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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.


Stars Signal intent at Cosford Open Day

November 24 • Ian Porthouse, Katrina Marzella, Richard Marshall, Nick Hudson, Simon Gresswell and Helen Varley will be leading an Open Day alongside The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals at RAF Cosford next week — and you can be there!


International flavour to the Scottish Open in Perth

November 24 • There is a cross border, cross ocean feel to the Scottish Open Championship in Perth this weekend.

Swiss flag

Swiss contenders ready to seek Eden in Montreux

November 24 • 67 bands will compete for the various Swiss National titles in Montreux this weekend, with the best seeking a trip to Utrecht by creating their perfect Eden.


A4 look to invigorate quartet writing with new initiative

November 24 • The A4 Brass Quartet is hoping a new composer competition will help reinvigorate the art of brass ensemble writing...

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

Strata Brass

November 24 • Bb BASS. The band are currently preparing for Butlins/Area Contests (1st Section). MD Jonathan Bates (Solo Horn - Fodens Band). Rehearsals SUN/WED,bandroom 5 mins from J35/36 M1 (Hoyland)

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.

Julian Bright

Conductor, Compere/MC, Cornet Soloist