Skelmersdale Prize Band

Registered charity number 508535

News 2020

Radio Broadcast and fond Farewell

The band were sad to hear of the passing of a former player, Eddie Lyon. Eddie was the brother of our bass player Dave, and the family have an incredible history with the band stretching right back to 1903. The band put together an isolation recording of 'Abide with Me' as a tribute. 
This was then picked up by East Leeds fm who interviewed our MD Ben about it. Follow the link below to hear the interview and recording, and look for 'Keeping a Distance, Staying Close #25', and it is 27 minutes into the programme. 


Check it out on YouTube here:

Bodyshop Fundraiser

With the band are missing out on some of our regular concerts, our flugel horn player Ellen has become a bodyshop representative in her spare time. This is great as it not only supports the band financially but she is also keeping us looking as smelling our best. 

Lockdown Practice Challenge

Of course, due to the national Lockdown amid the Corona Virus pandemic, the band have unfortunately had to stop band practice and cancel rehearsals. But that doesn't stop us from Practicing. Congratulations to our Euphonium and cornet players Kira and Steven for completing our 30 day practice challenge

Contest Success!

On the 28th February, the band competed at the North West Area Championships in the 4th section. Our performance of 'Neverland' lead to an amazing 2nd place out of 16 bands. The band has now qualified to represent the North West region at the national finals in Cheltenham later this year. 
The band has also been promoted to the 3rd section for 2021! 
We had two guest players on the day, who have enjoyed it so much that they are now full time members, but...
We are still in need of a cornet, trombone and Bass player, please check out our vacancies or contact JP on 07950 839123 to find out more. 

Skem Band Welcome New Signings

We're thrilled to welcome Kate Turner, Melissa Taylor and Jenny Littlehales to our band family. Melissa and Jenny join our cornet rank and we look forward to them joining a great cornet team. Kate Joins us on solo horn, having previously played with many local championship section bands, her experience is a welcome asset to the band. Kate is joining due to the band's previous solo horn, Gemma, is having a break from band while she focuses on some interesting developments in her professional life. 

Rehearsal with Morgan Griffiths 

The band enjoyed a rehearsal with the legendary euphonium player Morgan Griffiths ahead of our area competition. Morgan was solo euphonium at the world famous Black Dyke Mills Band from the age of 17, and many more world class bands after that. He is currently the conductor of the Hammonds Band in Yorkshire. 

We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Looking back at the year, 2019 has been a great one! Thank you to all our members and supporters for your hard work, commitment, support and lots of laughs. We're so excited to see what 2020 brings!  Keep up to date with our upcoming events on social media and our website...we look forward to seeing you!