Congratulations to the Barnsley Metropolitan Band for their fantastic performance at Huddersfield Town Hall in the fourth section of the Yorkshire Area Brass Band Contest on Saturday 12 March.
We're thrilled to hear that the band achieved second place in their first performance on the contest stage since March 2020. They also won awards for Best Percussion and Best Soloist.
Glyn Stokes, was awarded a special prize for being the contest's youngest player, playing the cornet at just nine years old. Glyn said, "It was exciting to play at my first contest. I've watched mum, dad and my brother and sister do them before, so I was excited that it was my turn! I was a little bit nervous walking up the steps onto the stage, but I felt a lot better when I got there. I was very, very happy to win the youngest player prize. I held the trophy all the way home!"
The band is a Barnsley Music Hub partner, based at Barnsley Music Service within The Civic. As runners-up, they will now represent Yorkshire in the finals of the National Brass Band Championships later in the year.
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Barnsley Council's Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture), said: "This story is a great example of how learning is good for us. I'm sure the band can agree that it has a considerable impact on self-confidence, self-esteem, building a sense of purpose and helping to connect with others. We're proud of the band for showcasing their hard work and dedication and are looking forward to seeing them perform at the championships."
You can find out more about the band and local music-making opportunities by visiting the Barnsley Music Service website.