Well to be honest March was pretty quiet for the band, the usual round of rehearsal’s but no performances or contests, hopefully April will be a little more exciting.
Welcome to the February update for 2014, this month we put on 2 concerts for the locals of the Fylde coast, the first on our usual stamping ground of Thornton and the other at Fleetwood, but before I talk about these, lets have some news from the band itself.
As with all active bands change must be made to keep moving forward and at Thornton we are no different, so this month we have had a few changes in the bands line up.
Firstly, Jeremy Davies has moved from Soprano Cornet.
Beth Cummins (previously 4th man down) has now taken over the Soprano seat, Beth was previously Soprano for North Fylde Brass Band, we all wish her the best of brass in her new seat.
Marilyn Marshall, (1st Horn) is taking a break from banding for a while to look after the ever expanding grandchildren count as well as her busy hair dressing career and her new found singing voice. We all wish Mal well and look forward to seeing her in the future, you cant keep a good bandswomen down, especially Marilyn.
Kathy Redman, previously on 2nd Cornet has now moved over the Horn department to take up the 1st horn seat, Kathy, an experienced player should have no problem filling this seat and bringing the section back up to full strength after Marilyn’s departure.
James Barnett moves up the back row from 3rd Cornet to 2nd Cornet, James came into the senior band in the past 18 months and has proved to be an asset to the band, this move proves his ability and confidence is increasing and the confidence the band has in him.
Joy Watson, returning to the band from a short break is now playing 3rd Cornet, filling the empty seat left by James, Joy was previously our Solo Baritone player.
Chloe Cooper took over the Solo Baritone seat from Joy when she went on her sabbatical, Chloe was one of our learners, however so keen was she to play in the senior band she switched from Cornet to 2nd Baritone just to get a seat in the band, this has proved to be a good move for Chloe and the band as we now have a very good up and coming player in the band.
Actually maybe I should have said who is still sat in their old seat, would have been quicker!.
Concerts – Thornton Little Theatre 9th February 2014
The first concert of the new year went well with a reasonable turn out on such a poor night, still the weather didn’t dampen spirits and a lively concert was had by all. The ranks of the band were swelled with assistance from Liz Connor on Principal Cornet, Colin Pinnington on Front Row, Jen Ormerod on 1st Horn, Danny jones on 2nd Euphonium and Steve Lord on 2nd Trombone. Soloist on the night were Nicola Swann who played An Untold Story by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, David Cummins who played Dublins Fair City by Roy Newsome and Ian Holland who played Song for the Skies, again by Paul Lovatt-Cooper. The full program was: –
- National Anthem
- Concert March 1941
- Pastime with Good Company
- Let It Shine
- Stal Himmel
- The Big Mancini
- Castell Coch
- John Williams in Concert
- Dublins Fair City
- Song of the Skies
- Hymns of Praise
- Soli Deo Gloria
- Choral and Rock Out
St. Peters Church Fleetwood – 23rd February 2014
This was a first time for the band at St Peters Church, and what a good night we all had, the rain threatened to put off quite a few people but in the end the concert was well attended. The night had a reverential theme to it with plenty of hymn music and arrangements, from Songs of praise through to Crimond. The concert also feature a soloist from each section with no less than six players getting up to display their musical abilities, Paul Cooper on principal Cornet started the Solofest, followed by Nicola Swann on Solo Horn, Tom Christie on Solo Trombone, Natalie Beddows on Flugal, David Cummins on Solo Euphonium and Ian Holland on Solo EEb Bass.
With a good attendance the band is hoping to put on more concerts in St. Peters in the near future, watch out for upcoming concerts on our Events Calendar.
Music Performed at the Concert was: –
- Castell Coch
- Hymns of Praise
- Georgia on my mind – Soloist Paul Cooper
- Come back to Sorrento – Soloist Natalie Beddows
- John Williams in Concert
- Wind beneath my wings – Soloist Tom Christie
- Choral and rock outInterval
- Untold Story – Soloist Nicola Swann
- Stal Himmel
- Dublin’s fair city – Soloist David Cummins
- Let it Shine
- Song for the skies – Soloist Ian Holland
- Soli deo gloria
- Lets face the music and danceEncore – Punchinello
Well thats the end of the February update, keep coming back to see more details of how the band is getting on and don’t forget to come to our concerts to see and hear the band in real life.
Right! Bring on March.
Well here we are into the new year, after a hectic Christmas period we have had a somewhat more relaxing January.
The Christmas period brought in some well earned funds for the band, swelling the coffers and making it possible to reinvest further in our instrument stock, the purchase of a new Tenor Horn for our Solo Horn player Nicola Swann and a New Cornet for our Principal Cornet Paul Cooper, If you want to hear the new horn, Nicola will be playing Untold Story on Sunday 9th Feb at Thornton Little Theatre.
During December the band played concerts at United Reform Church Cleveleys, a well attended start to the Christmas season for the Band, Next came the traditional Christmas Concert at Thornton Little Theatre, a firm favourite now for years and a packed house enjoyed music from both the senior band and the training band led by Jeremy Davis.
The next venues were the North Shore Golf club, a favourite engagement for both players and audience giving then Golfers chance to show off their singing abilities, the 12 days of Christmas being the highlight of the evening. Thornton FC was the next venue, with a much more lively version of the Golf Club concert the enthusiastic football club audience giving it absolutely everything in their singing with again 12 Days of Christmas being the evenings highlight, even with the PA system, the bands MD went home with a sore throat and hoarse voice, still it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for both band and audience (Crowd?)
All the jobs were packed in with Carolling sessions at local supermarkets and carol singing for the local masonic lodges has made for a very hectic end to the year.
