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!

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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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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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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