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20 year accolade for White River Brass sextet

Brett Baker and his trombone friends notch up a great 20 year anniversary with their most recent appearance.

  The Primary School Band certainly played their part in a great event

The White River Brass sextet recently celebrated 20 years of existence at the Empire Theatre in Consett.

Formed by trombonist Brett Baker to act as an educational outreach project, the group has always boasted many of his colleagues from the Black Dyke band.

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This year Brett decided to link up with students from the University of Salford and the RNCM for the concert and so he was joined by James Atkins (cornet), Keith Britcliffe (cornet), Jess Wilson (horn), Adam Bokaris (euphonium) and Harry Cunningham (tuba).

Keith performed 'Share my Yoke' with Consett Brass, whilst Harry showcased his talents on 'Fnugg'. Adam rolled back the years with the classic, 'Grandfathers Clock', whilst Brett showcased Gershwin's 'I Loves You Porgy' alongside repertoire from previous concerts over the past two decades.

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Through the day the ensemble was involved in theory classes with Year 3,4,5 and 6 year pupils from Consett Primary School and sectional rehearsals for the evening concert.

There, the Primary School band of 40 players performed five numbers to an enthusiastic audience, before Brett conducted Consett Brass, the brass band associated with the local Consett Salvation Army Band which celebrates 140 years since its formation this year.

White River Brass also wowed the audience with a variety of styles of music in the second half with the theme of 'Around the World'.

Formed by trombonist Brett Baker to act as an educational outreach project, the group has always boasted many of his colleagues from the Black Dyke band4BR

New commission

Later this year Black Dyke will perform a new commission to mark the 140th anniversary event when they visit Consett for a eagerly awaited concert on 19th October. To be written by composer Steven Ponsford it will contain the 'Consett' and 'Unsworth' hymn tunes which are associated with the local Corps.

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Sam Fisher

BA (Hons), PGCE, Dip.ABRSM
Conductor, Adjudicator (AoBBA), Composer/Arranger, Cornet & Flugelhorn Soloist