Chantry Middle School
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ECB Brass Roots welcomes anyone of any age and ability. The band decided to reopen Brass Roots in August 2010 and have been going from strength to strength ever since. We are very lucky to have members of the senior band who give their time to help at rehearsals.
Joining Brass Roots
The band currently rehearse at Chantry Middle school every Wednesday evening during term time.
Rehearsals are 18:00-19:30.
All players of all ability and instrument welcome to attend either/both rehearsals.
For further information contact John Colvine on 07734437987
This year has started well for the Brass Roots Band with silverware already in the bag courtesy of the Wansbeck Music Festival. In a new development for 2016 the band has also welcomed its first guest conductor for 4 weeks, Mr Robin Forbes from King Edwards High School and we are planning to set the Summer Term off to a flying start with the irrepressible Roy Mcluskey.
The Band will also be involved in the 1016 Northumberland Gathering Parade in April and will participate in a new piece of music being written for the remaining Brass Bands in Northumberland by Lucy Pankhurst for the northumberland Miners Picknic. this will be a world premiere in Northumberland in June.
The Brass Roots Band had a very posative 2015 despite a change in contuctor. Many thanks to Clare Hornsby, our retiring condutor, for all her hard work over the years and also a very warm welcome to Nicola McKeague who has taken over the "reins" (so to speak) or at least the baton! The Band joined with the Senior Band and played an active part in the Border Cavalcade for the Northumberland Gathering in April followed by an appearence on a windswept bandstand in Carlise Park later in the day.
In the Summer Term some of the Brass Roots volunteers visited Newminster Middle School for an enrichment workshop for the pupils (and Staff) - ther group was so successful that 16 new learners initially signed up for lessons and 11 are still coming for tuition.
July saw the Band entertaining participants at the Stobhillgate School Summer Fayre and also giving an open air concert for the parentsat the end of term.
October and December saw the Band back in action at St Johns Church, Ashington. We contributed to part of the programme which was hosted by the Senior Band and welcomed some of our new starters into the band itself.
We continuing from their success of 2012 & 2013, the band entered the Wansbeck festival. Some members entered in the solo and duet sections as well- showing how much confidence they are gaining.
We joined the senior band during the summer ar outdoor events and at Christmas playing Carols, we ended our year by playing a concert with the senior band at St Johns Church Ashington.
ECB Brass Roots have had another successful year seeing the Band go from strength to strength. Again Brass Roots entered the Wansbeck Festival in April and it was lovely to see some members competing in the solo and duet category as well. In September Brass Roots ran a Brass Workshop to practice music for a concert but also to enjoy a BBQ and join the main band in playing hymns at the beginning of their rehearsal. A busy Christmas period occurred again this year which saw Brass Roots play at Morpeth Christmas lights and the annual Christmas Concert at St John's in Ashington; playing Carol of the Drum, Frosty the Snowman, Holly and the Ivy and It was on a Starry Night.
ECB Brass Roots had a successful year including competing (and bringing home a trophy) from the Wansbeck festival in April. September saw the two Junior bands merge and a busy Christmas period followed including turning on the Morpeth Christmas lights, Carols at the Plough Inn and playing at the Bands Christmas Concert in Ashington
In October ECB Brass Roots and the band played a concert at Chantry Middle School to encourage some more kids to learn an instrument and join the Band. The audience enjoyed the evening and the Band played an excellent set including Summer Nights and All that Jazz in a concert themed ‘Night at the Movies’. We now have 10 more kids who are going to start having lessons and play in a second Brass Roots band.
An open day was held in Morpeth to spread the word about brass bands and to encourage people to come and join in. The day was a success with some playing a brass instrument for the first time and the band has 14 regular members rehearsing weekly. The Band played their first concert at St John’s Christmas concert to a very welcoming audience.