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Christmas Party 2015

Oh what a night – our first Christmas Party!

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A true first for Shepherds! This year marked the bands first ever Christmas party – and what a party it turned out to be…

Last survivors!

Christmas Party – last survivors!


The party itself was hosted after Christmas in January to allow all our lovely members a well deserved few weeks off and really got new year off to a cracking start. Held at the York Sports Club on Shipton Road over 100 members of the Shepherd Brass family turned out to celebrate the successful Christmas concert season. There was a full buffet, dancing, party games and a very cheap bar, so naturally the night was a huge success – even the elusive Mr Wilton was spotted on the dance floor!!

A highlight had to be when our wonderful Youth Band MD Mr Craig Brown showcased the skills he gained during his time working for Royal Caribbean and ran cruise ship party games! Everyone got involved and it added so much fun to the night – so thanks a lot Craig. 

Party, senior band

They scrub up well, who knew?!


The evening was so successful that we’re already looking at booking the same venue for this years Christmas Party – so watch this space!

Jo-Ro Christmas 2015 Flashmob

Another Christmas Sell-Out!

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Every year the four bands of the Shepherd Group put on a Gala Christmas Concert at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York, and every year the concert is a huge success! 

This year the event reached new highs as both concerts that were completely sold out months before they even took place!

This year audiences were treated to some beautiful festive music played by musicians of all ages, they experienced Mike Pratt’s dancing and even witnessed a flashmob! But it’s safe to say it all went down a treat.

Our sponsor Mr Patrick Shepherd had this to say:

“Each year each of the bands gets better but this year we were struck by how good the Academy band is now, but the Brass Band was exceptional, particularly its playing of ‘Fire in the Blood’ that was really moving. It is a great pleasure that the group is associated with such a successful enterprise, it has achieved so much over the last 10 or so years.”

Our Christmas concerts at Joseph Rowntree are proving to be so successful that we are even in talks with the theatre about putting on a third night next year – so keep an eye out!

Tickets for our summer concert, which is taking place on 4th June at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre are now on sale and are selling fast! So please contact Nicola on 01904 655076 and make sure you get your tickets reserved.

Coppergate Carolling - Dec 2015

Coppergate Carolling Success

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Every year the bands of the Shepherd Group club together and spend a weekend in December carolling to raise funds for the band.



This year was no exception and on the weekend of the 12th and 13th December members of all the Shepherds bands braved the winter elements for a weekend of carolling and managed to raise a whopping £1,000 and even the weather turned out to be in our favour!

This is a great total and will be put towards new instruments for our future generation of players! 

Massive thank you to all those who turned out and it was great to see so many of our young players giving up their weekend to help the band.