North West Champions

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 14 March 2010

On the 14th March Fodens Band made history by winning the 'North West Area Contest' for a record 5th consecutive year. Conducted by Garry Cutt the band surpassed the 4 wins in a row mark they shared with the great CWS (Manchester) Band of the 1960’s, as they secured their 17th Area title and their eighth in the last decade.
The contest was held at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool where each band in Fodens section had to play the same test piece 'English Heritage' by George Lloyd.
The contest acts as a qualification for the 'National Finals' held at the 'Royal Albert Hall' London in October where the top prize winners from the eight area heats across the country battle to become the 'Champion Brass Band of Great Britain'. Fodens have been runners up at the 'National Finals' for the last 3 years.

Fodens will be joined at the 'Nationals' by Faireys and the Leyland Band

Click here to view the adjudacator's remarks for Foden's Performance


1. Foden's (Garry Cutt), 9**
2. Fairey (Geneva) (Philip Chalk), 8*
3. Leyland (Howard Evans), 4*
4. Wingates (Alan Morrison), 12
5. Ashton-Under-Lyne (Martyn Evans), 3
6. Co-operative Milnrow (John Ward), 11
7. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Mark Bentham), 2
8. Blackburn & Darwen (Nick Sheppard), 5
9. Co-operative (Crewe) (Jef Sparkes), 6
10. (Bactiguard) Wire Brass (Paul Andrews), 1
11. Roberts Bakery (Colin Cranson), 7
12. Poulton-Le-Fylde (Gareth Westwood), 10

**Winners automatically qualify for Finals
* 2nd & 3rd placed bands qualify for Finals

Foden's band maintains a world class reputation for providing entertainment in the field of brass music with a tradition and unique style Mark Wilkinson