BLACK Dyke is back in the big time after being crowned Yorkshire champions.
The Queensbury band pipped reigning champions Brighouse and Rastrick who finished runners-up.
Both bands, along with third placed Rothwell Temperance have qualified for the national finals at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in October.
Black Dyke spokesman Mike Shenton said it was important the band returned to London after missing out last year for the first time in a decade.
“It was fierce competition. Yorkshire is the top contest for the areas and there were some very fine performances,” he said.
“The band is delighted. We played well and everything went to plan.”
Hebden Bridge finished 12th out of the 13 bands in the top championship section.
The test piece was “The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea.”
Best instrumentalist was Lucy Murphy, of B&R; best soloist was Sheona White (Black Dyke) and best principal cornet was Richard Marshall (Black Dyke).
Clifton and Lightcliffe Band was also celebrating finishing top in the second section and qualifies for the national championships for sections one to four to be held at Cheltenham in September.
And, there was more good news for Calderdale with Elland Silver Band winning the third section and also qualifying for Cheltenham. In 9th place was Huddersfield and Ripponden Band.
Best soloist in the third section was Andrew Whitham (euphonium) Elland Silver.
In the fourth section, Clifton and Lightcliffe B came fifth; Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) was seventh.