NORTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS Gala
Theatre - Durham
After a 3 months
practice 12th March saw the Kirkby Band’s return the Championship Section
to perform Philip Sparke’s Cambridge Variations at the Gala Theatre
for the North of England Brass Band Championships. Whilst the test piece
was challenging, it is fair to say that the Band loved it. Its lyrical
narrative coupled with running semi quavers and faster sections tested
every section of the band, from solo seats down.
On the day, given last year’s bus breakdown, the band arrived early
to Durham, only to find a last place drawer and the competition running
an hour late. However, the superb organisation of the competition meant
we had a place to drop off instruments and most of the band managed
to taste test a number of cake shops in the ensuing 3 hours!
On stage the band played well. Whilst nervous, the soloists did exceptionally
well and the adjudicator, commentary on social media throughout by brass
band pundits was really positive: Its a safe opening. Nice sounds and generally together.
Gorgeous flug tone.”
Well done baritones”
Despite the splits its a really nice slow mvt. Lots of emotion and music
found by MD. Cant get over flugs sound” Such good comments were echoed by our supporters in the
audience and some pundits had us fourth. However as the adjudicator
took to the stage he noted how difficult it had been to place the bands
outside of the top two and unfuoturnatley, despite good remarks we ultimately
Whilst disappointed the band and conductor (John Woodward) are immensely
proud to have represented Kirkby with a home grown band, with no changes
from the band who competed in the 1st Section a year earlier. The band
would like to thank and congratulate John on all his work, and oddly
will miss the fantastic Cambridge Varitations at our next rehearsal.
& Senior Christmas Concerts At
the end of an extremely busy year of bi-centennial events the band was
delighted that both it’s Learner Section Concerts and Senior Band Concert
were performed to packed audiences. The first concert of the learner
sections was held at All Saints Church where in the morning there had
been a service of celebration of the band. At the Concert the following
awards were awarded: For Attendance – Charlotte Hickman, Martha Walker
Grace Walker, Speight Cup for most improved junior – Cally Cussons,
Edith Butler Award for potential – Isabel Jackson, Robin Butler Award
for most improved learner –Niamh Smithson, Fran Maw award for outstanding
contribution to Adrian Maxwell. Certificates for outstanding musical
progress were awarded to Charlie Flintoft, Ella Smailes, Charlie Moxon,
Bertie Larson and Harvey Brackley.
The following week saw the Senior Band concert (held in aid of the Memorial
Hall), which was, as ever a festive delight. The concert showed again
how supported the band is by the town and surrounding communities as
the Bass Players stood to play a solo in hand knitted hats by Olive
Simpson. Olive had knitted over 40 hats that had been sold for band
funds. The basses were sporting some fantastic Father Christmas ones
for the piece “When Santa Got Stuck Up a Chimney”
The band would like to extend their thanks to Olive and to all the residents
of Kirkbymoorside and surrounding towns and villages for the support
over Christmas. Many will have heard (and seen the band in Olives Hat’s)
carolling throughout December. As was announced at the concert, this
money is going towards the joint Scout / Band Hall that the Band and
Scouts hope to be built in 2016. Click
here for Photos of Senior Concert Click
Here for Photos of Junior Concert Click
here for a big photo of Jim
and Phil Click
Here for the prize winners and a few words from our
Band Master - John Woodward
19-20 September. The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse.
On Friday 18th September,
after months of practice, the senior band of Kirkbymoorside Town Brass
band, with some very loyal supporters, started their long journey to
Cheltenham and the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.
This is the second time in as many years that Kirkbymoorside have won
through the Regional Stages to represent the North of England at the
prestigious event that sees 17 bands from across England, Scotland and
Wales competing for the coveted Champion prize. The band that made the
journey aged from 14 - 60. The youngest players on the day being Conor
Lalley, Mhairi Maxwell, Dan Towler and Ellie Fairweather, all of whom
represented the band and Ryedale School impeccably. They, as 99% of
the Kirkbymoorside players on the stage, have benefitted from Kirkbymoorside
Town Brass Band's, free instrument and tuition programme. The band now
has over 100 players across 5 bands, making them unique amongst their
competitors on the day.
