Jubilee Brass (Oxford) Band
The band, who have gained promotion to the 3rd Section with effect from 1st January 2003, unfortunately have had an initial bid for National Lottery Funds turned down. They are now in the process of re-applying for a grant from the Arts Council that will allow the purchase a new set of instruments, subsequently enabling them to pass the current set to the Junior Band.
Kippax are a very hard working band and not content striving to achieve contest success, such as the Nationals Finals place in 2002, they prepare for a concert series in their band social club every 2nd Sunday in the month. At this month’s concert at the Kippax Band Social Club three playing members were presented with awards for five years playing service to the Band. The players were :-Faye Thompson—Soprano, Bob Hick—Cornet, David Jackson-Flugel. Ian Colley-Resident Conductor was also given a similar award for five years service.
The band have recorded a session for the ‘Listen to the Band Show’ on Radio 2 that will be broadcast early in the new year.
The band welcomed Tom McCrone back to the band after a 12 year absence as Principal Eb Bass. He is replacing Pat Murray who is taking a well-earned rest from playing and is concentrating on the "easy" job of Band Manager!
Kirkintilloch Kelvin Band
The band have vacancies for bass and cornet players however they would welcome any good players interested in joining the band — Contact: Secretary (01236 872275).
Despite a hurriedly put together programme, Laganvale took top spot under conductor Ernie Ruddock at a BBL Entertainment Contest, contested by four NI Championship Bands, held in the Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast.
Their programme opened with ‘Olympic Fanfare’ and was followed by ‘Wellington March’ which also won the best march prize. Soprano Cornet player Mark Ruddock featured in ‘La Callifa’ which preceeded a tuba solo ‘Teddy Bear's Picnic’ (with soloist Keith Anderson in full Teddy Bear's outfit). Mark Evans and Andy McQuiggan assumed the roles of cowboy and mexican bandit for Ray Farr's arrangement of ‘The Good the Bad and the Ugly’ and the programme finnished with ‘Tocatta in D’.
Whilst the performance was not without a few slips they were announced as clear winners, their first success in a while and most encouraging.
A number of players have transferred from the 55th Old Boys Band in Belfast. Richard Ruddock returned to the band on Euphonium (formerly their solo Euph) along with Lana Brown (horn) & Carol and Ann Mulligan on horn and percussion respectively.
After becoming the highest placed North East band in the 2nd Section at Torquay the band are now preparing for 2003. Concert bookings are coming in and they are already boooked to perform at both at the Saltburn Bandstand and at Levisham Station, North Yorkshire, Moors Railway in June.
Latchford Warrington Silver Band
The band record their exam success and in particular their first trombone player Jennifer Harrison, who attained her grade 8, whilst sisters Rachel and Megan Roberts have both acheived their grade fives.
Launceston Town Band
The band has announced the appointment of Wayne Smith as their new Musical Dirctor, who succeeds Nick Chadd. After a busy Christmas season rehearsals now begin in preperation for their Celebrity Concert in February with Guest Soloist, Simone Rebello. Previous guests have included James Shepherd, Don Lusher and last year, David Childs so they are delighted that Simone has agreed to join them for their 3rd annual Celebrity Concert to be held on Saturday 8th at the Central Methodist Church in Launceston. Tickets will be on sale soon priced at £5 adults £3 students (in full time education).
In tribute, players from the band and many friends gathered at Eagle House Hotel in Launceston to welcome Nick Chadd BA (Hons) to a surprise "This Is Your Life" presentation on Saturday 23rd November. Nick was overwhelmed by the turnout of people, some who had travelled hundreds of miles to be there. The presentation revealed Nick's hard work and dedication to Launceston Town Band, a journey through the 25 years of Nicks' life with Lanceston Band.
Letchworth Garden City Band
Having taken part in local community life since the town's earliest days, next year should be a busy time for the band as Letchworth Garden City celebrates its Centenary Year. The Centenary will provide the band with a great opportunity to display its talents, to raise local awareness of its existence and — not least — to earn some much needed extra income. As well as preparing for Saturday 15 March — Regional Qualifying Contest, 3rd Section Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre they aim to be playing on some Key Dates for the Centenary Celebrations : Monday 5 May — Letchworth Centenary, Standalone Farm, Bank Holiday Country Fair : Saturday 7 June — re-opening of Kennedy Gardens & Saturday 5 July — Summer Foundation Day: A massive open-air event on Letchworth's streets.