Smiddy Hill

posted Jul 9, 2018, 2:07 AM by Brian Anderson   [ updated Jul 9, 2018, 2:09 AM ]

A very hot sunny afternoon for our open air concert on Sunday 1st July. Last years event was rained off ,so despite the heat it was good to play once again for the local community & tourists on our 'home turf'.

Peasholm Park

posted Jul 9, 2018, 1:57 AM by Brian Anderson   [ updated Jul 9, 2018, 2:11 AM ]

We had a lovely sunny afternoon for this years visit to Scarborough on Sunday June 24th. It does get very warm through the glass. A good sized audience despite the fact England were playing that afternoon in the World Cup.

Spring Concert 2018

posted Mar 31, 2018, 6:51 AM by Brian Anderson

Once again we held our Spring Concert in the Memorial Hall Pickering. This years event was on Saturday March 24th, and again included items by  the Training Band  and the youngsters from Pickering Junior School.
The band opened up with The Muppet Show theme tune, followed by Ecce Homo (Behold The Man) the theme to Mr Bean. Following these were two lively numbers, Sur le Pont and Hey Missa Tallyman. To conclude this part of the concert we played the Beatles Abbey Rd Medley.
Jeannette Kendal introduced her young players from the Junior School, all of whom this time played a solo accompanied by backing tracks. Great stuff! The Training Band played a short program, this year conducted by Ian. Starting with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang they continued with Music Box, Pirates Of The Caribbean finishing with the Radetzky Mrach with everyone clapping along to the beat.
After tea and cakes and the obligatory raffle both bands along with the juniors took part in the finale which was two items from 4 Rock Classics For Beginners - the African lullaby Thula Baba and rounding off the concert with The Final Countdown.
Another successful evening. Thanks very much everyone for your support.

Cancer Research Concert

posted Dec 21, 2017, 2:54 AM by Brian Anderson   [ updated Dec 21, 2017, 3:56 AM ]

 This years annual concert for Yorkshire Cancer Research was held on Sunday December 17th in St Peter & St Paul's Church Pickering.
After a bright 'n' breezy start with the march 'Florentiner', Lauren performed the cornet solo 'Bless This House'. Chloe & Sam were featured as standup soloists in Paul Lovatt Cooper's 'Fire In The Blood' followed by carol singing from the audience. After 'Mack The Knife' the first half ended with the theme to the film 'We Were Soldiers'. This hymnlike melody begins with a lone Repiano cornet player (well done Jenny) & also features the 2nd & 3rd cornets (Jack, Ines, Bethany & our guest player for the afternoon Cliff Hicks) in the Last Post.
Rachel Anderson was the guest soloist for this year, singing a selection of favourite songs & Christmas songs. There was one surprise however as she was joined in a duet by her father in law, our very own Brian.
 The training band performed a number of pieces including 'Frosty The Snowman' & 'Rudolph'.
Helen Eddon was awarded the trophy for most improved player in the training band, with Jenny receiving the most improved player in the senior band.
Brian was presented with the award for work behind the scenes. The 'Player Of The Year' trophy was won by Helen Bointon. There was one further award which was donated by new President Mr Chris Bramley & given to Mike.
 The second half flew by, with the band performing 'The Boars Head Carol', a German carol ' Suesser die Glocken nie klingen, followed by a lively 'Christmas Twins' & ending with Sandy Smith's 'A Caribbean Christmas'.
 The concert raised £583 for Yorkshire cancer Research. Thank you one & all.

Remembrance Day Parade

posted Nov 17, 2017, 5:47 AM by Brian Anderson   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 5:51 AM ]

This year's Remembrance Parade on Sunday  November 12th was a very wet and windy occasion. Once again the band played at the bottom of the market place as the parade moved from the church to the Cenotaph. Lauren played the Last Post and Reveille outside the Memorial Hall for the 4th time of the day, having played during the church service and also twice at Thornton Le Dale in the morning. She had again played on the 11th in the market place at 11a.m. which means she has totted up another 5 performances for the weekend.

War Weekend

posted Oct 23, 2017, 5:56 AM by Brian Anderson

This year the band were invited to play at the morning service at Pickering railway station. 
The service was held at the rear of the station on Sunday October 15th. Afterwards the band 'entertained the troops' for an hour, playing many war-time favourites on the 'bandstand'. This was a much better venue than we have previously been able use, so here's hoping we can do the same again next year.


posted Sep 17, 2017, 3:41 AM by Brian Anderson   [ updated Sep 17, 2017, 4:18 AM ]

We had a really great concert in the Kirk Theatre on Saturday Sept 16th . The band's playing was on a much higher level throughout the night, as we performed all the music from the 1996 film 'Brassed Off' in 'Where There's Muck There's Brass'. Our exploration of both the music and its history was skillfully intertwined with dialogue from the film, performed by members of Whitby Amateur Dramatic Society. All this was linked by Katrina Stead who was the director of the stage production in Whitby over the Easter period. We are very grateful for all the work she and the members of W.A.D.S. did to make the evening such a success.

                                                                                    WELL DONE EVERYBODY 

Thornton Le Dale

posted Aug 24, 2017, 1:49 AM by Brian Anderson

We had another pleasant afternoon on the green in Thornton Le Dale on Sunday 20th August.
This concert concluded our summer season for 2017.

Levisham Valley Service

posted Jul 24, 2017, 7:12 AM by Brian Anderson

We once again provided the music for Levisham Valley Service on Sunday July 16th. Everyone enjoys the ride down the bank in the trailer before the service, & the return journey afterwards.It was a very warm and sunny afternoon for the event, with the usual jam & cream scones once we were back in the village. 

Filey Bandstand

posted Jul 3, 2017, 2:25 AM by Brian Anderson   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 2:37 AM ]

  Antique animated wooden band in a bandstand playing music at night. - Stock Image


Another sunny afternoon for our visit to Filey Bandstand on Sunday July 2nd.

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