Murton Colliery Band on top and down under

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by michellegarbutt, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. michellegarbutt

    michellegarbutt Supporting Member

    PRESS RELEASE 08/03/05

    The year to date has been one of the most exciting times in Murton Colliery Bands 120 year history. The band started off the year by moving to a new home in Murton's Glebe Centre. In it's old guise of the Miners Welfare the Glebe was traditionally the home of Murton Band. When the Welfare closed for refurbishment the band moved to Murton Victoria Club who provided a home for the band for the following five years. The Band and it's officials were extremely grateful to the Victoria Club for their hospitality during this time but with the development of a junior band and the need for greater storage facilities they approached the Glebe Centre who were delighted to welcome the band back to what was their traditional home.

    When the colliery was working the band did recieve help with funding but since it's closure the band (which is a registered charity) has been completely self funded. Shortly after moving thanks to the generosity of the Coalfield Regeneration Trust the band were able to refurbish their image. They were given a large grant which meant they were able to buy new walk out uniforms for the senior band, uniforms for the junior band and new music stands and stand banners.

    On Sunday February 27th the band recieved a great boost. They competed in the Northern Region Brass Band Championships. As a reward for their hard work the band managed 3rd place in section 3 for this contest but this was enough to secure 1st place overall in the Grading Tables (section 3) which means from January 2006 for the first time in it's history the band will be competeing in Section 2 nationally.A great achievement for the many hard hours practicing put in by all players.

    The band has now recieved what must be one of the greatest honours possible. In March 2006 they have been invited to Australia to play at the 2006 Commonwealth games in Melbourne. The band would then move on to Sydney where they would visit a local school and work with the Children there running a workshop and presenting a concert. However the cost of this trip would be approximately £70 000 a cost which is currently beyond the means of the band. We are therefore appealing for local businesses to come forward and sponsor a player for the trip. The band has approximately 35 members aged from 7 to 'retired'.They come from a wide area including South Shields, Durham, Sunderland, Hartlepool and Stockton. One member even travels from Malta when needed. A lot of them are students, retired, and unwaged it is therefore impossible for them to find the £2000 each that is needed. If anyone can help they should contact the band Chairman Robert Mellis on 0191 5264760 or the band secretary Michelle Garbutt on 01429 271463.

    The band is always on the lookout for new players both brass and percussion. If anyone would like further details they should also contact Michelle

    Michelle Garbutt
    Murton Colliery Band Secretary