News of the bands and events
Sponsorship and Fundraising.
For the last 16 years the youth band and latterly the junior and beginner bands have been supported by the co-operative group,
but a change in national policy has bought this support to an end from December 2011. The bands are determined to continue by becoming a self supporting group through concerts, events and fund raising activities carried out by the bands and their supporters.
An easy way of raising funds for the bands is via webite called EasyFundraising.org.uk.
It will only take a few minutes of your time to set up and you can then use it every time you shop on line - just log onto their site first and follow the link to the retailer of your choice. An automatic donation from the retailer will be sent to us on a quarterly basis at no extra cost to you. We have checked with other organisations that use the system to great benefit.
It only takes a minute to register - Please follow this link: it will take you to the co-operative Youth Wind Bands easyfundraising page.
All of the most popular retailers are there - Amazon, ITunes, eBay and all of the supermarkets. Just scroll down and take a look.
So please tell family, friends and workmates and help us raise some extra cash for the bands funds. Everytime you log onto the site, you will see a running total of the funds raised so far for the co-operative Youth Wind Bands!
Click on the links for archive concert reports and pictures
October 2013 and all of 2014
April to September 2013
January to March 2013
December 2012 - including carolling.
September to November 2012 icluding the Talent Showcase at Nantwich and the Nantwich Young Voices
May and June 2012 including the annual presenation of awards
March and April 2012 including Andrew John's Marathon run for the Co-operative Bands
January and February 2012
November and December 2011 including the Royal Albert Hall
September - October 2011 including St Mary's and the Civic Hall, Nantwich
July 2011 including MFY, Symphony Hall, Birmingham
June 2011 including Nantwich and Tattenhall
Elworth Hall Primary School -March 2017
Ruth Rhodes, the Principal Cornet player of the Youth Band and a sixth form pupil at Sandbach High School, organised a concert at Elworth Hall Primary School as part of her EPQ. The concert was in aid of the school refurbishment of the library and Band funds. Ruth organised everything for the concert from selling tickets, creating programmes, refreshments and sourcing raffle prizes which all led to a very successful concert.
Love Music Trust Conductor’s Workshop - January 2017
The Youth Band were invited to be the band in residence for the above event. The Band travelled to Fallibroome Academy, Macclesfield and spent the afternoon being conducted by conductors of varying standards. Russell Gray, a world renowned cornet player and conductor led the course.
National Concert Band Festival
In November 2016 the Youth Band took part for the first time in the prestigious National Concert Band Festival in Oldham. This is open to bands of all ages & abilities. We were delighted to gain a Gold Award with some extremely positive feed back.
Newcastle Music Festival - March 2017
This year has seen the Junior Band go from strength to strength. From September, they have put a lot of hard work and effort into rehearsing a programme for this competition. The band received some amazing comments from the adjudicator for their superb use of dynamics and ensemble playing. This led to a Distinction for their performance.
St Luke’s Hospice Charity Concert - March 2017
Following on from the successful fundraising concert for St. Luke’s Hospice last year, the bands put on another fantastic concert at Nantwich Civic Hall. The concert featured the The concert featured the newly formed co-operative Jazz Band. This year’s concert was concert was supported by Air Products, who kindly sponsored the venue for the event and Spar, Wells Green who provided £200 of raffle prizes. There were also prizes donated from Marks and Spencer, Nantwich, Morrisons, Nantwich, The Hair Lounge, Nantwich and Wyevale Garden Centre, Bridgemere. The concert raised a staggering £1044 for such a worthy cause.
Inspirational Concert at Weaver Primary School - March 2017
The Junior Band were asked to perform a short concert which would inspire and motivate some of the school’s young musicians. The programme selected was full of pieces the youngsters would know and included a piece which both bands could play together. It was a delight to see so many young musicians performing and we hope we have inspired some of them to come along and join us and progress further in their musical journey.
Music for Youth - March 2017
The Youth Band travelled to Rochdale Town Hall to take part in the regional heats of Music for Youth. The Band performed to a very high standard and received some excellent feed back from the Music Mentors. The pieces the Band played were Appalachian Morning by Robert Sheldon and Pastime with Good Company arranged by Philip Sparke.
Music for Youth - July 2017
On Friday 7th July, the Youth Band travelled to Birmingham to perform in the National Festival of Music For Youth. It was a fabulous day and the band played superbly. Many soloists were on show for the band and the programme went down very well with the music mentors. This was another fantastic opportunity to play at one of the world's best concert halls. It was a day to remember.
Newcastle -under -:Lyme Music Festival. March 2018.
The Junior, Youth and a Band made up of The Youth Band with 3 older players took part in the Newcastle Festival on Saturday 24th March at Clayton Academy, Newcastle-under-lyme and had a very successful day.
The Junior Band were first up in the14 years and under class and impressed the adjudicator with their maturity for such a young group of players and were given joint 3rd Place.
They were followed by he Youth Band in the 19 Years and under class. In a very tight run competition between the 2 top Bands, the Youth Band were very unlucky to be placed 2nd , 1 point behind the winners!
After the lunch break, it was the Open Section Class, (open class meaning any age), Our band consisted of The Youth Band and 3 players who were too old to take part in the 19 Years and under class.Again, it was a very close competition between the 2 top Bands and our Band turned the table on their morning opposition to be awarded The Montford Trophy, that they will keep for a year.
The co-operative Community Adult Wind Band.
A New Beginning
Monday 17th September 2018 saw a new beginning within our organisation - the birth of a 5th and very different Band - The co-operative Community Adult Wind Band. 12 players from very different walks of life and with very differing standards of playing ability enjoyed their first rehearsal together. Under the leadership of Emma Clark the Band tackled a variety of pieces including a selection from Oliver. The rehearsal took place in G8way 2 at Sandbach High School, which the Band will share the co-operative Youth, Junior, Beginner Bands and Starter Group.
This and future rehearsals will take place on Monday evenings from 7.45 p.m. - 9 p.m.
G8way 2, Sandbach High School, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 3NT
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