This weekend has seen the band have had a busy weekend to finish November and start December. On Saturday (30th November), the band braved the cold morning and entertained the wonderful shoppers who were visiting Durham Christmas Festival. A big thank you to Durham Markets for having us and to everyone who helped put a little something in our buckets
On Sunday morning (1st December), the band performed for Pittington Primary School's Christmas Fayre.
Today saw the band perform at a soggy Dalton Park with rain coming and going throughout the day. A big thank you goes to everybody who put something into our collecting buckets to help support the band.
Today has seen the band start the 2019 Christmas Season, performing in the town's bandstand in a damp Beamish Museum. If you would like to hear the band over the Christmas Period then please check the band's calendar on the website. Click here to go to the calendar to see where the band performs over the Christmas period.
Tonight saw the band hold its Annual General Meeting. At the end of the meeting, there were many awards presented to the band members. These awards were:
Congratulations goes to all of the award winners
It was an honour to lead part of the parade alongside the Royal Signals (Northern) Band today at Sunderland. The band have supported this parade for over 10 years now and it is always a privilege to be a part of one of the largest parades outside of London. A big thank you goes to Steady for joining us today.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Tonight saw the Esh Winning Banner Group organise a concert which showcased the band and all of the achievements and silverware which the band has achieved and won this year. A big thank you goes to the Esh Winning Banner Group and Councillor Jean Chaplow for their continued support throughout the year. Another thank you goes to Michael Fairless for helping us out tonight on Horn.
Tonight saw the band play at Bearpark Club to conclude the Bearpark & Esh Community Festival celebrations. We featured many soloists, Valerie on Principal Cornet, Jonathan on Euphonium and Michael on Flugel. A big thank you to our deps Katharine, Chloe, Helen, Michael and Steve. We really appreciate your help.
The band are delighted to announce the birth of our newest little member, Thomas Arthur Rowell. Solo horn player Lindsey and Dave on Percussion welcomed their son on the 23rd September weighing just 4lb 7oz. Mother and baby are doing really well. Coming a month early we were lucky he let Lindsey and Dave compete at the National Finals before his imminent arrival after. Congratulations from all the band and we look forward to meeting him soon.
This weekend saw the band compete in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in the 3rd Section at Cheltenham, this being the third time this decade (the other years being 2015 and 2016). After an early start with the first pickup at 7:00am, the band got down to the hotel at 3:00pm and got straight into the final rehearsal.
After a chilled Saturday afternoon of using the spa/swimming pool and a lovely evening meal, we headed to Cheltenham Racecourse and found out we were drawn 10th. After giving it our all, the band are pleased to be the 10th best 3rd Section band in the country and very proud to have represented the North East. We even got mentioned as having a real viking in the band (well done Iain, our bass trombone player - you made the big screen).
Well done to the winners Uppermill, and also to the other representative of the North of England, Trimdon Brass who were placed just below us in 11th place.
A massive thank you goes to all of our followers who have supported us this weekend and everyone who has donated financially to raise money to get us to the National Finals, we really appreciate it. Now it's time to resume playing normal music for our next concerts and embarking on the 2nd section in January.
To view the photos from the weekend, press read more.
Today the band played at the Sunderland Riverside Festival in a pop up bandstand with a great view of the river.
Today the band played to a very appreciative audience in St Emmanuel Church in Saltburn. We featured Lindsey and Catherine as our soloists today on horn and flugel. We also drew our National Finals Grand Prize Raffle during the interval. The list of winners can be found below the images of the day below. A big thank you goes to Adam, Connor, Lucy and Dave for helping out today.
To see the images from the day and the winners of the Grand Prize Raffle Draw, then select read more below.
The band performed at Durham Castle last night as background music for the Societas Liturgica conference. Prior to that we marched them around Palace Green after their service in Durham Cathedral.
Not his first job with the band but we would like to officially welcome Keith Barrow who has taken up our 2nd Euphonium vacancy. He has settled in well with us and hope he has a long and happy future with the band.
This weekend has seen the band perform at Beamish Museum and at Saltburn.
Today saw the band have a hot afternoon entertaining the huge crowd at South Shields Amphitheatre. We played something for everyone including some requests. We even managed to squeeze in a conducting competition with the audience, which saw Fred win a band pen for winning the competition. A big thank you goes to David, Kath and Jimmy for helping out today.
