Autumn’s Notes

Posted on 10th November 2019 by


September and October saw the band working hard in the rehearsal room getting ready for our Autumn Concert and November has seen us out in Skipton at the town’s Remembrance Event.

The autumn concert was held in Embsay at St Mary’s Church and was a very successful evening. There were solos on from Janet on trombone, Mollie on cornet, Bob on euphonium and Wilbur on flugel.  Wilbur has only been playing the flugel since last Christmas when he received it as a Christmas present but having joined a brass band at the age of 12 and now being nearly 79 years young, it was never going to take him long to get used to it! It was Mollie’s first solo with the band and with her gran and her partner both playing in the band with her, her family really were behind her all the way. Some of the Gateway Brass players also joined the main band to play some of the pieces they had been rehearsing as well and despite being very nervous, they did brilliantly and some of them will be joining the main band out at some of the events over the festive season too .

Remembrance Sunday was kind to us this year with the weather and there is no music to be dried out as I type this. Skipton once again put on an amazing event with thousands filling the High Street and standing together to mark the two minutes silence at 11am.  The band played both before and after the service on the High Street and while wreaths were being laid. With so many wreaths from the different organisations this year the band almost ran out of music which is a really positive thing as it shows the support from the local community for this important event.

We now move forward into the silly season of Christmas when everyone loves to hear a brass band and we have had so many requests to play in different places this year and we are trying to play at as many as is physically possible but we as players also need the odd day off too! We will be out and about in Skipton, Malham, Grassington, Sutton, Addingham and Kettlewell and we are sorry we couldn’t squeeze in all the requests but we only have so many days and also so many hours of playing in us! 3 band jobs in a day is generally our limit! We look forward to seeing your all around soon and come and see us and request your favourite carol and we will give it a go if we have it in our books… The front row cornets especially like Ding Dong and our gateway players who will be joining us for some of the events like Little Donkey but don’t tell them I told you that!

We also have our Christmas Concert on Monday 16th of December so we look forward to seeing many of you at that too. (More details will follow)

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