2016 YEAR END REPORT
It has been a very strange year this year. 2016 saw the band playing at the National Butlins Championship in January, finishing Runners up with a £1000.00 prize to improve the Bank balance. Unfortunately, on arrival back to Stalybridge, Keith Greenwood was taken very ill, and passed away in Willow Wood Hospice. Keith will be remembered in high esteem. He worked endlessly for the band and will be sadly missed.
In February, we played at the North-West Area Contest in the Pavilion Theatre at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. We played very well and finished in 3rd place, just missing out of qualification to the National Finals at Cheltenham in September.
In April, the band held its first Annual General Meeting for many years and elected a new Management Committee headed by Chairman, John Withers. Mel Flynn was elected Secretary and Audrey Greenwood was elected Treasurer. The rest of the elected members are Trevor Hamilton, Dianne Greenwood, Ann Jackson, Wayne and Dawn Matthews, Lee Renton and Luke Trudgeon.
An excellent Whit Friday took place with the band Conducted by Martin Gernon because our own M.D. was in hospital following a major operation. The result of which was 11 prizes from 11 Contests.
Unfortunately, we lost Luke, who joined the Greenfield Band but gained Anna Castle - Cornell and Heather Grant on back row cornet.
The arrival of Paul Clough and Nichola Clough strengthened the Bass and Horn Sections and a very good 3rd place at Rochdale Contest rounded off the Contest season.
Great news was received in October, when we received a letter from the North-West Area Committee informing us that we had gained promotion to the 3rd Section from January 2017.
On a sad note, in December, Audrey and Dianne Greenwood both left the band and resigned from the Committee. It was sad to see Audrey leave after almost 20 years with the band as Committee Member and more recent as Band Manager. Every single band Members wishes her well.
A very successful Christmas and Festive Season series of Concerts and performances throughout the area put a substantial amount of cash back into the bank, setting us up for a good start to 2017.
11th December 2016
Christmas Concert at the Civic Hall
Saturday evening 10th December, and the Civic Hall witnessed a new look to the Band. Full stage lighting and a very sophisticated atmosphere was gained with the audience sat around round tables with subdue lighting presenting a really professional approach to the concert. Everyone enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and listened intently to some excellent playing by the band.
We were extremely pleased to welcome Lord Pendry, who declared his support as Band President for the distant future.
The band presented him with a Band tie which he immediately sported, showing it off to everyone.
THE STAGE SET UP CHRISTMAS 2016. CIVIC HALL.
28th November 2016
Sunday afternoon 27th November saw the band playing an afternoon Concert at the Glossop Old Band Club. Excellent performance with some superb playing by every one. A full diverse programme pleased a full house and numerous very experienced bands men and women praised the bands efforts. Phil Fox, Ex Fodens Bb Bass commented, ' The band sounds great, such a difference has taken place over the last three years since your MD took over. Great to see the band back'. Chris Reedy, Ex Fodens, Ashton, Staffs Band player said, ' What a great concert tuning and intonation was excellent. Well done one and all'. One bandsman who played for a 2nd Section Band in Bristol was shocked to hear that the band was in the 4th Section. He actually though we were in the 1st Section. A real accolade if every I have heard one.
23rd October 2016
On Sunday 23rd October the band competed in the NWABBA Contest at Rochdale Town Hall. Playing 'The Graces of Love' by Oliver Waespi, the band played very well indeed and according to members of the audience were firm favourite to win after the performance. However the adjudicator, ex Stalybridge Band Conductor, John Binns, only awarded the Band 3rd Place stating that he did not like the piece. Not what we expected by that's life.
#ONWARDS and UPWARDS
3th September 2016
Our Musical Director Heads off to
The following report was announced on the Brass Band Movements premier Media web site, 4 Bars Rest.com
One of the most experienced band trainers in the UK heads to The Netherlands this weekend to work with Felison Brass ahead of the Dutch National Championships.
As reported previously on 4BR, the well known conductor, band trainer and adjudicator David W Ashworth will head to The Netherlands to work with Felison Brass.
A spokesman for Felison Brass told 4BR: "It is a privilege to work again with David. We have good memories of the previous co-operation in 2015 and the previous 4 years.
17th July 2016
Back after Summer Break.
We are very happy to inform everyone that the Band commence rehearsals tomorrow, Monday 15th August following their annual holiday break.
