Family Friendly Concert a roaring success

Check out these photos of our super audience last month.

We wanted to reach a wider range of potential fans and got an audience four times our normal size.

Having the concert in the afternoon and playing music that appealed to the whole family meant our venue was creaking and our valiant refreshment helpers were temporarily overwhelmed.

It was a brilliant afternoon which brought much praise for the band. You can see the review in the Herald here

and the concert was mentioned in Kate Lynch’s survey of vibrant local culture

The review describes many of the highlights but you might enjoy this video of Darth Vader’s arrival and sacking (R- yes that’s really him getting ready to be masterful)

Thanks to Liam and Emma Shields for “The Force”

Band Concert with a Difference this Saturday

You cannot fail to know … we have banners at the edge of town and on the cloisters, articles in the Herald and parish newsletters, flyers going out through local schools following visits by us, regular tweets and facebook posts of our preparations, and posters in every nook and cranny.

But just in case you really don’t know, we’re holding our first family concert on the 12th October, at 3pm, at the Parish Church in Kirkby Stephen.

It’ll feature a premiere performamce of “Little Red Riding Hood” with music by our own Ian Simkins, and narrated by David Leathes.

Also featured are a range of pieces known and loved by children and their families: The Greatest Showman, Frozen, Star Wars, The Muppets, Disney classics, etc.

There’ll be opportunities to try out instruments in the interval, the whole event will be relaxed and enjoyable. Entry on the door is free for all under-16s – any adults they want to bring pay just £3. Come and join the fun.

“That Was AWESOME!”

So said a pupil at Kirkby Stephen Primary School after a visit by KSSB players on Monday 11th June. We ran a workshop with Year 5 pupils, playing them some music and talking about the band, music and brass instruments.










Then we helped them try out a number of intruments we’d brought along






Then we ran the whole school assembly, playing for the children to sing along to and demonstrating how brass instruments work using a hosepipe, two watering cans and the tubular leg of a chair.

One teacher said: ‘I walked into singing assembly and who should be sitting at the front: a quartet from the Silver Band led by John Ockenden, what a legend. He was so great with the kids – it was a fantastic, inspirational assembly’

Years 5 and 6 children took home invitations to take up brass playing with the band.

You can see more photos from the day here

Band Social – “The Chairman’s Lunch”

Our chairman welcomed band members for a Sunday “bring and share” earlier this month. Everyone enjoyed sharing chat, food and drink on a balmy July day.

It was a pleasure to see so many of our junior and beginner band members mixing in with longer standing players.

We were delighted to be joined by Ronnie Alderson (currently our most venerable member) and the chairman’s grandson Oliver – he’s not yet a player at 11 months, but nonetheless provided good entertainment.

Tech problems interfere with concert media

Due to tech problems the only record we can share of the concert in May is this snap of the Half Cut Trombone Trio – claiming to be gatecrashers lost from a stag weekend – who opened the second half.
Richard Arrowsmith’s solo, Doyle’s Lament, is on Facebook though – much more pleasant.
Thanks to Richard Want for the loan of garish shirts for “Ade Babe”, “Simmo” and “Big Joan”

Do you want more?

Photos and videos of our successful Spring Concert to come soon.
Flash reviews on the night:

“A lovely mix of music- something for everyone”

“The band were in fine voice”

But if you can’t wait for more of the same, see our frineds in Appleby Town Band who will be giving a drop-in concert on the 22nd June in support of Edenside Oaklea Trust

Exciting Spring Concert Line Up

Forget Eurovision – if you want proper music come to our concert on Saturday 18th of May, 7.30pm at the Parish Church.

Highlights include: music from La La Land, Schindler’s List and The Favourite , medleys from South Pacific and Fiddler on the Roof and a spine-tingling Lament for Flugel Horn.
Don’t be “Strangers in the Night” – Join us at our concert so “You’ll Never Walk Alone” .

Frank Jackson

It was with sadness that we learned last week of the death of Frank Jackson. Frank was a committed band member for much of his long life. He taught beginners, acted as bandmaster, played (at least) cornet and euphonium, and much, much more: he was integral to everything the band did for decades.

For many of the years when we played around town on Christmas morning, the day would start memorably early with bacon sandwiches at his house.

In this photograph from Boxing Day 1960 Frank is seated far right.

Many current members played with Frank –  and the band, and the town will miss him. Every future member of the band will unknowingly benefit from his abiding influence

How beautiful are we?

What do I see when visiting the Taggy Man – – recently but a whole wall of originals for sale by local artist Ken Martin, many of them featuring us, performing in various venues across town.
You can see an example of Ken’s work on our home page (click home above) – but go check out these pictures at the Taggy Man for a better sense of his work. And a nice pint too.

Soundproofing helps beginners

Our fantastic band hut boasts two rooms, so we can run two beginners sessions at once. But the dividing wall is thin, and it’s been hard for beginners to concentrate on the notes they’re producing, when they can hear so clearly the music coming from their fellows next door. So we’ve invested in some soundproofing tiles to reduce the problem. An excellent use of the money we raise through playing, helping to bring on future generations of players. Gordon Kay and Dave Precious have been sticking each tile in place this week – as you can see Gordon’s reached the top today.