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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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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National Youth Championships 2022!

Charlotte Birch : 28 March 2022 11:35 am : Beginners Band, Contest, Debut Band, Home, Junior Band, News, Youth Band

What a weekend…!

Lions Academy Band

First to play was our Academy Band in the Elementary section on Saturday morning.
1. The Muppet Show
2. Londonderry Air – Soloist, Charlie Kearon
3. The Saddleworth Suite – Pots ‘n’ Pans, Grasscroft Ghoul & Friezland Fiesta
4. Abide With Me

4 Bars Rest said “Lions certainly had a gold hallmark about their set under conductor Tom Hancock, as they opened in a long line with the ‘Muppets Theme’ (with brilliant car horn soloist), before segueing skilfully into the euphonium solo ‘Londonderry Air’ played wonderful by ‘Best Soloist’ winner Charlie Kearon.
Their original brass band work, Dave Chapman’s ‘A Saddleworth Suite’, featured great percussion and plenty of spooky ‘Grasscroft Ghoul’ sounds before it closed with a wicked ‘Fiesta’ complete with signature jester hats. They rounded off their set with a warmly played ‘Abide with Me’.”

Lions Academy Band were absolutely thrilled to be crowned National Champions and are so proud of Charlie for being awarded Best Soloist as well! Also, a special shout out to Musical Director, Tom Hancock, who is currently celebrating 25 years as a Lion!

Lions Debut Band

On Saturday afternoon it was the turn of the Lions Debut Band to take to the stage in the Debut Section!
The aim of the Debut section is to enable beginners to receive their first experience of public performance as well as provide a space for more experienced players to perform in a non-competitive environment. All competitors in this section should have a positive experience so to encourage them to continue to progress on their instrument.

1. Debut
2. Rock Steady
3. Heavy Metal
4. Samba Party
5. The Hip Hop Train

4 Bars Rest Said “Such an innovative set from Lions ‘Debut’ Band. Pre-made backing tracks really helped aid the youngsters to produce a wonderfully fun performance. Great stuff, well done!! Lions Debut Band featured a number of new compositions from their MD. They opened with a wonderful piece called “Debut” – very fitting indeed. Followed by a trio of pieces including “Heavy Metal” in which they released their inner Iron Maiden!”

The Debut Band thoroughly enjoyed their performance, for some of them this is the first time they ever performed in front of a LIVE audience, we are so proud of them.

Lions Youth Brass

Sunday then saw Lions Youth Brass take to the stage in the Championship section!

1. Out of the Mountain
2. First Light – Soloist, Hannah Taylor
3. Neverland

The Youth Band were absolutely over the moon to be awarded second place and a gold award! Musical Director, Nigel Birch, said this will go down as one of the bands greatest ever achievements. Nigel celebrates his 27th performance at the National Youth Championships this year!

4 Bars Rest said “A deserved Gold Award went to runner-up Lions Youth Brass, with a set that showed their growing maturity under MD Nigel Birch. Their opening ‘Out of the Mountain’ by Ian Raisbeck was followed by ‘First Light’ played confidently by cornet soloist Hannah Taylor and Christopher Bond’s popular ‘Neverland’.”

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Christmas 2021

Charlotte Birch : 6 December 2021 11:28 am : Concert, Home, News, Youth Band

5th December – Holmes Chapel Christmas Market

We were delighted to be invited along to play Christmas Carols at Holmes Chapel Christmas Market this year, such a lovely event and very well attended by members of the public as well.
Organisers of the event wrote to us and said they said they were very impressed by the bands standard of performance and professionalism and they would like us to return again next year!

1st December – Middlewich Light Switch On

Our Christmas festivities started on Friday 1st December as we performed Christmas carols for the Middlewich Light Switch on!
There was huge crowd which made for a very festive atmosphere. A huge thank you to Middlewich Town Council for inviting us along.

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Tickets on sale for annual Christmas Concert

Charlotte Birch : 25 November 2021 7:17 pm : Beginners Band, Concert, Home, Junior Band, News, Youth Band

Our annual Christmas concert is back for 2021 and it’s one not to be missed! Come along and hear Christmas classics from all 3 bands (including the usual audience participation)!

