The band have just recorded two new CDs with World of Sound, who are specialists at recording brass bands. One CD will feature some of our favourite pieces from recent concerts and events. The second disc is a much requested new Christmas album.
Look out for the CDs which are due to be released later this year.
The third draw of our '100 Club' was completed at our Spring Concert on Saturday 16th March 2019. The winners are as follows:
1st Prize: £105.00 Janet Clegg (43)
2nd Prize: £63.00 Mrs Davis (20)
3rd Prize: £42.00 Lincoln Newby (6)
Congratulations to all the winners, cheques will be in the post next week.
If you are interested in joining our '100 Club', please contact Sue or Carole using the details on the 'get in touch' page.
On Sunday 24th February the band competed in the first section at the North West Regionals competition held every year at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The band finished third, out of a strong field of sixteen bands. Matt Balson was also awarded the best soprano prize. Full results below:
1. Rainford (Gareth Brindle)*
2. Boarshurst Silver (James Garlick)*
3. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
4. Blackburn & Darwen (Daniel Thomas)
5. Haydock (Mark Quinn)
6. Middleton (Kevin Gibbs)
7. Roberts Bakery (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)
8. Flixton (Matthew Ryan)
9. Silk Brass (Tony Wyatt)
10. Eccles Borough (Mareika Gray)
11. Manx Concert Brass (Ian Clague MBE)
12. Diggle (Alan Widdop)
13. Mossley (Duncan Byers)
14. Haslingden & Helmshore (John Binns)
15. Cheshire Constabulary (David Woollam)
16. Crewe Brass (Matt Pithers)
*Top 2 bands qualify for National Final
Best Percussion: Rainford
Best Soprano: Longridge
Youngest Player: Thomas Scathe (12) — Mossley
The band took part in the first contest of the year at the Preston Guild Hall on Sunday 27th January. Playing Symphony of Marches by Gilbert Vinter the band were delighted to be placed first by adjucator Sandy Smith against a strong field of ten bands.
As well as picking up first prize, Gareth Nelson our solo euphonium player won the best soloist prize, and our basses won the best basses trophy!
Full results below:
1. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
2. Roberts Bakery (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)
3. Hatfield &Askern Colliery (Stanley Lippeatt)
4. BTM (Jeff Hutcherson)
5. Haslingden & Helmshore (John Binns)
6. Mossley (Duncan Byers)
7. J36 Brass (Andrew Warriner)
8. Ripon City (Mark Sidwell)
9. Flixton (Matthew Ryan)
10. Middleton (Kevin Gibbs)
Best Soloist: Gareth Nelson (euphonium) — Longridge
Best Soprano: Will Morley (Roberts Bakery)
Best Basses: Longridge
Our next concert is our Spring Concert on Saturday 16th March 2019 at the Civic Hall in Longridge. At this concert we allow our patrons to select the music. Mark has already received some very good suggestions, but there is still space for a few more pieces. If you are a current patron and would like to suggest a piece, please fill out the form here:
If you need some inspiration there is a huge selection of brass band arrangments to view and search at brassband.co.uk.
The final programme will be selected by Mark.
If you are not currently a patron, we are always on the look out for new members. Patrons receive free entry to this concert. Please see here for details of how to join our patron scheme.
The Bill Bigley award is presented every year at the Christmas concert, and is voted for by the members of the band. The award was presented by Bill's widow, Anita McLaughlin. This year the award was presented to Brian Law. Brian is not only the band master, telling us where to be at the right time, he is also a valued member of the committee. When the BBb bass vacancy came up Brian offered to 'give it a go' and is making great progress from the baritone!
We would like to thank all of our friends and patrons for their continued support throughout 2018. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from the Longridge Band.
Here are the full results from our Christmas raffle. All prizes have now been claimed and collected. Congratulations to all the winners!