Skelmersdale Prize Band

Registered charity number 508535

NEWS 2011

Merry Christmas!: On Thursday the band ended their last rehearsal before Christmas with a party...thank you to Linda and Ellen for organising the food. We braved the hail-stone to play carols in Ormskirk and on Sunday we'll be ending the year with a carol concert. First rehearsal of 2012 will be Tuesday 3rd January. Thank you to our MD David, players, comittee members, friends and supporters for all your hard work and support over the year. We really have achieved so much and have lots to look forward to in the coming year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!  

Remembrance: The band lead the Remembrance Parade in Old Skelmersdale joined by air, sea and army cadets, veterans, scouts, cubs and a good turn out of local residents. Principal Cornet player Georgina Moulsdale played The Last Post and Reveille beautifully and the parade was followed by pies at the bandroom. Thank you to everyone who helped organise the pies...they were very much appreciated!

North Wales Contest: Well done to the band for their third place at Llandudno. Well done and thank you to David Chapman for doing a superb job of his first contest as conductor. It was a great performance from all and a very promising result.

Good Luck Skem: This Saturday the band will be competing in the North Wales Contest. This is our first contest in a while and our conductor's first contest as conductor. The band have worked very hard preparing for the weekend and just being able to get back out onto the contest stage is fantastic in itself. Well done for what we've achieved so far this year...and good luck!

Congratulations Dave: The band wish our bass player and Chairman David Lyon a very happy 65th birthday. We also send our best wishes to Dave and his wife Kathleen on their 40th wedding anniversary...congratulations!

New March Books: The band say a huge thank you to solo cornet player Andy Watkinson for producing a full set of new marching books for the band. The books look great and the band are looking forward to using them on Sunday for the Remembrance Parade.

Bowling!: 24 members of the band enjoyed a night of ten-pin bowling. The band enjoy the social side of banding and it's great to see such a friendly atmosphere. J-P was 'King of the Pins' with the highest overall score and his daughter Bernice scored the lowest! Phi, Chris, Evan, Linda, Ken and Eileen's team scored the highest overall.

Decorating: Thanks to members of the band who've given their own time to decorate the bandroom, it's looking better already and with all the hard work Linda, Evan, Ken, Dave and J-P are putting in it'll look fab when it's finished! The band think Linda deserves a pie for all her hard work!! 

It is with sadness that the band announce the death of friend,former player and conductor Mike Hughes. Our thoughts and prayers go with his family.

Happy Birthday: The band wish Sara Orell a very happy 21st birthday. 

Well Done!: Well done to solo cornet player Andrew Watkinson who completed the Liverpool Marathon in a fantastic time of 4hr 51mins!

Good Luck: We wish our conductor David Chapman the best of luck at the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall. David will be competing with DW Pemberton Old Band for whom he plays solo trombone.

Well Done Georgina!: Our Principal Cornet player Georgina Moulsdale took part in Southport Music Festival today....and won first place in the Open Section! Well Done Georgina!

Martin Completes Bass Section: Martin Kerfoot joins the band on BBb bass, completing the bass section. 

Another 'spring' clean: Members of the band have given the bandroom another 'spring' clean ready for re-decorating. Thanks to all who helped...the bandroom looks great with our 27 trophies gleaming after a good polish!

Welcome Back Georgina!: The band are very pleased to welcome back Georgina Moulsdale on Principal Cornet. Our young cornet section are coming on strength to strength and it's great to have Georgina back leading the rank!

ANOTHER New Player!: The band are very pleased to welcome Andrew Silman on Solo Trombone...our seventh new player! Seats are filling now check our CURRENT VACANCIES any players welcome to come for a blow.

Good Luck Rebecca: The band are very sorry to say goodbye to Rebecca Hindley who has moved to Pemberton B Band. We wish her the best of luck!

Congratulations!: The band wish our sop player Helen Melling a belated happy 18th birthday! Several players from both the senior and youth band have done very well in their GCSEs...well done!

Six New Players!: The band welcome 6 new players. Helen Melling (sop), Ted Griffiths (solo cornet), Heather Walton (solo cornet), Laura Marsh (repiano cornet) and Tom Williams (2nd Horn) are all talented young musicians with heaps of enthusiasm and great attitudes. The band also very pleased to welcome back Andrew Maguire on EEb bass. The band are pleased to have all six onboard and wish them an enjoyable and successful future with the band. It's great to see new faces and the seats around the band are now nearly all filled!

New Musical Director!: The band are very pleased to announce David Chapman as their Musical Director. David learned to play trombone in Skelmersdale Prize Band Youth Band 13 years ago and now returns to conduct the band after studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. David brings with him much musical talent and enthusiasm and the band are very much looking forward to working with him.

Thank you John: The band would like to thank John Roberts for his commitment and support he has given the band over the last year. John conducted the band for a year and in this time brought much stability to the band and helped us to develop massively as a band. We wish John all the best.  

Moving up: After lots of hard work Rebecca Hindley has moved onto Solo Cornet. Well Done! 

Rehearsals: The band will now be rehearising on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-10pm... see you there!!

 It is with great sadness that the band announce the sudden death of Jenny Penk, wife of our percussionist Alan. Our thoughts and prayers are with Alan and his family at this time. Anyone wishing to send their thoughts to Alan and his family may do so via the band email or posting to the bandroom, the band will pass these on.

