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Jack’s jottings…

20th January 2021


I owe a great deal to my first band, Chalford, based near Stroud in Gloucestershire, where I was at least raised (without growing up too much). It was Steve Tubb, Chalford’s conductor, who showed me that left-handed people could conduct just as well as ‘righters’, and who also let me study his scores on the […]

Christmas Carols 2020

24th December 2020


Masks, bell covers and hand gel are not the top three things you would need to have had this time last year while out carolling, but all were essential this year and they have meant we could finally get out and play a few carols on the streets. Several pages of risk assessments and lots […]

Light up a Life 2020

10th December 2020


Every year at this time of year we normally take part in a wide range of events including Christmas markets, concerts and Christmas parties. One service we sadly can’t take part in this year is the Martin House Light up a Life service. We have been proud to take part in this service for many […]

2020: The Year the Bands Fell Silent

22nd November 2020


It’s been a funny old year so far. Who would have thought back in January and February that we would be where we are now: Air particles, transmission rates, COVID secure rehearsals, ventilation, no mingling, masks and social distancing were all things none of us would every have thought about before a rehearsal back in […]

The rise and fall of Skipton Brass in the Championship section. 1989-2001.

22nd November 2020

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During the Lockdown some of our players have been putting together some of their stories of the band. Here is another from Brian Cleaver – who previously wrote about his life as a youngster in banding. In the 1970s Skipton Prize Band formed close links with local schools, producing a vigorous and thriving Senior and […]