In 2007 Skelmersdale Prize Band were extremely proud to announce the development of a youth band. The West Lancashire Youth Brass Band (WLYBB) under Musical Director Jon-Paul Coulson aims to train and encourage youngsters in the area to learn to play a brass instrument.
The band rehearses from 6:45 to 7:45pm every Tuesday. Members also enjoy workshops and trips out during school holidays...for free!
Throughout the year WLYBB will be aiming to encourage more young children to learn to play a brass instrument, and the band will be partaking in many concerts and events.
Any new players are extremely welcome to come down to rehearsals, regardless of age or ability. Tutors are available to help within rehearsals and also to give individual tutelage free of charge.
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The band were invited to perform at a Royal Wedding themed street party at Hurlston Hall Golf Club. The event was organised to raise money for NSPCC. The band, conducted by Jon-Paul Coulson played brilliantly! Many thanks to senior band members who helped and the event organisers for their kind donation to the band.
After their rehearsal on Pancake Day, WLYBB enjoyed pancakes prepared by our newly appointed 'Band Chef'.....JP!
Well done to one of our 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.
To say thank you for all the hard work and commitment members of the youth band have shown, we visited Chester Zoo. It was a fantastic day enjoyed by all and we even got to see the new baby elephant.
During the summer holidays, volunteers from the senior band organised workshops during which youngsters developed skills in playing as an ensemble, played games and learned to march....not an easy skill to master! The workshops were great fun and the next ones are already being planned!
Slow Melody Competition
This years slow melody competition was well attended by youngsters from the youth band, Birch Green Brass Band and Skelmersdale Prize Band. The youngsters impressed adjudicator Charlie Dickinson with their high standard of playing and confidence. Charlie gave the youngsters encouraging feedback and a few pearls of wisdom, having been a player and conductor of Skelmersdale Prize Band himself. The competition was followed by a gala concert held at Skelmersdale Football Club.
During the May half term, youngsters from WLYBB and Birch Green Brass Band attended a two day brass workshop. We worked on pieces we will be playing in the upcoming summer concerts (including two new Beatles songs) and performed our slow melody pieces. After all our hard work, we were treated to lunch and a team building afternoon at the Beacon where we built shelters and cremated food on a camp-fire.
Every year, the budding brass-players have the opportunity to perform, not just in an ensemble, but as a soloist in the Slow Melody Contest. Members of the band and other youngsters play a slow melody in competition with children of their age. Mr.John Doyle adjudicated in both 2008 and 2009 and gave the youngsters lots of positive feedback. The winners have the chance to perform their slow melody at a Gala Concert. We are all very much looking forward to the next competition in March 2010.
We're not just about playing music. WLYBB is a great place to socialise. Our trips out have included bowling and lazer quest, the cinema and seeing Foden's band in concert.
An aim for the band was to take part in a brass band contest to provide a good experience and a competitive atmosphere. The National Youth Brass Band Championships at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester gave us this opportunity. Although there were no prizes up for grabs, we received useful comments from the adjudicators which will help us to improve.
The St. Helen's Hymn and March Contest was the first contest which allowed us to be adjudicated for prizes. We played in the same competition as Championship section bands, making it near-impossible for us to be placed in the prizes. But, we played excellently and received a £100 bursary from the event organisers for doing so.
We were very proud to be invited to play at Clarence House in front of HRH The Prince of Wales at the Business in the Community Awards 2009. The whole event was sponsored by the Co-op. The five-hour coach trip down to London was both tiring and exciting, especially after waking up at six in the morning. Neverthless, the band waded through the busy London traffic and arrived only 45 minutes late. We performed for an hour in front of HRH, business men and women, entrepreneurs and celebrities like Julian Smith and Shaun Smith (Saxophonist and Vocalist from Britain's Got Talent), as well as the hilarious Omid Djalili. Our time in London and especially with Prince Charles was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We welcomed new players from Birch Green Brass Band and are proud that several of our youngsters are rehearsing with the senior band. Some members of WLYBB have now joined the senior band and are enjoying performing at concerts and contests with them. Well Done to all!