Sep 16, 2014
National Finals Cheltenham

Author: <span class="vcard">Trevor Waltersthompson</span>

Covid-19 rehearsals and concerts postponed for the foreseeable future


Our Chairman David Gregg has released a statement on behalf of the band committee stating…

“Due to the current and rapidly changing situation regarding Covid-19, and following government advice to suspend any non-essential social interactions to mitigate any unnecessary risk, it is therefore with regret that we are forced to postpone rehearsals and concerts for the foreseeable future.

We will be in touch to reschedule these when we know more.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but thank you for your understanding in these difficult and uncertain times.

Please take care and in the meantime if you have any queries please do email us and we will do our best to help.

Kind Regards,

The Shepherd Group Brass Band Committee.”

Our Concerts at the Railway Museum on March 26th and Bishopthorpe St Andrews Church on May 16th have both been postponed. The Easingwold March Contest has also been cancelled.

The 70s/80s Concert has been rescheduled for Saturday 19th September 2020

70s/80s Concert at The Hive Postponed


Hi everyone, it is with regret that I need to inform you that the 70’s and 80’s gig scheduled for a week on Saturday has now been postponed.

Following meetings and discussions, we had initially made the decision to monitor the ongoing situation but events over the last couple of days have prompted us to make the unfortunate decision to postpone.

I’m sure you will appreciate that this decision has not been taken lightly but it is imperative that the health of our players and our loyal audience is paramount.

This concert will now take place on September 19th or 26th (to be advised soonest) and tickets already purchased will be valid. Alternatively, refunds will be available.

To say I’m absolutely gutted for the band and audience is an understatement but, as previously mentioned, everyone’s health is our primary consideration.

All I can say to you all, as players, is thanks so much for all your efforts and although we are all disappointed, we can look forward to September.

Obviously, it is so important that everyone who bought tickets is made aware of this postponement so, if you arranged tickets for family, friends etc, could you please contact them soonest to advise them and find out if they intend to attend on the rescheduled dates or require reimbursement.

If you could advise this through either David or myself, we can liaise with Richard and Nic to assess what needs to be done.

Again, I’m really sorry that I have had to send out this post but I’m sure you will all understand given the circumstances.

Thanks and much love


Brass Day


On Sunday 26th January the Shepherd Group opened the bandroom doors to budding brass players, supporters, friends and family in a day full of musical activity. Members of the Shepherd Group Senior band were on hand throughout the morning offering drop-in come and try sessions. There were over thirty families who attended this session, giving everyone the opportunity to try a brass instrument for the first time.

The sessions which followed were focused on ensemble playing, starting out with a group of younger players who had potentially never played as a group before. Players worked on listening skills, as well as several pieces before presenting results to an audience of family members. Within later sessions players worked on larger scale pieces include Max Stannard’s ‘Into the Future’, National Youth Brass Band Championship set work ‘Saint-Saens Variations’ by Philip Sparke, as well as Christopher Bond’s ‘Neverland’.

The Shepherd Group organisation, which now boast six separate ensembles, was awarded Brass Band England’s ‘Social Impact Award’, and last week’s series of workshops demonstrated the community following that the band has nurtured.

We have already had loads of new recruits to our Monday night Brass Academy and are looking forward to more inclusion events in the future.

For photos see:-


Brass Bands England’s inaugural ‘Social Impact Award’


The Shepherd Group Brass Bands have been presented with Brass Bands England’s inaugural ‘Social Impact Award’. The award, which recognised the national contributions brass bands make to communities, was presented at the Brass Bands England annual conference on Saturday 28th September. 

Richard Wilton, Musical Director says “We have built such a rich and well established banding community at Shepherds, platforming 6 bands and providing opportunities for all brass players”. 

“A major part of our contribution is via our Brass Academy – where we educate and facilitate brass playing from scratch. Our award-winning Youth Band provide a top flight outlet for young members of society to fulfil their musical potential, with many players aspiring to join our senior, flagship ensemble”


Tickets Now on Sale!!


The Cory Band is arguably the best brass band in the world and they will perform at Central Hall, University of York, alongside the Shepherd Group Brass Band, on Saturday 16th November, entertaining in their own unique style.The Cory Band were the first band ever to be quadruple champions, simultaneously holding in 2016 the UK National, British Open, European and Brass in Concert titles. They have maintained their status as the number one brass band in the world consistently for the last 12 years.
Don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to discover the brass band that is breaking new ground! The concert will showcase each band and then culminate in a fantastic massed band finale.
To book your tickets go to

Shepherd Group Youth Band tour to Disneyland Paris, France


The Shepherd Group Youth Band have completed their second successive tour, this time to world famous Disneyland, Paris. Throughout 2018 and in to 2019 the band worked exceptionally hard organising fundraising events, sponsorship, and concerts to help get them to their destination.

