Black Dyke celebrates a return to the big time!

Black Dyke Euro winners
Black Dyke Euro winners

BLACK Dyke Band is back at the top of the pile after a period of re-building.

The newly crowned European Champions are still in celebratory mood after returning from the championships in Holland.

It last won the title in 2005 but has now won it an unequalled 12th time in the 35-year history of the contest.

Band secretary Mike Shenton said the band performed fantastically well.

“The band has been re-building and a number of significant solo positions have been filled,” he said.

“Clearly, the success signals to everybody that Black Dyke Band is now back in business.”

He said Dr Nicholas Childs, principal conductor and director of music, deserved much of the credit.

“He has selected the right players, fitted them into the band, and coached them,” said Mr Shenton.

In other recent contests the Queensbury band has enjoyed success and it is now focusing on defending its English National title next month.

Before that it appears in several concerts including the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, on Sunday; Huddersfield Town Hall on May 17, and Leeds Town Hall on May 20.