Champion win for school band

The triumphant members of Fred Longworth Brass Band
The triumphant members of Fred Longworth Brass Band

A HIGH school brass band which dedicated its performance to a student who was recently tragically killed won a prestigious contest.

Members of the Fred Longworth high school brass band all wore a green ribbon in tribute to Jade Anderson who was mauled to death by dogs at a friend’s home when they performed at the National Youth Brass Band championships of Great Britain.

The band, conducted by Head of Music, Helen Robinson, drew an early draw out of a total of 12 bands at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Rose Collier also won the best soloist prize after a stunning performance on Flugel.

Ms Robinson said: “I am so proud of the band and Rose Collier – they have worked so hard for this title and it means so much to all of us. We are now working towards our next goal and dream of playing in the Royal Albert Hall if we are successful at the National Music for Youth Festival”.

Jill Aspray, a history teacher at the school, has worked with Helen and the band for the past 10 years. Brian Taylor (from Championship brass band The Fairey Band) teaches brass lessons and has worked hard with the band, as has his brother, Rob Taylor, conductor of Tyldesley Brass Band. The band is due to tour the South-west of England in the summer.