If you’ve never heard of the Whit Friday Marches heres a run down of what happens: 

The Band gathers in Birmingham around Mid Day! gets on a Coach and travels up to Saddleworth / Tameside 

We then contest in as many Villages as possible,

“Bands play two pieces – a traditional march and then their well-rehearsed show-piece. Each performance is scored by an adjudicator, hidden in an adjacent darkened room or caravan”

“For bandsmen, the dash from contest to contest makes for an exhausting evening, but a thoroughly exhilarating one”

Hundreds of people gather, in different villages, awaiting the Show piece and Contest March!