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Success for ERYB at Regional Finals!

On Saturday 9th March the Band played for the “Shirley Levitt Memorial Concert” at Cottingham Methodist Church. This was a well supported event and raised almost £500 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The Concert celebrated the life of Shirley who sadly passed away last year. She had played in Brass Bands in the area for about 50 years and was playing with the East Riding of Yorkshire Band up until a few weeks before her death.

This was followed by success at the North of England Regional Championships in Darlington on Sunday 17th March where the Band gained three prizes and an invitation to the National Finals in September.

The test piece was “Hollywood!” by Goff Richards which was performed by the 8 competing bands in the third section. After the performances the tension began to rise as the audience waited for the results to be announced following the adjudication by David Read MBE. The first result is announced; “Best cornet goes to the band that played number 6 – East Riding of Yorkshire Band” – very well done to our James Kerridge.

Best Cornet

Then to the next announcement; “Best percussion section goes to the band that played number 6 – East Riding of Yorkshire Band” – congratulations to Garry Hallas, Sue Shepherd, Richard Mackinder and Gareth Greetham”.

Best Percussion

Then to the results for best bands with ERYB qualifying in 2nd place for the National Finals in September. The trophy was received by Band Secretary, Michael Kerridge. Undoubtedly a day to remember for the ERYB under their Musical Director, Ian Scott.

2nd Place

The next performances by the ERYB will be at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show on April 27th and then at Clowes Methodist Church (1st Avenue, Hull) on May 11th at 7.00pm.

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Shirley Levitt Memorial Concert

Saturday March 9th, 7.30pm at Cottingham Methodist Church, Hallgate, Cottingham


The Memorial Concert celebrates the life of Shirley Levitt who sadly passed away last year. She had played in Brass Bands in the Humberside area for about 50 years and was playing with the East Riding of Yorkshire Band up until a few weeks before her death. Shirley was married to Charles Levitt, a former news reader with Radio Humberside.

Many of the pieces being played were among her favourites including “Strike up the band”, “Hey Jude”, “You’ll never walk alone” and the hymn “Crimond”. There will also be a wide range of brass classics from “Suite Gothique” to “Hollywood!”.

The concert will be a fund raising event for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Cottingham Methodist Church and the East Riding of Yorkshire Band. Tickets are £6.00 and are available from Barkers (159 Hallgate, Cottingham) or Mike Kerridge (ERYB Secretary) on 01482 854042.

John Butt – ERYB Publicity Officer

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Strike up the Band

The Band’s first concert of the year took place on Saturday 2nd February at the Anlaby Park Methodist Church as part of their “Ignition” appeal to benefit the local community. The programme was well received and an excellent start for 2013. Musical Director, Ian Scott received much positive comment from the audience and said “there was some slick playing and good sounds being made”. There were solos from James Kerridge, Jim Johnson, Mike Waudby and Mike Hedley. With music ranging from Army of the Nile, to Strike up the Band and Suite Gothique, there was certainly plenty of variety for everyone.

Ian Scott at Anlaby Park MC - February 2013
Musical Director, Ian Scott

The Band has been pleased to welcome a number of new players to it’s ranks over the winter: Karen Wain (solo horn), Gill Rice and Jenny Russell (cornet) and Shane Foster (BBb bass). Garry Hallas (percussion) will also be helping the band out over the next few weeks. They, along with the other members of ERYB, will be working hard as we approach the Regional Contest at Darlington on March 17th. The test piece this year is “Hollywood” by Goff Richards and we will be giving our first performance of it on Saturday March 9th  at Cottingham Methodist Church in the “Shirley Levitt Memorial Concert”. Shirley was a loyal member of the band until she sadly passed away last year. Further information is available on this website.

John Butt – ERYB Publicity Officer

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New Season, New players!

It sounds like football, but as we head into the winter season programme the Band is delighted to welcome two new players to our team – Elizabeth Hartley (Assistant Principal Cornet) and Daniel Towey (EEb Bass).

