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This band led by George Fearnley is for our youngest and least experienced children. They have come on well over the year and played in the Christmas and President's concerts. They will be moving up into the junior band from next year. We are pleased to see the numbers recovering now we have emerged from COVID.
The Junior band led by Allan Briggs has had a busy year. The band competed in the national youth brass band competition and has appeared in concerts in Harrogate, Knaresborough and other local venues. The players have develop well and the band now has lots of capable players ready to move on to the Intermediate band.
This band led by Rebecca Marshall has had a staggeringly successful year. The band enjoyed their team building event at the West Leeds Activity Centre and have played at concerts in Harrogate, Starbeck and Kirkby Overblow. The joint concert with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band in the Royal Hall was a highlight. The band competed at the National Youth Brass Band competition and has supported several local events including the Knaresborough Bed Race. Several new players have joined through the year and the band is now full of confident, enthusiastic and capable musicians many of whom will move up to the senior band in the autumn.
The Seniors have done well this year, led by Martin Hall they have continued to delight both audiences and judges, developing a deserved reputation as one of the countries leading youth brass bands. Seniors came third in the National Youth Brass band competition which is a truly stunning result. They have performed at concerts in Harrogate and Starbeck, competed in Morley and Holmfirth, played at two remembrance events and had a really busy carolling programme at Christmas. This year the players have been focussed on raising funds for the summer tour to Montecattini, a huge challenge which they have managed to overcome.
Academic Year 2021/22
We started this year with a full calendar. The open day on 25th September was very well attended and we recruited several more players. We now have comfortable numbers in all four bands with a good spread of different instruments, especially towards the top end of the organisation. We are of course always willing to take on more players - do contact us if you want to come along! We are back running full rehearsals for all the bands on Wednesday evenings in Huby.
Colin Gibbs BEM
In the Autumn of 2020 we were delighted to hear that our president Mr Colin Gibbs had been awarded the BEM medal. On 15th July 2021 a small group of seniors players attended to provide music at the presentation ceremony.
Highlights of the 2020 / 21 academic year
Doubtless this will always be remembered as the COVID year!
In the autumn term we ran quartets and some online events but even these were stopped by COVID in the Spring of 2021. Later in 2021, as social distancing allowed we were able to bring all our bands back together for shortened practices. We were fortunate to be able to play at several outdoor events in the summer, culminating in a magnificent summer president's concert. What a delight it was to see all the bands playing again.
We lost several players as they graduated out of the top of the band. Good luck to all of these, we do hope you will all carry on your music and come and visit us from time to time.