The Grand Shield 
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The Grand Shield

This contest was set up as the qualifying contest for the British Open Brass Band Championships held later in the year. Usually the top two bands at the contest gain invitations to compete in the British Open. At present it is held in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool in May each year.

Year Champion Band Conductor Test Piece
2010Tredegar Ian PorthouseRococo Variations - Edward Gregson
2009Rothwell TemperanceDavid RobertsContest Music - Wilfred Heaton
2008Leyland Jason KatsikarisVienna Nights - Philip Wilby
2007PolySteelP. HarperThe Night to Sing - Bramwell Tovey
2006Aveley & NewhamN TakenWhitsun Wakes - Michael Ball
2005HepworthM BenthamMasquerade - P Wilby
2004Sellers InternationalP McCannLes Preludes - F Liszt
2003Carlton Main Frickley CollieryW RushworthTallis Variations - P Sparke
2002CwmamanJohn HudsonFour Dances from Checkmate - Sir Arthur Bliss
2001KirkintillochAllan RamseyEpic Symphony - Percy Fletcher
2000Todmorden OldD HadfieldVariations on the Shining River - Edward Rubbra
1999Carlton Main FrickleyJ HinckleyA Comedy Overture - John Ireland
1998FlowersB HurdleyPartita - Philip Sparke
1997Rothwell (Leeds)D BlackledgeFestival Music - Eric Ball
1996WingatesN ChildsVariations on a Ninth - Gilbert Vinter
1995Yorkshire Building SocietyD KingPageantry - Herbert Howells
1994CoryG O'ConnorSpectrum - Gilbert Vinter
1993William Davis ConstructionK WilkinsonThe Year of the Dragon - Philip Sparke
1992DodworthG O'ConnorThe Essence of Time - Peter Graham
1991WhitburnP ParkesLe Carnaval Romain - Hector Berlioz
1990StalybridgeMalcolm BrownbillTrittico - James Curnow
1989Hammonds Sauce WorksGeoffrey WhithamBallet for Band - Joseph Horovitz
1988CWS GlasgowHoward SnellUn Vie de Matelot - Robert Farnon
1987Blackburn & DarwenAlex EvansThe Accursed Huntsman - Cesar Franck
1986Lewington Yamaha BrassDenis CarrThe Wand of Youth - Edward Elgar
1985WoodfallsWesley GarnerJourney into Freedom - Eric Ball
1984Andrews Heat for HireDenis CarrLe Roi d'Y's - E Lalo
1983Jones and CrosslandStephen RobertsSymphony of Marches - Gilbert Vinter
1982Brodsworth CollieryDenis CarrFestival Music - Eric Ball
1981Leyland VehiclesRichard EvansTournament for Brass - Eric Ball
1980Andrews Heat for HireD. RenshawThe Crusaders
1979Rochdale WilsonsDavid LoukesSinfonietta
1978RatbyBetty Anderson2nd Rhapsody on Negro Spirituals - Eric Ball
1977East Lancashire Paper GroupDavid LoukesLand of the Mountain and the Flood - Hamish McCunn
1976TredegarJohn ChildsThe Frogs of Aristophanes - Granville Bantock
1975Coventry School of MusicAlbert ChappellTournament for Brass - Eric Ball
1974WoodfallsCourtney Bosanko