Liz has played in bands for 8 years and has been with Dinnington (who featured in the BBC series “A Band for Britain”), Chapeltown and Hatfield before moving to Deepcar as Principal Cornet. The BBC series gave Liz the opportunity to play under the baton of Nick Childs and Sue Perkins and to perform with Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Liz has played in wind bands since she was 7, finally reaching top trumpet for her final 2 years in the top wind band in the Sheffield Music Services. She also plays viola and has achieved Grade 8. Singing is her main instrument at Hull University where she now studies Music and Theatre. Quite an all-rounder!

Dan started out in music with piano lessons at the age of 8, his teacher noticed quite soon that he had perfect pitch. Dan has moved through almost every brass instrument increasing in size before settling on the tuba around aged 12, when he was so small, and the instrument was so big, that he had to sit on a number of yellow pages to reach the level of the mouthpiece for a couple of years! He played in the Worcestershire Youth Brass and Youth Wind Bands on tuba. His other main instrument is the clarinet (grade 7) and alto sax. Dan is now in his final year at university doing Sport Rehabilitation. He is a keen sportsman, especially football, and hopes to work for a Sports Club once graduated.

The Band’s first concert of the new season is on Friday 16th November, 7.30pm at South Cave Church. The concert programme is very varied with something for everyone, marches, music from film and shows, classic brass compositions and solos from James Kerridge, Jim Johnson, Mike Waudby and Mike Hedley. There will also be an opportunity for Remembrance, followed by Patriotic music in a “Last night of the Proms” finale. Come and see the team in action!

John Butt – Publicity Officer



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Band finishes the Summer with a flourish!

After a Summer of rather mixed weather, the Band finished their Summer Season with three concerts in September where the weather was at last kind. A good crowd enjoyed the performance in The Memorial Gardens at Hornsea on the first Sunday of September. The following weekend the Band moved on to Filey. A very large audience, including civic representatives from Filey and other Yorkshire towns, enjoyed a superb concert on a hot summer day at the Bandstand. The Summer Season concluded on Saturday 15th with an accomplished performance at the Harrogate Flower Show where it was another fine day with a large, enthusiastic audience. A busy end to an excellent season under the baton of new Musical Director – Ian Scott.

The Band is already working hard in preparation for the Autumn/Winter Season. New players are joining the band and a lot of new and challenging pieces are being rehearsed. The first concert of the new season will be at All Saints’ Church, South Cave on November 16th.

John Butt – Publicity Officer

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Front Row Cornet required

The East Riding of Yorkshire Band (Musical Director, Ian Scott) are looking for a Front Row Cornet player. We are a friendly and enthusiastic 3rd Section Band and rehearse in Hull. If you are interested in the above position, please contact in confidence:- Mike Kerridge by email: Telephone 07989 470776.

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Ian Scott appointed as new Musical Director

The band would like to formally welcome our new Musical Director Ian Scott.

Starting life as a player for Hickleton Main Miners Band he went on to become Principal Trombone for Yorkshire Main Colliery Band and Kibworth Band (playing under Stanley Boddington and George Thompson). Ian then joined the City of Coventry Band where he played Bass Trombone for fourteen years under the batons of Kenneth Dennison, Ray Farr and Major Peter Parkes.

Ian then left to pursue his dream of living abroad in New Zealand. He joined New Lynn Citizens Band on Bass Trombone and went on to play for Continental Airlines Auckland Band. He then took up a Musical Director position at Television New Zealand Band leaving in 1994 to come back to the UK.

Ian then joined 1st Section Kibworth Band as MD before his career took him back to Yorkshire to work in Sheffield. He joined Holme Silver Band as their MD before leaving in 2002 to take a break from banding.

Throughout his career Ian has enjoyed lots of contesting highlights as both a Player and Musical Director including Pontins, the National Finals, Yorkshire Open, New Zealand National Finals, Holmfirth, Malton, Midlands and Milton Keynes.

He then joined various bands as Musical Director including Chapeltown Silver Band, South Yorkshire Police, Tintwistle and Kibworth before moving to Filey and agreeing to join the East Riding of Yorkshire Band.