Price £5 or £3 for under 16’s

Tickets are available from:
Tim Bramwell – 01270 766638 or
Keith Ludlam – 01270 762726 or
Also available from The Market Tavern, Sandbach.
Band parents will be able to purchase tickets on a Tuesday evening. 

This is our first performance to the public for nearly 2 years, where all our fantastic young players will be performing. The proceeds from the event will go back into the band and other Rotary Charities. We would like to thank The Rotary Club of Sandbach for organising this event.

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Remembrance Sunday

Charlotte Birch : 14 November 2021 8:17 pm : Concert, Home, News, Youth Band

Lions Youth Brass playing at the cenotaph in Sandbach

Lions Youth Brass are bursting with pride today as members of our organisation took part in many Remembrance services in and around the area. Whether you were with us in Sandbach, playing in your other bands or attending a service elsewhere, we are very proud of you all today. We will remember them.

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Beginners and Juniors Join Forces

Charlotte Birch : 11 November 2021 11:34 am : Beginners Band, Home, Junior Band, News

Our Beginner and Junior band joined together on Tuesday night and enjoyed a fantastic hour of music making!
The evening started with some singing and rhythm games led by Beginner band Musical Director, Jamie Sharp and then moved to the rehearsal of several pieces from a booklet called ‘Playing in the Band’. Junior band Musical Director, Tom Hancock, gave some brilliant tips to our young musicians including how to stop and start together and how to stagger breathing between you and the players sat around you.

The evening went so well that both Jamie and Tom decided that this wouldn’t be the last time you see these two bands collaborate…watch this space!

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NEW CD Available for Purchase!

Charlotte Birch : 11 August 2020 6:55 pm : News

We are very excited to announce that our new CD, Reflection, is available for purchase or digital download!

If you would like to purchase one of our new CDs in person, we have arranged a collection point in the car park of Sandbach School on Saturday 15th August at 9:30am to 12:30am.

Please put cash, or a cheque payable to Lions Youth Brass, in an envelope for your allocated disc and any others you may wish to purchase, with your name on. If you do require additional discs , please let us know prior to the collection day. If you can not collect at this time please contact Nigel Birch ( and he will arrange an alternative method of collection or delivery.

To purchase our new CD via digital download, please follow the links below

If you are purchasing our new CD on an Apple device, please go to

If you are purchasing our new CD on an Android device, please go to

Track List

  1. Starburst (Live performance)
  2. Dark Eyes
  3. New York New York
  4. The Closest Thing to Crazy
  5. Fly Me to the Moon (Live performance)
  6. Bohemian Rhapsody (Lions Junior Band)
  7. Trumpet Blues and Cantabile
  8. One More Step
  9. Valiants Arise
  10. Guava Guy (Lions Beginner Band)
  11. Under the Boardwalk
  12. Sanctuary (Live performance)
  13. Blue Moon (Live performance)
  14. Toccata in D Minor
  15. A Little Prayer
  16. Slaidburn (Lions Reunion Band)
  17. African Funk (Lions Reunion Band)
  18. Jubilation (Lions Reunion Band)

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Meet Lions Youth Brass!

Charlotte Birch : 26 June 2020 1:00 pm : News

Get to know the players and tutors within our brilliant organisation!

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Remembering Nell

Charlotte Birch : 22 May 2020 7:39 am : News

Today marks the 3rd Anniversary of the Manchester Bombing.
A number of our players attended the concert and some lost a close friend, Nell Jones. From there The Remembering Nell Foundation, was launched and it is now a charity Lions Youth Brass are very proud to support.

On 30th June Lions will host our awards evening which will include music, raffles and other activities, all funds will go to the foundation. To raise awareness of the event we would simply ask you to like and share our post.

The day before the event a draw will be made from those who have shared the post and the winner will receive a free lesson online from Gary Curtin.

Please take a moment to listen to the Manchester Hymn and remember all of those families who were affected by the tragedy.

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