The Lions Debut Band is the starting point of the Lions Youth Brass organisation. The band accepts children, aged 6 and up, who are just starting on their journey to learn a musical instrument and grounds them in the basics of music before passing them onto the Academy Band.
Rehearsals are normally completed in a full band format, led by Jamie Sharp, with our excellent team of tutors – Derek, Charlotte, Chris and Debbie – taking out smaller groups to enable children to get more individualised attention. Rehearsals are hard work, however the ethos of the band is that music is a hobby and is to be enjoyed, meaning that sessions are also fun, with a good amount of laughter involved!
The band plays in a number of concerts each year with the other two bands. The band currently enters the Newcastle-Under-Lyme Festival held in March and the National Youth Brass Band Championships in April. In 2016 the Beginner Band completed a hat trick of ‘Band with Most Potential’ awards at the Nationals, having won it in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Players are also encouraged to enter our annual slow melody competition.
The Debut Band’s prize winning performance at the 2015 National Brass Band Championships can be seen via the following link http://youtu.be/-mnTlTsSVCE
Just a few short weeks since our adventures at the Youth Champs (a.k.a. "Nationals"), all three Lions bands turned out in force to wow Alsager Lions with some fantastic performances. The Debut Band (ably assisted by the Academy band and a few helpers) took to the stage first, performing their programme from the Youth Champs. With Jamie at the helm and commentary from Charlotte, the band certainly gave a performance like no other. It's sometimes hard to believe how young some of these players are. The Academy band was up next, also giving the crowd a taste of their Youth ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
What a weekend...! Lions Academy Band First to play was our Academy Band in the Elementary section on Saturday morning.Programme: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 ... Read More
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 email@example.comKeith Ludlam - 01270 762726 or firstname.lastname@example.orgAlso 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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
Our brand new CD 'Reflection' is due for release this Easter! It features our youth, beginner and junior band with three additional tracks from our reunion band made up of over 50 past members! If you can't wait until Easter, we have included some sneaky little previews below. Enjoy! Lions Youth Brass Lions Beginner Band Lions Junior Band Lions Reunion Band Lions Reunion Band Lions Reunion Band ... Read More
On Sunday 2nd December, Lions Youth Brass will be hosting its 13th annual Slow Melody Competition. This is a great chance for all members of Lions Youth Brass to showcase their skills. This year we welcome back Elizabeth Lawrence and Mareika Grey as our adjudicators with Fenella Haworth-Head as our piano accompanist. The last 12 years have been very successful with high participation from members and we're hoping for the same again. Please see attached entry form with all details on. Section times will be announced shortly after the closing date but will between 9.30am and 2pm. This year we will be featuring a family section which will allow brothers ... Read More
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the movies as some of the county's top musicians take you on a tour of the silver screen. From John Williams to Hans Zimmer, Fodens Band, the Roberts Bakery Band, and Lions Youth Brass will be performing together for one night only for their From Sandbach to Switzerland concert. More than 100 of Cheshire's top players will be helping to raise money for the Lions Youth Brass band as they prepared to head to Montreux, Switzerland for next year's European Youth Brass Band Championships. The band qualified to represent England at the prestigious tournament ... Read More
As part of the band's fundraising efforts for Switzerland, a large number of photos from recent concerts are available for sale. Photos are priced at £1 for a high resolution digital download and the band will get 66p from each photo purchased. 3 July 2018 All 3 bands Remembering Nell / Awards Concert - https://goo.gl/amc6BA 7 July 2018 Junior Band Whiston Contest - https://goo.gl/9xyu9n 8 July 2018 All 3 bands Congleton Park - https://goo.gl/1qsYKc 8 July 2018 All 3 bands Macclesfield Lions - https://goo.gl/2Hww9e ... Read More