The band concluded its busy 2014 season with a series and small group carolling events across Hull and the East Riding in addition to traditional concerts and a carol service.
The carolling was a new venture to raise funds for the band and to spread a little Christmas cheer throughout the region. The band would like to thank the organisations that engaged the band and invited us to play on their premises, in particular:
- Waitrose, Willerby
- Sainsburys, Hessle
- South Cave Farmers Market,
- St Stephens, Hull and Handheld Food,
- South Cave and Skirlaugh Parish Councils
We would also like to thank the countless members of the public who contributed.
With best wishes to everyone for Christmas and the New Year
The Band has immediate vacancies for a Tutti Cornet player and a Tuned Percussionist.
Currently North of England 3rd Section Champions, the band will be promoted to the 2nd Section at the end of 2014.
Rehearsals are held weekly on Sunday evenings at Clowes Methodist Church in Hull, with extra rehearsals (usually Wednesdays) for contests. Approximately 15 good quality engagements are performed throughout the year.
Shared transport available from various parts of the region.
Applicants should be good quality players who are ambitious and fully committed.
Please apply in confidence to:-
- Ian Scott – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Mobile: 07930-165212, Phone: 01723-259176; or
- Mike Kerridge – Email: email@example.com, Mobile: 07989 470776.
Following the Band’s recent performance at Filey on7th September and with just over a week to go before our appearance at the National Championships we were delighted to receive the following message of support from a former member of the Band:
“Please pass on my thanks for a great concert at Filey. It was great to see you and hear the Band in such good voice. What better way to spend an afternoon than listening to some excellent playing with true brass band sounds in a perfect setting and with an appreciative audience (well apart from actually playing). C*** and I enjoyed the program and all the soloists but my especial favourite was the Band’s rendition of Deep Harmony – this was so well controlled, tuneful and balanced with a range of dynamics. I couldn’t work out what was acting or fact with your compere but the audience certainly warmed to him and it all added to the show. I shall be thinking of you on the 20th [at Cheltenham] and watching as the results come in.”
The Band always look forward to visiting Burnby Hall Gardens it is such a lovely setting with the lakes and lilies. The weather was good and the big crowd very appreciative. Thanks to Rachel for taking the photos of the band below and we look forward to visiting Burnby next year.
The Band enjoyed an excellent afternoon on Sunday 18th May in East Park, playing on the newly installed victorian-style bandstand in the glorious sunshine to a large crowd. Thanks to the sponsorship of Smiles Dental Hull the help of their staff, and the organisation of our band chairman, Smiles Dentist David Vivian, the band played a two hour programme to a very appreciative audience. You can see a medley video below thanks to Graham Marshall for putting this together and also various photographs from our facebook page that were taken throughout the afternoon.
The Band has had great success at the North of England Regional Championships in Darlington on Saturday 15th March. The test piece was “Partita for Band – Postcards from Home” by Philip Wilby. Our performance was rated highly by the adjudicator, Mr Kevin Wadsworth, who awarded us first place and the title North of England 3rd Section Champions!
By becoming 3rd Section Champions, the band has again qualified for the National Finals at Cheltenham in September and can now expect promotion to the 2nd Section in 2015. In addition, our percussionists have retained their trophy as “Best Percussion Section”. Finally, the hard work of Musical Director, Ian Scott, over the last two years has been rewarded by receiving the trophy for “Best Conductor” in the 3rd Section. Ian has brought the band from 7th place in 2012 on his arrival, to runners up in 2013 and to North of England 3rd Section Champions 2014!
The band members all make a tremendous commitment, giving all their time and effort freely and even paying for their own seats on the coach! This commitment has been well rewarded in Darlington. However, the challenge is now to raise funds for the National Finals at Cheltenham to cover coach and hotel arrangements. There is the opportunity to become a Friend of the ERYB and help support a very successful band. The band is also open to future sponsorship.
Undoubtedly the 15th March 2014 was a day to remember for the Band under their Musical Director – Ian Scott.
The Band’s next performance will be at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show on April 26th.