The piece, Kenneth Hesketh's Alchymist's Journal, was conceieved from
a quotation from a book by the same name by Evan S Connell. "We
are told that Time is a brisk wind bringing forth each hour some fresh
proportion, some new shape, and as our thoughts hourly change…so it
happens with Time. May not the close of a motion be also its beginning?”
Within the book Connell fictionalises a number of famous Alchemists’
writing, each one developing another’s thoughts. An idea is continued
but changed subtly to provide a new view point or way of thinking, the
process itself in fact alchemical, transmuting one idea into
another. In The Alchymist’s Journal (Variants for Brass Band) the processes
at work are similarly about retention and change. Whilst abstract with
no descriptive programme, the music is dramatic and has a clear an unfolding
Whilst not without its challenges, the band thoroughly enjoyed the dramatic,
contemporary music. They performed magnificently and were placed 11th.
Particularly mentioned was the tuned percussionist Liam Carter and the
well balanced solo between Principal Cornetist John Sails and Soprano
Cornetist Sarah Woodward.
John Woodward the bands Musical Director said: “I am incredibly proud
of the band. This has been such a busy year, with our bi-centenary celebrations,
routine jobs and representing Kirkbymoorside at the Himmighausen Germany
Millenium Celebrations, but they have never once faltered. Taking on
this challenging piece and producing a fantastic performance on the
If you would like to see the band live their next engagement is on 16th
October at the Pickering Wartime Weekend and their next concert is on
14th November at Stockton on Forest.
Town Brass Band and Fire Brigade are honoured Guests at Himmighausen
(Germany) Millenium Celebrations.
The award winning
Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band, and representatives of the Kirkbymoorside
Town Retained Fire Brigade, have completed a highly successful visit
to Himmighausen, Germany in this the Band’s 200th anniversary year.
The band and representatives of the fire brigade were formally invited
as honoured guests to the 150th Schutzenfest (shooting festival) to
celebrate Himmighausen’s Millennium, the organising committee were keen
that the Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band and Fire Brigade were included
within their celebration plans. The first record of Himmighausen dates
back to 1015 with a record of Himmighausen Castle in the Church Archive.
Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band and Kirkbymoorside Fire Brigade have
been involved in exchange visits with the Himmighausen Blasorchester
and Feuerwehr since 1982 and this weekend’s celebrations were a true
show of the lasting friendship between the two towns.
Celebrations were started by over 300 guests attending a joint concert
in the local St Anthony’s Church to rapturous applause. The parade followed
with bands, fire brigades and the Schutzenfest King and Queen marching,
watched by 100’s of spectators.
To celebrate their millennium Himmighausen planted 88 trees in a world
record time, the first of which was the Kirkbymoorside Friendship
Oak Tree that was unveiled after the Schutzenfest Parade on Saturday
Sunday saw the District Councillor Friedhelm Spieker and Mayor of Nieheim
Thomas Müther attend a festival and craft market with concert by
Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band in the local castle grounds.
"In Himmighausen there is something that is invaluable," said
Spieker, "namely, a great community and neighbourhood”
Phil Woodward – Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band Manager “In total over
90 people made the journey from Kirkby to Himmighausen, and it has been
an awesome weekend. We and the firebrigade were delighted to represent
the town at such a prestigious event." Himmighausen hope to make a return trip to Kirkbymoorside in the
Ryedale Festival - Our August Concert at Hovingham.
A good audience
enjoyed the sunshine at The Worsley Arms in Hovingham at what is by
now our yearly appearance at The Ryedale Festival. The festival is a
well established musical event in Ryedale's year and it is always a
pleasure to participate. We played a varied program from classical to
pop and the audience enjoyed it all, we think.
herefor photos taken by
a friend of the band.