With several concerts and contests ahead before the end of the year it is important that we hit the ground running and get into the required hard work needed to carry the band forward into the 3rd Section in January 2017.
We have still got a couple of empty seat if you fancy a change.
See the Vacancies page.
21st May 2016
WHIT FRIDAY 2016
Whit Friday was a memorable day this year with the band winning 9 out of 11 Contest. Playing the March - Mephistopheles, They won the 1st 4th Section Band Prize at all nine venues. On top of this they also won the Best Bass Section at Denton and 2nd Local Band at Stalybridge Celtic.
Due to our MD David W Ashworth being taken into hospital the day before for an operation, Martin Gernon was asked to conduct. It was the first time that Martin had conducted and no one could have had a better Whit Friday debut.
12th April 2016
The Band members are very pleased to announce that today we received official notice from the Secretary of the NWBBA of our promotion to the 3rd Section as from January 2017.
May I as Musical Director send Congratulations to all of our Players for all the effort which has been given.
4th April 2016
BAND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
This evenig the Band held it's Annual General Meeting and the following Officers and Committee were elected for 2016/17.
Chairman - John Withers.
Secretary - Melanie Flynn. 07870793464
Band Master - Wayne Matthews.
Treasurer - Audrey Greenwood
Committee Member - Trevor Hamilton
Committee Member - Dawn Matthews
Committee Member - Ann Jackson
Committee Member - Dianne Greenwood
Committee Member - Lee Renton
Committee Member - Luke Trudgeon
NEW BEGINNINGS. ASHTON.
On Saturday 19th March 2016, the Stalybridge Old band were very honoured and proud to be asked to perform at the VIP Opening Ceremony of the New Beginnings Project at the Old Baths in Ashton under Lyne. In 1869, the band played at the original laying of the Foundation Stone of the Baths and as a result we were asked to play at the Re-modernization. We were asked to play music of that time including, if possible, items played at the original event. After research the programme included Music for the Royal Fireworks by Handel, Mozart's Overture to the Impresario, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Greig's Spring and the Overture Napoleon.
Numerous excellent comments were received along with a huge vote of thanks from The Tameside Council Leader and attending Councillors plus numerous VIP's. A huge congratulations to everyone in the band for a job very well done.
19th March 2016
NORTH WEST AREA CONTEST.
On 28th February 2016 , the band paid their Annual visit to the Winter Gardens at Blackpool, to compete in the North West Area Contest. There was a total of 15 bands competing in the 4th Section. Drawn number 1, the band played well but not good enough to qualify for the National Finals. We had to settle for 3rd place. One never knows but with a little more effort we possibly could have done better.
The final places are as follows:-
Test Piece: The Journal of Phileas Fogg (Peter Graham)
Adjudicators: Steve Pritchard-Jones & Kevin Wadsworth
1. Thornton Cleveleys (Stephen Craig)*
2. Formby (Louise Hough MBE)*
3. Stalybridge Old (David Ashworth)
4. Tarleton Brass (Gillian Bould)
5. Blackley (John Atkinson)
6. Sale Brass (Alan Seymour)
7. Rode Hall Brass (Nigel Butler)
8. Caddishead Public (Craig McFarland)
9. Manx Youth (Ian Clague MBE)
10. Lees (Matt Corrigan)
11. Brindle (Keith Richmond)
12. Stockport Silver (Ian Colwell)
13. Dobcross Youth (Richard Windle)
14. BMP Europe Goodshaw (Josh Hughes)
15. Denton Brass (Matthew Bailey)
18th February 2016
The Band AGM will take place at the Bands Headquarters on Corporation Street, Stalybridge on Monday, 4th April 2016, starting at 8pm.
22nd January 2016
RIP KEITH GREENWOOD.
It is with great sadness that the band announce the passing of Keith Greenwood. Keith passed away peacefully in the Willow Wood Hospice, at lunchtime on Thursday 21st January 2016.
Keith was a great stalwart of the Band, Band Chairman and Trustee.
Up until he was taken ill in June he was playing Principal Eb Bass and was a great mentor to, his Eb Bass partner, Jordan Hayton, a young man who had only joined the band in the last 12 months.
Keith will be sadly missed by all and all our condolences and support goes out to Audrey, Paul and Julie plus of course their families.
19th January 2016
SUCCESS AT BUTLINS
On Friday 15th January 2016, the band travelled to Skegness to partake in the Butlins National Championships.
