Haigh Woodland Park
The band were invited by Friends of Haigh Woodland Park to kick off their Brass and Picnic series of concerts. The band played a fantastic selection of traditional, modern and popular music from some of the best known writers and arrangers for brass bands. The audience had a great time in the sunny weather and we look forward to playing there again in the future. Many thanks to our hosts for their hospitality and help and the appreciative audience.
Boarshurst Band Club
The band had the privilege of playing at the Boarshurst Band Club on a night where our performance was live streamed to a global audience. The band played a varied selection of traditional, modern and popular music which was well received by a vastly knowledgeable audience. Without a doubt a thoroughly enjoyable night was had by all, with feedback and reviews proving that the band yet again delivers outstanding and entertaining concerts. Our thanks go to Boarshurst Band Club for their hugely popular and innovative way of promoting the brass band movement. You can watch the whole concert on Boarshurst Silver Band 's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BoarshurstBand/
The band enjoyed a party at the bandroom to celebrate BBb bass player J-P's 50th and cornet player Chris' 60th birthdays. The band wish them both a very happy birthday and many happy returns.
North West Regional Championships
The band played at the Empress Ballroom, Blackpool for the annual North West Regional Championships. The band played the set test piece Stantonbury Festival by Ray Steadman-Allen to a high standard. The hard work and commitment of the band and MD Ben Coulson was rewarded with a very creditable top 6 placing and another trophy for the prize cabinet.
A Rehearsal with Philip McCann
In preparations for the North West Regional Championships the band had the privilege and pleasure to have a rehearsal night with cornet legend Philip McCann. As the former tutor of MD Ben Coulson, Philip shared with the band his invaluable wealth of not only being the finest cornet player around but also a highly respected conductor and adjudicator in his own right. The band gained a vast insight into delivering high standard contest performances. We thank Philip for his support and positive input and look forward to working with him again in the future. It was good to see that the hard work and effort of both the band and MD is paying dividends and the band continues to move forward, onwards and upwards!!
Clean Sweep of Prizes at Preston
The band attended Brass at the Guild Contest with their tails up following their recent result at Rochdale Contest. The band entered the contest playing A Saddleworth Festival Overture by Goff Richards and came away with Best Soloist Award awarded to Principal Cornet James Ball, Best Euphonium awarded to Darren Fawcett, Best Basses awarded to J-P Coulson, Andy Maguire, Dave Lyon and Johnny Day and to top it off took the coveted First Place!! Musical Director Ben Coulson was thrilled to win another trophy in only his second contest leading the band. This achievement is a great testament to the hard work of Ben and the band who are now preparing for the upcoming North West Regional Championships at Blackpool.