News - July 2011
News of the bands and events during the month
Monday 4th July
Youth National Festival at Symphony Hall, Birmingham
An early start to the day meant members of the Junior Band meeing at the bandroom at 7 a.m. on a Monday morning. They boarded the coach to Birmingham for what was a surprisingly good journey down the M6. On reaching Symphony Hall there were quite a few gasps on seeing the size of the venue. From then on it was just a case of business as usual! At 10.45 a.m. the Band took to the stage and for the first time saw the impressive auditorium. After a stunning performance dinner was enjoyed outside by the canal and then into the Hall to listen to other groups and eagerly await the feedback from the music mentors. They commented on a faultless performance full of style and professionalism. At the end, the band representative, Shelley, was presented with an Outstanding Award on behalf of the Band. What a perfect end to a wonderful day.
Thanks must go to the co-operative Group North West & North Midlands for funding the coach to Birmingham and to the Music for Youth staff on the day.
Here are some pictures of the event - click here for more.
To see some videos of the band performing at the Symphony Hall, please go to the Multimedia page
Shelley collects the Outstanding Musicians award on behalf of the band
On stage at the Symphony Hall
For the second year running The Youth Band was invited to take part in the Fun Day at the Platform in Morecambe. The day couldn t have been so different to last years heavy downpours and everyone enjoyed a bright, hot sunny day. The Band opened the event with some stunning playing and then enjoyed the various games and free samples on offer or wandered a bit further to find the sea and shops.
The Junior Band led the parade through Brerton and onto the school field at the Primary School for the Rose Crowning ceremony. It was obvious it was going to be a successful day with so many stalls and games assembled. Later in the afternoon the Band played to an appreciative audience.
Sunday 3rd July.
Co-operative Fun Day, Morecambe
Saturday 2nd July
From this picture, you get an idea of the sheer size of the auditorium.
Following the their success in Birmingham, The Junior Band plus a few members of the Youth Band settled cosily under a double sized gazebo to entertain the many shoppers at the monthly Farmers Market on The Cobbles in Sandbach. The Band received many complimentary comments about their playing and although grey clouds were threatening everyone enjoyed the sunshine and a bit of extra shopping!
Saturday 9th July
The Farmers Market Sandbach.
The Picnic on the Field held on the 17th July turned into a Picnic in the Hall organised by Ella Brett, Head Teacher at Ruskin Sports College.
Even in the bad weather approx 70 people enjoyed their picnic together with a quiz and a couple of games of Bingo organised by Ian Brett.
The event brought to an end the most successful year in the Bands' existence.
Sunday 17th July
Picnic on the Field
G8way 2, Sandbach High School, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 3NT
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