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March 2014


Mossley claims section win at North West Regional Championships

Congratulations to The Mossley Band on winning the North West Regional Championship 2nd Section at Winter Gardens on Sunday 9th March.

"There was a mixture of relief and celebration in the air following Mossley’s victory in the Second Section" reported 4barsrest.com. "The multiple Butlins champion finally came up trumps at the Area Championship, as conducted by MD Duncan Byers they were declared ‘a clear winner’ on ‘Chaucer’s Tunes’ according to judges Alan Morrison and Allan Holdworth."


The Mossley Band, March 2014

Having achieved two firsts and a fifth over the past three years, Mossley now know they will be back in the First Section in 2015, although after coming off stage, the MD did wonder if it could have been a different story.

"Whilst I'm naturally delighted with the win, I did come off a touch disappointed that our best performance had been left in the band room," Duncan told 4BR.

However, as Alan gave his detailed assessment of the piece from the stage, Duncan also admitted that he finally felt it may be his band’s day at last.

"Alan highlighted everything that I've been telling the band for the past month, so if it wasn’t to be after that then I think I would have wondered if we were ever going to win here!"

Duncan Byers with trophies, March 2014

(above: a very happy Duncan Byers!)


Mossley achieve record fourth consecutive win at Butlins 2014 Mineworkers Championships!

(The following article is taken from 4barsrest.com)

Second Section:

Mossley certainly placed their names in the Butlins record books with their fourth consecutive victory in the Second Section.

A fine performance of ‘Kenilworth’, described by adjudicator John Berryman as ‘outstanding in all departments’, enabled MD Duncan Byers to fill another gold trophy with celebratory Butlins champagne with the proceeds of a hefty £2,000 winner’s cheque.

"It was a very stern test for the bands," John (joined by Brian Rostron) later told 4BR.

"It caused a great deal of problems, but the winners were very good - technically secure and balanced and able to bring out the character in the music. It was outstanding in every department."


That was something that particularly pleased the winning MD. "That was great to hear, as this was a real team effort," Duncan told 4BR.

"It’s an amazing achievement for the band. We just love coming to this contest - and to win it four times in a row is something the players should be very proud of.

Now all we want to do is play just as well at the Area and not just qualify for Cheltenham but also get back into the First Section where I think we belong."

Prize pot

The band has now won an incredible £8,000 in prize money at Skegness since 2011 - an amount more than doubled by their success on the Whit Friday circuit.

"It’s a bit odd," Duncan confessed. "We haven’t had much luck at the Area over the last couple of years, but as a result it has meant we have been brilliant here and on Whit Friday.

Now I want to put the record straight at Blackpool - and with this great bunch of totally committed players I’m confident we can do just that."

Lock horns

However, Duncan will be aware that Mossley will once again have to lock horns with North West rivals Eccles, who produced a solid rendition to end runner-up under Marieka Gray, whilst St Keverne enjoyed their long trip from Cornwall to end third under Gareth Churcher.

Pemberton Old Wigan DW ‘B’ and Middleton will also be bands to watch out for at the Winter Gardens in March as they put in strong performances to end fourth and fifth respectively, with Yorkshire contenders Kippax in sixth.


High Command!

After a gap of more than eight years Mossley Band have recorded a new CD 'High Command'. It is full of easy to listen to music including some from films and musicals: there are items from our talented soloists, a piece featuring the horn section and a slightly unusual euphonium duet!

The band are delighted with both the quality and sound of this new CD, copies of which are now on sale from the band room, priced £10 each.


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