Wed 09 Jun 2010
Looking for players...

With the recent departures of Mark Snowden and Craig Harper (and with Adrian Horn moving from front row to soprano) the band is looking for players to fill the few empty seats.

Positions available are 2nd Cornet, Front Row Cornet and Percussion. If you are interested in playing with this established, friendly and high calibre band, and think you could fill one of these positions (or if you'd just like to come down for a blow), please contact the band's Chairman Peter Cookson.


Tue 01 Jun 2010
Au Revoir's and Role Swaps

Mark Snowden has stepped down from the Soprano seat after nearly 4 years on front row and a successful 2 years on Soprano. Mark is having a break from playing to concentrate on his new job as head of music at a Salford school. He has been a great bandsman and will be sorely missed. Dave Johnson said on behalf of the band, "we wish him good luck and look forward to meeting up with him at the next band curry night”.

Set to replace Mark is bumper up cornet player Adrian Horn. Adrian, famous for his 'screamer' high notes played his first concert on sop with the band on Saturday night at Brass and Abba and did a first class job considering he was playing on b flat cornet only last week at Whit Friday.

Other changes see Percussionist Craig Harper take a hard earned break. Craig has a young family and is finding balancing home life, work and band a struggle, but we hope he is not away from the band for too long.

Administration changes following the band's recent AGM see Dave Johnson stepping down as band chairman being replaced by long standing committee member Peter Cookson. The band would like to thank Dave for his hard work over the past few years although Dave will not be getting off lightly as he will be continuing in his other role as Sponsorship Liaison Officer.


Mon 31 May 2010
Whit Friday - Results

An excellent evening of very consistent performances, where the band played at 8 contests:

  • Hurst Cross
  • Greenacres
  • Delph
  • Denshaw
  • Diggle
  • Scouthead
  • Lydgate
  • Denton

Prizes were won at:

  • Delph - Highest placed non-Championship section band
  • Denshaw - Second placed 1st section band
  • Scouthead & Austerlands - 3rd placed 1st section band
  • Lydgate - Highest placed 1st section band (4th place overall)
  • Denton - 2nd prize overall.

An excellent £515 of prize money was won in total.


Tue 18 May 2010
Brass & ABBA 2010 Charity Concert - Details

VBS Poynton Band will once again be performing at the Brass & Abba Charity Concert on Saturday 5th June.

The concert will also feature the ABBA tribute band 'ABBA Reunion' and soprano vocalist Lorraine Harris-Roche.

Further details can be found HERE.


Mon 15 Mar 2010
North West Regional Championships - Results

First Section Results
Adjudicator: Barry Thompson
Test Piece: A Moorside Suite (Gustav Holst)

1. Freckleton (Paul Dalton), 1*
2. Silk Brass Macclesfield, 9*
3. Bollington Brass (Peter Christian), 11
4. Vernon Building Society Poynton (Kevin Gibbs), 10
5. Manx Concert Brass (Ian Clague MBE), 8
6. Longridge (Mike Peacock), 6
7. Oldham (Lees) (John Collins), 4
8. Wardle Anderson Brass (Sean Conway), 2
9. Timperley (Alan Hobbins), 3
10. Tyldesley (Robert Taylor), 7
11. Mossley (Duncan Byers), 5

*Top 2 bands qualify for Harrogate

The two bands with lowest aggregate points over the last three years (VBS Poynton and local rivals -and friends - Silk Brass) get promotion to the Championship Section from January 2011.  Congratulations!


Mon 25 Jan 2010
Butlins - same venue, same result!

Another fine performance from the band gains them 3rd, same as last year.

Test Piece: A Hebridean Suite (Andrew Duncan)
Adjudicators: Malcolm Brownbill and Colin Hardy

1. Jackfield Elcock Reisen, Simon Platford, 4
2. Meltham and Meltham Mills, Stuart Fawcett, 12
3. Vernon Building Society Poynton, Kevin Gibbs, 14
4. Hebden Bridge, Roy Curran, 8
5. Stocksbridge (City of Sheffield), David Holling, 23
6. Cornerstone Brass, Gavin Lamplough, 24
7. Kippax, David Lancaster, 21
8. Haverhill Silver, Mark Ager, 18
9. Yorkshire Imperial, Dave Nesbitt, 1
10. Foresters Brass 2000, Alwyn Green, 17
11. Cawston, Leigh Sharpe, 11
12. Enderby, Jonathon Mott, 13
13. Bedworth Brass, Stephen Tighe, 6
14. Foss Dyke, Paul Murrell, 19
15. Ibstock Brick Brass, Huw Thomas, 9
16. Broxburn and Livingston, Andrew Duncan, 7
17. Shirland Miners Welfare, Andrew Dennis, 20
18. Carlton Brass, Walter Ritchie, 3
19. Yorkshire Co-op, Simon Kerwin, 22
20. Langley, Cliff Parker, 15
21. Wigston, Gary Sleath, 5
22. Denham Hendon Brass, Gordon Davies, 10
23. Yiewsley & West Drayton, Christopher Cole, 2
24. Egham, Gareth Green, 16


Sun 03 Jan 2010

Congratulations to Katie Tysall (Rep). On Christmas Eve her boyfriend Steven, popped the question and Katie said 'yes'. Best wishes from all the Band.


Mon 21 Dec 2009
When a child is born!

Congratulations to Sam Simpson (3rd Cornet) on the birth of her baby boy. Joshua David Simpson arrived Friday 18th Dec at 1.13pm weighing in at 9lbs, both doing fab.
Sleepness nights - here they come!! Best wishes from all the Band!


Sat 05 Dec 2009
Newest Arrival

Congratulations to Andy Lawton (Solo Baritone) and his wife for the birth of their baby girl, Charlotte Elizabeth Lawton. Born 29th Nov just after 1.00am weighing in at 9 pounds 1 ounce.

Sleepness nights - here they come!! Best wishes from all the Band!


Thu 05 Nov 2009
On top of the World (well, a hill at least)

VBS Poynton Band is pleased to announce the engagement of its front row cornet player Adrian Horn to his partner of two and a half years Liz.

The proposal happened in blustery winds on the top of the hill in Lyme Park which is where they enjoyed their first date.

Traditionally, the groom-to-be is supposed ask the bride-to-be's father for her hand in marriage. Adrian, however decided on a bartering system and offered to swap a bottle of 14 year old Scotch in exchange for Liz... an offer which was greatfully received!

Many congratulations to them both at this happy time.



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