The Band has had a very enjoyable afternoon performing to a wonderful audience on such a glorious autumn day at Beamish Museum today. It was also the first official concert for our new 3rd Cornet player Pauline who has been promoted to the Senior Band from the Learners Band. Well Done Pauline!!!!!. Also, thank you to Les for coming along for a blow and helping out on the Front Row.
Today has seen the Band perform at the final concert of the Summer Season at a windy South Shields. A big thank you goes to our helpers today, it is really appreciated. The Band also took part in "Brass the Baton" which was organised by England Athletics. The Video of our entry can be found at the bottom of the blog post.
The Band had a very enjoyable afternoon spent at Saltburn Bandstand. Unfortunately, our audience got caught up in the rain and moved to shelter under the umbrellas and trees. The Band carried on regardless and stayed dry in the Bandstand. Today was the last appearance at Saltburn for the Band this year and we hope to be invited back next season. A big thank you goes to Sean for helping us out today on Euphonium.
The Band escaped some of the showers to play to a busy Beamish Museum audience. A big thank you goes to all of our helpers today who covered due to holidays.
As part of our CD Project this year, we decided to open the design of the front cover out to Year 6 Children in 3 Primary Schools that have connections with the Band: Bearpark Primary School, Esh Winning Primary School and Pittington Primary School. The Year 6 Children were given the huge task of bringing together a film themed cover including the name and picture representation of what music will be on. We left it very open ended to allow their imaginations to run wild. Yesterday, our Life President, Dr Lamb did the difficult job of judging the winner. He chose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place from each school and then an overall winner.
Dr Lamb chose a winner from each school, along with a second and third place. He was delighted with how creative the children have been. He chose an overall winner who will get their design printed onto the front cover of the CD. The winner also gets a family cinema ticket to see a film of their own choice. The overall winner was Ella Docherty from Pittington Primary School.
We would like to say a massive congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone else for taking part.
Today has seen the Band play in the Durham Miners Gala. The atmosphere was great and the new polo shirts went down a treat. A big thank you goes to all of our supporters on the steps outside Waterstones, both going in and out. Happy Birthday goes to our learner Leila, we hoped you enjoyed the whole crowd singing to you. A massive thank you also goes to Jordan, David, Yvan, Christian, Emma, John, Garry, Steady, Les and Helen for helping us out today. Thank you goes to Doreen and Roy Lambeth who took photos of the Band during the day.
We even had a celebratory drink in the pub after we had finished playing. We even had our very own community police officer as our photographer.
Tonight has seen the Band perform at the annual Pre Durham Miners Gala Concert in Newhouse Club tonight for the Esh Winning Banner Group. The Band will be up bright and early on Saturday to take the Esh Winning and West Rainton School Banner into the Gala.
The Band competed in the DCBBA 'Picnic in the Park' Contest this afternoon. Although we didn't come away with any prizes, the Band played well and we received some excellent remarks from the adjudicator. A Big thanks must go to Dan, Connor, Abi and Colin for helping us out today. A big thank you also goes to Hugh Stephenson for allowing us to use some photos of the Band from today.
The Band have had the pleasure of playing at the wonderful venue of Ushaw College this afternoon. Despite the weather being lovely the grass was too wet for us to play outside. We had a very appreciative audience who got a sneak preview of our Picnic in the Park Programme for tomorrow's Picnic in the Park Contest. Today's outing was not without its problems however. Our principal cornet player Michael is unwell today and was unable to play so a massive thank you goes to Michael Fairless for stepping in at last minute to help out. Our conductor Phillip also got stuck at work so thank you to our percussionist Alan Beaumont for stepping in to conduct the first part of the concert and to Alan Tullet for jumping onto the kit last minute. A big thank you to all of our deps today we really do appreciate you giving up your time to help us and also, a big thank you to the staff at Ushaw College for being so understanding.
Tonight has also seen the Band have a "pre-Contest" Social Night at Alishaan's Restaurant in Durham.
Tonight has seen the Band perform at the Armed Forces Day Weekend Celebration in Sunderland tonight. We ended the evening joining up with the singers to perform the traditional Last Night of the Proms pieces. A big thank you goes to all of our helpers tonight.
The Band would like to say a massive thank you to the County Durham Community Foundation for their generous grant to allow us to lower the Band Hall Ceiling. This has greatly improved the Band Hall environment, which includes new lighting and better acoustics. It will also be a lot warmer in the winter.
Today has seen the Band perform at a very hot and sticky Wharton Park today. We certainly needed our sun cream and water today. It was also nice to see so many people visiting the park and enjoying our concert. Thank you to all of our helpers today.
The Band has had an enjoyable albeit hot day yesterday next to the iconic Tommy Statue in Seaham as part of Seaham Council's Brass at the Seaside. A big thank you goes to all of our borrowed players who helped out today, it is very much appreciated.
