April to September 2013
Open Evening . Shavington  High School

Shavington High School held their Open Evening last Wednesday 25th September and, as we are in partnership with them, they invited us to take a small group along to play.
The visiting parents and prospective pupils wandered around the School and many joined us in Music Room 1. The group played very well.

Joint Concert at The Civic Hall

On Sunday the 22nd September, the three Co-operative Wind Bands joined forces with the Co-operative Funeralcare Band North West for their annual Concert. It was the first concert for 16 new players - 14 in the Beginner Band and 2 in the Youth/Junior Bands.

The Youth Band

The Beginner Band
The Beginner Band amazed the audience with the standard of their playing after just 3 rehearsals and there were a few tears to be seen from the watching parents!

During the concert, presentations were made to the most improved player in the threee wind bands and to the bandperson of the year in the Youth and Junior Bands.

The Junior Band

The Youth Band at Nantwich

Nantwich Food and Drink Festival, Sunday 8th September

Rehearsals began again after the summer break for the Youth and Junior Bands on Saturday, 7th September and the youth band was back on the concert stage on Sunday 8th. The Band was invited to take part in the Food and Drink Festival in Nantwich.
The threat of rain was  never far away, however the Band was able to play for an hour to a large appreciative crowd.

Instant Concert to the Bands

At the last rehearsal before the Summer holiday the Abbotts family very kindly donated a piece of music entitled Instant Concert to the Bands. It has fond memories for Grandad Abbotts as both Lincoln (ex MfY) and Marcus both played it as boys. Now it is the turn of Grandson Liam to play it in the Youth Band. The phototgraph shows Grandad presenting the music to the Band's Musical Director Emma Clark.
Grandad Abbotts presents the music to our band conducter Emma.

Gawsworth Hall Outdoor Theatre - 14th July

Wow! What a setting - a marquee in front of a tiered stand for 650 people in the grounds of Gawsworth Hall, with lighting and amplification.
The playing, on this occasion, matched the venue. The 44 members of the Youth Band put on a worthy performance under their stand in Conductor Tony Cresswell. Tony kindly agreed to conduct when it became obvious that Emma would not be able to do so due to an operation on her wrist last Monday.  With only a sound check to get to know the programme everything came together well.
We can only thank him for standing in at such short notice.
The Youth Band at Gawsworth Hall

Co-operative Fun Day. Chester Racecourse - Sunday 7th July.

The Youth Band joined 3 other groups in The Pavilion to entertain visitors to the event Their programme included some new pieces including Sir Duke and You Canít Stop the Beat from the musical Hairspray.
The Youth Band at the Co-operative Fun Day

Loads of events were taking place on the Racecourse including a cookery demonstration, games arranged by Warrington Wolves Rugby League team and Stoke City Football Club. There were also stands provided by the different co-operative committees. Everyone enjoyed this new venue - what an improvement on Morecambe! Well done Roy, Symon, Dave & other co-operative members
Emma and some band members meet Brendan Cole

Brereton Garden Party.   Saturday 6th July

The Junior Band made their now annual visit to the Garden Party held at
Brereton C.E. Primary School.  In wonderful weather, the members lined up to lead the procession around the village and then watched the crowning of their Rose Queen. Also in attendance were the previous Rose Queens dating back to the 1960ís. Later in the afternoon the Band played for the audience. Well done to you all.
The Junior Band lead the Rose Queen parade at Brerton
  Nantwich Square - Saturday 29th June.

Two groups of players from the Junior Band entertained shoppers on the Town Square on Saturday 29th June. It was an exceptionally busy day in Nantwich as it was the monthly Farmerís Market. There was also a Big Sing organised and, in the Civic Hall, a Battle of the Bands. Both groups played very well and a good collection was added to by Nantwich town Council.
  Tirley Garth Gardens, Sunday 9th June. A group of the Youth Band played for the 1st time at Tirley Garth Gardens in the picturesque village of Utkinton, which is on the outskirts of Tarporley. After negotiating some narrow lanes we entered a long driveway in front of a commanding building surrounded by 40 acres of gardens.
The Group played  2 spots  and were treated to drinks and home made cakes in the break. Quite a topic of conversation for the rest of the day!!!
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G8way 2, Sandbach High School, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 3NT
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