Thanks, I've had a look, I've been told Otley are pretty good, what about Silsden, Skipton or Haworth ?
There were a series of posts recently warning about the very poor treatment of players at Skipton. No experience myself of that band, but just thought you might like to be warned.Thanks, I've had a look, I've been told Otley are pretty good, what about Silsden, Skipton or Haworth ?
I can confirm what Warren has said, Skipton brass have just taken on yet another conductor (they seem to change them like most of us change socks) . . I used to help them out a bit, but I would never go back , nor would many other local players.There were a series of posts recently warning about the very poor treatment of players at Skipton. No experience myself of that band, but just thought you might like to be warned.
Harrogate band is near (ish) to you too, and as I recall did they well in the recent 1st Section regionals. The route from Ilkley to Harrogate looks like A roads the whole way so the drive there might not be too bad, easier to just stop off at Otley though and check them out first. Good luck with whatever you decide is best for you.Otley is a good band, Andy the conductor is a top bloke and I'm sure he'd make you welcome. Failing that try City of Bradford with Lee Skipsy or Driglington, both are a little further travel but far better bands than your local area.
I had a look at their website a few days ago but didn't think it too bad at all, pretty good really for a local Town Band. They don't have a full band but many Town Bands don't and still play on regardless, just enjoying themselves and providing a useful service to their local community. Their website shows vacancies for the Front Bench, Soprano, BBb and Bass Trombone; all of those positions are (IMHO) hard to fill and keep filled - particularly so for Community and 4th Section Bands.I have had a look at their website, seems very out of date. Not one picture of a full band though ? .
Chapeltown (championship section) require a front or back row cornet if you are interested. We are just of J35 of the M1 so close to the motorway network. If you want more details drop me a message and I will only be too happy to help, cheers, SueI recently moved to Ilkley, West Yorkshire, and I'm looking for a band to play with, happy to travel a sensible distance (30 minutes ish). I have played 2nd man down in 1st section bands but flexible on position but quite fancy a dabble on sop . .. Any advice ?
I think you are being grossly unfair to Skipton and I saw that other post you put up which was in my opinion was liable and I'm glad skipton had it removed.
I have only ever found them to be a welcoming friendly bunch of people who enjoy playing and want.... like every lower section band.... to improve because they know their weaknesses .....whilst doing a great job of entertaining the local people. They play some lovely places.
Almost every chair is full now and players have a good time. The new conductor is young, musically talented and a breath of fresh air.
Having cyber bullies like these people online do not help the confidence of players who are just starting out or who just want to enjoy their hobby. You should be ashamed to call yourself brass banders. We should be supporting the grassroots banding.... haven't enough bands folded? Whatever happened to "it's music that matters"??
They have a spot for a principal cornet player or a sop if the original poster wants to make up their mind for themselves instead of listening to bigots.
It seems to me that someone or some people are intent on dragging a particular Band's name through the muck, using tmp to do it devalues this site and to me that's an unwelcome outcome. Tmp has recently become a much more pleasant place and those of us who post here regularly would like it to remain so.That's interesting @Watchful_Owl I played with them once and would never play with them again, you can't call honest and justified opinions "cyber bullying".
Accusing people of cyber bullying is a ridiculous statement, telling the truth and giving and honest, accurate opinion is not bullying.
Im the original poster of this thread and who would have thought it could open such a can of worms.It seems to me that someone or some people are intent on dragging a particular Band's name through the muck, using tmp to do it devalues this site and to me that's an unwelcome outcome. Tmp has recently become a much more pleasant place and those of us who post here regularly would like it to remain so.
If anyone has any beef with any band then the way to sort it out is by face to face conversation with the individuals concerned. Damming anonymous messages (ones by new members with no real life name attached) really aren't helpful and they certainly could reasonably be viewed as some form of cyber bullying. Rather than attacking a Band why not be part of the solution to whatever the Band's problems are or have been?