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More News from the Band Websites of Matolock, Melbourne Town, Newquay, Northop Silver, Norwich Citadel, Ocean Brass, Okehampton Excelsior Silver and Oughterside Bands


Matlock Band
The band has performed in some unusual places but this one topped the lot. They can now proudly proclaim that they've performed in the Devil's Arse!! Before you all rush to e-mail us, we should point out that this is the nickname given to the magnificent Peak Cavern in the picturesque village of Castleton in the heart of the Peak District. Quite appropriate, though, given the chicken curry that Chris Baldwin (Bass Trombone, Eb bass, solo cornet, etc.etc.etc...)and Jeffrey Shaw — percussion are reported to have tackled the night before. Billed as "The Devil's Arse Sings" the series of four carol concerts from inside the Peak Cavern was rounded off by Matlock Band on Sunday December 22nd. A combination of community carol singing — with prizes for the best (and worst) efforts at "O Come Let Us Adore Him..." and seasonal brass band favourites put everyone in the mood for the festive season. The four hundred strong audience sang traditional carols, with the band stopping occasionally to check that the people in the expensive seats were really singing and not just miming! The Band's version of Christmas Swingalong had 'em dancing in the aisles, and the finale, Derek Ashmore's arrangement of Jingle Bells, had the audience shouting for more. The Band duly obliged, sending everyone on their way with the Snow Waltz. Photos yet to be developed should appear shortly on their website — in the meantime, if you'd like to check out the Peak Cavern website, go to www.devilsarse.com

Melbourne Town Band
The Derbyshire based band’s Patrons Concert got everyone laughing and clapping, more so than usual as their conductor, Andrea Stretton, made a rather energetic debut! Also in attendance was former conductor Geoff Gossage. At the concert the annual awards went to the following people :- Most improved player—Peter Robinson (Drums), Most improved player (Junior Band) — Vanessa Cox (Cornet, recently moved to main band), President's Cup — Tim Robinson (Cornet), Bandsman of the Year — William Hopkins (Horn/ Young Person's representative/Website). Gerry Price also received a special mention for all of the hard work he put into the Junior band, from which he has sadly had to withdraw.

After an extensive period of recording the band's first CD is now available via the website. The track listing :-Death or Glory, March of the Peers, My Love is like a Red Red Rose, Mood Indigo, March of the Cobblers, Share My Yoke, The Great Escape, The Mission, Two Comrades, Great Little Army, Shepherds Song, The Acrobat, The Young Amadeus, Can Can, Barnard Castle, Choral and Rockout.

Newquay Band
The band has appointed Miss Anna Minear as Junior/Youth Band leader after she contacted them following the advertisement on Philip Hunts BBC programme 'Sounds of Brass'. Anna, who has recently completed a Music degree with a 2:1 BA Hons, plays the cornet for the St Austell band and before going to University she assisted Jane Whitehead with the training of the beginners in at St Austell.

Unfortunately the band lost their Musical Director Graham Boag after the Torquay contest in November due to increasing work. As of the 10th of November they have had no permanent Musical Director so they need help. If you are interested in the position please contact the band on

Northop Silver Band
After successfully defended their North Wales title at Llandudno the band performed a most successful concert to an almost full house at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. This special Christmas Concert included the Liverpool Welsh Choral Union and the Bishop Eton School where the band performed Christmas carols as well as other titles such as 'Santaclaustrophobia', 'A Message of Christmas' and a rousing performance of Widor's 'Toccata'.

Norwich Citadel Band
Although a little delayed we can report that Ron Young, Bandmaster of the NCB for the last five years has moved to Normandy in Northern France and as a result they have announced that Douglas Beattie as their new Bandmaster. Douglas was a member of the solo cornet section of NCB for a number of years and has also been a member of the ISB solo cornet rank.

Ocean Brass
Just before Christmas the Band was invited to take part in an annual Twinning weekend hosted by the village of Aubergenville, located just west of Paris. Having taken the overnight ferry from Portsmouth, a voyage that consisted of much merriment and little sleep, the first stop was Paris to allow for some sightseeing and Xmas shopping. Next stop was the small village of Aubergenville where they met their hosts for the weekend. Having taken the opportunity for a moment's rest and relaxation the Band gave an evening concert, in conjunction with a local choir and wind band, as part of the twinning weekend's festivities. The evening concluded with a buffet. The following day provided an opportunity to visit the village's Xmas Fayre, and browse the stalls of the participants from the twinning villages from France, England, Germany and Poland. All too soon the weekend, considered a great success by all who took part was over, leaving everyone to look forward to another such event in the future.

Okehampton Excelsior Silver Band
After many years as Director of Music, Reg Beardon will be retiring as soon as a suitable replacement has been found. The band is a well-established fourth section band that regularly plays concerts and Carnivals all over Devon. If interested and you live within travelling distance of Okehampton and have conducting and teaching ability you can contact the band chairman Des Law via e-mail:

Oughterside & District Brass Band
The band report that the former mission hut, that was their home and did need replacing quite badly, has now become unusable. Priority now is the search for funds needed to try and buy a new venue and to look for help with providing a new bandroom. At the moment they are meeting in Prospect Village Hall for practices.


Tradition respected for Vergeres on CD launch

November 24 • The Yamaha cornet star will launch his third CD album at the Swiss National Championships — with tradition at the heart of all that he now loves about his musical life.

Black Friday

Black Friday Euph Extravaganza at Sterling!

November 24 • There are some remarkable second hand deals on at Sterling — and all because more and more players are deciding to perform on the world class instruments.


Radio: Sunday Bandstand

November 24 • More music from the heart of Yorkshire from Chris Helme

Frank Renton

Radio: Listen to the Band

November 24 • More music to enjoy in the new year from Frank at the BBC...

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

Enfield Citadel Band -

Saturday 25 November • The Salvation Army. 42 Clarence Road. Southend. SS1 1AN SS1 1AN

Newstead Brass -

Saturday 25 November • John Godber Centre. Ogle Street. Hucknall. Nottingham NG15 7FQ

Olney Brass

November 23 • 2nd Trombones, look no further. We are looking for a 2nd trombone to join our band. We are an ambitious 3rd section band with a new MD, winning the ODBBA winter contest 2017. Any other instruments, we would be interested to talk, please get in touch.

The Corsham Band

November 23 • With promotion to the 2nd Section from January 2018 the band are now looking to fill a couple of vacancies. One back row cornet (2nd or 3rd) plus an EEb Bass.

Thoresby Colliery Band

November 22 • Sadly due to work commitments we are looking for an experienced Percussionist to join our friendly and progressive Band. The Band has experienced a recent run of good form and is currently enjoying a sensible mix of contests, concerts and recordings.

Phil Lawrence

Composer and conductor