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March & Hymn Competition

Contesting between bands has always been and still remains an essential ingredient in brass band activity throughout the world. The “football league” structure with annual promotions and relegations to higher or lower “Sections” reflects the quality and expertise inherent within any particular band.

Our very first contesting appearance was at Oldham in 1979 as a lowly “4th Section” band–playing “A Winter’s Tale” under the direction of musical director Geraint Jones. We ended up bottom of the pile on that day, but fortunately, as years have gone by, we have steadily gained promotion after promotion to where we stand now- in the “Championship Section”- the very pinnacle of brass band contesting.

Rainford’s contesting year will always include visits to the North-West Regional Contest as a qualifier to the National Championships at The Royal Albert Hall, as well as the Whit Friday Marching Contests in Saddleworth. 

Being in the Championship section also enables the band to venture further afield to enter more prestigious contests in competition with the world’s finest. Recent years have taken us up to the Scottish Open at Perth and to The Senior Trophy at the Spring Festival at Blackpool.

Our more recent contest activity is listed below, but a full archive and analysis of the band’s contesting history and progression can be found by following this link to .

Key Band Results

Date Event Music Result
14th May Spring Festival Senior Cup Music for Battle Creek 1st
28th February NW Area Championship Essay 2nd
28th November Scottish Open Gallery 9th
13th September Dr Martin Trust Contest Vita Aeterna Variations 3rd
5th July Brighouse March & Hymn Contest The Wizard 10th
9th May British Open Spring Festival (Senior Trophy) Tallis Variations 1st
1st March Area Championship, Blackpool The Torchbearer 12th
1st February Brass at the Guild, Preston The Torchbearer 2nd
29th November Scottish Open, Perth Cantata for Brass Band & Percussion 14th
29th June Brighouse March & Hymn Tune Contest Knight Templar 7th
26th April British Open Spring Festival Senior Trophy Les Francs Juges 8th
9th March NW Area Championship St Magnus 8th
  Whit Friday (Saddleworth) Knight Templar 11th (Overall)
23rd November Scottish Open Contest Music 6th
29th September Fleetwood Contest Rococo Variations 2nd
10th March North West Area Harmaony Music 5th
  Whit Friday (Saddleworth) Knight Templar 9th (Overall)
7th October Fleetwood Contest   1st
23rd September National Championship of Great Britain   15th
25th March Tameside Open Championships Paganini Variations 2nd
26th February North West Area Mountain Views 1st
2nd October Fleetwood Contest Paganini Variations 2nd
11th June Marsden March & Hymn Contest   1st
3rd April Holme Valley Brass Band Contest   4th
27th Febrauary North West Area Carnival Romain 2nd
24th October Pontins (Second Section) California Legend 4th
25th September National Championships of Great Britain (Second Section Final) Psalms & Alleliuias 6th
14th March North West Area (Second Section) Kingdom of Dragons 2nd
Celebrations Marsden
Members of the Band celebrate 1st place
Marsden March & Hymn, 2011


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