It was quite a day for Longridge Band in Preston last Saturday – and even more of one for its musical director Mark Peacock.
They were taking part in two sections of the annual ‘Brass at the Guild’ contest at the city’s Guild Hall – Longridge in the First Section and Mark’s ‘other band’ – Hepworth from Yorkshire – in the Championship Section.
And what is probably a first for a conductor in the local band world, Mark took the red and the white rose bands into winning place – and being presented with the special trophies for both.
Spokesman and photographer for Longridge, Fred Little said: “This is the first time that a conductor has won with two bands in two sections at the Preston contest.
“Both bands celebrated their wins together by going round the corner at Yates’s!”
Longridge Band was up against six others – Haslingden and Helmshore, West Pemberton Old Wigan, Poulton-le-Fylde, Harrogate, Ripon City and South Yorkshire Police – all playing the test piece ‘Essay’ by Edward Gregson.
Fred explained: “It is very much a ‘band piece’ with only limited solos.
“However, when called on, all the soloists performed very well on Saturday.”
Mark Peacock’s Hepworth team won the championship section playing Philip Spark’s Cambridge Variations.
His Longridge Band members are now aiming for another good performance at Blackpool to secure the band in the First Section.
“And who knows,” said Fred, “We could see a top placing at the finals in the autumn.”