Today has seen the Band perform at Saltburn Bandstand today. The performance went well although it was windy and we managed to avoid most of the showers. We also had a wonderful audience to play to as well. This was the first of many concerts over the summer season and a first for Phillip Tait, the new conductor. The Band also dedicated Angels by Robbie Williams to all of the victims and fatalities in Manchester and London. A big thank you goes to all the players which helped us out today.
This Weekend has seen the Band go into Whitewolf Recording Studios to complete the 2nd Half finish the recording of the Brand New Band CD. We have had a fantastic weekend with a lot of laughs. Now that all of the recording has been completed, there is now just the hard work of editing the whole thing to make the final product. There are quite a lot of thank yous which need to be given for this weekend and they are:
Once everything is completed, the Band will have a CD which everybody can be proud of and we can't wait for it to be completed.
The Band performed at the first job of 2017 at the Durham Army Cadet Force Mess Dinner in Newton Aycliffe tonight.
The band are delighted to welcome three new players. Dan Cooper joins us on Repiano Cornet, Tyne Anderson joins on 2nd Trombone and Kweku Bimpong joins Alan, Tim and Dave on the Percussion Section. We hope they have an enjoyable and happy future with the Band.
A Brass and Percussion Ensemble from the Band joined the Crook and Weardale Singers for a terrific performance of The Armed Man at Stanley Crook Church tonight. There will be a second performance of it at Ushaw College on Saturday 1st April.
The Band took part in the North of England Brass Band Championships today at the Gala Theatre, Durham. This year, the Band competed in the 2nd Section (the first time since the 1980's), played Rhapsody in Brass and we were placed in 7th. This is a result which the Band can be proud of to say the least of, due to having two promotions in two years. 2015 in the 4th Section and 2016 in the 3rd Section. A big thank you goes to Steady, Garry, Jack and Dan for helping us out and also to all the Band for their hard work in the run up to today. Congratulations to Ashington Colliery Band and Houghton Brass on qualifying for the National Finals in September.
The Band would also like to congratulate Georgia Stones on winning the Ray Evans Memorial Trophy for the Youngest Player of the Winning Band in the 4th Section. Well done Jayess Newbiggin on their victory and qualifying for the National Finals. A massive congratulations also goes to Kym Daley on winning the Ralph Bell Memorial Trophy for the best Euphonium in the 4th Section. A well deserved award going to a very good friend of the Band.
Today did also see two people say goodbye to the Band as well. Peter Elcoat, our Conductor, leaves the Band to continue his musical career and Ian Clayton, who is retiring from Brass Bands. The Band would like to thank you both for your loyal dedication and hard work to the Band over the last year. We wish you both all the best for the future and hope that you both won't be strangers to the Band.
The Band had a very enjoyable evening at the Test Piece Showcase Concert hosted by the Reg Vardy Band tonight. The Band performed a solid performance of Rhapsody in Brass with some good advice from Russell Gray to work on before we hit the stage on Saturday. A big well done also must go to Reg Vardy, Spennymoor Town Band, Dunston Silver Band and Ferryhill Town Band for some excellent performances of their own test pieces. A massive thank you goes to all at Reg Vardy for your support both in the workshop and tonight.
The Band took part in a workshop day with players from the Reg Vardy Band. The Band worked hard and showed a lot of improvement ready for the Area Contest in Three Weeks Time. A massive thank you goes to Graeme, Les, Jillian, Fiona, Andy & Dave for all their guidance and expertise in the sectionals. Also, a big thank you goes to Pittington Primary School for allowing us to us their facilities and also to Kym for standing in on Solo Euphonium.
The Band would like to say a very warm welcome to Sam Musson, who joins us on Principal Euphonium. Sam is currently studying chemistry at Durham University and will be asset to our Band over the coming months.
The Band would like to say a massive congratulations to Leila, one of our Learners, on passing her Grade 1 Cornet Exam.
Wow what a year 2016 was for the Band. It started off with appointing our new conductor Peter in January. We then hit contesting time and came 2nd at the North of England Brass Band Championships, which meant we qualified for the National Finals in Cheltenham for the second year running.
Devastation hit when sadly Ray Evans passed away in April. The Band pulled together and continued into the summer performing in lots of prestigious locations such as Fountains Abbey, Durham Cathedral and Ushaw College. We enjoyed performing with DMA Band in the Durham Hymns project. September came along and we were proud to represent the North East at the National Finals as we came home being the 19th best 3rd section band in the country. This is something we are proud of. We then hit the recording studio in November and started recording half of our new CD.
Christmas arrived and the Band have been extremely busy raising money to go towards the day to day running of the Band. The Band continues to be very popular with the general public with lots of bookings for 2017.
We would like to say a big thank you for all the support everyone has given the band throughout 2016 and Here is to a healthy and prosperous 2017 to all of our followers and supporters. We look forward to the challenges being promoted to the 2nd section will bring and all the opportunities awaiting us this year.
The Band would like to say a massive congratulations to Lindsey, the Band's 1st Horn Player and David, one of the Band's Percussion Players on their recent engagement. David popped the question in the Lake District. We would like to wish them all the best for many years to come.