A NEWLY-FORMED marching band is starting out 2014 on a high note.
The award-winning Staffordshire Moorlands Youth Band finished the 2013 season gaining runners-up spot in the Traditional Youth Marching Band Association Contest Class.
This came after it had success in winning the Halesowen Scout Band Championships, taking away awards in all sections in June.
The band, which is led by director Brian Pointon, then took part in the Queen of the Moorlands contest in Leek, which was sponsored by county councillor Charlotte Atkins, in September, when again members came away with a number of awards and took the runners-up trophy in the contest class.
The Staffordshire Moorlands Youth Band then gained awards at the Manchester Daveyhulme Scouts contest, and then again in the TYMBA Leaque Nationals at Dewsbury in November.
During the contest season the band's Drum Major Sarah Morrell won the trophy in all but one contest.
Mr Pointon, who started up the band in November 2012, said: "During the year we have taken part in most local events in the Staffordshire Moorlands with much praise from the public.
"We would like to thank our local councillors for supporting us and also Homestart and Leek Lions for donations.
"Thanks also to Sainsbury's and Morrisons for helping us to raise the funds to hire Wints Coaches for our transport.
"We are a young band in need of new members in all sections of brass, percussion, and mallets. We will provide the instrument and teach youngsters how to play.
"Adults who feel that they would like join are also most welcome.
"We meet on a Wednesday night at 6.30pm in the Milward Hall Youth Centre in Salisbury Street. We also do other activities outside of banding so come along and give it a try."
For further information about the Staffordshire Moorlands Youth Band call Brian on 07753 663560.