As 2019 & the 2010s draws to a close, there have been many highlights for the band over the last decade.
On the competition front, the band have also been quite successful:
It has been a unbelievable past decade. The band would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and look forward to entertaining you in 2020 and celebrating our 70th Anniversary.
The band would like to wish all of our supporters and followers a very happy Christmas. Your donations and support is extremely appreciated to ensure financially the band can survive another year.
We have had a very successful year on the competition front leading to represent the North East at the National Finals and becoming the 10th best 3rd section band in the country. The new year will see the band promoted into the dizzy heights of the 2nd section, and we are looking forward to the challenges ahead which comes with being in the 2nd section.
Have a very happy Christmas from us all!
This morning saw the band spreading its Christmas cheer inside TJ Hughes in Prince Bishops Shopping Centre. This was the last band job of the Christmas season, and of 2019.
The band would like to also take this opportunity to thank:
Over the last two nights (Thursday 19th & Friday 20th), the band have been spreading Christmas cheer by playing Christmas carols at Sainsbury's in Durham.
Tonight has seen the band spread some Christmas cheer in Tesco Extra in Gilesgate, Durham. A big thank you goes to Joanne Reay Community Champion for organising and to the general public who donated generously in our collecting buckets.
This weekend has seen the band perform at Beamish Museum and at the Festival of Light in Mowbray Park, Sunderland).
Friday night (13th December) saw the band perform at Beamish Museum for the second consecutive Friday night, for their 'Christmas at Beamish Museum' nights. The band played on the bandstand in the town and even had a solo from one of the museum staff. A thank you goes to Nicola who came to have a blow with us.
Saturday night (14th December) saw the band perform in Mowbray Park, Sunderland for the Festival of Light. It might have been cold and wet, but the general public seemed to enjoy it.
Sunday sees the band have a rest day before the final week of jobs in December and of 2019.
Tonight, the band performed in a joint festive concert with the wonderful Crook and Weardale Choral Society in Stanley Crook Parish Church. This has become a Christmas tradition with the band and we always enjoy working with the choir.
We would like to dedicate tonight's performance to the late Roger Kelly, who was a great friend to the band and a big instigator in starting a wonderful relationship between the band and the choir. His sense of humour and bad jokes were sorely missed tonight.
A big thank you goes to all of our deps tonight: Jim, Adam, Mike, Tonia and Mal. Also a massive thank you goes to the church for its hospitality and fantastic buffet.
The band has had quite a busy weekend spreading the Christmas cheer around the North East. Friday night (6th December) saw the band performing at Beamish Museum, as part of their 'Christmas at Beamish Museum nights'. Saturday (7th December) saw the band playing at the Langley Park Christmas Light Switch On during the afternoon, and then entertaining a very appreciative audience at Birtley Masonics.
It is safe to say that all our band members enjoyed a well earned day off on Sunday to spend with family or spending the day Christmas shopping.