We entered the 4th Section contest on the Saturday playing a piece called The Seafarers by Bruce Frazer. A Piece which the band enjoyed rehearsing.
I must admit we did not play our best on the day but we finished a respectable 2nd place collecting £1000-00 prize money.
It was a wonderful weekend and it waqs great to have Keith Greenwood with us. Though Keith has not been well he thoroughly enjoyed the performance and also commented to our MD, how pleased he was and chuffed that the band had won more money in any contest that the band had ever entered.
He also said that he had enjoyed the weekend sharing the time with his band.
The full result to the contest is as follows:-
BUTLINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 4th Section Results.
Venue: Centre Stage
Test Piece: The Seafarers (Bruce Fraser)
Adjudicators: Kevin Holdgate and Mike Kilroy
1. Sale Brass (Alan Seymour)
2. Stalybridge Old (David W Ashworth)
3. Crystal Palace (Michael Gray)
4. Banovallum Brass (Horncastle) (Steve Ingham)
5. Thurcroft Welfare (Matthew Wright)
6. Ynyshir Band (Gary Davies)
7. Brighton & Hove City Brass (Matthew Hackett)
8. Sherwood Forest Brass (Christine Lippeatt)
9. Royston Town (Steve Earley)
10. Kirkby Colliery Welfare (Neville Buxton)
11. Whitwell Brass (Robert Woffinden)
31st December 2015
STALYBRIDGE OLD BAND.
2015 A Year To Remember.
How thing can change in a period of twelve months.
At the beginning of the year, in January, the band had reached the lowest point in the life of a Brass Band. Relegation to the 4th Section in 2014 was a sad day for a Band who in 2001 had played in the Championship Section at the North West Regional Championships at Blackpool, competing with Fodens, Fairleys and Leyland Bands for a place at the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall.
Since that time, numerous players have left and at one point the band was down to just a handful of players. Several Conductors come and gone without improvement or success. Until 2014, when under the baton of Jim Hunter, the band gained their first Podium Place in 14 years, gaining 3rd place at the NWABBA Buxton Championships. A great achievement and one worthy of great praise, in fact that was the start of an amazing time.
James unfortunately left the Band and in September 2014, we managed to secure the services of David W Ashworth. David is a very well known, experienced and very successful Brass Band Musical Director. He had already assisted the band the previous Christmas at several Concerts and had taken the Band to the Whit Friday March Contest in May, at which we collected numerous trophies and titles on the night.
David's first challenge was at the Rochdale Brass Band Championships where the band had to play in the Third Section. Up against some very highly successful bands, Slaithwaite and Dinnington Colliery just to name two. Playing Percy Fletcher's classic Test Piece, Labour and Love, they won first prize in the Championship, they also won the Best NWABBA Band and the Bands Principal Cornet, John Withers won the Best Instrumentalists Trophy. This was the first Contest win since 2003 when John Maines led the Band to victory in the 3rd Section at NWABBA Manchester District Championships.
However, in January 2015, as I previously mentioned, the band were relegated into the 4th Section. At the first contest of the year, in March, they gained 4th place at the North West Regional Championships. Disappointed, but with huge pride, the promise of hard work and a new drive to improve, every effort was made to push forward. As a result several new young player joined the band and gave it even more strength.
Early May, saw the Band win 2nd place at the Buxton Brass Band Championships and late May saw the Band at the Annual Whit Friday Contest. Playing at all 11 Tameside Contests, winning 1st Prizes at 6, coming 2nd at the other 5. The Band were also announced as Runners - Up in the Tameside Brass Band Championship competition. A great night out for the band which allowed players to gain huge confidence which would again push them forward.
In June the band entered the Holme Valley Brass Band Championships winning Section 'B' plus our MD wining the Most Successful Conductor Trophy and Principal Euphonium, Barrie Vinden won the Best Euphonium Trophy.
At the end of October the Band returned to Rochdale again and once again won the Contest, only this time we were the 4th Section Champions.
The following weekend, 1st November, saw the Band back at Holmfirth, entering the Yorkshire Championship Contest. Winning the Own Choice Test Piece and coming 2nd in the Hymn Tune Contest saw the completion of our year's very good successful Contesting Season.
The year end with a very busy full diary of concerts and carolling collections at various venues and supermarkets.
In the twelve months of 2015 the Stalybridge Old Band, the Oldest Brass Band in the World, has made such a huge step forward bringing back the winning ways with great success. With huge hearts the Band have worked extremely hard under new direction and look forward to starting all over again playing at The Butlins National Brass Band Championships in Skegness in January 2016.
