New Musical Director for Lions Academy Band

Charlotte Birch : 22 September 2022 7:45 am : Home, Junior Band, News

We are very pleased to announce that we have appointed Peter McDonough as Musical Director of our Academy Band.

Peter graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with Distinction in Euphonium Performance in 2019. Since then he has taught at many schools and ensembles including Weaverham High School, Chetham’s School of Music and St Helen’s Youth Brass Band.

Peter is currently Principal Euphonium with WFEL Fairey Band and was recently awarded the prize for Best Euphonium at The British Open Brass Band Championships earlier this month.

We are very excited to see what’s in store for our Academy Band!

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Proclamation marking the accession of King Charles III

Charlotte Birch : 12 September 2022 11:15 am : Home, News, Youth Band

Yesterday, 11th September 2022, players from Lions Youth Brass joined together with members of other local brass bands to perform the National Anthem as the town formally recognised King Charles III.

The town of Sandbach sing the words “God save The King” for the first time, accompanied by players from several local brass bands.

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September is here!

Charlotte Birch : 8 September 2022 12:10 pm : News

After what feels like the longest summer break ever, Lions Youth Brass are back and preparing for a very exciting academic year!

We have a jam packed year ahead of us and we can’t wait to share it with you! To see all upcoming events, please head to our events page.

We welcome all young people to come and join Lions Youth Brass. No brass playing experience is necessary, just a willingness to try your hardest, and regularly attend rehearsals and playing engagements. Membership is £10 per month which includes the loan of an instrument, tuition and uniform.

We have a progressive system which allows players to join as absolute beginners from the age of 6 upwards and advance through our Debut, Academy and Youth bands up to the age of 18 years.

We rehearse at Sandbach School, Crewe Road Sandbach, every Tuesday night, and we are very proud of our close working relationship with the school. 

If you already play a brass or percussion instrument and want to join a band please contact us and we will assign you to the right band depending on your experience and ability. However, you do not need to have played an instrument before to join; you don’t even need to have an instrument.

If you are a beginner you will be offered the choice of any of the brass band instruments. One of our debut band tutors will take you out for a few lessons to start which will helps players settle into the band.

The loan of an instrument is provided as part of the subscription (£10pm) and the instrument is upgraded to match each player’s progress through our sections.

Once you join you will be surprised how quickly you make new friends as you work as a team to improve your playing and enjoy a wide range of music and activities. If you are interested, take the first step today and get in touch.

A number of our conductors and tutors are also private tutors. Private lessons can only be organised with them directly and are not associated with Lions Youth Brass.

Contact us at or call 07760867047.

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Tour 2022 – North Wales

Charlotte Birch : 1 August 2022 10:09 am : Concert, Gallery, Home, News, Tour, Youth Band

After three long years…Tour is back!!

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Musical Youth 2022!

Charlotte Birch : 11 July 2022 1:42 pm : Concert, Gallery, Home, News, Youth Band

Lions Youth Brass on stage at Musical Youth 2022

We had an absolutely brilliant day yesterday as we performed at the very first Musical Youth Event!

Lions Youth Brass played alongside other fantastic musicians from Macclesfield Youth Band, Stockport Schools Brass Band, and the Junior and Senior Jazz Orchestras from Music for Life. It was such a pleasure to sit back and listen to other music groups whilst soaking up the sun and indulging in the delicious crepes!

After all the music groups had performed we all came together for the Grand Finale! This was a real treat and a great way to showcase just how brilliant young musicians are.

A big thank you to Tony Wyatt and his fantastic team for putting on such a great event, we hope to see you all very soon!

See more videos from the day on our YouTube Channel!

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Lions Return to Congleton Park!

Charlotte Birch : 4 July 2022 8:54 am : Beginners Band, Gallery, Home, Junior Band, News, Youth Band

After three long years, we were absolutely thrilled to return to Congleton Bandstand for the the first time since July 2019!

The afternoon featured all three of our bands, Debut, Academy & Youth and all sections treated us to a fun, summery programme. Special shout out goes to Jakob who performed his first solo with the band!

This is always such a lovely event and this year definitely didn’t disappoint as we looked out from the bandstand and saw a huge crowd with their picnics, family, friends and our four legged fans.

We are so grateful to Congleton Lions Club for supporting us for the last 33 years, without this we wouldn’t be able to carry on doing what we do.

If you would like to see the band perform again before they break up for summer, just head over to our events page!

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Awards Night 2022!

Charlotte Birch : 29 June 2022 12:26 pm : News

Lions Debut Band with BIG smiles after their brilliant performance!

After a very long 2 years we finally got to celebrate our young people with the annual awards night!

Lions Debut Band

The Lions Debut Band took to the stage first and treated us to a brilliant programme complete within signing, audience participation and some crazy dance moves.

What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor
Drink Up Me Hearties
Rock Steady
Heavy Metal
Samba Party
Hip Hop Train
Robots on The Dance Floor

Lions Academy Band

Lions Academy Band took to the stage next with a wonderfully entertaining programme!

The Muppet Show
Danny Boy (Soloist – Charlie)
Pots and Pans
Grascroft Ghoul
Friezland Fiesta
Abide With Me
Scooby Doo!

Lions Youth Brass

Finally, Lions Youth Brass took to the stage with a great mix of music to finish off a wonderful evening!

Prismatic Light
Demelza (Soloist – Craig)
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
First Light (Soloist – Hannah)
Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace
Carnival De Paris
Sweet Caroline

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New Storage Container for Lions Youth Brass!

Charlotte Birch : 26 April 2022 1:35 pm : Home, News, Video

We are so excited to finally have our own storage container! A huge thank you to Tony at Cooke Containers Ltd and caretaker Gary for having the patience of a Saint!

A massive thank you to Ewan at Acceler8 Clinical Research for helping us fund a brand new storage container for the band, without you this wouldn’t have been possible. We’re really looking forward to a joint concert with Acceler8 Band in the new academic year!

Acceler8 Clinical Research is a global provider of biopharmaceutical services. They conduct clinical trials on behalf of our pharmaceutical clients to get their products to market efficiently and cost-effectively. With offices in Singapore, Australia, and the UK, they are privileged to play a part in the world’s frontier clinical research.

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National Youth Championships 2022

Charlotte Birch : 26 April 2022 1:13 pm : Gallery

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We Stand with Ukraine

Charlotte Birch : 31 March 2022 1:44 pm : Beginners Band, Debut Band, Home, Junior Band, News, Youth Band

Today, Youth band parent, Rob is travelling to Poland to drop off donations to refugees who have had to flee from Ukraine. Thank you to all our players, parents, committee members and supporters who donated towards this very worthy cause. Here is a video of all three of our bands performing the Ukraine National Anthem 🇺🇦

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