The Big Meet
- Durham Miners Gala 2015
great day was had by all at the 131st Durham Miners Gala on Saturday.
After a break last year due to a band wedding we were delighted to be
reunited with the Blackhall Lodge. The increase in numbers to the Gala,
with an estimated 180,000 people attending, meant that we did have to
cue for some time! But the wonderful weather and the camaraderie within
the Band, Lodge and Crowd shone through. The extended march meant we entertained
the onlookers at all opportunities with traditional pieces such as the
Miners Hymn Gresford and The Red Flag and Internationalle as well as some
more recent favourites such as Amarillo and Delilah. Special mention to
our stalwart basses, and stand in bass drummer who had the literal weight
to bear all day! As well as to Maihri and George our two youngest players
who smiled throughout." Click
here a video of our trip to Durhan.
The original members of the Kirkbymoorside Band could never have probably
imagined that 200 years after they met together to play, that the town
would be celebrating their bi-centenary with a weekend full of music,
fun, celebrations and over 100 musicians. We are so proud to be the
Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band and look forward to the band and town
in 2215 reading about the fantastic bi-centenary weekend in readiness
for the 400 year celebrations Bi-Centenary Full Report & Photos
Les Maw Memorial Concert A full house to remember
Les, Alan and Evelyn. The concert was sold out weeks before as expected.
The respect for these three Kirkby Band stalwarts was very high indeed.
The soloists, all taught by Les, played well and the audience showed
there appreciation. A poem was written about Les by Ron Johnson and
Hannah Woodward read it to the delighted crowd. Click
here to read the poem.We were very pleased that so
many of the Maw family could attend and we feel sure they enjoyed listening
as much as we all enjoyed
Scarborough Concert Scarborough Salvation Army
A packed house on
a fine night led to a wonderful concert at Scarborough Citadel. It is
always a pleasure to play music by Salvation Army composers and arrangers
and with solos from John Sails, Sarah and Hannah Woodward we played
some of the finest music we have the pleasure to play, The audience
enjoyed the event and we were helped as usual by Frank James and John
Mitchell. This year we were joined by the 'Mini Manhattan Voices' a
new girl choir from Scarborough, they were fantastic, well done. See
you all again next year.
You Tube videos filmed at this concert- Click
NORTH OF ENGLAND Championships Saturday
14th March 2015 Gala Theatre - Durham
Kirkbymoorside Town (John Woodward)*
2. Westoe (H. Thomas)*
3. Cockerton Prize Silver (Michael Hardman)
4. Ripon City Band (Malcolm Dibb)
5. GT Group Peterlee (Nick Hall)
6. Ashington Colliery Band (D Kendall)
Winning Conductor: Kirkbymoorside Town (John Woodward) Best Trombones:
Best Percussion: Kirkbymoorside Town
An early start from Kirkbymoorside saw us in a good mood after being tipped
to win by 4barsrest. After passing through Thirsk, the driver of the bus
started to fiddle with the controls, shortly followed by a trip into a
layby on the A19. A hose on the bus had come adrift and the coach was
overheating and going no further. Phil and the driver organised a replacement
bus from Malton followed by frantic phone calls to sort out what we would
do if we were late in Durham. We eventually got the draw from Robin, and
it looked good for us with a draw of fourth. In the mean time Ripon City
offered to swap with us should we be late. This was very much appreciated
and thanks to them for the offer. We arrived with comfortably enough time
and settled down to play in our draw position of fourth. We played well
but not to our best, but it was enough to do the job. Yes a clean sweep
with all the five prizes.
We all met in the 'John Duck Ale House' across the road to check out the
local beer, not bad for a none Yorkshire pub. The staff and a handful
of locals were startled when John Sails decided to try out the rather
splendid 'Geneva Cornet' we won as the winning band. Ilkley Moor
sung by us all at fortissimo, was tolerated by the regulars who were trying
to watch a rugby match on TV. Thanks for putting up with us. More singing
on the bus home when 'Sunshine Mountain' was climbed successfully, yet
again. The Championship Section beckons again next year with an even bigger
mountain to clime.
