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Lofthouse’s Brass Factor Debut leaves audience feeling 'Happy’!

Published in General on 2014-11-17 by Lofthouse Brass Band

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The residents of Holmfirth were treated to a night of musical extravaganza at Holmfirth Picturedrome on Saturday 15th November. Six bands took to the stage to battle it out to claim the title of Brass Factor 2014 Champions. 

Lofthouse Brass Band, debutantes to the Brass Factor stage, opened their performance with the cornet section performing Alan Fernie’s 'Mexican Holiday'. The band’s featured soloist was principal cornet, James Whitaker who performed the Salvation Army solo 'Don’t Doubt Him Now' entirely from memory. The band’s programme continued with the theme tune from Cagney and Lacey, followed by the well known song by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, ‘Can’t take my eyes off of you’. Finally Lofthouse not only ended their set, but also closed the event with the well know number 1 hit by Pharrell Williams, ‘Happy’, a song that was also used as the soundtrack to the Universal Pictures film, Despicable Me 2. The star of the show was 7 year old Lilly Wainwright, who made an appearance halfway through the band’s closing number, dressed as a Minion (from the film). Lilly performed a dance routine alongside the band’s Musical Director and Gru (a character from Despicable Me) lookalike, Andrew Whitaker.

The judges for the night, Sandy Smith, Kevin Wadsworth, David Hoyle and John Middleton commented, “The programme was very well put together and a great show for your first time at the competition. The solo was very skillfully done and it was great to see (and hear) the audience singing along in Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You. Happy just summed up the night and was a perfect ending, not only for the band’s programme but for the whole competition. Very well done to the band on their debut!”

The competition was won by Hebden Bridge band, closely followed by Hade Edge.

Musical Director of the band, Andrew Whitaker commented “The whole night was fantastic and the atmosphere was great. A big thanks goes out to Alex Bray and the whole of the Brass Factor organisers for our invite and we hope to return again next year.

The night raised £500 for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

A video from the event of Lofthouse Brass Band playing ‘Happy’ can bee see on the band’s Facebook page at

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