Crofton Silver Band is, quite simply, enjoying the best 12 months in its 141-year history.
There have been great moments for this West Yorkshire village band over the decades, but never has it achieved the consistent string of contest success it has seen since Musical Director, Dean Jones, took up the baton early last year.
First places in banding’s third section at the Leicestershire Championship, the Butlin’s Mineworkers Open Contest, the Yorkshire Regional Finals (earning promotion to Section Two) and at the British Brass Band National Finals in September has left the trophy cabinet groaning at the seams.
But as well as earning a tremendous reputation for its performances under the contest microscope, the band is fast gaining quite a name for the musicality and vitality of its concert programmes.
Jazz-funk, swing classics and pop standards sit comfortably alongside traditional marches, brass band favourites and the deeply spiritual, when Crofton Silver Band takes the stage. The aim is to get your feet tapping and the hair on the back of your neck standing up, though not at the same time.
Crofton bring a fresh taste to banding for the 21st century, but with all the best ingredients still in the recipe.