It is also very important that every citizen of Stalybridge is aware of the Annual Concert Season which the Stalybridge Old Band enter into every year. All concerts being held in the Stalybridge Civic Hall. The season starts with a Spring Concert normally in April, followed by a Summer Concert in September. Every year they produce and present, 'OUR TOWN REMEMBERS', a Remembrance Concert for the Town, which occurs on the Saturday evening before playing at the War Memorial for Remembrance Sunday. The Season is completed with the Stalybridge Christmas Concert a couple of weeks before Christmas.
Please look out for full listings and dates. Banners will be placed at prominent places throughout the Town giving details of Dates etc.
However if you would like to contact the band please contact our
Band Secretary Mel Flynn by emailing
On Saturday evening, the band played their Annual Remembrance Concert in the Civic Hall, Stalybridge, to a large audience who thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
Sunday saw the Remembrance Parade in Stalybridge, where hundreds turned out to pay their respects. The band played very well on the march but a mention must be made for our Principal Cornet John Withers who played the 'Last Post' superbly.
Thank you to all the members of the public who made the effort to comment on how well the band played.
This is the latest Band picture taken on Saturday evening.
Sunday 1st August saw the band travel across the Pennines to Holmfirth where they had been invited to play at the Yorkshire Contest. Once again playing Labour and Love and the Hymn Tune Whitburn. The Band won the Own Choice contest and came 2nd in the Hymn Tune. More Trophies for the Cabinet.
Rochdale Contest 2015
On Sunday 25th October the band returned to compete in the annual Rochdale Brass Band Championships inside the magnificent surroundings of the Rochdale Town Hall. Once again playing Percy Fletchers, Labour and Love the band played a solid performance gaining 1st place in the 4th Section.
Our MD David W Ashworth was very satisfied with the performance and spoke of his immense pride in the band.
The full result is as follows:-
1st. Stalybridge Old Band. (Labour & Love).
2nd. Skelmersdale Band. (Fusions).
3rd. Sale Brass. (The Seafarers).
4th. Blackley Band. (The Saga of Haakon the Good).
5th. Denton Brass. (An English Pastorale).
Always sad to see members leave.
Unfortunately, three members of the band had had to leave the band. It is sad to say farewell to Andy and Hope Cornell after such a short time and it is very sad to say farewell to Heather Grant. Heather has player cornet and percussion with the band for quite a considerable time, but due to work and College commitments, she has had to resign but will keep in touch and will support whenever she can. Best wishes are sent to all.
New Signings at Stalybridge.
It is with great pleasure that the Band announce the arrival of three new players who have recently signed for the Stalybridge Old Band.
Jason Smethurst, has joined from the Boarshurst Silver Band on front row cornet, Hope Cornell has signed from the Blackley Band and take her seat on 3rd cornet, whilst her father Andy Cornell joins on Flugel Horn. Andy is a freelance musician and is looking forward to working with the band.
Each signing is a great advancement for the Band proving that players do want to join the band and enjoy the future successes of the Band.
On a sadder point we are sorry to announce that Amy Cousins has decided to leave and join her village band. Dobcross Silver have gained a very competent trombone player with a great future. Amy will be missed by everyone at Stalybridge.
8th June 2015
Labour and Love Wins at Holmfirth.
Stalybridge Old Band display their prizes outside the Holmfirth Civic Hall.
The 7th June 2015 saw the band play at the Annual Holm Valley Contest. Held in the Holmfirth Civic Hall, the contest consists of 2 Sections 'A' & 'B'.
Stalybridge Old Band entered the 'B' Section playing their own choice test piece, Percy Fletcher's, Labour and Love. and the Hymn Tune Whitburn.
The Band won the Test Piece section and came 2nd in the Hymn Tune section. The Best Euphonium Prize was won by Barrie Vinden and the Most Successful Conductors Shield was presented to our Musical Director, David W Ashworth
29th May 2015
Whit Friday Success.
Stalybridge MP. Jonathan Reynolds and Family, Lead the Band to Stalybridge Contest.
The Band turned out this year for the annual Whit Friday march Contests and played at all 11 venues. Once again Mephistophiles was the chosen March. It was a pleasure to have Jonathan Reynolds and his family leading the march into Stalybridge Labour Club Contest.