So it's off to Cheltenham later this year to represent the North of England
at the National Finals for the second consecutive year this time as 'The
North of England 1st Section Champions' . Congratulations to Westoe who
will join us in Cheltenham. Thanks again to Ripon City.
THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT Well
we were packed again and we are trying to find a solution to the problem.
The weather was kind and the concert was well received. We hope you
all enjoyed our choice of music and we will see all again next year. Click
Here for some pics of the event
Elgar to Glen Miller and lot's more kept the audience happy at our remembrance
concert at Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall. Martin Watts set the tone with
his skilful comparing and solos from John Barrett and John Woodward kept
the audience entertained to the the end when a Land of Hope and Glory
rang out across the market place. Thank's for coming and we hope to see
you all at the annual christmas concert...
is with great sadness that the band has to announce the death of Alan
Martin. After suffering illness over the summer, Alan passed away peacefully
during the early hours of Thursday the 16th October. Click
A special report in
YORKSHIRE LIFE MAGZINE
about the band
and Kirkbymoorside CLICK
Our concert at Stockton-on-Forest Village Hall on Saturday 27th was a
great success with a full house listening to music from across the pond.
Solos from John, Sarah, Ben and a song from Lindsey. The audience were
superb in the singing at the end and we hope to see you all very soon..
The long journey to Cheltenham for the National Finals was definitely
worth it as we all had such a great time. Our band, along with The York
Railway Band traveled to represent the North of England in the National
Championship of Great Britain, Ist Section. We had a bit of a wait having
been drawn eleventh
which put us on stage at about 7.30pm. The organisation was very slick
and and relaxed and we had plenty of time for us to relax and prepare
to play. The piece was very demanding and after we left the stage, we
thought we had played it OK. After a long wait until the last band played,
the results were announced we finished in twelfth place one behind York
Railway Band. The band returned to the hotel and in true tradition engaged
in a small celebration which went on until the small hours thank's to
a very tolerant hotel staff. We all enjoyed the experience and were
not too disappointed with the result. A top ten would have been nice
but never mind. Banding is all about climbing mountains, and we certainly
climbed one on the bus on the our return to the hotel. Well
done Phil and thank's to our Band Master and all in the
organisation team for all the hard work they put in....
Maw - BEM 1923-2014
a do, the funeral that is. All Saints was full and at 11.00am on
the dot, Les was carried in by four bandsmen all of which were tutored
at some time by him. The band played for an hour before as we anticipated
the congregation would all get there early to make sure of a seat.
Two vicars talked about him, someone else recited a poem that could
have been about him and we all played and sang our hats of for him.
At the end Les was carried out to 'Marching Onwards' or Onward Christian
Soldiers if you like and we all agreed that was a wonderful way
to finish. Les we will all miss you in our own way and thank,s for
being around to enhance our lives so much. Click here for a message from
our Band Master
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Ryedale Festival Brass Band Concert
Sunday 27th July 2014 - 3:00pm at The Garden, Worsley Arms, Hovingham.
The weather stayed fine and a good sized crowd sat outside and enjoyed
the tea and music.
Methodist Anniversary Concert
Saturday 7th June 2014, Bedale Methodist Church. It was a quick run up
the A1 to Bedale for us and a warm welcome from the people of this old
town in North Yorkshire. The church was wonderful with a great acoustic.
The basses had a interesting night sitting in the pulpit six feet above
the rest of the band. We look forward to visiting again soon.
Scarborough Citadel Concert
The concert at The Scarborough Citadel was looked forward to by all the
band and a well balanced program was enjoyed by the audience. We gave
another run to 'Cry of the Mountains' and yes the audience jumped just
as high as the last time we played it at a concert. Thank's to all the
other artists and we look forward to our next visit to the Citadel.
Not such a big turnout this time, but we hope you enjoyed the concert.
