10/10/17 - Glossop
The band travelled to Glossop for a Sunday matinee concert. The hosts were very welcoming and didn't seem overly surprised that some of our members cut it fine on arrival time!
The band club was packed and it was a pleasure to play for such an appreciative audience including many old friends and former Flixtonites. Solos from cornet, flugel and soprano were strongly supported by features for percussion and euphonium. First performances of arrangements by our own Nick Garbett were also well-received.
With a raffle, auction and collection the band returned to Flixton with a contented treasurer too! We are delighted to have been invited back again next year.
20/09/17 - National Finals
The band enjoyed our weekend in Cheltenham. We held brief rehearsals on Friday evening and Saturday morning after drawing to play 17th of the 18 finalists.
When we eventually took to the stage the band played well and received positive comments from both adjudicators. We came 8th and were delighted that the North West bands fared so well. Our congratulations to the Champions, Boarshurst, and to Delph who placed fourth, completing a strong showing for the Region.
Photos from the weekend will appear here.
15/09/17 - Next stop, Cheltenham!
The band heads south today to represent the North West at the National Championship Finals. We'll be rehearsing this evening in Cheltenham. An early night and crack-of-dawn start will see us arrive at the Racecourse on Saturday morning to perform Steven Ponsford's 'Music of a Legacy'.
Last night we moved our rehearsal to The Venue in Urmston and opened the doors for supporters. We'd very much like to thank those who attended. It gave us the invaluable experience of playing the piece in front of an audience. Pictures from yesterday evening can be seen in our Photogallery.
08/09/17 - Open Rehearsal
The band is now putting the final polish on the test piece for next weekend's visit to Cheltenham for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. The line-up has been finalised, additional sectional rehearsals are paying dividends, and the mood is positive.
Our final rehearsal before the trip south will be open to friends and supporters. We will leave the bandroom to have an open rehearsal in The Venue, 15 Westbourne Rd, Urmston M41 0XQ (formerly the Masonic Hall) on Thursday 14th September. This will be an opportunity to see how the band rehearses as well as to hear the test piece that we will perform at the Finals.
Please do come along to give the band a chance to play in front of an audience. Bar and refreshments available!