New Elland band commended

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The Elland Starter Band received a “highly commended award” on its first outing at the National Youth Championships held at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.

It was formed 12 months and all players are under 11. Band conductor David Armitage said: “Performing at the competition was a great opportunity for them to show what they can do. They have really worked hard in rehearsals and it has really given them something to aim for. We hope it will inspire them now to continue to enjoy playing their instruments.”