Whitwell Brass Band Make It A Double Celebration

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by Janet Watkins, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. Janet Watkins

    Janet Watkins Member

    Whitwell Brass Band is celebrating retaining the title of fourth section champions in the annual NEMBBA brass band contest, held at the Rolls-Royce sports ground, Derby on Sunday 10th February. The band beat some strong opposition with their performance of Four Cities Symphony by Rodney Newton. The win is a good confidence boost for the band as they prepare to take on at least twenty bands at the Regional grading contest to be held in Bedworth on Sunday 9th March.

    Further celebrations are taking place at the announcement of a £10,000 ‘Awards For All’ lottery grant.

    A large portion of the grant will be used to purchase some new instruments for the main band. The instruments being replaced will be passed on to the training band whose members currently play on much older instruments. At least one has been dated back to the 1930’s! It will also enable the band to advertise for new young players, as the band will now have a pool of spare instruments for their use.

    Band secretary, Paul Wood, said "Band members are constantly raising money for running costs - even doing a forty mile sponsored walk in June. The grant is a very welcome addition."

    The award will be celebrated formally in October with the performance of a new piece of music that has been commissioned by the band.

    Musical director, David Fretwell said, "Whitwell Brass are a hard working, fun loving band whose recent efforts have paid off in more ways than one."

    More information can be found on the band’s website www.whitwellbrassband.org.uk
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