Moving On - 01/09/17
Following the band’s summer break we have returned refreshed and ready to start preparing for our autumn program.
But we start rehearsal minus a few players as we say goodbye to James and Elly Roberts who are moving up north to take up new teaching positions.
James has been the band’s principal cornet since 2009 and Elly has played 2nd cornet and have both been involved in the band’s numerous competitions wins including Butlins, Pontins, Wychavon and 2 Midlands regional championships as well as concerts and being part of the band’s committee.
They had a leaving do at the Anstice Hall with friends and family on 31st August and to mark their time with the band and as a farewell gift the band presented them with a signed photo of the band and wish them all the best for the future.
Who's Getting Married…... - 23/07/17
Many congratulations to the bands Solo Trombone player and Army Musician James Howard who today married his sweetheart Jen AHearn
The wedding took place at St James’s Church Haydock with the reception at the Holiday Inn with the pair honeymooning later this month on a cruise.
Key to the Door - 18/07/17
Happy Birthday to Mitch Siviter,co principal cornet, who turned 21 today.
Ironbridge Gorge Brass Festival - 16/07/17
The last job for the band of the summer saw us on home turf playing at the Ironbridge Gorge Brass Festival on the Sunday afternoon at the Museum Of Iron Coalbrookdale.
As always the sun was out and the audience appreciative of all the bands taking part over the 2 days filled the valley following each performance.
The band set included 2 soloists Pete Woodley on Euphonium with Be My Love and James Roberts on cornet with Cry Me A River.
This would we James’s last performance with the band as he and his wife Elly on 2nd cornet will be moving out of the area during the summer so it was a fitting moment for James to call time on his tenure as principal cornet with an excellent solo performance.
Congratulations On A 2:1 - 04/07/17
Band kit and tuned percussionist Jake Allen is celebrating after a achieving a 2:1 in his Music degree.
He hope now to go on and study for his Masters and it’s a big well done from us all for this talented player!
Pershore Music Festival - 01/07/17
The band took part for the first time in the Pershore Midsummer Brass Festival playing at the Angel Inn Pub one of 3 venues and one of 32 bands taking part.
As well as our first time at the festival it was also first time out for Ryan Richards as conductor for the band as he stood in for Simon Platford.
The band were well received with special mention to Jack Hoof on Flugel whose rendition of George Michael’s Faith went down a storm.
We look forward to returning next year and a possible turn in Pershore Abbey, fingers crossed!
With a busy July ahead of us with the band taking part at 2 brass festivals in Pershore and Ironbridge under 2 different conductors the band used its time to polish its programs to perfection.
Ryan Richards will be leading the band out at Pershore his first concert with the band while Simon is off in Prague and then Simon returns for the Ironbridge Festival.
So it’s 2 different programs including 3 solos and an overture to learn over the next 4 weeks!
Senior Cup - 13/05/17
A trip to the seaside with the band performing at the Spring Festival in the Winter Gardens Blackpool against 20 other bands on the piece Fragile Oasis by Peter Meechan was the order of the day.
The piece reflected the thoughts of astronauts looking down on earth from the international space station and used ingenious methods of band players and instruments to show this like for example having cornet players playing into the back of a Tam Tam or the percussionists drawing cello bows over the notes of a xylophone.
All in all the piece was very exciting and also extremely difficult with its mix of time signatures and use of band soloists and was a step up for the band in its first year in the middle tier of this contest having gained promotion last year.
The band’s result of 14th although disappointing in some respects does mean we get to stay in the senior cup and so another chance next year to try and get promotion to the Grand Shield and put us then one contest closer to the British Open!
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Marathon Brass - 23/04/17
Elly James 2nd Cornet and Matthew Johnson Solo Cornet both took time out from rehearsals today for the Spring Festival to run the London Marathon.
We can report that both finished with Elly recording a time of 3hrs 34 which was a personal best and 10 minutes quicker than last year and Matt doing it in 4hrs 20.
Well done to both and here’s to a speedy recovery for rehearsal on Tuesday!
Elly - Just coming over the line (Sun Visor)
Matt - Celebrating his success!
Player Return - 21/03/17
It was good to see the return of Pete Woodley to the band room, who has returned on Solo Euphonium following a brief break to recharge the batteries.
Pete takes back his old position following the departure of Rob Mee from the Royal Signals Band who having only joined the band in February has been posted to the Band of the Parachute Regiment, we wish him well with his posting and thank him for his hard work and dedication during his time with us.
Regional Disappointment - 12/03/17
After weeks of preparation for our first contest back in the Championship section of banding and hoping of a good result it wasn't meant to be. Playing the piece Pageantry against 12 other Midlands Championship bands we were drawn 11th to play at the Bedworth Civic Hall.
The band’s performance was not quite up to that of what we had been achieving in the band room maybe through nerves or just a bad day on stage but it did mean that at the results we found we had come 12th.
Although the result was disappointing we have found out that other results means we will get to compete in the Championship section in 2018 - Results Table
Passing Out - 10/03/17
Former Solo Horn Player Josh Reah has been undergoing Army basic training having recently joined the Army to become a bandsman in the Royal Signals Band based at Cosford.
He has now completed his basic training and successfully passed out today and now will begin a 12 week Army based music course before taking up his posting with the Royal Signals.
