Oldham Band (Lees) are celebrating after coming 3rd in the 1st Section at the 2017 Butlins Mineworkers Open National Brass Band Festival. In a contest that lasted over six hours and with 24 bands entered in the section, this was always going to be a tough competition. However, the band gave a strong performance of the demanding Fantasy for Brass Band by Sir Malcolm Arnold, which 4BarsRest said showed "their musical potential on stage" and commended MD John Collins for bringing a "real vibrancy to the performance. The dynamics and tempos were first rate". There was no sign of any post-Christmas lethargy and this result will now help to spur the band on with their preparations for the Regional Championships in February. John said he was "so proud of the band and the hard work they have all put in for this contest and hopefully this will provide perfect momentum as we work towards the north west area".
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