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Midlands Area Champions

The band faced quite a climb within the third section this year. Due to last year’s less-than-pleasing result they needed to pull it out of the bag to prevent any more damage to their rankings and it just so happens that they did.

When tackling Goff Richards’ Hollywood the MD Paul Whyley made sure he did plenty of research before getting into the depths of the piece. Aside from listening to the recording wherever he went he also made sure he went to the Yorkshire Area the week before to hear what the adjudicators were looking for. He also took on board comments made from previous years and listened to many different versions of the tantalizing foot-tapper.

On the day it was the combined effort of the players and the accuracy of their delivery which secured Hucknall & Linby the prize. Star soloists include the Flugel solo from Sue Tetley which was secure and expressive. Emma Walton too showed grace with the final, melancholy lament. Lets not forget either Abi Whyley’s smooth Trombone solo which fit in perfectly with the band accompaniment.

The hard work rehearsing up to the day was all worth it and it was safe to say that when they were announced as the winners, there wasn’t a dry eye in the band. Paul Whyley had this to say: ‘In 40 years of banding this is definitely my proudest moment’.

The band are now looking forward to their first visit to the National Finals in Cheltenham in september.

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