A wonderful evening of fun and the flexing of brains was held at the brilliant facilities of Cooke and Instonians Rugby Club in Belfast on Saturday 18th March, 2017.  Over eighty band members, family, friends and supporters of all ages came together under the watchful eyes of Deborah and Roger Doherty.  Huge thanks to Deborah and Roger for putting together such a slick and well managed event.  As the judge’s decision is always final Deborah kept a firm rein on the enthusiastic quizzers! 

The competition was lively with tactics and team names kept under wraps until the last minute. Creative imaginations were evident in names ranging from Weapons of Brass destruction to ‘Tallis’ The Answers.  However, the Treble Makers won the day, followed by the B Sharps with La La Band and Adarose taking joint third.  This is a considerable achievement considering that the questions required a range of knowledge from the Tellytubby’s and 70’s sit-coms to Geography, Science, History, Sport and Music.  

Our MD Professor Michael Alcorn presented the prize cups and chocolate goodies. The evening was interspersed with a raffle comprising an amazing array of kindly donated prizes and vouchers.  

We appreciate the support of businesses here such as the Willow Massage Centre, No Alibis (Bookshop) and Fred J. Malcolm Ltd (Jewellers). Mark Sefton kept everyone’s energy levels up with crisp supplies and the hose pipe was an interesting (and hotly contested!) addition to the range of prizes on offer. The band also thanks the numerous donors who were unable to attend on the night. It also appreciates the efforts of everyone involved in the evening, including the bar staff.  Taking the band to compete in the 97th Spring Festival in Blackpool in May involves considerable organisation and travel costs.  The band is self-funding and the evening raised over £700.00 to help send the band on its way.  The band would be keen to attract on-going sponsorship and donations and has an ethos of encouraging participation in music-making across its Junior, Youth and Senior Bands.  If anyone would like to donate specifically to the Blackpool trip or discuss wider sponsorship/advertising opportunities, please contact us on

Enjoy the photographs and look out for the next Downshire Brass event!