A total of 12 prizes were won on the evening listed below.
1st in 4th Section at Heyrod.
1st in 4th Section at Tame Valley.
1st in 4th Section at Stalybridge Celtic.
1st in 4th Section at Stalybridge Labour Club.
1st in 4th Section at Hurst Cross.
1st in 4th Section at Droylsden.
2nd in 4th Section at Broadoak.
2nd in 4th Section at Audenshaw.
2nd in 4th Section at Denton.
2nd Best Local at Stalybridge Labour Club.
3rd Best Local at Tame Valley.
2nd Overall in the Tameside Band Championship.
10th May 2015
Film & Musical Concert.
On Saturday the 9th May 2015, the Band played the first in the 2015 series of Concert at the Civic. The theme was Film and Musicals and was very well delivered by the Band. A very appreciative audience enjoyed every minute. (according to them).
The next Concert in the series is in September and will be music of the Big Bands. A Dance area will be made so that our audience can dance the night away to music from Glen Miller, Duke Ellington and numerous other Big Band Leaders.
5th May 2015
Buxton Contest 2015.
Jordan & Luke Collect the Spoils of the Day.
The Band had a very good day out at the Buxton Contest which took place in the Buxton Pavilion Hall on Sunday 3rd May 2015. Drawn number 1 brought everyone out in the early hours of the morning to have a brief rehearsal prior to travelling over the Derbyshire Moors.
Due to a delay at Registration, the contest started 20 minutes late. The band played the National Anthem and followed it up with a fine rendition of Percy Fletcher's Labour & Love.
As a result we finished in Second Place and won the North West Association Highest placed Band Cup.
The Results for the whole contest are as follows.
Championship & First Section
Adjudicator: Michael Fowles
1. Bollington (P Christian)
2. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)
3. Hazel Grove (Nigel Beasley)
4. Haslingden & Helmshore (David Holland)
5. Whitworth Vale & Healey (John Binns)
6. Ireland Colliery Chesterfield (Ian Knapton)
Adjudicator: John Doyle
1. Besses o' th' Barn (Simon Cowan)
2. Old Hall Brass (J North)
3. Ifton Colliery Welfare (W Rushton)
4. Golborne Brass (M Whitfield)
5. Matlock (G Hawley)
6. Greenfield (T Haslem)
7. Hawk Green (Marple) (N Hewson)
8. Greenalls (N Boardman)
Adjudicator: John Doyle
1. Formby (L Hough)
2. Stalybridge Old (D Ashworth)
3. Skelmersdale (D Chapman)
4. Pleasley Colliery Welfare (G Benson)
5. Denton (Matt Bailey)
6. Lees (Mark Landon)
25th March 2015
6 Band Members Receive Long Service Awards.
On the 25th March 2015, 6 members of the Stalybridge Old Band attended Dukinfield Town Hall to meet the Mayor and Mayoress of Tameside to receive congratulations from the Borough Council on receiving their Awards, which were presented to them at the North West Area Championships at Blackpool at the beginning of the month.
The members where:-
Trevor Hamilton 60 Year Certificate. (Front row right)
Ann Jackson 50 year Certificate. (Seated)
John Withers 50 year Certificate. (Back row left)
Colin Cheshire 60 year Certificate. Front row centre)
Shaun Jackson 25 year Certificate. (Back row right)
Philip Meredith 60 year Certificate. (Front row left)
2nd March 2015
North West Area Championships.
Sunday, 1st March 2015 saw the band travel to Blackpool for the Area Championships at the Ballroom, Winter Gardens, Blackpool where we finished 4th.
The results are as follows:-
|2||Skelmersdale Prize||David Chapman||14||-|
|3||Manx Youth||Ian Clague MBE||4||-|
|4||Stalybridge Old||David Ashworth||9||-|
|5||Valley Brass (Haydock)||David Chadwick||1||-|
|6||Rode Hall Silver||Adrian Howgate||5||-|
|7||Tarleton Brass||Gillian Bould||6||-|
|9||Sale Brass||Joshua Hughes||2||-|
|10||Thornton Cleveleys||Stephen Simpson||12||-|
|12||Cadishead Public||Craig McFarland||11||-|
|13||Denton Brass||Matt Bailey||3||-|
|14||Mereside Brass||Mike Phenton||13||-|
14th Feb 2015.
New faces and changes at the beginning of 2015.
