Sep 16, 2014
National Finals Cheltenham

Author: <span>Trevor Waltersthompson</span>

Bolsover Success

Bolsover Success


Shepherd Group Band were very pleased to take third place at the recent Bolsover Festival of Brass. This is an incredibly popular entertainment contest which is streamed live over the internet, reaching audiences in thirty-two countries and over three-hundred and sixty towns and cities.

Competing in the Championship Section, the band’s programme followed a Folk Song inspired set, starting with the beautifully choreographed Norwegian Folk song, Gøta, before bursting into a energetically charged romp through a Russian folk festival. The band’s soloist for the day was principal Cornetist, Andy Novell, who impressed with his lyrical treatment of Pater Noster. The energetic Molly’s Wake was next, before the band’s vocal talents were at the forefront of the wonderful Knut Liten Og Sylvelin finale.

Adjudicator Steven Mead summed up his comments on the performance as, “I like the way your programme has a connected theme, it’s a strong approach to programme building. Thank you for this enjoyable and well conceived programme, your audiences will love it!”

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Busy Start

Our Youth band have had a great start back after the summer break. On Saturday 7th October the band were delighted to perform at All Saints Church in Wistow in aid of their new roof fund. They helped raise a whopping £400 for the cause whilst entertaining a large and supportive audience who have already invited them back!
The band then went on to compete at the Pogson Bray Entertainment Contest where they were very pleased to be awarded the ‘Best Youth Band 2017’ prize. They competed against tough competition and were commended for both their deportment and stage presence by adjudicator David Ashworth.


The Sun Always Shines on CB

Imagine the scene, a cloudless sky, the sun shining and hundreds o people being royally entertained by our Concert Band. Sounds great doesn’t it? And it certainly was!
Last Sunday, July 16th, saw the Concert band return to Filey bandstand for one of our favourite concerts of the year and as we like to say, “ we didn’t fail to disappoint ”.
The Concert Band were on cracking form and entertained the huge crowd with our selection of singalong, wavealong and even dancealong numbers. We featured 3 stand up soloists in Louis McClaren on cornet, Adrian Fox on trombone and Jenny Mansell on tenor horn. Isobel Thomson on flugelhorn also gave her always faultless performance at the beginning of Angels, by Robbie William, a piece that the band dedicated to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing in May.
David Bull, the flamboyant Master of Ceremonies at Filey, was again thrilled with the Band and the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress made a special point of saying how much they and the audience had enjoyed the concert.
All in all, a great afternoon and great playing from the Concert Band.
Already looking forward to Wetherby bandstand on August 20th.

A Piggin’ ( No G) Great Night Out

Hot on the heels (or should that be trotters! ) of our marvellous Parliament Street performances on the afternoon of July 1st , the Band organisation held a pig racing evening at Acomb Conservative Club to raise money for the many contesting ventures that we are undertaking 2017. And what a great evening it was!
The club was packed with band members, band supporters and club members all keen to have a little flutter on the piggies.
Dave Cussons, The Pig Man, was our genial host for the evening and he made sure that everyone understood how the betting and racing worked and ensured that everyone had a really good time.
I think the sight of Richard Wilton jumping up and down, cheering on the piggies he had backed will live long in our memories.
A special mention must go to Kim and Shane for the lovely pie and pea supper they provided.
All in all a fantastic evening!
If you weren’t there you missed a treat and we managed to raise a whopping £732 for band funds.
Thank you all who sponsored races, bought pigs and turned up on the evening. We are certainly looking to organise a similar evening for next year.

Easingwold March and Hymn Tune Competition


Senior band photo

The Shepherd Group of Bands were out in force at the recently held Easingwold March and Hymn Tune competition. The competition centres around the Market Place in Easingwold and this year the competition attracted no less than 13 bands from as far as Newcastle to Dobcross to Barnsley .