Ben Smails was taken to hospital just before the day and we certainly
missed his playing. Thank's to Phil Woodward who moved up a seat at very
short notice. See you at the next concert.
was a good day at the 2014 Area Finals at The Dolphin Centre in Darlington.
Cry of the Mountains was a deceptively tricky piece that tested all the
bands. The man in the box said only two bands put in a good performance
and we were one of them bringing home 2nd place and best basses prize.
A trip to Cheltenham later this year for the National Finals was the prize
and the band look forward to the challenge. Our congratulations go to
York Railway Institute Band winners 1st section and Swinton Excelsior
Band, 2nd in the 4th section, both bands are just down the road from us
and will make the trip to Cheltenham along with us....
The concert started
with the test piece 'Cry of the Mountain'. We played it in public for
the first time and it went quite well. The gun shot at the start of the
'Avalanche' movement was so loud half the audience jumped nearly as high
as the mountain, in shock. They all survived and we think enjoyed the
rest of the concert. Thank's for attending and see you at the next concert.
Traditional Christmas Concert at Kirkby...... Our
traditional offering of Christmas music and carol singing in Kirkby has
come and gone yet again. What a turnout, and thank's to you all for your
patience while we got you all in. Thank's from all our bands for a fantastic
year, it's been one of the best years we have had. Your support and encouragement
throughout the year, will encourage all the bands to achieve even more
Christmas Concert 2013
Kirkby's Junior, Learner and Community Band gave their
Christmas Concert at All Saints Church on 15th Dec 2013. A capacity crowd
enjoyed all the bands and well done to Sarah, Jeanette and Ben for all
the work they put in to present the concert.
Maw - 90th Birthday Party. Les
Maw celebrated his 90th birthday at a special party at the
British Legion Club in Kirkby
on Sunday 20th Oct 2013.
Dances 2013 What
a great weekend for the band. Full houses at both Pickering and Kirkbymoorside.
We all enjoyed playing and hope you enjoyed the night to. We are a subscription
band so the money we make goes back into the band to help in all our activities.
The band transforms itself into The Glen Miller Band for two nights (
No, Glen is not Ed Miliband's father ). Thank you again and we hope to
see you all again next year.
Village Hall With
a packed hall and standing room only the evening was a huge success. The
film music of John Barry and the rest certainly kept us all busy playing
a demanding but very enjoyable concert to a wonderfully and happy, we
hope, full hall. Dean's Garden Centre and the band would like to thank
all who attended for what turned out to be a excellent night for the charities
involved, the band and all who helped.
Special Reserve Day - Sledmere The
band marched at an open day that commemorated the founding of the Wagoners'
Special Reserve in 1913 by Sir Mark Sykes, 6th Baronet. The band paraded
through the village, with several teams horses and carts, regimental banners
and members of the armed forces. There were stalls in the grounds of Sledmere
House and lots to see.
for photos of the day.
CHURCH - THE FESTIVAL CONCERT
concert ,"Music for a Festival" at Helmsley Church featuring
our very special guest artist Ewan Easton-Principal Tuba with the Halle
Orchestra was a great success. The band enjoyed playing to a slightly
different audience than what we were used to and we think they enjoyed
the experience. Thank's to Ewan and Tim Brooks who helped out on the
day and we look forward to a
similar event in the future.
March and Hymn Contest - It
was a pleasant ride by coach to Brighouse for the 2013 March and Hymn
Contest. We came sixth again, the same as last year, which was not bad
with the competition being supplied by some of the top bands. We did not
win the deportment prize this year which was a little disappointing. Never
mind we must try harder next year.
IN BRASS - a good
turnout for this concert marking the milestones of brass band music. Everything
from test pieces to big band music and a little pop music thrown in for
good measure. The final piece shook Kirkbymoorside to the foundations
with our resident gunner, Malk, let loose with the modern equivalent of
an armillary gun, yes a computer. The canons at the end of the 1812 Overture
were delivered through massive speakers and were heard all over the town.
Thank's for coming and we look forward to seeing you at the next concert.
