With their success of last year, 2nd Regionals, 5th National Finals, Horbury found themselves promoted to 2nd section this year, always a tricky situation for a band, playing against tougher competition!


However Duncan Beckley their MD always believed they would do well in the Regional Championships, and rehearsed them accordingly.


Unfortunately, less than 48hrs before they were due to play, Duncan was urgently admitted to Hospital.  He still worked with the Band, and arranged for Phil Goodwin from Black Dyke Band to conduct in his place.


Although their preparation time was short, and drawn to play first, Phil led Horbury through an excellent performance of ‘The Mermaid of Zennor’ gaining third place in the competition! Phil wasn’t able to enjoy the success though as by the time the results came out he was in his more familiar position rehearsing with Black Dyke band for their appearance in the Yorkshire Championship section, contributing their winning performance of ‘Cambridge Variations’ the following day.


Both Horbury and Newstead Bands would like to thank Phil for his tremendous help. It’s not a position we would have wanted to be in but Phil’s approach kept the bands calm and focussed to concentrate on their performances. Obviously Duncan was very disappointed that he had to stand down but both bands recognise the immense work that Duncan puts in to their organisations shown by his continuing involvement and planning even when he can’t get to rehearsal.