Elland Silver Band

Elland Silver Band Receive Ward Forum Grant

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Elland Silver Band are delighted to announce they have received a Ward Forum grant from Calderdale Council.

The grant will be used to fund tuition, equipment and music for our new “HIT IT” beginner percussion class, led by professional percussionist, Lauren Rosborough.

The class will be held every Thursday evening from 6 – 7pm at the bands headquarters in Dewsbury Road, Elland. Children aged 7 to 12 years are welcome to come along and join the class. The class will introduce children to a range of different percussion instruments from drum kit to glockenspiel, and will focus on basic rhythms and different drum beats. We have held three taster sessions, which have been a real hit with the children, and already they are making great progress.

“We are delighted to welcome Lauren as our percussion tutor. Lauren is a former member of our senior band, and has recently graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Percussion players are a key part of the band, and add so much colour and interest to our performances, providing opportunities for children to learn and have fun is essential to our organisation’s development. This grant will help to subsidise our costs, so we can make the class more affordable”, Secretary, Kathleen Harrison.

If you think your child would like to come along to the class please contact our Secretary, Kathleen Harrison on ellandband@hotmail.co.uk.

Youth Band on top form! Look out Europe!

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Blackpool Elland Youth BandElland Silver Youth Brass Band were crowned champions at the 1st inaugural Rochdale Youth Brass Band Championships on Saturday 24 October at Rochdale Town Hall. Their young star trombone player Charlotte Horsfield was also awarded the Best Soloist award. Rochdale youth band were runners up and Pemberton Youth Brass Band took 3rd place.

This success comes only a week after the band took 2nd place at the Pogson Bray Entertainment Brass Contest held at Berties Banqueting Rooms, Elland, where the band competed against 11 bands from across Yorkshire from youth to 2nd section graded senior bands. The contest was won by the Slaithwaite Band, conducted by Rob Westacott, with Elland Youth taking 2nd place and Knottingley Silver taking 3rd place.

The band is also delighted to receive the news that they have been invited to compete in the Development Section at the European Youth Brass Band Championships in Lille, France in May 2016. Elland are one of two bands selected to represent the UK at the contest, which takes place on Sunday 1 May 2016.

Musical Director, Samantha Harrison said

This is a fantastic honour for the band to be selected to represent the UK at the Europeans. We are all very excited and looking forward to making the trip

To make the trip possible for the 45 strong band and their chaperone team, the band need to raise some £10,000 to subsidise the travel costs.

If anyone would like to make a donation towards the bands costs please contact the bands secretary, Kathleen Harrison on 01484 717126 or email ellandband@hotmail.co.uk

Adult Brass starts with a Blast

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Elland Silver Bands new “Adult Brass” class has started with a terrific Blast!

The band held its launch event last Saturday, which had over 20 participants, along with guest the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale, Councillor Feman Ali and Mrs Shaheen Ali. Councillor Marilyn Greenwood was also present.

The class has been formed initially as a 6 week pilot to test out if there is any interest within the community.Adult Brass class

At the launch event, participants were invited to introduce themselves and to explain why they had come along. Brief demonstrations on the sound and pitch of instruments were given by members of the senior and youth band, before everyone was given the opportunity to have a go.

Participants then selected their instrument of choice and were given a few simple tasks to work on.

The aims of the class are really to introduce brass instrumentation and music making to a new audience, and to offer tailored tuition to a different age profile.

Enthused Programme leader, Sam Harrison said:

“I couldn’t believe how many people came along to the launch event, the response has been fantastic, and we have had further enquiries this week. Everyone seems really keen and interested in having a go and learning a new skill. I can’t wait for this week’s class, so we can start working on learning 5 notes,”

The class will be run for a further five sessions ending in an informal performance to family and friends before the course is evaluated to determine the next steps and future of the programme.

However, if the launch event is anything to go by, this could be the start of the Elland Bands fifth ensemble!