The band were delighted to hear of his passing out from fellow players in the Signals band and wish him well in his course and look forward to seeing him in the band room in the not so distant future.
10 Piece at Billy Elliot - 08/03/17
The band’s 10 piece enjoyed a night at the theatre when they provided incidental music on the opening night of Billy Elliot at the Birmingham Hippodrome for the arriving audience.
This was a busy week for all the player of the band but a little more for those in the 10 piece as the full band prepares for the Midlands Championships on Sunday 12th March.
The audience really appreciated the side show of music as they queued for entry.
New Signings and Old Faces - 26/02/17
The there have been some new and old faces come through the door over the last few weeks ahead of the Midlands Regional Contest;
Simon Platford says he is pleased in having a full band of experienced and talented players to take to the contest on which isn't an easy piece by any stretch of the imagination even though it may look so on paper!
The contest on 12th March at Bedworth Civic Hall will see the band competing once again in the Championship Section on the piece Pageantry by Herbert Howells.
New Love - 14/02/17
Emma Hocknell has a new love in her life in the shape of a Prestige Tenor Horn that the band have bought her ahead of the Midlands Regionals in March.
The Horn cost just over £3000 from Trevada Music in Cornwall and incorporates a trigger to help with tuning and has been affectionately called Emmintrude!
AGM - 10/02/17
At this years AGM as well as reports from the Secretary, Musical Director and Treasurer lively discussions also took place on band uniform, subs and future projects like a CD and contests to enter.
The election of officers saw the committee like many of today's bands amalgamating the duties of the concert and contest secretary as well as other required duties into one and renaming the role as Band Manager.
Also in these times of social media and ever more ways of communicating band news Nic Aulton took on the role of Publicity for the band.
Officers Elected: -
Committee Members - Kelly Hodges, Pete Jackson, Paul France
As always the committee will elect a chairman at the first meeting of the committee in March.
Bassy McBassFace - 30/01/17
The band has bought a new Eb Bass from Trevada Music for bass player Brian James. The bass costing over £6000 is a Sovereign 982 and replaces one which we bought about 15 years ago.
It’ll get its first appearance at the Regionals on 12th March at Bedworth Civic Hall so plenty of time for Brian to blow it in and no excuses about tuning!
Band Awards 2016 - 22/01/17
At the band’s annual Christmas concert that returned to the Anstice Hall Madeley the band presented it awards for recognition of what has been another successful year both at contests and concerts.
Brookes Trophy Best Player - The best player award is decided by the band’s musical director Simon Platford and was awarded to Jason Pickin. Jason started the year helping the band on percussion at the Butlins Contest before joining the band permanently on Solo Horn to be part of our Midlands Regionals win in March and our promotion to the Senior Cup at the Spring Festival in May. He then moved to cornet where he played a part in the band’s 6th place at the National Finals in September. The award is truly deserved and recognition of what a fine player and bandsman Jason is.
Elcocks Trophy Best Youth Player - Again chosen by the musical director this award was presented to Jack Hoof who plays Flugel within the band. Jack, 16, is a student at the Abraham Darby Academy and is part of the brass and show band there and has been a member of Jackfield for around 14 months now. He too has played his part in the successes of the year and shows great composure on stage as well as being a fantastic player with a lovely tone and good technique that suits the flugel.
Hudson Shield Band’s Person Of The Year - Chosen by the players in recognition of service to the band during the year with this year's award presented to both John Neathey (Repiano Cornet) and Mike Yates (Bb Bass).
John is responsible for the library and has spent the last 12 months finishing of the reorganising of the library an ongoing job as you can imagine with music going in and out for concerts and contests as well as also taking responsibility for uniforms so that players are suited and booted at our many events.
Mike is the band’s treasurer and has spent the last 12 months keeping track of our funds and keeping us in the black and out of the red. He has also sponsored and organised the Christmas raffle at the Christmas concert that raised over £1200.
All the winners were well deserving of their awards and all those involved in the band thank them for their hard works as players and organisers.
Awards presented by Cliff Parker.
Mike Yates & John Neathey
Conductor Returns - 22/01/17
The start of rehearsals this year saw the return of Simon Platford MBE to the conductor's stand following a 3 month break.
Simon has returned refreshed and ready to tackle the contests and concerts of 2017 with new program ideas and thoughts on how to make the best from contest performances starting with the Midland's Regional in March and the test piece Pageantry.
Players were glad to see him back and his enthusiasm and drive was evident and obviously infectious to those around the stand.
Sad Step Down - 22/01/17
After 33 years playing service including 20 years as band secretary and committee member Pete Woodley has stepped down to take time out from playing.
Pete joined the band in 1983 on Eb Bass and has to his credit played on every instrument bar cornet and currently was the band's solo euphonium player helping the band achieve so much success on both the concert and contest stage helping the rise from the 4th section to the championship section.
As secretary and committee member his drive and leadership helped form and forge the band into what it is today with many hour of organising that have seen us collect many honours and create a healthy following.
His dedication as a player and committee member made him a true bandsman and will be missed as both a personality within the band and a great player and wish him well for the future and hope that he isn't a stranger and perhaps not too long before he maybe returns.