The band’s intrepid photographer, Elizabeth Johnson, missed a fine performance by the band at Ripon Armed Forces Day on June 24th but made up for it the following day in Beaumont Park, Huddersfield where she demonstrated that her lens is quite capable of focussing on more than the band ….. ‘Nice to see you ladies, and thank you all for your constant support’.
When the late Roy Newsome composed The Pateley Bridge March in 1995 to celebrate the Centenary of Pateley Bridge Show, he dedicated it to Frank Dean.
When West Yorkshire Brss played The Pateley Bridge March during their recent concert from the bandstand in Pateley Bridge, they didn’t expect to see Frank Dean in the audience.
Pictured from left to right: Peter Hellawell (Musical Director) Frank Dean, Ted Griffiths.
In an earlier post it was suggested that West Yorkshire Brass and Barnetby Silver Band may well propose a joint concert later in the year.
Since that announcement wheels have been set in motion, not only for the first joint concert which will be held in North Lincolnshire, home of Barnetby, but also for a second joint event to be held in Bradford in 2018. Dates for both concerts are listed on our EVENTS page, though full details in respect of the concert venue in Lincolnshire have yet to be revealed.
Stay tuned (pardon the pun) for further information.
It is with regret that we have to report the death of one of the band’s founder members, Brian Freeke (aka Shadrack)
Brian was a cornet and flugel horn player all his career. He played in many local bands in West Yorkshire and played with West Yorkshire Brass from its formation over 30 years ago until ill health forced him into retirement a couple of years back.
Despite only a couple of vacant seats, due to reasons beyond our control, and with some of our more versatile musicians sitting where they are not normally to be found, the band put up a good performance at the first concert of their 2017 season at Ebenezer Methodist Church, Hanging Heaton. So good, in fact, that the organiser has booked the band for next year. See the 2018 date on our EVENTS tab.
W.Y.BRASS MAKES A MEAL OF IT
Members of West Yorkshire Brass and their guests enjoyed their annual dinner at Cleckheaton Golf Club on Friday 21st. April 2017. A wonderful meal, and a great time, was had by all.
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THE HUNTER RETURNS
After an absence of nearly six months, due to health reasons, Peter Hunter has returned to the Solo Horn seat (28/02/17). ~ WELCOME BACK PETER ~ LOOKING AND SOUNDING GOOD
NEW RECRUITS FOR W.Y.BRASS PERCUSSION SECTION
On a recent visit to Morocco, West Yorkshire Brass Percussionist David Holdsworth recruited some new members for the percussion section ~ ‘NOT SURE ABOUT THE TUNICS, THOUGH’
WEST YORKS ~ LINCS LINK
When Chris Leatham (Bass Trombone) announced that he and his wife intended to relocate to Lincolnshire at the end of 2016, West Yorkshire Brass lost a valued member of the band.
Chris, however, soon found himself another band right on his doorstep, and has been appointed Musical Director of Barnetby Silver Band.
Despite his move to Lincolnshire, Chris still retains close family ties in West Yorkshire. So when his new band has a weekend off you shouldn’t be surprised if you occasionally spot him lurking within the ranks of West Yorkshire Brass in a bandstand near you on a Sunday afternoon.
CAN ANYONE FEEL A JOINT CONCERT COMING ON?
WEST YORKSHIRE BRASS MEMBERS TAKE A WELL EARNED REST
Following the last rehearsal of the year a number of members of the band adjourn to The Savile Arms at Hunsworth for a drink or two before enjoying their traditional Pie and Pea Supper.