May 14, 2019 - Brass Bands England (BBE) is launching a new partnership with the National Coal Mining Museum based in Overton, Wakefield, which aims to celebrate both a shared cultural history as well as highlighting developments made in modern banding.
4BR has been informed that the organizations will work together to launch a new contest on Sunday July 14th, which will bring a modern twist to the traditional march contest — mixing a road march performance with a 20-minute entertainment program.
The National Coal Mining Museum site includes two pits — Hope and Caphouse Collieries. The non-public road connecting the two sites will enable bands to perform a march over a distance of approximately 200 meters, lasting no more than six minutes. An adjudicator will be looking for the most entertaining march of the day.
The competitors will enjoy a short break to catch their breath before providing a 20-minute entertainment program, which will be judged by independent music and entertainment judges.
A spokesperson said: "The event aims to engender a friendly atmosphere, with plenty of other activities on offer throughout the day. As a result there will be no contest registration, with no limit on the number of players taking part."
4BR was informed that the draw will be made on the day at 10:00am, with the first band set to perform at 11:00am.
There will be lots of awards up for grabs at all levels. Although there are no cash prizes, there will be £50 available to the first six bands to sign up who then play on the day. There will also be a prize voted on by the public.
To sign up to take part in the contest bands must sign up at bbe.org.uk/events before May 27th.
There will be coach parking and warm-up space on site. The full event rules and information can also be found at bbe.org.uk/what-we-do or contact the BBE national office.