Farewell: The band are sad to be saying goodbye to our sop player Roger Ford but wish him the best of luck in his future ventures.

Catch-up: Our Summer Newsletter is now here to catch-up on the latest news at Skelmersdale Prize Band and West Lancashire Youth Brass Band.

Welcome: The band are very pleased to welcome June Newbigging on Tenor Horn.

1966 Recording: Mr Derek Halstead kindly sent the band a recording of the band playing Lorenzo at a Blackpool contest in April 1966. Mr Halstead was playing trombone with Hebden Bridge Band who also featured on the original recording. After some digging through old contest programmes we found the two bands competed in Section B at the contest. Skem Band played Lorenzo and won with 187points. They were conducted by W. Lyon and Dave Lyon, Danny Kiggins and Peter Gore were playing on the recording. Hebden Bridge, conducted by R. Page played Les Preludes and came 2nd place with 185points. The band would like to thank Mr Halstead for this thoughtful gesture.

WLYBB workshop: The youth band held another enjoyable and successful workshop where they worked hard rehearsing their programme for upcoming events. Lunch was followed by fun and games...including giant ten-pin bowling!

Sounding great: The band performed brilliantly at Southport Botanic Gardens. The poor weather meant the band played inside church where they were able to show off their great sound. Well done all and thanks to Peter, Colin and Danny. Look out for photos in our gallery.

Welcome: The band are very pleased to welcome two new players! We are pleased to welcome Lewis Sanderson on solo cornet and Phil Staples on percussion. The two join us just in time for our busy summer season! The band are pleased to have both onboard and wish them an enjoyable and successful future with the band. It's great to see new faces and the seats around the band filling!

Great Concert!: The band played brilliantly at Parbold Hall on Sunday 22nd June where some of our new players made their debuts. Thanks to all the band and borrowed players. The band are sounding great at the moment, check out our events list and come for a listen!

Evan wins jackpot: The band bonus ball bingo has been won by Evan Mawdsley. It was a great way to raise money, raising £403 for the band!

Well Done JP!: JP Coulson completed the 40mile Keswick to Barrow Challenge in a fantastic time of 9hours and 43 minutes...well done! He followed the walk with a 'stroll' around Ormskirk, playing in the St. George's Day Parade!! JP completed the walk to raise money for CICRA (Crohn's in Childhood Research Association). Thank you to all who have sponsored and supported JP.

Well Done Youth Band: Members of West Lancashire Youth BrassBand were invited to perform at a Royal Wedding themed street party at Hurlston Hall Golf Club. The event was organised in order to raise money for NSPCC. The band, conducted by Jon-Paul Coulson played brilliantly! Many thanks to the senior band members who helped and to the event organisers for their kind donation to the band. WLYBB are now looking forward to their next concert which will be at St. Richards Church on June 5th.

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Great Concert: The band performed a great concert at Prescot Methodist Church. The band sounded brilliant and enjoyed playing their entertaining programme. Lots of positive and encouraging comments were made by the audience....well done band!! Thanks to John and the band for a great performance, Peter Littlehales, Jo Ludden (great to see you again!) Andrew and John Sudworth for your help and to Prescot Methodist Church for your hospitalilty...we're looking forward to next year already!

Sponsor JP!: Our bass player Jon-Paul Coulson is mad enough to walk 40 miles from Keswick to Barrow...AGAIN!! Please sponsor him and support the charity CICRA (Crohn's in Childhood Research Association) by emailing the band

Pancake Day: After their rehearsal on Pancake Day, WLYBB enjoyed pancakes prepared by our newly appointed 'Band Chef'.....JP! 

Welcome Back Tony!: The band welcome back their 'old' friend Tony Thomas on Euphonium. It's great to see Tony back at the band after a short break from playing. Click here to view our current vacancies.

The Giving Machine: You can now support us by shopping via The Giving Machine. By shopping via The Giving Machine retailers give us a costs you no extra than it would if you shopped directly from the retailer! Click here to sign up for free and support us while you shop!

Liverpool Museum: Members of the youth band worked very hard during the Christmas season and to say thank you for this hard work and their commitment a trip was arranged to Liverpool Museum. It was a great day and we are looking forward to the next workshop and trip out at Easter time. One person did fall asleep in the planetarium...they shall remain un-named!

Slowly entering the 21st Century!: We are slowly dragging ourselves into the 21st century and you can now follow us on twitter! Click here to follow us.

Busy Year Ahead!: The band's diary is already beginning to fill up with concerts and other events throughout the year...keep an eye on our events calendar for updates.

Pie and Peas!: The band's 'Pie and Peas' night was a great success. It was great to see so many familiar faces and some new ones too. It was also great to see so many of the band's supporters enjoying the evening. Thanks to those who helped to organise the night and make it so enjoyable. We're looking forward to the next one! 

Welcome!: The band are pleased to welcome Adam Dutch to the bandroom, playing BBb bass. Adam is completing a PGCE at Edge Hill University and has successfully found the bandroom's bar! Although used to playing in orchestras and big bands, we're sure he'll enjoy the brass band world and the band look forward to working with Adam in the new year.

The Skelmersdale Bands Story: The book 'The Skelmersdale Bands Story' is still 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