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  1. 4thmandown

    Solo Horn for Shirley

    The Midlands Area Championship Section contest will be the final one for the Shirley Band's Solo Horn player, Scott Burns, before he leaves for a new posting in the United States. As such, a vacancy has arisen for the position from the date of the contest onwards. Under the direction of David...
  2. 4thmandown

    Bass Trombone Vacancy at Shirley Band

    Owing to our current incumbent relocating back to the North of England, The Shirley Band have a vacancy coming up for a Bass Trombone as we seek to prepare for life in the Championship Section from January 2016 and look towards our centenary in 2019. Any prospective player would find...
  3. 4thmandown

    Welcome to the Real World Al!

    So Alan Withington has withdrawn from conducting Co-Operative Funeralcare at the Europeans due to a lack of full rehearsals. Now he knows what it's like for hundreds of other MD's the length and breadth of the country! Good job for all of those bands that their MD's don't pick and choose in the...
  4. 4thmandown

    Cradley Heath Festival of Remembrance

    Tonight at the Salvation Army Hall in Cradley Heath members of The Shirley Band joined with the Cradley Heath Citadel Band and the choir "Voices in Harmony" to commemorate and reflect on those who lost their lives in armed conflict. Whilst not as grand an event as that which takes place in the...
  5. 4thmandown

    Shirley Band Seeks Cornets and Trombone

    The Shirley Band (MD David Bishop-Rowe) are looking for a couple of cornets, front or back row, to complete our team and a tenor trombone to put us back up to full strength ahead of a busy concert and contest schedule beginning with the Wychavon Contest on 1st November. We are currently ranked...
  6. 4thmandown

    Passing of Keith Green

    In the early hours of Saturday 26th July, after a short illness, Keith Green, a stalwart of brass bands in the Pendle and Craven districts of Lancashire and Yorkshire passed away at the age of 74. Beginning his banding career with the original Barnoldswick Prize Band in the early 1950s, he...
  7. 4thmandown

    Shirley Band Vacancies Update

    Following successful concerts at Dudley Town Hall and Pershore Midsummer Brass (see YouTube) the Shirley Band are looking to fill a couple of seats on tenor Trombone and Cornet (Front or Back Row) to complement our existing team as we look towards the Autumn and Winter concert and contest...
  8. 4thmandown

    Solo Trombone and Cornet Vacancies at Shirley

    The Shirley Band, based in the Shirley district of Solihull are seeking a Solo Trombone and a Cornet player (Front or Back Row - Principal if the right person comes along) to complete our line up following an area contest which consolidates our position in the 1st Section for the next few years...
  9. 4thmandown

    Trombone Player to Complete the Jigsaw at Shirley

    The Shirley Band are looking for a permanent Tenor Trombone player, position negotiable, to complete our line-up as we continue to build on our excellent 4th place in the 2013 areas. Based in the town of Shirley in the borough of Solihull, we are only a short distance from Birmingham City...
  10. 4thmandown

    Can Your Singing Voice Be Affected By Brass Band Playing?

    I recently got persuaded to join my church's choir to help out occasionally, but I found that I struggle really badly with pitching the notes, being consistently flat. Whilst trying out an iPad App (provided by work by the way, before a certain person thinks I've suddenly come into a load of...
  11. 4thmandown

    Alternatives to Plunger Mutes

    Forgive my ignorance, but are there any more cost effective alternatives to forking out £20+ for something I might only use a couple of times (an optimistic estimate!) a year? Especially if the piece in question requires most of the cornet section to have one. (No condescending replies...
  12. 4thmandown

    License Costs for Musical/Show Scores. Rip-off or not?

    I've just finished a series of 6 performances of 'Guys and Dolls' at school. There have been some great reviews in the local press and I was bowled over by some of the amazing talent that was in evidence, some of it from totally unexpected sources given that I've taught most of the cast at one...
  13. 4thmandown

    Surprise Visitors For Shirley

    The Shirley Band had some surprise guests at their Christmas Concert at Hall Green Theatre on Wednesday 14th December. Mike and Linda Lawrence from Great Eccleston in Lancashire, together with members of their family had made a special visit to hear the band. Linda is the grand-daughter of...
  14. 4thmandown

    Shirley Band At Cradley Heath Salvation Army

    The Shirley Band under David Bishop-Rowe kicked off their Autumn Season of concerts with a veritable feast for the visual and aural senses to a 200-strong audience at Cradley Heath Salvation Army Hall. Held for the Anniversary Weekend Celebrations of the branch’s Sunshine Club, the concert...
  15. 4thmandown

    New Trio at Shirley

    The Shirley Band are pleased to announce that over the past two months a trio of new players have arrived to bolster the ranks as a new and exciting future is dawning for the band (choreography is starting to feature in the concert programmes too - scaring the pants off our 2nd Euph!!!)...
  16. 4thmandown

    Barnoldswick Brass Band Update

    Have just found some more information on Barnoldswick Brass Band. It seems that my earlier information was slightly incorrect and a famous local history written in 1915 has described the following: 1865. BRASS BANDS. At this time Barlick had two Brass Bands. The old band and the New Model...
  17. 4thmandown

    Earby Brass Band On The Web

    Earby Brass Band, one of the oldest brass bands in the country, being founded in 1843 now has a place on the World Wide Web at www.earbybrassband.co.uk. One of the most successful lower section bands in the North of England in the late 1970's and early 1980's, it still trains an incredible...
  18. 4thmandown

    Shirley Band Kick off Concert Season in Style

    The Shirley Band began their concert season in style on Saturday 9th April with the second half of the Sutton Coldfield Soroptimists Charity Concert entitled "England, Our England". Beneficiaries of the concert were St Giles Hospice and EMBO, Durban, SA; for whom some £2,000 was raised...
  19. 4thmandown

    4BR First Section Bashing

    Why is 4BR so down on First Section Bands? All I've read so far is how badly the bands are doing on Carnival Romain, with the implication that it is disappointing given that these are "aspiring" Championship Section Bands. My argument would be that far from that, the test piece is a...
  20. 4thmandown

    MD's Stunt Brings The House Down!

    Just prior to the final piece during the Shirley Band's Christmas Concert at Hall Green Little Theatre, MD Kevin Short suffered one of those "You've been framed" moments. Whilst announcing the final piece, the front of the stage gave way leading to a 5 foot vertical drop, with just Kevin's...
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