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Band golf competition

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Yesterday the band held its first ever Golf Tournament. Despite our lovely sponsors kindly providing us with umbrellas the weather thankfully held out. Lots of members from across our organisation took part, both experienced and inexperienced golfers and a fun day was had by all.

We have quite a few enthusiastic golfers within the organisation so it all got quite competitive but the eventual winner of the afternoon’s 18 hole stableford competition was the band’s fabulous MD Richard Wilton. The winners of the 9 hold Texas scramble in the evening were Charles Wilson and Trevor Walters Thompson.

 

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When Shepherds went viral…

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Last Saturday night our Senior Band performed in their annual concert at the beautiful Selby Abbey. The concert itself was a resounding success and both the audience and band absolutely loved it. The programme was a particular hit and included a suite from Stabat Mater, music from the musical Wicked and the roof raising Fire in the Blood.

Richard Wilton, band MD said:

“I think it was the best concert that I have done throughout my entire six years with the band.”

When it went viral….

Bizarrely though the highlight of the concert was what happened afterwards. One of our regular fans decided to film a few of our pieces, one of which was Phillip Harpers exciting new flugelhorn solo Under the Boardwalk played by Paul Stamp. We had a listen to the video and we were so impressed that we decided to publish it on our social media and it’s safe to say its gone crazy. The video has, in under a week, reached 60,000 people and has been viewed significantly more times than the Cory Band equivalent!!

Paul Stamp, the bands flugelhorn player said:

“I actually can’t believe it, it’s just crazy, so many people keep messaging me, people that I haven’t spoken to in years! I’m absolutely delighted that people like it so much.”

Richard also commented:

“Everyone absolutely gave it their all and the reaction on social media to the video is just brilliant… we’re all buzzing!”

You can view the video below:

 

 

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Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Davies!

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Today our Senior Band was delighted to play at the wedding of Chloe Walsh and Huw Davies. Chloe is the Senior Band’s Second Trombone player and we were thrilled that she asked us to play at her wedding.

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The couple married at St Andrew’s Church in Bishopthorpe and it was an absolutely beautiful service.

On behalf of all the members of the Shepherd Group Brass Band we would like to wish them both congratulations and wish them all the luck in the future.

 

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FIRST PRIZE for our Youth Band!

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This Friday our Youth Band went and competed in their VERY FIRST competition! The band went to the Rothwell Competitive Music Festival and came WON their section, against some very tough competition.

The band waiting to set off!

The band waiting to set off!

13041421_10156845994505346_8124064816588984435_oThe band played in front of a packed out hall and they played absolutely brilliantly. Their programme, picked out by their talented MD Craig Brown, was movie inspired and consisted of:

The 20th Century Fox Theme
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Mission Impossible
Peter Gunn Theme
Eye of the Tiger

The competition in their section was very tough, but the band took command of the evening and played with true drive, determination and, perhaps most importantly, genuine enthusiasm.

Our Youth Band was only founded 5 years ago, so it was a big achievement for the band to even be going to its first competition after such a short space of time! So for them to actually come away champions is such as huge achievement and all of us here at Shepherds are so very very proud of them.

To find out more about joining our Youth Band and learning with us please check out our vacancies page.

 

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Seeking a Principal Cornet Player

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We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Cornet to complete our cornet line-up.

What we have to offer a top-man (or woman):

– Great concert-contest balance
– Fun contemporary arrangements and a large music budget
– Some of the best rehearsal facilities in the country
– One of the largest banding organisations around, as recently featured in the British Bandsman
– A busy and lively social scene
– Competitive expenses

 

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Our Cornet Section – 2016 Regionals

The band practices on Tuesday and Friday nights in Huntington, York. However, our members travel from all over Yorkshire so lifts could most likely be arranged.

For any more information or an informal, confidential chat about the position please contact Samantha Woodman on 07590 517966 or email the band at sb@shepherdgroupbrassband.co.uk

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Our British Bandsman photoshoot

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Big things are happening here at Shepherds, and we are delighted that the rest of the brass band community is catching on! A few weeks ago the band was lucky enough to welcome down an editor from the internationally published magazine British Bandsman to come write a feature on our organisation.

