Christmas All Wrapped-Up

The band’s busy season is almost at an end for this year culminating in our sell-out Christmas Concert at the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham last weekend. The band and junior band enjoyed playing, and hope the audience liked it too! Thanks to Tariq Ahmed for compering the concert for us and all the helpers who did great work behind the scenes to make it a success.

The band have been out carolling on the streets of Freckleton and will be out again on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day morning with the final carol and jingle bells at The Coach and Horses from about 1pm.

As the year draws to a close, the band would like to thank Kirby Mason Florists for loaning us a van to transport our equipment to the engagements, T R Snape Family Butchers for the famous tray of meat raffle prizes, all those in and around the village who have supported us, and to everyone who have come to see us play throughout the year.

Have a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Christmas All Wrapped-Up

The band’s busy season is almost at an end for this year culminating in our sell-out Christmas Concert at the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham last weekend. The band and junior band enjoyed playing, and hope the audience liked it too! Thanks to Bob Gemmell for compering the concert for us and all the helpers who did great work behind the scenes to make it a success.

The band have been out carolling on the streets of Freckleton and will be out again on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day with the final carol and jingle bells at Ponkies in the afternoon.

As the year draws to a close, the band would like to thank Margaret Mason for loaning us a van to transport our equipment to the engagements, all those in and around the village who have given us raffle prizes and donations, everyone who has supported us on social media and everyone who has come to see us play.

Have a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

National Finals – Cheltenham 2015

This weekend saw the band travel to Cheltenham to represent the North West in the 1st Section National  Brass Band Championships. Having rehearsed in Evesham at lunchtime the band had to wait until nearly nine o’clock to play having drawn 17th and last – twenty bands had actually qualified, but three had withdrawn from the competition. The band’s performance had some fine playing, but the judges noted that the performance was inconsistent and as a result the band were placed a disappointing tenth. Paul and the band will learn from the experience as the band prepare for next season in the Championship Section.

The band had a great weekend nonetheless staying at the quirky Evesham Hotel where the band enjoyed a friendly welcome and a pie supper after the rehearsal on Saturday night. The band would like to thank the hotel, and also the Avonbank (Evesham) Band for the use of their bandroom and nice brews. Thanks also to everyone who helped to organise the trip, especially Ian Threlfall our contest secretary and logistics expert! Thanks also to the friends and family who came to support us and for the overwhelming good wishes the band received via social media etc.

 

 

National Finals Weekend

The hard work has been done in the bandroom over the last few weeks on Kenneth Hesketh’s Alchymist’s Journal and the coach is booked for Saturday lunchtime to transport the band and supporters to Cheltenham Racecourse to compete in the National Championships 1st Section Final representing the North West of England.

The band will be playing after 4pm in the Centaur Arena on Sunday depending on the draw out of a field of 17 bands.

Contest Time!

The band have been busy bees since Christmas preparing for the Northwest Area Championship contest which takes place tomorrow at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. An intense period of sectional and full-band rehearsals on Philip Sparke’s A London Overture comes to a close this evening and the band face the music from 10am on Sunday dependent on the luck of the draw. It promises to be a very intense competition. Good luck to all the competitors.

Spring Festival Preparations

The band has been busy preparing for the The 94th Spring Brass Band Festival over the past few weeks. This year the band are taking part in the Senior Trophy contest playing Frank Wright’s classic arrangement of Hector Berlioz’s Les Francs Juges overture.The event will be the contest debut for Principal Cornet Player Dhani Miller. Details of the contest can be found here.

stf

National Finals Cheltenham 2013

Band and DuckThe band travelled to Cheltenham for the National Brass Band Championship on 22nd September 2013 where they came 11th competing in the 1st section. Although the band played well, they were understandably disappointed with the result, in an otherwise enjoyable weekend.

For several members of the band, it was their first experience of a National Finals competition and a chance for all the band to get away together with family and friends for a weekend.

Anthony with Camera

Fanfares and Love Songs by the young composer Gavin Higgins was chosen as the set work for the sixteen bands to play. It presented technical and musical challenges for both the players and conductors, whilst at the same time being a piece the audience could enjoy listening to.

Results

1. Tylorstown, (Gary Davies), 15
2. Staffordshire, (Leigh Baker), 2
3. Kidlington Concert Brass, (Duncan Wilson), 9
4. Foresters Brass 2000, (Peter Collins), 16
5. Drighlington, (Jim Davies), 12
6. Filton Concert Brass, (Tom Davoren), 3
7. Newtongrange Silver, (Lee Skipsey), 7
8. Harrogate, (Craig Ratcliffe), 8
9. Alder Valley Brass, (Roger Burke), 13
10. Lanner & District Silver, (Stuart Chappell), 1
11. Freckleton, (Paul Dalton), 6
12. Penclawdd Brass, (Tony Small), 10
13. Hebden Bridge, (Alan Hobbins), 5
14. Johnstone, (Paul Kiernan), 4
15. Morecambe, (Andrew Warriner), 11
16. Blidworth Welfare, (Martin Heartfield), 1
Withdrawn: Catterick Brass

Best Instrumentalist: Andy Jennings (Soprano) – Staffordshire