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Besses o' th' Barn Band
Defending 2015 champions Besses o’ th’ Barn Band, under the baton of guest conductor Mareika Gray, delighted judges and a packed audience in the Holmfirth Picturedrome on Saturday 19 November 2016 with its playing, choice of music, and its all-round entertainment value. Besses took second prize in the latest round of a Yorkshire entertainment contest, Brass Factor, where the results are decided by audience voting rather than the panel of judges.
In August 2016 Besses o' th' Barn Band announced the signing of the experienced Kenny Pain as its new principal cornet player. The former Coldstream Guards trumpeter is no stranger to the banding world, having also played soprano cornet for Milnrow Band, who he helped to a famous Grand Shield victory as well as to qualifying for both the British Open and National Finals.
Kenny said: "After a short break from banding I was invited down to a rehearsal at Besses. With the atmosphere there, I was sure I wanted to be part of the band's future and accepted the position without hesitation."
A spokesman for the band was delighted to welcome the new top-man. "It's a real privilege to have Kenny take this role at Besses as it didn't take long to realise what a fabulous player we had in our midst. Kenny is an incredibly experienced player and his amazing playing pedigree will be of huge benefit to us as the band begins its journey in the Second Section."
Besses is delighted to have won the third section of the 2015 Rochdale Brass Band Championship, held in Rochdale Town Hall on 25 October 2015.
Besses o'th' Barn Band, with special guest soloist Andrew Berryman on both trombone and bagpipes, will play a special charity concert this Saturday, 17 October at 7.30 p.m. in Walkden Methodist Church, Manchester Road, Walkden M38 9AN. All are welcome and tickets will be available on the door, priced at only £6.00.
Proceeds will help to replace equipment to help a church's foodbank scheme.