Freckleton Band are sad to announce that our long serving Musical Director Mr Paul Dalton has left the Band after the National Finals In Cheltenham on the 16th September 2018.
Paul joined the Band in 1980 on Trombone. In 1982 he was appointed as deputy conductor to Dennis Wright. In 1983 he was appointed as resident conductor working with Duncan Beckley, Gordon Clough, John Golland, Mike Cotter and Roy Curran. He had two short breaks during the 1980s during which he conducted Thornton Cleveleys and Darwen but then returned to Freckleton in 1995 where he was appointed Musical Director.
In 1997 the Band won its first National title at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. During this time the band also performed many high profile concerts around the North West, including a series of concerts playing alongside the Central Band of the RAF.
Other Contest highlights include 3 invitations to the Scottish Open and 6 Grand Shield appearances.
Contest Wins 1995 / 2018
7 Fleetwood contests 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2009
3 NWABBA contests 1995 / 1996 / 1999
1 Wilkinson Northern open 2008
1 Land o’ Burns 2000
6 North West Qualifiers 1st Section 1997 / 2005 / 2010 / 2013 / 2015 / 2018
1 1st Section National Champions 1997
Finally, the Band committee would like to thank Paul for his loyalty and commitment over his long tenure and wish him well for the future.
Mark Rossall (Vice Chairman)
A huge well done to Poppy Taylor from all at Freckleton Band, who at just 13 years of age and already a member of the National Children’s Orchestra, has just accepted an offer to join the Hallé Youth Orchestra.
It is a tremendous achievement and one which will offer her many fantastic experiences over the coming years.
The Freckleton Youth Band were treated to a night of 10 pin bowling.
A great night was had by all!
Freckleton Band were delighted to play alongside the Lancashire Youth Band at St Thomas’s church in St Annes on Saturday 14th July, as part of the “Brass at the Seaside” festival organised by Lancashire Music Hub. Both bands played separate programmes before the final three massed band pieces. It was lovely to listen to the Lancashire Youth Band and to share a stage with them.
As part of the same festival, Freckleton Youth Band played on the bandstand at the pier in St Annes on Sunday afternoon. The sunshine brought out a fantastic audience and the Youth Band were very well received.
Freckleton Band will be having a joint concert with the Lancahsire Youth Brass Band at St Thomas’s Church, St Anne’s this coming Saturday – 14th July. Why not come along and listen to the fabulous selection of music.
Doors open at 7PM for a 7:30 start.
There will also be many other musical events throughout the weeked if you are looking for something to do. Take a look at the programme here.
We have now added a Video Gallery to the Freckleton Band website.
For anybody looking for something to do this coming Sunday – which is promising to be another scorcher – why not come up to Happy Mount Park in Morecambe and listen to the band.
We will be playing there at 2:30PM for a couple of hours as part of the Brass Band season of concerts that they hold every summer. Don’t forget to bring a chair so that you can enjoy the music in comfort. Maybe bring a picnic and make a day of it!
Freckleton Band will be playing in a joint concert with the Lancashire Youth Brass Band as part of the Brass at the Seaside weekend. Our concert will be held at St Thomas’s Church in St Anne’s on Saturday 14th of July starting at 7:30PM (doors open at 7PM).
Details can be seen on the poster below.
On Sunday 17th July Freckleton Youth Band entertained the crowds at Bush Lane Playing Fields in Freckleton while the annual half marathon and fun run took place.
Several of the players took part in the fun run first – thankfully they weren’t too out of breath to then play in the band!
The weather was kind to us in the end and the band thoroughly enjoyed playing to the village.
Congratulations to John Mason who won the half marathon, completing it in an amazing 67 minutes.
We’re already looking forward to next year.