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Band News from the Websites

From the sites of Haslingden and Helmshore, Hatfield Coal, Hatfields of Colchester, Haworth, Hitchen, Horden Colliery, Horsham, Hyde, Ibstock, Ifton, Jackfield and Jag Mount Charles


Haslingden and Helmshore Band
On the 2nd December 2002 Second Euphonium Matt Bailey tied the knot with his fiancée Alison Taylor in Rochdale's gothic Town Hall. The band played music both at the ceremony and at the reception. We would like to wish them the very best for the future.

The band currently has vacancies for a horn player and a cornet player. Anybody interested in the positions should either email: or ring Andrea Holland, Secretary on 01706 210490.

Hatfield Coal Power Band
Not much news on the website so just out of interest. In 1996, their Headquarters was taken over by the film crew and actors of the film "Brassed Off' and more recently Hatfield has doubled as Royston Vasey in the BBC cult series “The League of Gentleman” (“You’re my website now Dave”)

Hatfields of Colchester Band
At the ‘Brass on the Beach Jubilee’ event at Mersea this concert season the band premiered a newly commissioned ‘British Standard’ composed by Bernard Reader, unfortunately this premiere was missed at the time but then better late than never.

Haworth Band
The headline story from their website is the appointment of Derek Tiller as its Musical Director. Derek is a bass player with Hebden Bridge (Walkley Clogs) Brass Band where he has been a member for more than 15 years.

The band has started a learners class for which the Secretary is compiling a waiting list. The Secretary can be contacted on 01535 645984 or by calling in on Monday rehearsal nights at the band room adjacent to the Fleece Inn on Haworth's cobbled Main Street.

Hitchen Band
The band took the opportunity to entertain listeners in the Christmas spirit when they were the guests on the Breakfast with Steve Folland's show on 106.7fm hertbeat fm on Christmas Eve.

Horden Colliery Band
The band announced in November that Ray Hutchinson, previously of the Ever Ready Band, has joined the band as Band Manager. They are very enthusiastic about Ray's appointment and are looking forward to working with him to make further progress on the band's ambitions.

With changes in the administration of the band they decided not to attend the Blackpool contest in November however they will be putting all their efforts into next year's contests instead, starting with the Durham Brass Band League in early February 2003.

The band’s Professional Musical Director is Major Peter Parkes and with major sponsorship to be announced they are seeking keen, ambitious players to achieve Championship Section status in the future. Anyone interested are asked to telephone any of three contacts:
Band Manager: Ray Hutchinson: 0191 3882599
Musical Director: Wilf Beddell: 01429 820146
Band Secretary: Anne Rice: 0191 5270129

Horsham Band
As a year was drawing to a close it is was with regret that the band announced that MD Linda Baron had made the difficult decision to resign her position. Linda started a new job teaching that involved a lot of extra-curricular activities. The band thanked her for all her hard work and commitment during the last two and a half years, her time at the helm, and endorsed this when a 10-piece ensemble played during the civil service when she and ex-bass player Kevin Cole tied the knot. The Best Man just happened to be their new MD Glen Bacon who had previously stepped in at short notice to take them at the Hove contest in April 2002, when Linda injured her shoulder.

Hyde Band
The band has announced a new agreement with Sandy Balls Holiday Centre. This will cover the year of 2003, with a series of ten concerts throughout the year, including a Christmas Eve Carol Concert.
Hyde Band & Sandy Balls Holiday Centre have been associated with each other for approximately 25 years and both organisations have fostered success. In the last ten years Hyde Band have progressed from the 4th Section in the National Rankings through to the Championship Section and are currently the only championship band in Hampshire.

Six bands participated in the championship section at the Annual Winter WBBA Contest at the newly refurbished Arts Centre in Poole, now known as "The Lighthouse". The band were awarded 2nd place and Mark Fletcher, principal horn player, was awarded the position of "Best Instrumentalist"

Another string to their bow came as the training band, who participated in the youth section, were awarded a trophy and the title of "Best Youth Band (without adult assistance)". Murray Tabbart (aged 6 year) was awarded the title of "Youngest Instrumentalist Of The Day"

On a deeper note the band expressed their deepest sympathies to the family of Charlie Tanner who passed away suddenly at home on 12 December 2002. Charlie was a loyal supporter of Hyde Band.

