Appointment of Musical Director, Nick Sheppard. The band need to finish in the top 6 at the Regional Championships in order to stay in the first section, and finish....6th!
After finishing 3rd at the Regional Championships, the band are promoted to the Championship Section – quite a turnaround from the previous year! Achievement of the best result on the contest stage for some time by finishing 2nd out of 26 bands at Pontins, playing Lorenzo . The band play at the Reebok Stadium for Amir Khan’s fight with Mario Kindelan
The band have the honour of playing for Her Majesty the Queen during a visit to Blackburn.
• The band’s website wins the ‘website of the month’ award from Brass Band Website TheMouthpiece.com.
• 2nd Place at the North West Regional Championships means a place at the National Finals for the first time in 14 years.
• 1st place at the inaugural Hebden Bridge March & Hymn Tune Contest.
• 5th place at the National Finals in Harrogate.
• B & D Quartet win the Scottish Open
• Butlins First Section Champions
• Another 2nd place at the North West Regional Championships
• Pontins First Section Champions
After a brief spell in the first section the band returned to the Championship section after being crowned Pontins and Butlins first section champions. In 2010 the band were also crowned Brass at the Guild Champions. The band travelled to Scotland for the Land of Burns entertainment contest and were awarded 3rd place. Also in 2010 the band were promoted to the Senior Cup after another being placed 3rd out of 20 bands. Early in 2014 the band were once again placed 3rd at the Brass at the Guild contest and after which came the the sad departure of Nick Sheppard after 10 years with the band. Huw Thomas conducted the band at the NW area where we were placed a very creditable 5th.
Blackburn and Darwen play for Her Majesty the Queen in 2006.