This was a first for our group as three of our bands took part in the competition, this is the first time this has ever happened in the history of the bands. The Senior Band , Concert Band and the Youth Band all competed so we had in excess of 100 players out on the night.

The evening saw a mix of fortunes but on the whole a very successful night all round

The Senior band came away with Best Band on the March , Best Hymn Tune overall , Best 1st Section Band and 2nd overall in the competition. To achieve this we had to beat a number of championship graded bands so a very commendable nights work, the Senior Band played the Hymn tune Love Unknown followed by the March Knight Templar

The Concert Band were very pleased with winning the best Hymn tune for unregistered bands, they played the Hymn Eventide followed by the march Punchinello

The Youth Band didn’t fare so well however, it was a fantastic experience for the youngsters to get out a play in a competition such as this against all section bands. They played the hymn tune Aurelia followed by the March Old Comrades.

A fantastic night was had by all and we are hoping to be able to compete in the contest again next year and who’s knows we might have four bands out ?

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Solo Contest 2017


Shepherd Group Brass Bands Solo Contest 2017

Once again players from all five bands came together to compete in the annual solo competition. Members demonstrated their individual talents with slow melodies, air variations, and technical works. The judge for the evening was Black Dyke solo cornet player David Smith, who had the difficult job of selecting the top two positions in each category. There was such a fantastic array of talent on show and an impressive demonstration of the standard of players across the bands.

Brass Roots

1st Place – Zach Hindle
2nd Place – Elysia Sanderson-Aylett

Academy Band

1st Place – Henry Bate
2nd Place – James Konefal

Youth Band

1st Place – Tasha Collins
2nd Place – Imogen Fewster

Concert Band

1st Place – Louis McLaren
2nd Place – Millie Brough-Jones

Senior Band

1st Place – Isaac Bousfield
2nd Place – Jenny Mansell


Donation to Mbale Brass Band Uganda


The Mbale Brass Band of Uganda, founded by Phillip Monk, a retired Brass Band Player, who thought that giving the members a meal along with the opportunity of learning to play an instrument might help to improve the life chances of some of the young people of this impoverished country.

We at Shepherd Group Brass Bands were so inspired by his story we wanted to help in some way so we decided that at our Christmas Concerts we would arrange a leaving collection to which our audiences contributed very generously. We, ourselves also contributed from the Bands funds and donated some instruments from our members which were surplus to requirements.

We are sure that the members of our audiences at the Rowntree Theatre last Christmas will be pleased to see that their very kind generosity is having very positive results.


Back to the Top Flight


The Band is delighted to announce that we have promoted back into the Championship section from 1st January 2018. After spending just one year in the first section the band is thrilled to be back in the top flight, again.

Richard Wilton the Band’s Musical Director said “ it is a great feeling to be straight back into the championship section , everybody has worked so hard recently and we have built a real team in the last few months, we need now to focus on the National finals in Cheltenham and then prepare ourselves for the area Championship s in 2018.”


Area Championship


The band had been working hard for this year’s Area Championship as a good result would see them bounce straight back into the Championship section for 2018.

Richard had worked the band hard with extra sectional and full band rehearsals. The band had a lot to prove. Before going onto stage we knew that we were playing the piece well however, like all contests it’s about the performance on stage and the thoughts of the adjudicators. There was a sense of expectation building amongst the players as the we walked onto stage and settled ourselves. Any nerves gave way to excitement as we gave a truly awesome performance. All the soloists gave their all more than ably supported by the rest of the band, the performance became the benchmark for the contest. Unfortunately on the day this benchmark was set to high for all the other bands. The band was crowned 1St section North of England Champions and with that came an invitation to the National finals in Cheltenham.

Credit and huge thanks must go to Richard for his tireless dedication to the band but also the soloists and all the band members, whilst individuals shone it was a collective team effort which brought home the silverware.

The band won the 1st Section Trophy, Richard received a trophy for the winning Conductor and as an added bonus Alister Brown our Bass Trombone won the best Trombone trophy, so overall a very good day at the office.