Friday 24th May sees the band returning to the Whit Friday Brass Band March Competition. This annual contest sees well over one hundred bands from all over the country (and in some cases further afield) travelling between the villages of Delph, Denshaw, Diggle, Dobcross, Friezland, Greenacres, Greenfield, Grotten, Lees, Lydgate, Scouthead and Uppermill in Saddleworth and between Audenshaw, Broadoak, Carrbrook, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Heyrod, Hurst, Stalybridge and Upper Mossley in Tameside and performing a Contest March of their choice at as many of these villages as possible in the hope of winning as many contests as possible and becoming either the Tameside or Saddleworth Whit Friday Champions (to be in with a chance you must compete at 6 contests in either the Tameside or Saddleworth regions).
After many years of competing mainly in the Saddleworth area, the band has decided to make an assault on the Tameside contests (no doubt with a raid or two into Saddleworth territory) and are hopeful that, under the watchful eye of new conductor Neil Samuel, we can get some good results and maybe take a few scalps from the some of the 'big name' bands who will be out in force.
Follow the band on twitter (@VBSPoyntonBand) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VBSPoyntonBand) from 4pm onwards to keep up with the action!
We'll let you know results on the website as and we when we know them during the Saturday and Sunday after the contests.
Sat 11 May 2013
Asthma Troubles Blown Away
For World Asthma Day, the Band's second euphonium player Helen Mossman tells us how playing in a band has helped her asthma after first being diagnosed 27 years ago.
This weekend saw our first outing after the formal appointment of Neil Samuel as Musical Director. Following a hard week of rehearsals the band came 2nd place in the Championship / First Section with a performance of Dances and Arias (E. Gregson).
The weekend also marked a celebration for the bands Principal Trombone, John Anderson, who was presented with a certificate by NWABBA for 50 years service to the brass band movement.
The band are pleased to welcome a new Musical Director in Neil Samuel.
The ex Rainford MD recently worked with the band at the North West area where a creditable 5th place was earned.
We are looking forward to working with Neil.
Tue 19 Mar 2013
Farewell To Colin Short
The Vernon Building Society Poynton Band announce the departure of Musical Director Colin Short. Colin has recently been promoted to headteacher at his school, Reddish Vale Technology College.
During Colin's time at the helm he was able to guide us to prize winning positions at a number of contests and was involved in some successful charity events for the bands sponsors, the Vernon Building Society.
The band would like to thank him for all his hard work and enthusiasm over the last 2 years and wish him every success in his new job.
Mon 18 Feb 2013
All Change - New Faces and Goodbyes
We are pleased to welcome a number of new faces around the stands. Nick Harrington joins on Solo Cornet who plays with the Poynton Youth Band whilst Cara Wheeldon joins on 2nd cornet and Sue Tideswell on 2nd baritone, both from Whaley Bridge Band. Finally the band also welcomes Russell Turner and Michael Hunt on 1st and 2nd horn respectively, who also play with Poynton’s sister band, Concert Brass.
We are also pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Haworth on Flugel. Beth is currently studying for a music degree at the University of Manchester.
We also say goodbye and thank you to Natalie Dodman and Jenny McDermott.
Due to work commitments, our Musical Director Colin Short is unable to conduct the band at the forthcoming North West Area Contest in Blackpool. However, we are pleased to announce that we have secured the services of ex Rainford Band MD, Neil Samuel who is already working the band hard on ‘Brass Triumphant'.
After twenty years of service to VBS Poynton Band Sarah Johnson has left the band to follow other commitments. As many people know, Sarah was always 120% committed to the band and, it is true to say, was at the heart of everything the band did. It is difficult to outline here everything that Sarah did for the band, and not just the fantastic playing. Needless to say, she will be truly missed.
Every one in the band is very sad to see Sarah leave, but we all wish her well (and know she will still be around, supporting us as always) and look forward to seeing Sarah whenever she feels like popping in.
Tue 04 Dec 2012
Successful Concert with the Wellspring
On Saturday 1st December the band took part in 'The Spirit of Christmas' Concert at the Plaza in Stockport on behalf of The Wellspring Charity.
The Vernon Building Society held a brass band concert with a difference in aid of the Seashell Trust
In September, we held a band concert to raise money for the Seashell Trust, a charity based in Cheadle Hulme that provides educational and residential facilities for children and young people with complex disabilities.
The movie-themed concert was a great success with fantastic performances from the award-winning Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band, local singer Lauren-Lee Broomhead and the Singing Hands Choir, a sign language choir made up of pupils and residents of the Seashell Trust.
In total we raised over £1,000 for the Seashell Trust which will benefit their Multi Use Games Area.
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