Lions Hit High Notes at Congleton Park

Charlotte Birch : 9 July 2017 7:25 pm : Beginners Band, Junior Band, News, Youth Band

Lions Youth Brass in full swing at Congleton Park on Sunday.

Lions Youth Band struck a chord with the audience as the sun shone over the Costa del Congleton (as Chris elegantly put it).

The afternoon, courtesy of Congleton Lions Club, started with a strong performance from the Youth Band, with highlights including Crazy Little Thing Called Love, popularised by QueenThe Music Man from Sandy Smith, Aerosmith’s Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing, and Velocity by Jonny Bates.

With the audience tapping their feet and clapping their hands enjoying the warm afternoon in the park, it was time for Chris and the Beginner Band to take over.

For three of Chris’s players, Harry, Max, and Dominic, Congleton was their first Lions concert and it definitely started with a ZAP! BANG! and POW! as the band belted out the Batman theme tune.

After a touch of the caped crusader, it was onto pieces including Monday BluesMadrigal, Highland Cathedral, Tango Time, and Sand Between Your Toes. A big shout-out had to go to the young horn section, who were featured on a performance of Country Rock.

After the Beginners it was on to Tom and the Junior Band, who were playing their first performance since coming second at the Whiston Festival of Brass the week before.

The band’s performance  included Coldplay’s Viva la Vida,  the fab four’s Hey Jude,  Scarborough Fair, and Daydream Believer.

With the Junior Band ending on a high note it was time for the Youth Band to return to the stage – this time with a number of solo pieces.

Soloists included the principal cornet, Tash, who played Til There Was You and bass trombonist Callum, who took a trip to the jungle with I Wanna Be Like You.

The band ended with the Can Can, a real Lions favourite, but more of that will be revealed at the End of Tour Concert, on 27th July, 7pm, at Sandbach High School!

All three bands will next be in action at the Awards Concert, on Tuesday (11th July), at Ruskin High School, Crewe. The concert starts at 7pm

 

Congleton Park 2017

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Our Adventure in Whiston

Charlotte Birch : 3 July 2017 7:05 pm : Contest, Junior Band, News

The Lions Junior Choir singing Viva La Vida! Picture: NJB Photography

At 12pm on Saturday 1st July, our Junior band set off for Whiston!

Having arrived at approximately 2pm, the band made their way to the village hall for a quick rehearsal ready to blow the judges away, at the 6th Annual Whiston Festival of Brass.

After a strong performance from Shirland Training Band it was time for Lions to take to the stage – a stage that looked quite compact thanks to how many players turned up.

Their first piece struck a chord with the the audience as, in brass band tradition, they played the famous march True and Trusty.

The Juniors then managed to get the audience singing along with Viva La Vida, featuring the Lions Junior Brass choir, this got great comments from our judge! Scarborough Fair came next, arranged by our one and only Steve Barwick. This was performed with clarity and maturity, which was very hard with such an open stage.

Next it was time for our percussion section to step into the limelight with the very exciting, yet incredibly noisy, Fascinating Drums – you just couldn’t beat that performance!

The Juniors finished on a high note, featuring our very talented Horn section! This left the audience with a smile on their face and a spring in their step.

After all of the performances were finished we were delighted to hear that the Juniors had been awarded…

2ND PLACE! 

As we were all in such high spirits it was time for ice cream – thanks to Matt and Charlotte’s brilliant bartering the band scooped a great deal.

With full tummies and some very hyper youngsters, it was time to get the coach home.

I’d love to tell you that’s where our story ends…

Unfortunately, having not been on the road for 1 minute our trusty coach broke down.

All of the children stayed very calm, which made the adults job a lot easier. Our favourite quote of the day came from the back of the bus “Isn’t our driver nice, letting all of these cars past!”

After Jose had spent a good  while trying to fix the coach, we quickly learnt that we were going to be here for some time.

The entire organisation would like the thank Rob, from the festival committee, for providing us with a fantastic room, food and drink, free of charge!

Seeing as we had a few hours to spare it was time for a spontaneous rehearsal! This involved using tables as music stands as well as a drum kit.

 

After a long four and a half hours had passed we received the call from Jose that our saviour had arrived!

Thankfully, despite the delays, the band were in good voice on the way home and we arrived in time to get up bright and early to play at The Weaver Stadium the following day.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported us on Saturday, parents and committee members, we couldn’t have done it without you.

 

Whiston Festival Of Brass

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Tour preparations in full swing!

Charlotte Birch : 27 June 2017 9:23 pm : News, Youth Band

Preparations for are our summer tour to North Wales are now in full swing!

Jane, Brian and Katie did their first food shop at the weekend, where I believe there were no Parma Violets harmed this year. The meat has been ordered ready for our roast dinner on Friday night, courtesy of Katie and Charlotte (that should be interesting.) And the tuck shop stock is filling up nicely, don’t forget your pennies!

All that’s left to do now is dust off those Can Can hats and put the final programmes together!

Now, where did I put my suitcase…?

Here are some pictures from last year to get you in the tour mood

Yes, we do ask for volunteers in the kitchen

If this is your first tour you can expect the Brian alarm clock!

We’re always having fun

 

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Meanwhile, in the Beginners…

Chris Thompson : 31 May 2017 11:18 am : Beginners Band, News

There is lots of hard work going on in the Beginner band room at the moment as the band prepare for the summer concert season. New items are being prepared, to be performed alongside concert favourites such as ‘Batman’ when the band perform in several venues across Cheshire East in July.

Our ‘Cool Crotchet’ award is, as ever, hot contested, with several children having taken Jeff, the band mascot home for the week. Jeff always returns to band the following Tuesday having had a great time!

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Youth Band Concert for Stoke-On-Trent Lions

Graham Shaw : 20 May 2017 2:55 pm : Gallery, News, Youth Band

Here are some photos from our concert on 12 May at The Bridge Centre…

Bridge Centre

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