A new year in the life of Stalybridge Old Band starts with the arrival of new players. Jordan Beswick (Trombone) and Jordan Hayden (Eb Bass) joined us from Dobcross Youth Band at the end of 2014. Both young men are very intelligent Brass Players and have a huge future in the Brass Band Movement. I am very proud to have them as part of the team.
Movement within the bands sees Mel Flynn move from Asst. Principal Cornet to Flugel Horn and Phil Cornell move from Back Row Cornet to Assistant Principal Cornet. Heather Grant also moves from Back Row Cornet to the Percussion Section.
We also welcome three new players. Jonathan Parkes (son of Major Peter Parkes) joins us on Timpani for the Area and afterwards will be working with our MD on the formation of the Stalybridge Brass and Percussion Academy, working with the Youth Section and the Community Band,
Stephen Derwent re-joins the band after several years to assist us on Percussion for the Area Contest, and Morgan Cornell joins the Percussion Section.
Preparation work for the Area Contest is well advanced for a good, professional performance with everyone working very hard to achieve a good result.
The Yearly Report Plus looking into 2015.
2014 has been a bit of a turbulent year for the Stalybridge Old Band. Following the departure of our previous Conductor, Graham Smith, the year started with Jim Hunter at the helm. A 4th place at the Holme Valley Contest was followed by a fine 3rd place at the Buxton Contest.
Our new Director of Music, David W Ashworth took over just prior to Whit Friday, immediately installing a totally different work ethic. Lots of hard work joined with fun makes a great atmosphere in the Band-room.
The hard work paid off instantly with 10 prizes on Whit Friday evening. This along with quality Concerts, installed more confidence into the players. We also attracted more players as mentioned in previous News reports.
Then in October came the best news ever.
For the first time since 2003, the Stalybridge Old Band won a Contest. Rochdale Contest was held at Rochdale Town Hall which is a superb venue and a very fine performance from the band, winning the 3rd Section.
It is a little ironic after winning the 3rd Section Contest, that in January 2015 the band will be relegated into the Fourth Section. However, our MD is looking at the possibility of entering over 10 Own Choice and Entertainment Contests during the year to make sure the band are kept busy. We are all sure that we will have a very special year.
May we take this opportunity to wish you all
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
St Edmund's Church Concert
On Friday, 21st November 2014, the Band played at a Masonic Lecture, held at the Masonic Church of St Edmund in Failinge, Rochdale, playing a short concert and then joining in with playing Masonic Hymns and Songs.
It was a lovely evening in a beautiful church where numerous members of the congregation spoke with members of the bands, thanking them for a memorable evening and a delightful concert.
Saturday 8th November 2014 was the evening of the Remembrance Concert which the band had organized to raise money towards the War Memorial Extension. The evening was very emotional and very well received by a full house.
The format for the evening was music and word. Following every piece of music was a Poem which was written by Soldiers whilst in the trenches during the 1st World War. For the Fallen, A Soldier's Cemetry, Flanders Fields were read in the first half, followed in the 2nd half by more recently written War Poetry. Heroes, The New Generation Heroes and We Will Keep the Faith. The Rev Tony Grant read the War Epitaphs.
The final piece of the evening was In Fields Where Poppies Lie, specially written for the evening by Keith Lever. This was played alongside a projected slideshow relating to the Ceremony.
Below is a photograph taken on the evening. Many thanks to Staff Sgt Mark Marsh. Royal Signals, who played Cornet, also Paula Ashworth on Horn and Jordon Bennett on 2nd Trombone.
1st Rate at Rochdale.
On Sunday 26th October 2014, the Rochdale Contest was re-born. Thanks to Richard Milton and all the hard working Committee of the NWABBA.
John Withers & David W Ashworth with the Trophies.
It was a superb contest with over 28 bands from the North West and Yorkshire Areas. In the 3rd Section, Stalybridge Old Band led by their MD David W Ashworth were up against fierce competition in the likes of Dinnington Colliery Band, Yorkshire 3rd Section Champions and Slaithwaite Band who came 3rd in the Yorkshire 3rd Section, plus Parr St Helens Band, Lostock Hall Band, Littleboro Band and Lofthouse 2000.
This was our first Contest with David, since he took over as Director of Music and one that we as a band had worked very hard for.
The Band were drawn number 6 and played Percy Fletcher's Labour and Love.