The band embarked on the 12 hour journey early on 23rd February, taking coach then ferry to their accommodation just outside the Disneyland park, they were even greeted by a sneak peek of the firework show as they checked in to the hotel.

The following day started with a trip to Montmarte, taking in stunning views of Paris, a guided tour pointing out local history, a visit to Sacre Coeur, and plenty of Crepes. Then it was on to the first of two concerts. The weather, audience, and atmosphere at the Luxemburg Gardens was top notch and the band entertained a crowd of around 500 people with a set consisting of pieces such as the theme from Game of Thrones,
Eye of The Tiger and Alan Fernie’s Prismatic Light. We then headed across the river for an unmissable trip to the Eifel Tower before heading back to the hotel.

Our final day was the one we were most excited about, we had an early breakfast and headed to the Disneyland park. We were shown straight to our dressing rooms, given a backstage tour of the stage area, and then taken front of house in our performance venue – The Videopolis Stage. What a venue! The thousand seater auditorium was such an impressive space and the band’s excitement was building. Our performance coordinator took us to the best spot in the park for photos before getting changed and preparing to perform. We met the technical and stage managers who talked us through our performance, then began our rehearsal and sound check. After a short break it was then time to play, with the band giving a stellar 20 minute performance, representing themselves, the Shepherd Group, and York in immaculate fashion. Still riding high from the performance the members then had the rest of the day to explore the park, visit the attractions, and ride as many rollercoasters as possible!

The trip was a complete success and each member contributed towards an unforgettable experience. The band have moved from strength to strength and continue to build and develop. They are now looking forward to a busy year of concerts and contests, starting with a sold out concert only next week!

Band Party


Players from all 5 Shepherd Group Bands enjoyed themselves last night at the annual SGBB and friends party to celebrate 2018.
Congratulations go to the SGBB EEb Bass player and Youth Band MD, Craig Brown, Concert Band Flugelhorn Soloist, Louis McLaren, Youth Band Solo Horn, Daniel Wilton and Academy Band Solo Horn player, Toni Powell, who won the “Players’ player of the Year” award from their respective bands.
Other award winners on the night were, Flugelhorn soloist Paul Stamp ‘Performance of the year’, Solo Horn, Jenny Mansell ‘Most improved player’, Euphonium & Baritones ‘Section of the year’ and Edward Easthaugh, received a special award from Brass Roots MD, Sally Mansell.
Huge thanks must go to Audrey Brown for organising another hugely successful event. Here’s to a brilliant 2019! 🎺🎈🎉🎺


Christmas concerts at Joseph Rowntree Theatre

On Friday 21/12 and Saturday 22/12 all the bands in the Shepherd Group Brass Band family came together to round off 2018 in fine style with our Christmas concerts at Joseph Rowntree Theatre.
Both nights were completely sold out and the enthusiastic audiences were treated to some marvellous, festive music and fine playing from all our musicians.
Brass Roots, under the expert tutelage of Sally Mansell, entertained the audiences as they took their seats on both evenings and proved just how well they are progressing with some lovely playing that drew loud applause.
The Academy Band then wowed the audiences with great performances and it was so noticeable that, under the baton of Richard Wilton, their band sound and approach to the music is maturing at an impressive rate.
Then it was the turn of the prizewinning Youth Band and they certainly did not disappoint. Craig Brown has guided his band to a very high standard and the playing again showed so much maturity and in the horn soloist, Daniel Wilton, they surely have a star for the future.
The first half was then concluded by the Concert Brass Band and they gave the audience their usual highly entertaining programme, full of energy and also featuring a guest appearance on vocals from Eric Daines. They also featured stunning soloists in Jenny Mansell and Louis McLaren and, on the ‪Saturday night‬, the band took part in the Jingle Bell challenge for charity, shown live on the band’s Facebook page. The audience absolutely loved that and joined in enthusiastically.
In the second half it was the turn of the Senior Band, under Richard Wilton, and they certainly didn’t disappoint. From the opening Fanfare and Flourishes to the finale of Dies Natalis, this was playing of the highest standard. The possible highlight of the set being the moving Mary, did you know? played with subdued lighting and creating an ethereal atmosphere.
But, of course, all SGBB Jo Ro shows are not complete without the massed bands encore and WOW, was this one spectacular!
The setting of Christmas Eve, Sarajevo, complete with Cello, Electric guitar, smoke and light show had to be seen and heard to be believed and on both nights rounded off a fantastic evenings entertainment.
Huge thanks to everyone who made all this possible.
Looking forward to 2019.