January has been a time for re-grouping and working on this year plans, taking a step back from the contest season this winter the band have been preparing for the upcoming concerts on the 9th Feb at Thornton Little Theatre (7:30 start) and at St. Peters Church in the Fleetwood on the 23rd February. Reports on both the concerts will be in February’s update so look out for that.
Keep up the good work band and lets have a good year 2014.
Well what a month its been, quite busy for the band with two big concerts and a remembrance Sunday .The first concert right at the beginning of the month is described here by Nicola Swann, or secretary and Solo horn: –
On 27th October the band performed our first concert after the summer break. It was nice to see the Thornton Little Theatre so full and we decided to showcase some of our younger players for this evening. Our soloists were Tom Christie, who played The Acrobat on trombone, Chloe Cooper played Let Me Try Again on baritone and James Barnett completed our solo section with Share My Yolk on Cornet. All 3 soloists are all under 18 and have been in the band less than a year so we are incredibly proud of their achievements so far and hope they continue. Well done Chloe, Tom and James. Our final piece in the concert was extracts from Windows of the World by Peter Graham. This is an exciting piece which explores music from around the world. This type of music is a perfect example of how brass band has evolved over recent years. The piece includes solos for tenor horn (Nicola Swann), flugelhorn (Natalie Beddows), and Bb cornet (Paul Cooper) and all sorts of shenanigans from the percussion section (Matt Hill). The full piece can be heard at Brass In Concert on 23rd November at the Salvation Army Citadel, Raikes Parade, Blackpool.
Next up was Remembrance Sunday, this year was very memorable. The cold crisp Sunday morning was warmed a little by the bright sunshine and attended by hundreds of people from the local community, all branches of the armed forces out on parade making a very spectacular procession worth of the event, the old comrades were there, still soldiering on all these years later displaying there colours with as much pride today as they ever did. The band lead the procession under orders from the TA colour Sergeant. This year Wyre borough council had sorted out the traffic and had the roads closed before during and after the event and the got the PA system working reliably this year preventing a repeat of last years Norman Collier dodgy microphone performance.
All in all this years parade was one to look back on with proud memories for the band.
Pictures of the day can be found here
Players from the younger end of the band took part in the Fleetwood Music Festival this year and came away with a clutch of trophies and certificates, Chloe Cooper or 2nd Baritone player netted the biggest haul winning the brass section
Saturday night wasn’t a great success because of Dr Who, Strictly or even I’m a Celebrity!, it was down to the people of Thornton Cleveleys Band and the Poulton Peoples Choir.
Two hours of fantastic brass music by the band and singing by the choir.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool along with over 200 members of the audience enjoyed a first half of brass music cleverly delivered by the band who were spread over the ground floor and first floor, playing a mixture of music to get the show started, they were then followed on by the choir who at 70 odd strong filled the entire stage, it’s a good job all of them weren’t there tonight, there’s 150 on the books…!
The Poulton people’s choir presented a mixture of well known music that was splendidly performed, they even got good audience participation with a South African song that had the audience singing and clapping, finishing off all to soon with a rousing version of ‘Do you hear the people sing’ from Les Miserables.
The second half was again opened by the band, this time seated on the stage, playing the signature march of the Rotary Club, Service Above Self, followed by an old favourite of the Sally Army (after all we were in the Blackpool Citadel!) The Old Rugged Cross, this arrangement having a New Orleans twist to the original was played fabulously by Martin Scragg on solo trombone, the final solo item from the band was ‘Windows of the World’, a suite of six pieces covering different styles of world music, Nicola Swann, Natalie Beddows, David Cummins and Paul Cooper all delivered top notch solos keeping the audience captivated throughout, though we can’t forget our percussionist, Matt Hill, who provided the captivating drum rhythms throughout the entire suite.
The final section was a mini last night of the proms with band and choir joining forces to raise the roof with Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Brittania and You’ll Never Walk Alone.
The whole night was summed up by the president of the Blackpool Rotary and the band a choir closed the evening with Jerusalem.
All in all an excellent night and plenty of money was raised this evening for the Rotary Club’s charities.
We must give out a big thank you to Steve Simpson for all his hard work and effort in bring this the 15th Brass in Concert to fruition, and to all the hard working members of the Round Table of Blackpool, whom, without their tireless work and generosity would mean local charities would be far worse off. Well done to all involved
A final Well done one and all, looking forward to next years Brass in Concert already.
The Rotary Club of Blackpool will be presenting this years Brass in Concert on the 23rd November 2013 starting at 7:00PM
The Thornton Cleveleys Brass Band and the Poulton Peoples Choir will be presenting an evening of music and entertainment at the Salvation Army Citadel, Raikes Parade, Blackpool.
Tickets for this magnificent event are just £6, but they are going fast so if you would like tickets please contact our band secretary by email at email@example.com or go to our contacts page and reserve some tickets.
Be quick and don’t be disappointed.
Photo’s and feedback to follow soon
Welcome to our new website, this page will bring you the latest news and information about the band.
New(ish) face on the front row.
A welcome back to the band for Roger Waring who rejoins us on the solo cornet line. Roger has a ‘bit’ of history with the band which spans just a few decades so he will be familiar face to many. Delighted to welcome you back as a permanent fixture Roger!
December 2012 – Farewell and Good Luck
A fond farewell had to be said to two members of the band this month as they move on to pastures new. Rod Harvey (Solo Cornet) is relocating to the Midlands and Dave Stott (Solo Baritone) is emigrating to Canada. Although these departures are a loss for the band we all wish Rod, Dave and their families lots of luck and happiness in their new ventures.
November 2012 – New Members Update
The band are delighted to have welcomed a few new members over the past few months. These are:
Stuart Ward – Solo Cornet
Beth Cummins – Solo Cornet
James Barnett – 3rd Cornet