Sep 16, 2014
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Shepherds team up with Acoustic Percussion

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The band is proud to announce the launch of a new partnership with highly regarded specialist percussion brand Acoustic Percussion. This alliance started earlier this year after the company supplied a large number of mallets and sticks to the band in order to help bring more young percussionists into the organisation.

The bands percussion Tutor Alan Drever-Smith commented:

“We are thrilled to have access to such an excellent range of mallets, which our budding percussion students love to use.”

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Since starting the partnership Alan has had the resources at his disposal to expand the percussion sections of both the Academy and Youth Bands. This means that the organisation now has several new budding percussionists that will hopefully move up into the Concert and Senior Bands. The extra equipment has even meant that Alan has been able to run a highly successful “Percussion Masterclass” in order to further recruit new members.

Acoustic Percussion source only the finest materials from all over the globe to produce their equipment and the brand is well known for producing extremely high quality and balanced kit. The bands are very excited about the partnership and believe it will greatly help the aspiring percussionists of the organisation.

 

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Joint concert with Besses Boys

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We’re getting really excited for our joint concert with the Besses Boys Band at the beginning of December! Besses are travelling all the way from Manchester for the concert and both bands are already working hard on putting together a great programme. The concert is taking place on Saturday 3rd December at The Hive in York and tickets are now sale.

Sure to be a sellout this one so make sure you don’t miss out!

Tickets available on our events page.

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Hardraw Scar 2016

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Last Sunday our Concert Band competed at the Hardraw Scar Entertainment Contest in Hawes. It was an absolutely beautiful day and the whole band was really excited to be back playing at one of their favourite competitions. Hardraw has been a staple feature of the Concert Band calendar for many years now and it was very disappointing for the band not to play at it last year due to oversubscription – so this year they were back with a vengeance.

As usual MD Mike Pratt put together a fantastic programme, which due to his infectious energy went down brilliantly with the audience. The programme featured the march “Imperial Echoes”, the beautiful cornet solo “Share my Yoke”, played beautifully by Emily Smith and the pop classic “My Way”. Their programme also featured a great new arrangement of the hymn tune Nearer my God to Thee, for which the band actually won the prize for best hymn – a huge achievement!

The band were absolutely delighted with how the performance on the day went and were even more delighted when they were awarded 3rd prize in their section!

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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.

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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!