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Shepherd Group Youth Band tour to Disneyland Paris, France

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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

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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! 🎺🎈🎉🎺

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Christmas concerts at Joseph Rowntree Theatre

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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.
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News just in!!

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The Christmas Band party has now been confirmed and tickets are now available from Audrey.

The party is at Melodies again, on Sat Jan 12th, 7:30 to 11:30pm. Tickets are £10 each and include a disco, lots of lovely food (care of Izzy’s dad Damien) party games and possibly an easy quiz. You just bring the FUN FACTOR!

All will be made VERY welcome and we’ll all deserve it after all our Christmas gigs and fundraising!

So get your ticket from Audrey, come along and let your hair down!

Pogson Bray 2018

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On Sunday 14th October the Youth Band returned to Elland for the 33rd Annual Pogson Bray Entertainment Contest. Last year the band were given special mention and awarded ‘Best Youth Band’, a prize which they retained this year. Their programme consisted of pieces from well known musicals including Phantom of the Opera, Oliver, and Les Miserables. The band were also placed 5th, above other contesting and non-contesting bands. The band are going from strength to strength and are looking forward to a busy Christmas!

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Wetherby Bandstand This Sunday 19th August

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Don’t miss our entertaining Concert Band at Wetherby Bandstand this Sunday the 19th August.
We are on from 2.30pm and finish at 4.30pm and we’d like to thank Wetherby Carvery as the day’s sponsor.
The band thoroughly enjoy this regular concert and look forward to seeing you there.

Shepherd Group Solo Contest 2018

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On Monday 16th July members of the band took to the stage at our fantastic bandroom to demonstrate their individual skills as soloists. The theme for the evening was ‘Slow Melody’ and players from all five of the Shepherd Bands demonstrated great tone, control and musicality. For many of our members this was their first experience of playing stand up solos without any accompaniment, and for others this was opportunity to really show off! The judge for the evening was Soprano cornet superstar Kevin Crockford who gave extremely helpful comments, playing tips, as well as sublime demonstration of his playing. We were also joined by Gevena Instruments who provided a range of instruments for members to try, this was in preparation for some trials in the new year.
As well as top three placings in each band category, Mr Crockford was also tasked with award the ‘Bousfield Cup’ which was to be awarded to the stand out performance of the evening.
Results
Brass Roots
1st – Isaac Ellis
2nd – Jean Wilkinson
3rd – Cohen Wheeler
Academy Band
1st – Henry Bate
2nd – Juliet Powell
3rd – Luke Hindle / Adam Knowles
Youth Band
1st – David Walters
2nd – Imogen Fewster
3rd – Lizzy Morritt
Concert Band
1st – Louis McLaren
2nd – Rachel Fox
3rd – Adrian Fox / Joely Mosses
Senior Band
1st – Craig Brown
2nd – Mike Pratt
3rd – Jenny Mansell
The Bousfield Cup for stand out performance – David Walters (Youth Band)

Music For Youth

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Music For Youth

On Friday 6th July the Youth Band ventured over to Birmingham to take part in the Music For Youth National Festival. The players took the day away from school and met at the Shepherd Group band room at 5:30am, before two coaches carrying players, family, and supporters headed to Birmingham’s magnificent Symphony Hall. The day was full of youth bands from across the country who had been selected from regional festivals to be showcased here, and the talent on display was inspiring. When it came to the turn of the youth band they put on a great show performing ‘Prismatic Light’, ‘Under the Boardwalk’ featuring Isabel Thompson and Sam Flemming, ‘When I Grow Up’, and finishing with ‘Game of Thrones’. Before hearing feedback from the music tutors, the final band of the day, Youth Brass 2000, provided an electric close to the days music making. Extremely positive comments form the judges and some impressive feedback made for a very happy youth band. It was an absolute experience for Craig and the band to represent the Shepherd organisation and we are all incredibly proud of all they have achieved this year!