The Adjudicator of the day, Mr Ian Brownbill awarded the Stalybridge Old Band, FIRST PLACE and also awarded our Principal Cornet, John Withers the Best Soloist prize. During his address to the bands following the Contest and prior to results being given Mr Brownbill said,' This was an excellent Contest with a clear winner and two other bands who stood out. It is nice to be able to sit back and enjoy a good winning performance without writing'.
In his Adjudication comments Mr Brownbill wrote. 'LOVELY PLAYING WITH LOTS OF SHAPE TO THE MUSIC. EXCELLENT SOLOISTS. VERY WELL CONTROLLED WITH EXCELLENT SOUNDS THROUGHOUT. A VERY ENJOYABLE PERFORMANCE'.
The final result was as follows:
1. Stalybridge Old Band. Labour and Love.
2. Dinnington Colliery Band. Between Two Rivers.
3. Slaithwite Band. Rhapsody for Brass.
4. Parr St Helens. The Aeronaughts.
5. Lostock Hall Band. Dancing In The Park.
6. Littleboro Band. Hollywood.
7. Lofthouse 2000. Variations on Laudate Dominum.
New Arrivals and Departures.
The band is very pleased to announce the arrival of two new cornet players.
Phil Cornell returns to the band after a 10 year rest period, during which time he has formed and established his new business. Phil brings with him a huge amount of experience and will be a huge asset.
Also, Luke Trudgeon joins us from Dobcross Youth Band. Luke joins on 2nd Cornet and MD David W Ashworth is very pleased to have attracted a young man with such talent to the Band.
On the other side, it is very sad to see Nicola Murray depart. Nic is joining Sale Brass where her partner, Josh Hughes, is MD. We all wish her well.
However, we are very pleased to welcome David Ashworth Jnr, who will be joining the band in time for the Area Championship, playing Flugel Horn.
David played back row cornet with the Milnrow Band before joining Pemberton Old Band on the front row, under Mark Bentham. He also deputized several times on front row with Besses o'th' Band before moving to the Oldham Lees Band on flugel.
He played Principal Cornet with the Boarshurst Silver Band when they won a fine 2nd place at the North West Area, qualifying for the National Finals in 2011. He stopped playing after the 2011 Area in order to spend time with his partner Laura and their family.
As the son of our MD, we are all very pleased to welcome David and hope he enjoys his time with the Stalybridge Old Band.
Update on Whit Friday Results.
Nice surprise received today.
Our Band Manager Audrey, received a letter in this mornings post from the Contest Committee at The Bush, Droylsden. The letter explained an error which had been found within their list of results for the Droylsden Contest.
They have informed the Tameside Contest Organizers of the mistake, who in turn will be altering the Official list.
As a result, we have received notice that the Band have won Best 3rd Section Band at the Bush, Droylsden, also enclosed was a cheque for the £200-00 prize money.
This along with the result as previously mentioned makes it a very successful Whit Friday for the Stalybridge Old Band:-
Audenshaw:- 2nd Best 3rd Section Band.
Broadoak:- 2nd Best Local Band.
Denton Cricket Club:- Winners of the 3rd Section Prize.
Tame Valley:- Winners of the 3rd Section Prize.
Tame Valley:- 3rd Best Local.
Stalybridge Labour Club:- Winners of the 3rd Section Prize.
Mossley:- Winners of the 3rd Section Prize.
The Bush, Droylsden:- Winners of the 3rd Section Prize.
Total prize money won = £1425-00.
Thank you to everyone for a very fine effort.
19th JULY 2014
The latest concert in our Annual Concert Series, took place on Saturday evening 19th July at the Stalybridge Civic Centre. A full house enjoyed a superbly played performance of the band under the directorship of David W Ashworth.
Starting with the March, 'Star Lake' by Eric Ball, the band were full of enthusiasm and enjoyment which did not wain throughout the whole concert. The Traditional Overture, 'Napoleon' by Manuel Bilton was followed by an expertly performed Soprano Solo of 'Summertime' played by Trevor Hamilton. The '2nd Waltz from the Jazz Suite Number 2', by Shostakovich was very well played which was followed by a Cornet Quartet of Paul McCartney's 'Yesterday', very well played by John Withers, Mel Flynn, Shaun Jackson and Jason Smethurst. The beautiful 'Reflections in Nature', composed by Robert Redhead came next followed by Jerry Gray's, Glen Miller hit, 'String of Pearls'. Barry Vinden then played the Euphonium Solo, 'Be My Love'. His fine mellow sound was a delight to listen too. The first half concluded with Goff Richards, 'Breezin' Down Broadway'.
