They are playing our tune says Pilling Band

Pilling Brass Band
Pilling Brass Band

Pilling Jubilee Silver Band is entitled to blow its own trumpet this year.

The musicians are celebrating after making the finals of a prestigious national contest - for the first time in its 75 year history - and most definitely hitting the right note.

The Wyre-based village band was placed in the top five in the country in its section in the National Brass Band Championships held in Cheltenham.

Pilling band conductor Len Charnock led the team against 19 of the UK’s most talented bands in the contest at Cheltenham Racecourse, as they played “A Malvern Suite” by Phillip Sparke.

Band member and spokesman Pauline Schofield said: “We are extremely proud to have been prizewinners, winning fifth place overall in our section (the fourth section), a fantastic achievement having never qualified before.”

“The band and followers had a terrific weekend with plenty of celebrating and are incredibly grateful to all organisations and individuals in our community, without whom Pilling Band at the nationals would never had happened.”

Cornet player Pauline, a band member since the age of 14, said the success repaid many hours of practice by the band

She added: “We are also very proud of and grateful to Len Charnock our conductor for all his hard work and dedication. Most importantly we have been given this wonderful opportunity to represent Pilling and Over Wyre and we hope we have done everyone proud.”

Since the national competition the band has playedat the Fleetwood Band Contest where euphonium players Duncan Wyatt and Mark Nolan were awarded the solo instrumental prize. See www.pillingband.com for events.