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2017 has been a year of progress for the Beginner Band, and what progress it has been!
Everyone connected to the organisation has been delighted to see the huge increase in numbers we’ve had join the band since September. We now total a very healthy mid-thirty in terms of membership and it has been a real privilege to see these new, eager, young musicians settle in and develop their musical skills. I can’t wait to get working with them on our chosen programmes for our forthcoming competitions.
I was very pleased with the performances the band gave at both the Newcastle and National contests. Newcastle was particularly pleasing due to the fact we played twice in a short space of time, having chosen to compete in both the Under 14 and Under 19s. Joint second and third (in the U14’s and U19’s respectively) were just rewards for the band. I was delighted with the performance the band gave at the Nationals in April. Although we didn’t manage to add to the prizes we have won there over the past three years I was very proud of the assured, calm and confident way in which the band played, and particularly with the comments we received from the judges. There’s always 2018!
Concerts are the lifeblood of the band though. The band has given many super performances across Cheshire in 2017. We’ve had a turbulent year in terms of player movement but performances have always been good, particularly recently as I feel the band has belied its young age and inexperience.
The annual awards night was a great success. It’s a cliché but I could have made an argument for every child in the band to win something. As it was myself and my team settled on the following very deserving winners:
- Bandsperson of the Year: Paddy Bloor
- Player of the Year: Oliver Livsey
- Pride Award: Verity Morris
- Players’ Player of the Year: Poppy McLaren
- Most Improved Player: Charlotte Shaw
Looking ahead I’m excited for 2018. As always the Spring term will see us busy rehearsing for our two contests whilst the Summer will see plenty of concert performances.
As always, a huge thanks goes to my team; to Derek, to Charlotte and to Matthew, a huge thank you for everything you have done this year. You are a pleasure to work with. In addition, this year the band has greatly benefitted from the wisdom and expertise of Chris Taylor, Julian Brooks and Emma Dean, all of whom have given up their time on Tuesday evenings to help us give our new starters the individualised time they deserve. Thank you to you all for always going the extra mile and giving your all.
Sadly, we are losing Matthew from our team in January. Matthew is hugely popular with all the members of the band and he is a gem to work with. It is not an exaggeration to suggest that 75% of the organisation have benefitted from his knowledge and expertise. He will be hugely missed. Thank you for everything you’ve done over the many (many!) years you have been part of Lions Youth Brass. Don’t be a stranger!
So, roll on 2018!
We were up early for breakfast this morning as we had to pack up all our stuff and clean the accomodation. With the help of everyone in the band, Ty Clwyd was looking spotless in no time!
We set off for our perfromance in Oswestry at around 10am.
Following a lovely buffet lunch, the band performed to a small audience, lets be honest, it’s all about the quality and not the quantity.
At the end of a tiring week, the band did well to maintain their focus and produced yet another solid perfromance. Their were a number of excellent solo contributions by Isabel, Rhys, Suzanna and Callum.
After the concert, we set off for our home town, Sandbach, for our end of tour meal. Big thank you to the Wheatsheaf for providing a delicious afternoon!
We then walked over to Sandbach High School, Derek did want us to march over but this idea was not appreciated!
Sandbach High School is the venue for our traditional end of tour concert, hosted by the Rotary Club of Sandbach
After setting the stage and greeting our family and friends, it was time for the concert to begin. The band kicked off their programme with a new piece called Road to Run.
During the first half, their was excellent solos again from Natasha and Sophie. Also our star, Daisy Dalton, gave us her version of the tap dance in Singin’ in the Rain.
The first half was brought to a close with one of the bands favourite pieces, The Conquest of Paradise.
After the interval and possibly the longest raffle in history, the band was introduced to the audience in sections during 500 Miles.
We then went into some solo perfromances by a number of this years leaving players which included, William Dakin, Cameron Brooks and Isabel Capewell. We were also treated to a Tenor Horm feature, Rag-Time for Horns, which featured another of our leavers, Hannah Mills.
It was then time for the traditional end of tour speaches from our two band representatives, William Dakin and Sophie Barwick. This included several funny stories from the week including, the fiesty and competetive Melissa, hillside tabogganing, the annual rounders match and the new up and coming mischief maker, Kai.
The Committee members that went on tour were then surprised with some lovely gifts from the band, however, this also included some ‘joke’ presents as well, including a CD for Nigel of his ‘favourite person and a rounders set for Carol.
The band then played another couple of tour classics including, I Will Follow Him and YMCA featuring this years dance troop.
Then followed the presentation to this years leavers, Cameron Brooks, William Dakin, Caitlin Ottley, Hannah Mills, Isabel Capewell and Edward Shirvington.
Cameron was also presented with the most prestigious award of the year, Bandsperson of the Year.
Retiring band representative, Will Dakin was then given a gift for the brilliant job he has done over the last two years.
The band were then joined in the percussion section by Charlotte, to test out our new bass drum. Also featured in this piece was Natasha Brett and Caitlin Ottley.
Nigel then gave the end of year thanks, before the band finished with their signature tour piece, Can Can which bought the concert to a fun and rousing conclusion.
– Nigel Birch
Tour 2017: Day 7
This morning, without Brian’s pot bashing (thank goodness) the band got up at 7am to be showered and ready to leave by 9am!
We arrived at Bodnant Welsh Food Centre in the pouring rain, with some time to look around before playing. In our lunch break, the rain flooded the gazeebo and Emily and Anne had to sit on quite wet chairs. We finished with an ice-cream, the favourite this time being Chocolate Brownie which was amazing!
Back to the accommodation and the band enjoyed a choice of curry or sweet and sour chicken both of which were delicious.
After tea we went to our concert at Gloddaeth Church, where Niamh managed to trip on the stairs resulting in the second hospital trip of the tour. Never the less, the concert was very well received and we got back base for Katie’s famous hot chocolate and a good nights sleep!
See you tomorrow for the end of tour concert!
– Leanne & Jamie