After the amazing success of the Jingle Bells Challenge and everyone’s fantastic support we have been asked, many times, what we are planning to do this year - are we doing another “challenge”? Well, we had been giving it a lot of thought when we heard about how the Greatest Free Show on Earth, Whit Friday Band Contest, was under threat. We have already seen some contests unable to continue over the years and the Greenfield contest alone costs around £9000 to stage. This event has taken place every year for over 100 years with 119 brass bands taking part last year - coming from all around the world. There are 11 contests in total and the total prize money from all 11 contests is £31,580. The event is also attended by thousands of people, all of which can enjoy the day with friends and family, watch the bands march down, then play their contest march piece - for FREE. It would be a travesty if this event could no longer go ahead.So here’s our new challenge - The Whit Friday Challenge. All you have to do is post a video of you, your band, orchestra or music group playing a March of your choice. The video can be new or one that already exists. Once done share your post far and wide, challenge 3 of your friends and please, please donate at least £5 to the Whit Friday Challenge GoFundMe page (don’t forget to share the link to those that you challenge). Let’s show everyone what we can do when we work together: All donations will be spread equally amongst the 11 Saddleworth Contests!