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Audrey Brown's Magazine Cover!

Audrey Brown’s Magazine Cover!

Negotiations for us having a feature originally started when the Senior Band played at the Bolsover Contest back in October. During the contest a series of interviews took place and the band’s conductor Richard got into a conversation with the magazines editor about all that we do at Shepherds. The editor was simply amazed at the sheer number of players that we have in the organisation and at the sound of our facilities and set up, and he suggested that we would make a perfect feature for the magazine.

So one Monday night we called all five bands together and Paul Hindmarsh from the magazine came down and our sponsors were even kind enough to provide us with a photographer. Whilst down he carried out a series of interviews with Richard Wilton, Craig Brown, Mike Pratt, David Gregg, Samantha Woodman and Imogen Brown to gain a feel of the organisation. Meanwhile each of the five bands carried out a short rehearsal and at the end we gathered everyone together for a big group shot.

It was a great evening all round and we were absolutely delighted when the magazine came out and our own Audrey Brown, former conductor of the Brass Academy, was on the cover.

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North of England Area Championships

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As many of you will now be aware the band competed at the North of England Area contest this March in Durham. The band had an absolutely excellent day out in Durham and our end performance of Cambridge Variations is something that we are hugely proud of.

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Band en-route to the competition

Unfortunately, despite the band working hard and playing really well the result didn’t go in our favour. Naturally everyone in the band is really disappointed, but we’re all feeling positive and are very much looking forward to competing at the All English International Masters competition in May! We would like to thank all of our lovely supporters and all of those who wished us luck. In particular we owe a huge thanks to our Musical Director Mr Richard Wilton, whose tireless commitment and enthusiasm is the backbone of the band – we really couldn’t do it without him. Onwards and upwards!

We would also like to offer a huge congratulations to the Reg Vardy Band and EYMS and wish luck to both bands at the Royal Albert Hall! Also massive congratulations to all our friends at the Railway Institute Band – a fantastic and well deserved result!

Concert Band 2016

Holding back the river

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Photos from the concert

Photos from the concert

On 6th March our Concert Band had the great privilege of playing at the York Barbican in a special gala concert to help raise money for flood victims. The concert, which was named “Hold Back the River” featured artists from all over York and all proceeds went directly to those affected by the terrible floods over Christmas.

Concert Band MD Michael Pratt said:

“The Band felt so honoured to be asked to play tonight, the atmosphere has been amazing the whole band played brilliantly, I’m so proud!”


So far the York Disaster Fund has raised over £1,300,000 for flood victims and concerts such as this one are vital to keep the momentum on the appeal going so here at Shepherds we are delighted to have been able to help out.

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All Four One – CD Recording

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Ever since Richard Wilton joined the organisation back in 2010 it has been his aim to do a big CD recording featuring all of the bands. Well, almost six years on his wish has been granted, when all four of the Shepherd Group Brass Bands took to the recording studio at the end of January for a weekend of CD recording!

 

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Senior Band Front Row Cornets

Senior Band Back Row Cornets

Senior Band Back Row Cornets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each band recorded a few tracks each, which for many was a totally new experience. This is the first time that the Concert Band, Youth Band and Academy Brass have ever been in a recording environment and everyone handled the pressure brilliantly.

 

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Jess working with Academy Brass

The CD was recorded by KMJ recordings, who go around the country recording some of the best bands in the country including the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, Black Dyke Band and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. The bandroom literally became transformed into a fully fledged recording studio and the fabulous Jess Tredrea guided everyone through the recording process with the upmost professionalism and musicality. She really was an absolute pleasure to work with.

Concert Band recording

Concert Band recording

Richard says:
“This has been something that I have always wanted to do, I’m absolutely over the moon at how well it has gone and I literally can’t wait to listen to it!”

The CD, which has been aptly named “All Four One” is due to launch at our upcoming concert at the Joseph Rowntree theatre in York on 4th June. This evening is always hugely popular and always sells out – so call Nicola now on 01904 655076 and get your tickets reserved.

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…

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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. 

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