorship is asked to contact Joanne Brookes-Wright on 07967 026 277.