The Youth Band is the top tier of the Lions Youth Brass organisation. This band is mainly made up of players from our Debut and Academy band who have progressed through the organisation.

Our youth band were recently awarded 2nd place in the Championship Section at the National Youth Brass Band Championships 2022!

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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New CD Preview!

Charlotte Birch : 22 March 2020 1:02 pm : Beginners Band, CD, Home, Junior Band, News, Youth Band

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

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Tour Day Five

Charlotte Birch : 25 July 2019 12:23 pm : Concert, Home, Tour, Youth Band

The band enjoying a spot of seaside fish and chips

In the early afternoon we played at Llandudno bandstand which featured some of the most enthusiastic dancing we have ever seen!

We were then treated to a lovely Chippy Tea from Chish and Fips – no seagulls this time!

In the evening we performed at the Gloddaeth Church in Llandudno where we were met with a supportive crowd for our last concert in Wales

By Kai

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Tour Day 4

Charlotte Birch : 24 July 2019 8:06 am : Concert, News, Tour, Youth Band

We woke to the sound of a very loud, ear-piercing alarm. It seemed to be coming from Andrew’s Phone 🤔, at 7:00! It was not amicable; it was way too early for anyone.

After our exhilarating morning, we travelled to Bangor Cathedral. Here, we performed a chilling lunch time concert. Next, we ate lunch sat on the Cathedral grounds. Unfortunately for some, we didn’t realise that a colony of seagulls were circling us for dead meat. The seagulls seemed omniscient, understanding all our weak points. It made, for the very least, a very interesting and somewhat entertaining lunch.

The band preparing for the day’s concert.

Following this, we went off to the beach. After facing the dangers of the natural world, we were faced with new perils in the form of Jellyfish, hiding in the dark waters. This didn’t deter some brave or perhaps more accurately foolish members of the band facing the cold water.

Kai, Emily, Abbie, Amy, Alex, Tom, Jake and Leon all faced the water. Leon in particular seemed to be preparing for his upcoming audition for Baywatch.

Soprano player Jake.

After this, we headed back to our accommodation. The concert in the evening was at the local church. The church was tiny, but filled to the brink with our biggest audience to date. The humidity, high temperature and a group of 40 teenagers led to a lot of blood, sweat and tears as we battled through the concert.

We then headed back to the accommodation. The concert organisers were kind enough to prepare us a feast worthy of the Gods – thank you! We sat outside, eating and chatting. Watching the sunset on our fourth dasy!

By Andrew & Jake

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Tour Day 3

Charlotte Birch : 23 July 2019 6:38 am : Concert, News, Tour, Youth Band

We woke up in time for breakfast at 9 and had a nice relaxed morning. Today was the first of two days of assessments, so we enjoyed chilling, playing games and having a chat.

After the assessments were done for the day, we had lunch and Jane announced that we were going to the beach for a couple hours. When we reached the beach, we set up for a traditional game of rounders, that lasted about an hour, with many people falling while trying to run in the sand. Kai ended up getting wet quite a few times when trying to catch people out. After rounders we all went down to the sea to take a dip. Jane and Katie then proclaimed that we weren’t allowed back on the coach if our shorts were wet. At this point a few of us were worried. Some people were soaked!

After we got back, some of us had a very quick shower to get rid of all the sand on our legs, and we had a lovely meal of chicken curry or sweet and sour chicken, followed by angel delight.

Tonight was the 4th concert of our trip, where we shared the stage with the Northop Silver Band, who are going to compete at the National Brass Band Championship at the Royal Albert hall later this year. It was a pleasure to perform with such an amazing band and their soloists were something for some of us to aspire to.

Quite a few of the girls also found Northop’s ‘’heartthrob’’, who Steve thought we had sneaked onto the coach when he counted an extra person.

After an enjoyable day we got back to where we were staying and all settled down for bed.

By Jakob, Bethan & Lily-Mae

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Tour Day Two

Charlotte Birch : 22 July 2019 8:01 am : Concert, News, Tour, Youth Band

After an early wake-up, despite not having a concert all day, the day one member of the band had waited for for her whole life had arrived; her 18th birthday.Emily on flugel celebrates her birthday on tour every year, and what better way to start her day than with a cold shower and one of Derek’s special walks!

With the whole band in tow, some of which were still in their pyjamas, he took us down to the church in the village where we have a concert later in the week. As with Derek though, it was not quite the simple 7 minute walk (according to google maps) that it was meant to be.

We arrived back to a cooked breakfast and then spent the rest of the morning chilling, playing rounders and other games.

We even managed to get Steve involved in a massive game of cards against humanity, though it didn’t last very long (wonder why….).

At 2pm we had a roast chicken dinner and then set off for our evening concert in Mold.

The band played a great concert to an appreciative audience in a lovely church.

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Some of the band decided to play a few board games whilst assessments were taking place 🎲

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Particular highlights included Gabriels Oboe, Under the Boardwalk by Leanne, and it was a great first outing for Daya in The Holy Well.

After what felt like a long day, we got back to our accomodation and enjoyed some birthday cake, hot chocolate and biscuits before going to bed.

By Abbie and Emily

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