Skelmersdale Prize Band

Registered charity number 508535

NEWS 2010

Pie and Peas!: The band's last rehearsal before the Christmas break will be Monday 20th December. To thank the band for their hard work over the last year we are finishing an hour early (9pm) to enjoy pies, peas, mincepies...all for £1!. If you wish to join us for a chat and a laugh before the Christmas break please let us know by emailing us  Players and partners, ex-players, and friends of the band and youth band welcome!

Congratulations Keith and Jackie: The band would like to send their belated congrats to band member Keith Sharples and his partner Jackie Neave on their engagement. Keith has played with the band for over 25 years! Keith has a wealth of knowledge and experience in brass banding and music in general, and alongside other longstanding members of the band he has helped us to maintain our reputation of having an astounding and rivalled bass section. We wish Keith and Jackie the very best of luck, health and happiness and hope to see them both very soon. Click here to view our current vacancies!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... The band played their first Christmas job of the season at Skelmersdale Concourse. Thanks to members of the youth band who came along for the experience and did very well! Next up is the lights switch on at Ormskirk.  Click here to see our events list.

Remembrance: Skelmersdale Prize Band and West Lancashire Youth Brass Band played at the Remembrance Day Parade in Skelmersdale. After the parade, members and supporters of both bands enjoyed pies and peas at the bandroom. It was nice to see Richie Maguire and Emma Wignall back and thanks go to them both. The band thank Linda and Evan for arranging the food and Kath Lyon for baking all the pies! A thanks and well done also goes to Roger Ford who did a great job of playing Last Post.

New Players:
Skelmersdale Prize Band are pleased to announce Mr John Roberts as Musical Director. John, former principal cornet player of the band returns bringing with him a wealth of experience and commitment. The band are very much looking forward to working with him.
The band also welcome a trio of new players, click on the links to read the full story on
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Youth Band Workshops: Members of the band held another workshop for the youth band this half-term. This followed on from workshops held in the summer when we visited Chester Zoo. We are already looking forward to the Christmas Workshop! 

Good Luck at Pontins!: The band wishes Longridge Band the best of luck at Pontins this weekend. Percussionist Jonathan Whittaker will be playing with the band at the contest  alongside our previous principal cornet player Debbie Williams. Good Luck Longridge!!
Bye Richie and Pam: The band are saying goodbye to Richie and Pam Maguire. We wish them luck. Click here to view our current vacancies. However the band welcomes any players!
Well Done:  Ben and Bernice did fantastically well at the music festival. Ben (15) came third place just beating his sister Bernice (12) who came fouth. Well done to both...the band are very proud of you!
Southport Music Festival: Ben and Bernice Coulson will be competing at Southport Music Festival on Friday. The band wish them both the very best of luck!
Well Done Sally: Well done to one of our WLYBB tenor horn players Sally Whittaker for playing at Liverpool Cathedral. Playing at such a venue is a great achievement and the band are very proud of Sally.

Moving up:
Well done to Bernice Coulson who has been promoted to 1st horn! Bernice joined us from our youth band and the commitment she shows has payed off as she is improving greatly. She is doing a fantastic job of playing the challenging part while Ken is playing solo horn.
Vacancies: Following the departure of some of our players the band has vacancies for various positions. Click here to view our current vacancies. However the band welcomes any players!
WelcomeSara: The band are pleased to welcome Sara Orrell joining our solo cornets. 
Thanks Amy: The band are also saying goodbye to Amy Horridge. Amy was also heavily involved in the youth band and so both bands would like to thank her for her hard work and commitment over the years and wish her luck.
Good Luck Ben!: The band are saying goodbye to principal cornet player Ben Coulson. Ben started playing with the band as a learner and is now beginning to develop into a very talented player. Ben is leaving to play solo cornet with Blackburn and Darwen, with whom he will be competing in the upcoming contests. The band wish Ben the very best of luck and success.

