Cassel - Challenge Cup

The Cassel Challenge Cup was awarded annually to the best RAF Band and presented to its Conductor of that year. Commencing in 1952, presentation of the silver cup was suspended in 1995, but presented on a final occasion in 1998.

 

Past Winners:

1952 - RAF Wyton; conductor - George Newman

1953 - RAF Henlow; conductor - J E Wagner

1954 - RAF Cranwell; conductor - W J Bangay

1955 - RAF Gosford; conductor - H E Wheeler

1956 - RAF Cranwell; conductor - W J Bangay

1957 - RAF Cranwell; conductor - W J Bangay

1958 - RAF Gosford; conductor - A E Challinor

1959 - RAF Locking; conductor - R A Ponsford

1960 - RAF Butzweilerhof; conductor - D G Robinson

1961 - RAF Changi Sinyaprn; conductor - A E Challinor

1962 - RAF Locking; conductor - J W Martindale

1963 - RAF Regiment Band; conductor - Eric Banks

1964 - RAF Far East Air Force; conductor - Norman Warnes

1965 - RAF Gosford; conductor - D Stephens

1966 - RAF Swinderby; conductor - D Stephens

1967 - RAF Changi; conductor - E Banks

1968 - RAF Locking; conductor - J W Martindale

1969 - RAF Germany Wildemath; conductor - H N Hingley

1970 - RAF Henlow; conductor - B J Sturnham

1971 - RAF Germany; conductor - J W Martindale

1972 - RAF Henlow; conductor - B J Sturnham

1973 - RAF Henlow; conductor - B J Sturnham

1974 - RAF BFPO 40; conductor - J W Martindale

1975 - RAF The Southern Band; conductor - B J Sturnham

1976 - RAF The Southern Band; conductor - B J Sturnham

1977 - RAF Henlow; conductor - Ian Hendrick

1978 - RAF Germany; conductor - Alan Mossford

1979 - RAF Germany; conductor - Alan Mossford

1980 - RAF Germany; conductor - H Donal Wogd

1981 - RAF Germany; conductor - R E Wilkinson

1982 - RAF Western; conductor - I Kendrick

1983 - RAF Western; conductor - R K Wiffin

1984 - RAF  Regiment; conductor - R K Wiffin

1985 - RAF Germany; conductor - R E Wilkinson

1986 - RAF Germany; conductor - R E Wilkinson

1987 - RAF Western Band; conductor - R K Wiffin

1988 - RAF Western Band; conductor - R K Wiffin

1989 - RAF Regiment; conductor - L Stirling

1990 - RAF Western Band; conductor - Flight Lieutenant R K Wiffin

1991 - RAF Western Band; conductor - Flying Officer D Stubbs

1992 - RAF Western Band; conductor - Flying Officer D Stubbs

1993 - RAF Germany; conductor unknown

1994 - RAF Western Band; conductor  - Flying Officer D Stubbs

1995 - Award Suspended:

Flight Lieutenant Gordon Bain received the Cup on behalf of RAF Established Bands in recognition of the outstanding contribution made by RAF Music Services to the 50th anniversary celebrations of VE Day and VJ Day and to State ceremonials during the year.

1996 - No Award

1997 - No Award

1998 - Conductor - Flight Lieutenant David Compton ARCM