Today has seen the band participate at Durham Miners' Gala. The band performed outside of the County Hotel and by the 'Steps' where we had a wonderful reception from the public. A massive thank you goes to Mike, Steady, Beth W, Beth J, Jonny, Amy, Ed, Ben, Lucy, Dave, Yvan, Connor, Harri, Trevor, Les, Adam & Tonia for helping us out today. Your help is much appriciated. To see the images and videos from the day, select read more.
Tonight has seen the band perform at a fundraising concert at Bearpark Club and featured Richard Butler , a close friend of the band, singing. Everyone had a great night and we raised over £300 towards our National Finals fundraising campaign. A massive thank you to everyone who came along and dug deep.
Today the band played in the Durham County Brass Band Association “Picnic in the Park” Entertainment Contest. We played a solid programme and featured Solo Horn player Lindsey Rowell as our stand up soloist playing Go the Distance. The result was not meant to be for us today but a massive well done to Spennymoor on their prizes and 1st place. Onwards and upwards to the National Finals in September.
Section B results:-
1) Spennymoor Town (Fiona Casewell)
2) Bearpark and Esh Colliery (Phillip Tait)
Best Soloist:- Mike Fisher, Flugelhorn - Spennymoor Town
Best March:- Spennymoor Town
Best 4th Section band :- Spennymoor Town
This week has seen two members of the Band graduating. On Wednesday (3rd July), Daniel Cooper (our Repiano Cornet player) graduated from Durham University. On Friday (5th July), Richard Evans (our 2nd Cornet player), graduated from New College Durham with a First Class Bachelors Degree with Honours in Business Computing.
Massive congratulations to you both from all the band!
Tonight the band entertained the shoppers at Tesco's in Durham. We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who dug deep into their pockets to put a donation in our buckets. Tonight's money is going directly into our National Finals Fundraising pot.
Phillip also needed a little help tonight with his conducting. Esmee took the baton off him to conduct the band playing Happy. You did an amazing job.
A big thank you to our deps Adam, David and Kym for helping us out. We really appreciate your help. Another thank you goes to Tesco Durham Extra Community for supporting us to get to the National Finals in September.
This weekend has been a busy one for the band, with two performances at Esh Village (22nd June) and Wharton Park (23rd June). At Esh Village Summer Fete, the band had an enjoyable time entertaining the people who turned up. It was also great to see some many people supporting this event and also buying band raffle tickets for our Grand Raffle.
It was a hot afternoon entertaining a lovely crowd at Wharton Park as part of their summer brass series. A big thank you goes to Claire Hornsby for helping us out on Euphonium.
To view the photos from the two events, please select read more.
Today the band performed in the DCBBA March & Hymn Contest held at Beamish Museum. We played Ravenswood and Gresford (arranged by Sandy Smith). Although we were the only band who entered Section B, the remarks and verbal comments from Mike Kilroy were excellent and to help the band move forward to the National Finals in September. A massive thank you to all who helped us out today to make our appearance possible. We really do appreciate our dep friends a lot.
Today has seen the band perform in the wonderful surroundings of Ushaw College. This is one of our favourite local venues and we enjoyed entertaining the audeince with one of our most demanding programmes to date. We featured many of our fabulous soloists in the band and stepped into a big band set in the second half of the programme.
A massive thank you goes to our deps Steve, Mal, Tony, Pauline and Jimmy for helping us out today. Also, a big thank you goes to Steve Robson for organising the Brass Series at Ushaw.
The photos from the concert can be seen below.
The band have been entertaining the crowds in Durham Market Place today but we didn't manage to dodge the rain. Big thank you to all the general public who dug deep and filled our buckets which goes towards the day to day running of the band. Also a massive thank you to Walker and Sons for supporting the band with reduced price tea and coffee's. We really appreciate it.
Today's job also saw the first job for our newest member, Jonathan, who has joined us on Principal Euphonium. We hope you have a long and happy time with us all.
After finding out that the Chester-le-Street car boot had been cancelled due to the weather, the band van made it's way to Ripon Racecourse to sell some bargains. Today's fundraiser raised an amazing £155 for the National Finals. A big thank you to Michael, Valerie and Helen who went down to sort everything out and work their magic with the selling skills and the band members and supporters for donating items to sell.