Finals - Darlington.Well
the girls all enjoyed Primark and the boys had a good time in the pub
but that was it as far as enjoyment went. David Read, the man in the middle,
commented we had a few mountains to climb, and we agreed that was about
right. The piece was at the limits of the bands ability and despite trying
very hard we came tenth, OK last. We all enjoyed the experience in different
ways and we look forward to next year when the test piece should be a
little more friendly.
en Masse RyedaleSchool
was the venue for the most enjoyable concert we have played for some
time. The combined ensembles of Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band. Featuring
over 90 brass musicians from the Training Band, Learner Band, Community
Band and the Senior Band. A
hall full of mums , dads, grannies, grandads, friends and relations
enjoyed the spectacle of their little future cornet star sitting next
to John Sails and the other members of the senior band. We are sure
the senior band members also enjoyed sharing the stage with all those
enthusiastic players of all ages......
Concert. 2012 Thank's very much to all who attended
this years Christmas Concert. We just about found a seat for you all and
we hope you enjoyed the music and singing as much as we did. Congratulations
to all the award winners and thank's from the scout group for your more
than generous donations. See you again next year. Click
here for photos of presentations
Netty and Ben, our junior and community band leaders, ran a master class
at Lady Lumley's school on the weekend of 21st Oct. Over ninety musicians
of all ages and abilities were given a master class by Ewan Easton and
Andrew Berryman. Ewan is principal bass player with the Halle Orchestra
and Andy was the principal trombone with the orchestra until recently.
Their immense knowledge and ability was very well received by an attentive
group split into beginner and intermediate musicians. Thank's to Ewan
and Andrew for a fabulous day and we all learned from the experience.
A few pics from
Time Dances 2012 The
two war time dances at Pickering and Kirkbymoorside were a great success
with a sell out at both venues. The events are part of the Pickering War
Weekend now established as one of the top events in Ryedale. The band
transforms itself into The Glen Miller Band for two nights and sets off
from Tuxedo Junction for a trip on the Chattanooga Choo Choo with a Bugle
Boy from Pennsylvania. Thank's to all who came and we hope you enjoyed
it as much as we did, see you next year......
Miners Gala 2012. The
weather stayed dry and the sun came out for most of the time. There seemed
to be bigger crowds that ever and a good time was had by all. The Blackhall
Banner was carried with pride by the lads and lasses from Blackhall and
we were very happy to help out again. You might like to take a look at
the video on YouTube and marvel at the rhythmic swaying of John Boy Junior,
March and Hymn Contest.
A better weekend at Brighouse with a 6th place overall
and a 1st in the Deportment. Our first visit to this very well oganised
contest. We played early, and we didn't stay until the end so we had a
wait for the results. Thank's for a very enjoyable day and we look forward
to next year..
Contest, Two Concerts. Not a good day at Morley with our first
visit to this March and Hymn contest. Lets say we learned a lot and look
forward to next year. The two concerts at Kirkby and Stockton on Forest
went a lot better with nearly full houses at both. Lots of patriotic playing
with enthusiastic singing from the audience. Thank's for attending and
we look forward to seeing you all at the next OLYMPIC CONCERT
at Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall.
Himmighausen trip to
Kirkby 2011 Our German friends
from Himmighausen visited over the weekend of 29th July 2011. Their band
played wonderfully and all our band were very impressed. We
all went to Whitby for fish and chips on Saturday morning. Fish and chips
seemed OK for them, but mushy peas received a less enthusiastic welcome.
After a dash back to Kirkby, we set off for Helmsley to share the stage
at a concert for the prestigious RYEDALE FESTIVAL at Duncombe House. That
night at the Memorial Hall, Kirkby we were all treated to a session from
Kirkby's own SOUL BAND.
After the first sober up,
football at the football field on Sunday morning was just the way to start
the day. Kirkby showed their generosity by letting Himmighausen thrash
them, in true England - Germany tradition. A march round the town in the
afternoon finished at the band room, where the Kirkby Junior Band gave
a confident and enjoyable performance.
