The Haydock Band Win First National Title Of 2018


The Haydock Band got the year off to a great start winning Butlins Brass Band National competition, which included a prize of £2000.

Every year brass bands from all over the country descend on the Butlins holiday village in Skegness to take part in the Open Brass Band competition. This is one of the most prestigious competitions in the UK for brass bands and notoriously difficult to win due to the high standard of brass bands taking part.

Haydock band, who are experiencing a run of superb form in contests having recently been crowned Wychavon entertainment champions, travelled to Skegness to play the set test piece Variations for Brass Band by Ralph Vaughan Williams on Saturday 13th January

Out of field of fifteen bands Haydock band placed first and were crowned champions by Adjudicators Alan Morrison and Paul Andrews.

Alan Morrison commented on the performance “There is so much to admire with super playing from all and an admirable reading of this music “

Paul Andrews also commented “A Musical Director that had control of his players from start to finish. Excellent soprano cornet performance and all the band should be commended for their playing and to extract so much music”

Mark Quinn music director of the band made the following comment “The players at Haydock Band are once again proving that the standard of musicianship at the band is extremely high indeed. They are going up and down the country promoting Haydock and St Helens and are constantly getting national recognition”

“I am extremely proud of the commitment and dedication every single member shows to this band, they are proving that Haydock Band is a lifeblood of the community and long may it continue.” I am also extremely pleased that this win at a National level starts off 2018, St Helens 150th year anniversary and the bands 157th year in existence.

The band won the Butlins National Championship Trophy, the winning banner and the National Coal Board trophy as the highest placed former colliery band.

The band are always welcoming new members and anyone who would like to experience being a part of the national winning organization should contact

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The Haydock band is the oldest community run organisation in the St Helens area, a traditional brass band with a modern creative arts focus.

More details on the band can be found at


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