Around 80 bands braved snowy roads, storms and flood warnings to converge on Skegness in Lincolnshire last weekend to blow away the holiday cobwebs and kick-start their contesting year at the Butlin’s Mineworkers championships.
The weekend features test-piece contests for all sections on the Saturday followed by entertainment in the on-site pubs and clubs ranging from the Bavarian Stompers to the Syd Lawrence Orchestra; then the championship section Entertainment Contest on Sunday. In addition to the competing bands, hundreds of players and supporters from around the country make the trip for what is arguably the most fun and social event in the banding calendar.
The South East and scaba were well represented, and huge congratulations go to the newly crowned 4th section Champions Crystal Palace, and to Friary Guildford for their fourth place overall and winning ‘Most Entertaining’ band in the invitation-only Championship section for the 2nd time in 3 years.
We look forward to hearing both bands on the same winning form at local events in 2017!
The Festive Season is Godalming Band’s latest CD, officially released to the public on Saturday 19th November 2016 at a special launch concert in Cranleigh.
The music spans almost 600 years and many different styles of Christmas from traditional carols to jazz, and features three pieces recorded for the first time including a beautiful new ensemble arrangement of Hark! and a new piece written especially for the album by the band’s MD James Haigh
The recording and marketing of this CD is part of Godalming band’s current drive to help further raise its profile in the local area and to help raise funds for the purchase of new uniforms in 2017 when the band will celebrate its 80th anniversary. You can buy the CD from Godalming band at any of their events leading up to Christmas, and it is also available from local stockists Record Corner in Godalming town centre for £10.
Visit the band’s Website for more information and a full track listing.
The funeral of former scaba President Kenneth Dennison took place yesterday at Barham Crematorium near Canterbury. scaba was represented by Contest Manager, Jane Stewart.
The ceremony was simple and elegant: Howard Wilson, former Solo Horn and Secretary of the City of Coventry Band gave the eulogy. In it, he recalled Ken’s banding days, from Rothwell Temperance, The RAF Central Band, Fairey’s, Coventry and latterly, Thornbury and Uckfield. He also alluded to Ken’s time as President of scaba, and how proud he was to have held the post.
Our thoughts are with his wife and family.
In the wake of the arson attack on the Oxted band hut in early October, the band performed a very successful Autumn Concert on 29th October.
Oxted Band are pleased to announce that their CHRISTMAS CONCERT will be held on Saturday 10th December at 3pm at St John’s Church, Church Way, Hurst Green, Surrey, RH8 9EA.
They shall be playing arrangements of some of your favourite carols and Christmas tunes, and there will be lots of opportunities to join in and sing along with the band. The concert will also feature Oxted’s Training Band, many of whom will be performing in public for the first time, so please come along and give them some encouragement.
Tickets are £5 for adults, with accompanied children under 12 free, available on the door or through Whites Estate Agents in Oxted.
Refreshments will be served after the concert, when you will have the chance to meet the band over a cup of tea and a mince pie!
For more details, please visit the band’s website www.oxtedband.co.uk
or e-mail email@example.com
Dates have now been confirmed for all scaba full band contests in 2017, 18 & 19.
Please note that the Spring contest will be in April again in 2017, and then move to the end of FEBRUARY in 2018 & 2019. This earlier date could be an ideal opportunity for bands to get some performance practice and adjudicators’ feedback on your area test pieces!
See our Contesting page and Events listing for dates and more information.