During these difficult times which we are facing with the COVID-19 Coronavirus, meaning that band rehearsals are currently cancelled until further notice, the band members all met tonight on Zoom to have a catch up. It was a great laugh and it was great to see everyone after nearly two weeks off. We will be doing this regularly each week during 'lock down' to help keep the moral of the band high during these hard times of social isolation.
After the recent advice from the government and other sources, the committee of the band has taken the very difficult decision to suspend all rehearsals for the near future.
The health and well being of our band family is paramount at this time of uncertainty. To our players and our supporters, stay safe. We hope we all come out the other side fit and healthy and ready to entertain you all very soon.
Today saw the band perform in the 2nd Section of the North of England Brass Band Championships at the Gala Theatre in Durham, performing "The Golden Sabre" by Kit Turnbull. Even though the result was not the one the band wanted, it was a credible performance in which the band gave their all. The Golden Sabre has tested each member of the band, with each member rising to the challenge. The band remain in the 2nd Section for another year so we can give next year another shot and continue to build as a band.
A big thank you goes to all of our supporters for your good luck wishes this past week and to our band members for putting a lot of time and dedication into rehearsals. Time to now look after each other in difficult times ahead and hopefully come out the other side fit and healthy.
Big congratulations goes to Cockerton (1st Place) and Durham Miners' Association (2nd Place) for qualifying to go and represent the North East at the National Finals in Cheltenham in September.
The full results:
2) Durham Miners Association
4) NASUWT Concert
5) Dunston Silver
6) Ashington Colliery
7) Barton Community
8) Ferryhill Town
9) Bearpark & Esh Colliery
Today has seen the band host a workshop style day as part of our preparation for the North of England Brass Band Championships in two weeks time. The band split into sections and worked with individual tutors before coming together for a full band rehearsal.
The band would like to say a massive thank you to Dan Thomas, Adam Reed & Garry Reed (Black Dyke), Tina Mortimer (NASUWT Riverside) & Ed Chapman (Reg Vardy) for being fabulous tutors and leading the sectionals. The band members got a lot out of their expertise and a lot of great work was done towards The Golden Sabre.
Also, a thank you goes to Pittington Primary for allowing us to use the school for the day.