Time for a quick nap, before the concert from both bands
at the Memorial Hall . Wonderful gifts were exchanged and a pledge to
get together in the future was expressed. A tearful goodbye on Monday
morning left us with a feeling that in spite of a lot of hard work from
both Himmighausen and Kirkby, the weekend had been a great success and
it was especially cheering to see the young members of both bands have
such a great time. The older members will take longer to get over it,
but enjoyed it just as much. Thank's to all the people who gave their
free time in both Himmighausen and Kirkby to make the weekend so enjoyable. Click here for the photos
Fridays 2011 Well
we managed seven stops again. We had a brilliant day and we think we came
13th out of fifty odd band who qualified by completing six or more
stops. Over ninety bands took part.
Stockton on Forest
Concert This was the first time the
band has played at Stockton on Forest Village Hall. We enjoyed playing
to a full hall and hope you all enjoyed the programme as much as we enjoyed
playing it. Special thank's to all who helped and thank's to the Dean
family, of DEAN'S GARDEN CENTRE
for their support..
County Brass Band Association 2010 The junior and senior band had
another successful visit to Blackhall for the annual solo, duet and quartet
2010 contest. We repeated last years success with seven class wins out of
Choice Thank's to all who attended the concert and
we hope you enjoyed listening as much as we enjoyed playing. The next concert
at Kirkby is on the 31st July with the Himmighausen Band followed
by the 17th September which is a musical tour of the world.
Friday Marches 2010. Severn stops this year and an excellent day with a 3rd place at Delph
and 10th overall out of a field of 137 Bands. The band were saddened to
hear of the tragic accident and our condolences go to the family.
Geoff unexpectedly passed away in April 2010, doing what
he enjoyed most when he was not playing in the band. He was on the top
of a hill taking a break from one of his favorite walks in West Yorkshire.
His dry sense of humor, musical knowledge and playing talent will
be missed by all the members of the band.
didn't hear it Geoff, but a full band played really well at your last
Finals - Darlington Sunday
21 March, and up to Darlington for the area finals. We were encouraged
by Stape's win in the 4th section and well done to them. We worked
our socks off at rehearsals to prepare George Llyod's 'English Heritage'
and it paid of with a fifth place in the championship section, which for
us was a result we were very pleased with,
Scottish Open Championship
All the way up to Perth for this years Scottish Open. We
had a great time and enjoyed everything except the result. We played below
par and had no issues with the result, so we can put the whole thing down
to experience. The concert hall was great, the hotel was brilliant with
excellent staff and the company in the hotel, 'Pemberton Old Band', help us to
drown our sorrows and finish a disappointing day with a good laugh.
Contest Our local contest, just down
the road from Kirkby. The contest is going through a sticky patch at the
moment with a small but very determined entry. We drew second on in class
'A' and thought we played well. Alan Hope was in the box and he thought
so too. We won Best March, best solo (sop) and 1st overall to win the
contest in a section with four bands playing. Never mind perhaps more
will turn up next year, and with a change of venue across the river in
Norton, with a lot better acoustic, it should be more enjoyable to play..
County Brass Band Association 2010 Let's just say our
players from both the junior and senior bands did exceptionally well.
We took 1st place in 7 out of the 9 classes so a very well done to all
our players. Thank's to the association for a very well run competition
and we look forward to next year.
Marches on the 5th June 2009.
We had a day at the Whit Marches on the
5th June 2009. We played a very wet six stops with probably the best
results to date. Diggle and Lyngate not too good, but eleventh
at Greenfield was better. As the night got older we got better, with
9th at Scouthead, 8th at Denshaw and at Delph we shared 7th with
Fairey who ironically we shared a concert at THE SAGE in Gateshead
on the following Sunday. The concert was a huge success and we were
joined by Easington to really fill the stage with players and
the hall with sound. Thanks to Ray Farr and all the other players for
a great day.