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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.


RNCM announces conducting link with Foden's

August 17 • The Royal Northern College of Music has announced an innovative conducting link to North West champion Foden's.


Superb tuba on hand at Band Supplies

August 17 • There is a superb fully refurbished 922 round stamp Boosey & Hawkes BBb tuba ready for a new home at Band Supplies Leeds.


Ager to take helm at City of Norwich

August 17 • The experienced Mark Ager will take over the conducting lead of City of Norwich Band with Cheltenham on the horizon.


Judges announced for Brass Showcase event

August 17 • Four entertaining Scottish bands will have their efforts scrutinised by some fearless judges — and an audience — at Johnstone Town Hall later this month.

St Michael's Brass Band - We are playing in Middleton Town Centre.

Saturday 18 August • Middleton Gardens, Middleton. M244DF

Ibstock Brick Brass - Ibstock Country Fair

Sunday 19 August • Ibstock Showground. Pretoria Road. Ibstock. Leicestershire LE676LN

Black Dyke Band - St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate

Saturday 1 September • Duchy Rd, Harrogate HG1 2EY

Contest: 166th British Open

Saturday 8 September • Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA

Black Dyke Band - Brass on Sunday Gala Concert, Birmingham

Sunday 9 September • Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA

Elland Silver Band

August 17 • Are seeking a Repiano Cornet Player. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced or talented young player to join one of Yorkshire's progressive championship section bands.

Crewe Brass

August 17 • Crewe Brass seek Eb and Bb bass, Euphonium and Baritone players. We are a friendly 1st Section Band and perform at a variety of events (including contests) under the baton of our MD Matt Pithers. Rehearsals are every Friday at 7.45pm in Shavington, Crewe.

Burnham and Highbridge Brass Band

August 16 • The Burnham and Highbridge Band has the following vacancies: Principal and 2nd Trombone, 2nd Euphonium and, Back Row Cornets.

Christopher Houlding

Conductor, Performer, Educator