After a short Intermission, the band opened the second half with their signature tune, 'It's A Long Way To Tipperary'. Ann Jackson then took the limelight with a fabulous rendition of Hugh Nash's, 'Demelza'. This was followed by a 'Tribute to Ron Goodwin' which in turn was followed by the very haunting strains of 'The Witch of Westmerlands' arranged by Philip Harper. Tony Grant, Amy Cousins and Brian Daber then treated the audience with the wonderful performance of 'Frolic For Trombones'. The band was then joined on stage by two Standard Bearers to pay tribute to the fallen of the past World Wars. The Tameside Ex Servicemen's Association and The Royal Artillery Association where represented by Craig Penny and Tom Howarth.
The three pieces of remembrance played were 'The Highland Cathedral', 'The Great Escape' and 'Nightfall in Camp'. A very appreciative audience applauded with gusto on the arrival and departure of the Standards. Thank you gentlemen.
Finishing the Concert with 'The Finale to the 9th Symphony' by Dvorak (New World) the Stalybridge Old Band played with great attitude, feeling and emotion throughout the whole Concert. Overall, this evening was extremely entertaining with an element of reflection which was indeed a pleasure to be involved in. A final encore of 'St Clements' was very well appreciated by all present.
Congratulations from numerous members of the audience kept members from leaving the Hall for a considerable time after the performance. It is obvious that the future band concerts in this series will be extremely well attended going off comments made.
13th June 2014
The Stalybridge Old Band had an extremely successful Whit Friday, under the Musical Direction of David W Ashworth.
We entered 9 contests and walked away with 7 prizes including the Runner Up Prize in the Local Tameside Band Championship.
Prizes won are as follows:-
Audenshaw:- 2nd Best 3rd Section Band.
Broadoak:- 2nd Best Local Band.
Denton Cricket Club:- Winners of the 3rd Section Prize.
Tame Valley:- Winners of the 3rd Section Prize.
Tame Valley:- 3rd Best Local.
Stalybridge Labour Club:- Winners of the 3rd Section Prize.
Mossley:- Winners of the 3rd Section Prize.
Overall this was an excellent evening.
Mr Ashworth said, 'It was a most enjoyable evening, with the band playing extremely well at every venue. The future of this band is very strong and I look forward to working with them in the future'.
PRESS RELEASE 17th May
Stalybridge Old Band secure David W Ashworth for Whit Friday Contest.
The Stalybridge Old Band are very proud and pleased to announce that they have secured the services of the very popular and experienced Conductor, David W Ashworth, to take the Band to the Whit Friday Contests. The band will be out in the Tameside Area and invite everyone to support them and make them very welcome wherever they play on the night.
David has a remarkable winning record. Over the several years when he was with the Boarshurst Silver Band, he led them to numerous winning contest performances as well as lots of prizes on Whit Friday evenings. He has a remarkable approach to banding and the Stalybridge Old Band are thoroughly enjoying working with him.
David said, 'I have several friends whom I have met in banding over the passed few years who are playing with the Stalybridge Band and together I am sure we will have a very enjoyable night'.
BUXTON CONTEST. Sunday 27th
Once again, under the expert direction of Jim Hunter, the Band gained a fantastic 3rd place in this very strong 3rd Section Contest. Again playing 'Labour and Love', this was a precise performance full of class and emotion. Our Solo Euphonium player Barry Vinden, won the Best Euphonium prize. Well deserved. Congratulations to all.
HOLME VALLEY Contest. Sunday 6th.
The band entered their first contest for a considerable time under the direction of Jim Hunter. The own choice Test Piece, 'Labour and Love' was played extremely well, with excellent solo playing. A well earned 4th place was gained, but mostly, the band proved they could be competitive once again in the Contest field.
Whit Friday - 24th May
Another great Whit Friday for Stalybridge Old Band, Conducted by Graham Smith:
Tameside Contests - Twelfth overall and Second Local
Broadoak - Winner Third Section
Droylsden - Winner Third Section
Dukinfield - Third Local
Stalybridge - Third Local
Stalybridge Celtic - Fifth overall, Second Local
Upper Mossley - Winner Third Section
The band netted over £1,000.00 in prize money.
Some members feel that this year's emphasis on deportment as well as music made a big difference! ????????????