Ibstock Brick Brass
There have been a few changes players roster over the last couple of months. The band welcomed back Ian (Smokey) and Jayne Wright, after a spell at Thorntons band, to the Solo Euphonium and Repiano seats. Dave Monkhouse has also rejoined on Solo Cornet having recently moved back to the Leicester area after working down South, however, they do say goodbye to Bass Trombone player Richard Orme who has been offered a position at Kibworth.

Ibstock's first ever CD, 'By Request' has been released (the track listing is available on their website) and is now available to purchase for £9.99 plus £1.00 post. For further details contact —

Ifton Band — Oswestry
The band now has a training band and practices take place during a Wednesday evening. The training band is made up of the less experienced players and gives them more of a challenge because the musicians are promoted to more prominent positions within the band structure. i.e. a second row cornet are promoted to principal cornet. Any young budding musicians in the area that would like to join them can contact the secretary by e-mail on: .

The Senior Band engagements for 2003 are beginning to take shape and these include a proposed tour to Combs-la-Ville.

Jackfield Elcock Reisen Band
The Jackfield Band Player of the Year award is decided by the Musical Director, and in an unprecedented turn of events this year. The Player of the Year award was presented jointly to Kath Rennard and Ben Gernon. Kath, Solo Horn player, joined the band just over a year ago and since her arrival has made a great contribution as an ensemble player, section leader and soloist. Ben, is a local lad who at only thirteen years of age is developing into star performer. Since joining the band on E Flat Bass he has grown in confidence and 2002 saw Ben's first performances as a soloist. The Bandsperson of the Year award was presented to Darrin Smith. "Smid" as he's affectionately known is the band's contest Secretary. This is the second time that Smid has won the award, which goes some way to demonstrating his dedication to the cause. Congratulations and well done to Smid and both players on a truly well deserved awards.

JAG Mount Charles Band
Under the guest baton of Dr. Roy Newsome together with special guests, The Marizion Apollo Male Voice Choir and piano soloist Alistair Taylor the band performed a varied programme to an appreciative audience at St. Mary Clement Church in Truro on the 30th November 2002.
Starting with ‘Ravenswood’ the band set the standard from the off and followed up with excerpts from the ‘Little Russian’. The Marizion Apollo Choir gave their all during their 'selections' with music ranging from the rousing 'Row Boatman row' to the peaceful 'Ave Verum Corpus' before Alistair Taylor performed his own arrangement of themes from 'The Bartered Bride' to a rapturous reception on the church's magnificent organ. The first half closed with the band playing 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' accompanied with the Marizion Choir under their conductor Richard Braebrook. The second half started with JAG Mount Charles giving an excellent rendition of 'Journey into Freedom' followed by the cornet feature 'Holiday for Strings'. The choir finished their spot with 'Rachie' and a tenor solo 'The Silver Birch' which preceeded Alistair Taylor performing alongside the band in Roy Newsome's own composition of 'Concertino for Brass and Piano'. A near standing ovation brought an encore featuring the music of Gershwin. The band rounded out the concert with two arrangements from Dr. Newsome starting with 'Deep Harmony' and 'Hungarian Dance' and then as a finale gave an exhilarating performance of 'Procession to the Minster' which again got the crowd to its feet. Just to finish the night off Cornish style choir, audience and band gave a rendition of 'Trelawny'.

Brass in Concert

Result: 2017 Brass in Concert Championship

November 19 • Full results from Sage Gateshead where the 41st Brass in Concert Championship has taken place.


Results: 2017 Scottish Challenge Shield

November 19 • Clackmannan claims the Scottish Challenge Shield honours with a triumphant performance in Perth.


Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.

Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

Sunday 19 November • All Saints’ Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH

Rotherham Schools' Youth Brass Band - Fountain City Brass Band

Monday 20 November • Rotherham Minster - Rotherham s60 1pd

Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE

Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.

Glossop Old Band

November 17 • SOLO TROMBONE. The Glossop Old Band Welcomes applications for the Solo Trombone Chair. The Band will be competing in the First Section as of 2018 and are looking to continue its progression back to the top levels of performance

Steve Pritchard-Jones

Conductor, Adjudicator, Teacher