Thank you:
  The band would like to thank David Chapman for his superb efforts conducting the band at concerts and rehearsals over the last few weeks. We hope that in doing so David has gained some good experience and wish him well.
Welcome: The band are pleased to welcome Chris Hibberd joining us on 2nd Trombone completing the trombone section.
Goodbye: The band are sorry to be saying goodbye to some of our players this summer. Debbie Williams our principal cornet player is leaving us as well as one of our Euphonium players Bob Dunn who has moved to Scotland. We are also saying goodbye to our conductor Charlie Dickinson. We would like to thank you all for your hard work, commitment and fun you have brought to the band and wish you all well in the future.
Listen to the Band!:Both the main band and WLYBB have started a very busy summer of concerts and other events. Check out our events page (or the list of upcoming events on the left) it'll be great to see you!

Brass Workshops:Youngsters from WLYBB and Birch Green Brass Band enjoyed two days of brass workshops ending in a team building afternoon at the Beacon. The afternoon was very well organised by Forest Schools and we enjoyed working in teams to build shelters amongst lots of other fun activities and games.

Well Done JP!: Band member JP Coulson walked 40 miles from Keswick to Barrow in a great time of 10 hours and 46 minutes...the pie and pint at the end must've been a good incentive! JP completed the challenging walk to raise money for the band and CICRA (Crohn's in Childhood Research Association). If you haven't already done so, please sponsor him by following the link Sponsor JP

Buxton Contest: After a great performance of Oceans under the baton of our new Musical Director Charlie Dickinson, the band had a great result in coming second place at Buxton contest! Well done to all the players and all the hard work you all put in. It was a debut for one of our youth band who has risen through the ranks, so congratulations to Bernice Coulson on tenor horn in her first of many contests and concerts!

40 Mile Walk!: On Saturday 8th May, band member JP Coulson will be walking 40 miles to raise money for the band and CICRA (Crohn's in Childhood Research Association). Please sponsor him as generously as you can. A sponsor form will be in the bandroom however if you wish to sponsor JP but are not a member of the band please email us. The band wish JP the best of luck and thank him and all who sponsor him.

North West Area: The band came 10th in the 3rd section at Blackpool. Although a disappointing result after all their hard work the band should feel very proud as they gave an excellent performance. Well done to all, especially our soloists who did a superb job.

The Skelmersdale Bands Story: The band are proud to announce the production of the book 'The Skelmersdale Bands Story' available to buy from the band for £5. The book gives an account of the history of the band from it's beginnings in 1878 and has had much input from several of our members. Also available is a CD recorded by the band selling at £8. 'Another Openin'' features the band performing well known pieces of music from film, theatre and television. If you wish to purchase either (or both!) of these products please email the band

Announcement: We would like to welcome Charlie Dickinson as MD for the forthcoming North West Area contest

Farewell:  It is with regret that Skelmersdale Prize Band announce the departure of MD J ludden and solo horn Joanne Ludden. We wish them both well in their future endeavours and would like to take this opportunity to thank them both for all the hard work over the past couple of years.

Northwest Area Contest Blackpool! The band are busy preparing for the area contest playing the test piece Labour and Love. The contest is being held at Blackpool Winter Gardens, Sunday 14th March starting at 10.00. The band invites supporters and followers of the band on the coach for a great day out at a small nominal charge!

Great Performance at the GuildHall, Preston! The band came a very creditable 4th place in a tough section at the Guild Hall, Preston. Both the players and the MD came off stage thoroughly happy after the performance and looking forward to Blackpool with our hopes high.

Some good comments came from 4bars rest:

Skelmersdale (J.Ludden) (8)
Dark Side of the Moon (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)

A steady opening with things cetainly kept in reserve. Trombones lead with conviction before solo cornet and horn take control. The troms and bass end are making sure their presence is not going to go unnoticed when the music dynamics permit. The nicely secured slower figure's unfolding is well judged. The development towards its bouyed close is well plotted by the MD to round out a generally solid performance".

LATEST NEWS! The band are preparing for two contests coming up. First up is Preston Guild contest at the Guild Hall, Preston on 7th February. The contest sees the debut of another talented member of the youth band David Green on 3rd cornet. All his hard work and endless practice are now paying off, much to the relief of his parents!!!!

Next up is Blackpool contest on 14th March at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The band are playing Labour and Love which is the set peice for the areas.