09/03/18 - Farewell Ian
After an inspiring year as Musical Director, Ian Brownbill has taken his leave of the band.
Ian stepped in at short notice last year and led the band to win the North West Second Section. Having obtained a creditable 8th place at the National Finals in September, Ian once again led us to qualification last month.
Ian's musicianship and motivation were greatly appreciated by all the band. He leaves Flixton on a high, having led us to promotion to the First Section.
The band would like to say a big thank you to Ian for all his hard work and inspiration. We wish him every success for the future.
We will be inviting applications shortly for the position of MD.
01/03/18 - Promotion
The band competed at Blackpool last weekend. We were placed third and have qualified once again to represent the North West at the National Finals in September. Our congratulations to Middleton (winners) and Bollington (runners-up) who will join us this year in Cheltenham. We look forward to a North West 1-2-3 at the Finals, though hopefully in reverse order!
Two consecutive qualifications has left us leading the 'league table' for the North West Second Section, with promotion to the First Section to take effect from January 2019. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank our Musical Director, Ian Brownbill. Ian stepped in at late notice before last year's contest and has overseen a dramatic improvement in the band's playing and contesting. All the hard work by individuals has been crafted into musical performances under Ian's direction.
Don't forget that this weekend you can come along to our Community Band and Beginners' Group rehearsals: Saturday morning at the John Alker Hall. If you fancy having a go, or would like a gentle re-introduction having not played for a while, this is hte perfect opportunity. All ages and abilities are welcome!
30/01/18 - Open Doors
As part of the preparations to defend our North West title, the band will be throwing open the doors on Thursday 22nd February, just days before the annual regional championships in Blackpool. Our bandroom would be a bit tight with more than one or two listeners, so we will be rehearsing across the road in the John Alker Hall.
Attendance is free and the bar will be open for drinks and refreshments.
This is a great opportunity for the band to play the piece in public so please do come along to support. It is also an opportunity to hear the conductor putting us through our paces and working on building the piece.
For those inspired to give it a go themselves, our Community Band and beginners' group will take over the same venue on Saturday 3rd March in place of their regular rehearsal at 10am. This is an opportunity to try the different instruments if you've never played before, or to revive an interest if you haven't played for some time. It's a friendly, supportive environment catering for all ages and any ability. We can guarantee that you'll be made welcome.
Don't forget you can also join the Friends of Flixton Band!