Skipton’s Summer

Posted on 31st August 2016 by

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The Burnsall Feast Sports Day was the last in our summer engagements this year which have seen us out and about in Skipton and up in the Dales. From Armed Forces Day on the High Street and the Waterways Festival in the Canal basin to our Songs and with the Shows themed concert in Addingham on a stage that was only designed to hold half a brass band – let alone the almost full one that we turned up with… and our summer Fetes out in the Dales it has been a busy few months. IMG_5295

From the rain back in April to the showers down in Burnsall, the gazebos which were purchased with a grant from SkiptonBID have really help keep us as dry as possible and the sun at the Littondale Fete and on the High Street for Sheep Day 2016 were a welcome relief in what has not been one of the driest of summers for Yorkshire!IMG_3499

As well as busy few months out and about at events, it’s been a busy few months in the band room too. We’ve seen a conductor come and go, new players have joined the band and others have helped us out while they are back in the area. We’ve enjoyed having Benni take rehearsals and wave the stick at us frantically and we thank Bernard for helping out too. We will hopefully soon have a new conductor and we can start thinking about our Christmas concerts as well as playing in the town in a couple of weeks – hopefully with more Pokémon visitors as well.Pokemon (1)

We’ve even had a group of players who snuck off to Paris to play with Otley Brass Band during August – mainly our horn section plus a trombone, a bass and a cornet and we are sure they’ve brought back bits of Paris with them as well as a whole instrument case full of memories each. The local area is full of brass bands who all help each other out at events and it’s a great community to be part of.

We have also welcomed back for the summer a young man who started learning with us over ten years ago and sadly due to other commitments had to stop coming to band but who has gone to on to study music at school and is soon off to university to continue with his passion for music! It’s a great tribute to all the hard work that goes into helping players as they start to learn and as a band it is a real pleasure to watch them develop and grow, albeit sad to watch them leave too. Good Luck Ollie with your studies and you are welcome back any time to play Euph, 1st Baritone, 2nd Baritone, Trombone – or you never know you may even get a go on cornet next time!

Our Gateway Brass players continue to improve and several players are starting to come to more and more of the start of the main band rehearsals and sitting in for the hymns and the first piece. They’ve all been working on a solo too which we hope to include in our Christmas Concerts. We still have spaces for more learners so if you know anyone who wants to have a go please get in touch.

So onwards and upwards and let’s see what the Autumn brings. We know it will involve notes and new pieces and hopefully getting to play for more of you.

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