On Friday 9th June, 2017 the band set off to compete in the Annual Whit Friday Marches for the 3rd year running. We were delighted to enter 6 villages and we won the 4th Section for all of them! At Friezland, which is both 3rd and 4th section, we came 2nd overall!
The weather held out for us and the sun was clearly shining on us as we even beat some bands ranked 2 sections above us.
We are now looking forward to our Summer concerts and our first ever Nationals Contest as we head to Cheltenham in September.
On 27th May the band were delighted to provide the music for the wedding of the Euphonium section Michael and Lynsey. We played in the ceremony, which included special music written and arranged for the day followed by a performance in the beautiful Liverpool Town Hall. We welcomed some very special friends to help us out as some of the band where somewhat busy!
We had lots of great feedback with many people commenting on how magical and atmospheric the band made the day, adding that extra touch.
We have just performed in the Whit Friday Marches (which fell in a good place this year, with the Happy couple jetting off on Monday!) and will have more information to follow once all the results have been published.
We are pleased to announce the signings of 2 new players to the band to help take us into our concert Season and to bolster the band for our first ever National Finals contest in September.
Rob Jones has joined the band on 2nd Cornet after helping us out in our first 3 contests. Rob started playing in Booker Avenue school and was taught by Bob Dean and Julie Baker. Rob played for the NCWO in his youth and has gone on to play with a number of local ensembles.
Izzy Cross has also joined the band on 2nd Baritone. Izzy is from Dudley and started playing Cornet at 10 before moving on to Euphonium. Before moving to Liverpool to study Music and Maths at the University of Liverpool, she played for Dudley Performing Arts Brass Band.
I am sure you will welcome our new signings who now complete our line-up and arrive just in time for our 24-hour Blowathon tomorrow night!
After the bands success in the recent Contest in Blackpool, the North West Area Championships; we were delighted that our 2nd place has sent us to the National Finals! The contest is in September and also in Cheltenham, which means we will need to travel a fair way to take part.
We have a number of extra events organised to try and Fundraise for the contest, one which includes a 24-hour Blowathon, where the band will be playing continuously for 24 hours From Friday 28th April to Saturday 29th April.
We also have a Just Giving page to help us try and raise the money necessary to be able to go to the Finals, so please donate generously!
Mike A. Jackson