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Elland round off busy year

The Elland Silver organisation has just rounded off a very busy but memorable year.


Elland Silver Youth Band led by MD Samantha Harrison has just rounded off its busy year by performing two Christmas Carol Concerts at Halifax Minster on Christmas Eve.


A year, which has seen the band claim two National titles and a total of 16 trophies, is probably one of the most significant in the bands long history, with performances at numerous prestigious venues, and on many occasions with many of the banding worlds top ensembles.

The senior Elland Silver Band has also had an excellent year helping to raise much needed funds for a number of charities, whilst their latest CD release, 'Breezin Down Broadway’, has already begun to sell well.

The year was also made special by the presentation of The Queens Award for Voluntary Service — the MBE for Voluntary Groups4BR

Special presentation

The year was also made special by the presentation of The Queens Award for Voluntary Service — the MBE for Voluntary Groups. James Shepherd, Samantha Harrison, Kathleen Harrison and Kenneth Billington travelled to London in July to a Queens Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to receive the award.

Meanwhile, Sam was presented with Calderdale Councils ‘Good Citizen’ award at a dinner and council meeting at Halifax Town Hall in early December, becoming the third generation family member to receive the recognition.

New signings

Samantha was recently presented with a special award celebrating 25 years service to the Elland organisation, whilst the desire to continue the band’s success was shown with the signing of new players Janet Wiffen, Janice Davison, Jane Klevnow and Lyndon Beeby as well as player promotions to Bethan Plant and William Spencer.

French Flag

French contenders ready for National challenge

February 21 • Thirteen bands will battle for French National titles in Nantes this weekend.


Withington Course set for 10th anniversary in European City of Culture

February 21 • Allan Withington's Conducting Summer School will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year in Leeuwarden, the European City of Culture — and you can be a part of it...

Black Dyke uniform

History shows that Black Dyke bottled it...

February 21 • A fantastic replica uniform from the earliest days of the Black Dyke Band has come up with a colourful surprise thanks to Centre Stage Uniforms and some historical research...


Scots look for march to mark 60th anniversary of NYBBS

February 21 • The Scottish Brass Band Association is offering a grand first prize for the young composer who can mark the 60th anniversary of the National Youth Band of Scotland with a cracking march...

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Chamber Ensemble

Friday 23 February • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Chirst Church Ilkley

Saturday 24 February • Christchurch,. The Grove,. Ilkley LS29 9LW

Elland Silver Band -

Saturday 24 February • All Saints Church Savile Road Elland HX5 0NH

Milton Keynes Brass - "Blow away those Winter Blues"

Saturday 24 February • The United Reformed Church. High Street. Newport Pagnell MK16 0FH

The Cobham Band -

Saturday 24 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall . 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton. KT7 0LQ KT70LQ

West Somerset Brass Band

February 23 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet and baritone section. We are a community band playing all over Somerset and hope to undertake a tour to France later in the year. If you can play whatever standard please make contact

The Corsham Band

February 22 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team

Thundersley Brass Band

February 20 • Thundersley Brass, a Championship section band based in Benfleet, Essex are welcoming applicants for the following positions (seats negotiable)from April 2018:. Eb Bass. BBb Bass.

John Maines

BA (Hons)
Presenter, compere and conductor