Lakelands Hospice donation
As part of the Light up a Life Service at Lakelands Hospice, we were pleased to have the opportunity to give a donation to the hospice from the band. Band treasurer, Geoff Beeby, presented the cheque to Paul Marlow,
one of the members of the fundraising team at Lakelands Hospice. This money was raised from the proceeds of our winter concert which we performed in Rothwell at the end of November.
We have been getting into the festive spirit by entertaining audeinces by playing a range of Christmas carols in and around the local area.
Recent performances included
playing at the Grampian club here in Corby and at Spanhoe Lodge near Laxton; and we shall soon be providing musical cheer to shoppers in the local supermarkets. If you hear us, then do pop over to say hello. If you play a brass instrument, then
you would be very welcome to join us. The more the merrier!
Another new payer
We would like to express a warm welcome to solo cornet player, Kay Hollingsworth. Kay is a very accomplished player and will fill the vacancy on the front row of the cornet section.
We have two new players that we would like to officially welcome to the band.
A huge welcome to Margaret Betts who has filled the vacant repiano position on the back row of
the cornet section. We also would like to welcome David Twitchings, who completes our bass section playing Eb bass.
We wish our new members a long and happy association with the band.
Due to relocation we have regretfully said goodbye to the Oram family. This is a major blow to the band as losing 5 players at once does have an impact. It certainly leaves a huge gap in the cornet section,
as mum - Steph, dad - Ady and daughter Daisy played on the back row with son - Max playing solo cornet. The final member of the family - Joe, was one of our Eb bass players. The good news is that they have said they will happily come and dep for us when they
can, for future engagements.
Yay - we finally have a percussion section. We are thrilled that we have been joined by David Cater and Heather Bailey. David and Hetaher previously played with another local band, but have decided Corby Silver
Band is the band for them. This is great news as they will join Myfanwy Jones to become the best percussion section we have had for quite a while.
Unfortunately, we have said goodbye to our first horn player Darcy Christie, as she and her family have moved out of the area. Darcy has spent a couple of years in the band, playing in both the cornet and horn sections
so she will greatly missed by the band. This leaves us with a space in our horn section. We are lucky that one of our regular guest players, Margaret Nutt, is happily covering this position whist we recruit a permanent player but we woud like to fill
this vacancy as soon as possible.
Midlands Beer and Brass on the Grass entertainment contest
Once again, Corby Silver Band participated in the Midlands Beer and Brass on the Grass entertainment contest. This is an annual contest that we have entered for the last 6 years. It is always a great day
out as it features around 20 local bands made up of 1st section down to unregistered bands. This year there was also a section for junior/training bands. Our 25 minute programme included Festival March - Celebration, Bohemiam Rhapsody and our featured
solo item was the euphonium solo The Cavalier. We also played Mid all the traffic before finishing with Starburst.
We are pleased to announce that for the second year in a row, Corby Silver Band were awarded second place out of all the bands that were in the 3rd and 4th sections of the contest. It was decided that our shield
and prize money would be collected by Darcy, one of our younger members, as unfortunately it was Darcy's last contest with us before she moves out of the area.
We also had the additional bonus that our bass section claimed the 'Best Bass section in section B' prize too. Well done John, Andy, Pete & Joe, our fantastic bass section.
Welcome to ...
Welcome to Daniel Crawshaw. Daniel has joined the baritone section. Daniel has previously played for the Northamptonshire County Youth band. We wish Daniel a long and happy association with the band.
Preparations for our next entertainment contest
We are busy rehearsing for our performance as part of the Midlands Beer and Brass on the Grass Entertainment contest which is held in Loughborough. This is an annual event that we attend and always have a great time.
We have had a high level of success at this contest, most recently coming overall 2nd place in the joint 3rd/4th section last year.
Summer concert preparations
As we prepare for our summer season of concerts we are enjoying practising a whole new programme of concert music, which we shall be playing at public events very soon. New music has
been purchased, soloists are choosing their solo items and and some familiar classics have been added to our current repetoire. One piece, recently added to our library, that the band enjoy playing is 'Starburst' by Dan Price.
Bass trombone vacancy
Following the area contest we were saddned to lose our bass trombone player Melanie, who is emigrating with her family to Vietnam. This means that we have a vacancy for a new
bass trombone player. If you would be interested in filling this vacancy and becoming a permanent member of the band, then please get in touch.
Midlands Area contest
On Saturday 9th March, the band participated in the Midlands area regional contest. We had worked hard at rehearsals practising the music and knew we would be competing against some very strong bands. Every
though there were a few nerves and the occasional split note and a couple of tuning issues, overall the band were pleased with their perfomance, and we were awarded 11th place which is an improvement on last years result and maintains our position in the 3rd
section of the grading tables.
Our feedback from the two adjudicators was mostly positive and their closing comments stated ...
'Overall some good flowing
music at times, but was spoilt by middle band tuning. A good attempt at dynamics.'
'Overall, a performance with many musical touches, but let down by some untidy
moments in terms of togetherness and flow. Please make more dynamic contrast to improve performance.'
So we know what we will need to work on over the coming year to further develop the standard of the band.
Contest Preparation Workshop
John Berryman taking the rehearsal
On Saturday 16th February, the band participated in a workshop in preparation for the area contest in March. We were joined by some guest tutors which included Thomas Fountain, Chris Jeans, Trevor Groom, Nathan Waterman
and Mike Smith who worked with each section to develop and refine our performance.
After lunch, we came together as a band and performed again, this time under the musical direction of John Berryman, who also included
his thoughts and suggestions for further improvements to our performance.
A great day was had by all and a massive thanks to everyone involved in organising the event.
We are thrilled that Myfanwy Jones has joined the band to play in the percussion section. Myfanwy's brother already plays in the band and we were in need of an additional percussionist to play at the area contest
and luckily for us, Myfanwy agreed to accept the challenge.
Donation to Corby Nightlight
Some of the items donated by Corby Silver Band
In December last year, the band was busy providing festive cheer to shoppers in supermarkets in Corby. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the shoppers and so we made the decision to donate a percentage of our collection
to a local charity.
We used the money to buy food and other essential items which we donated to support the good work untaken by volunteers at the homeless shelter, Corby Nightlight. Needless to say,
the donation was gratefully received.