The band were sad to hear the news of the death of Darrol Barry earlier this month. Darrol was a previous conductor of the band, and also one of the finest composers and arrangers of brass band music. During his time with the band Darrol composed many pieces for us including the popular march 'The Durham Ox'. We also recorded a CD of his music titled 'All Our Own' which was one of our most popular releases, and is now completely sold out.
Darrol's funeral will be held at St. George's Church in Tyldesley at 11:00am on Friday 29th June. Members of our band, along with players from other local bands are honoured to play in the service with musical director Mark Peacock.
The family have requested family flowers only and donations to a cause which has yet to be decided.
On Sunday 22nd April we enjoyed a fantastic meal and concert at Ferarri's to celebrate St. George's Day. Take a look at some pictures from the afternoon, taken by our secretary Fred Little. Click on the picture to view the full size image.
Our next concert is on Saturday 19th May at St. Paul's Church in Longridge where we will share the stage with the fantastic Amabile Girls Choir. This concert will feature music from stage and screen, and will also include some blockbuster joint items. See the poster below for ticket details.
On Saturday 17th March we staged our annual ‘Patrons’ concert’ at the Longridge Civic Hall. Once again, the programme was made up of music entirely selected by our patrons. There was an eclectic selection of music chosen from classical repertoire such as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture, to Baggy Trousers by Madness! There was even a unique solo opportunity for Sue Newby, who performed Leroy Anderson’s The Typewriter.
Presented at this concert is the Hilda Marle trophy. This is presented to the most promising young player. This year it was awarded to Joshua Peacock and presented by Hilda herself. Josh started with the band a few years ago on third cornet and is now making excellent contributions to the solo cornet team.
A presentation was also made to our conductor Mark Peacock by Brian Law. Brian thanked Mark for all his hard work with the band over the last year. Without a doubt the band has achieved some of its highest placings ever in recent competitions in the Championship section.
At this concert we also launched our 100 club. The 100 Club will operate as a Small Lottery as defined by the Gambling Act 2005. Half the money raised will help towards band funds, with the other half given as prizes in four draws throughout the year. Membership is £30 a year for one number.
For full terms and conditions and application form, please download the pdf document below.
On Sunday 25th February the band played at the North West Area contest at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The set work for the Championship section was Kevin Norbury’s Odyssey, a piece which we also played in January at the Preston Contest. Come results time, the band was placed seventh by adjudicators Derek Broadbent and Jim Davies. Our congratulations to Foden’s, Leyland and the Fairey Band who will represent the North West at the National Finals in London.
Adjudicators: Derek Broadbent & Jim Davies
1. Foden's (Prof Nicholas Childs)*
2. Leyland (Thomas Wyss)*
3. Fairey (Garry Cutt)**
4. Vernon Building Society Poynton (Stig Maersk)
5. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Ben Dixon)
6. Wingates (Paul Andrews)
7. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
8. TCTC Group (Jef Sparkes)
9. Rainford (Gareth Brindle)
10. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
11. Ashton-under-Lyne (Philip Chalk)
Best Soprano: Richard Poole (Foden's)
Best Percussion: Leyland
Youngest Player: Adam Penlington (15)
**Fairey pre-qualified for the National Final at the Royal Albert Hall
*Qualify for the National Final at the Royal Albert Hall
On Sunday 28th January the band competed at the Brass at the Guild Contest held at the Preston Guild Hall. We chose to play the demanding 'Odyssey' by Kevin Norbury, which is the set work for the North West Area Championships contest held in Blackpool in a few weeks time.
The band were placed fourth by adjudicator Paul Andrews, out of a strong field of seven championship section bands. The best euphonium prize was awarded to our solo euphonium player Giacomo Marcocig. Giacomo is from Italy and is currently studying his masters degree at the RNCM in Manchester. It was Giacomo's very first contest with the band, having only moved to the UK in September.
Adjudicator: Paul Andrews
1. City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)
2. Thoresby Colliery (Ian McElligott)
3. Milnrow (Christopher Binns)
4. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
5. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
6. Hatfield (Stan Lippeatt)
7. Newstead Brass (Jim Davies)
British Open Spring Festival Qualification: City of Bradford
Best Soloist: David Karran (principal cornet) — City of Bradford
Best Basses: City of Bradford
Best Euphonium: Giacomo Marcocig (Longridge)
Thank you to everyone who supported the band in 2017, especially all of our generous corporate, business and personal patrons. It was another successful year for the band, and we are already looking forward to upcoming events this year.
At our Christmas concert, two important awards were presented:
The Bill Bigley award is presented every year at this concert, and is voted for by the members of the band. For the second year running this was deservedly awarded to Janet Clegg. Janet is a member of the committee and also works hard with the junior band, as well as organising the music library!
A special award was presented to Andrew Fordham by the Longridge Council. Andrew has completed 40 years’ service with the band, and has marched on every Remembrance parade, not missing a single one in 40 years. A fantastic achievement, and commitment.
You can now help raise money for our Youth band, everytime you shop at the co-op. Simply register to become a member of the co-op instore or online, and then visit the page below to select us as your chosen cause. Don't forget to scan your card when you shop!
On Saturday 15th July the band staged its popular proms concert at the Longridge Civic Hall. The concert was once again a sell out, and featured many soloists, presentations, and our fantastic Junior band who performed in the first half. Soprano soloist Louise Coupe expertly led our finale pieces and the programme included the traditional pieces Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia.
The first presentation was the Mike Cotter award, which is presented annually by the MD. This year Mark Peacock presented the award to our solo horn player John Dickinson. John switched from cornet to tenor horn over twelve months ago, and has impressed everyone with his playing in concerts and contests this year.
Sadly this was the last concert for two popular members. James Kenny, our Eb bass player. James has a new job in Plymouth starting in September. Our percussionist Matthew Littlehales, is also leaving the band to study at University.
We welcomed three new players to the band at this concert. Holly Clark joins us on principal cornet from the Horwich RMI Band. Holly wowed the audience with her performance of Carlos Cardel’s Tango, performed without any sheet music. The band also welcomed Peter MacGlashan who joins on third cornet from Old Hall Brass, and Rob Thomson on Eb Bass. The band are now taking a short break for Summer, but will resume rehearsals soon to prepare our programme for the Bolsover Entertainment competition on the 1st of October.