Mossley Hollins High School Band are quite entitled to blow their own trumpet, bang the drum as loudly as they want and toot their horns…
Not content with winning one or two prizes at the annual Whit Friday Brass Band contest, the Hollins youngsters gained a 10 out of 10 rating.
On 10 occasions, at various locations across Mossley, they treated the crowds to their tried and tested ‘True and Trusty’ march. Each time they wowed the judges to take top marks.
As a result, they were runaway winners of the Youth Band section of the contest, pocketing a first prize from Tameside Council of £200.
Not only was their music of the highest quality but Hollins also scooped two of the three deportment prizes available.
For the record, they were victorious at: Carrbrook, Stalybridge Celtic, Stalybridge Labour Club, Dukinfield Tame Valley, Dukinfield Albion, Audenshaw, Droylsden, Ashton Rugby Club, Ashton United F.C, and Top Mossley.
Music teacher Steve Beardmore said: “The players represented the school superbly all day and evening and deserve great congratulations.
“The school are very proud of all the young musicians adding as there are so many variables that make this achievement so rare.
“A huge amount of commitment and preparation has gone into the band.
“Martyn Evens, the visiting Brass teacher, helped the students to hone their skills over the year.
“And it has been well worth it as everyone’s commitment has led to this fantastic achievement.”
Hollins’ stunning victories were worth around £1,300 in prize money; all of which will be ploughed back into the band.
Mr Beardmore added: “The band has been going since 1969 and that’s how it has always functioned.
“I thought we did well last year when we took four or five prizes. But there are so many variables that can stop bands winning as many as we did.
“You’ve got to take into account the first band will perform at 4.30pm and the last band at 10 or 11pm. So, I am pleased with how well we performed.”