Tue 14 Aug 2012
Summer Break

The Band is currently on it's Summer break. Rehearsals start again on Thursday 30th August for the 'new season'. Check out our Concerts page to see our full line-up of concerts and contests up to Christmas and beyond...

Last Night of the Proms, A Night at the Movies, collaborations with Macclesfield Youth Brass Band and Reddish Vale Technology College, and two contests that we haven't competed in for a good few years (Fleetwood and Preston) are just a few of the highlights for the coming months, not forgetting the many Christmas Concerts, and contests at Butlins and Blackpool in the New Year.

Our players need to make the most of this break as they will be very busy rehearsing and performing over the next few months!


Thu 28 Jun 2012
Rain doesn't stop a Party!

Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band was one of the headline acts at last Saturday's Party in the Park at Poynton. This year the event also featured the award-winning tribute band Want U Back: Take That, whose mix of great singing, quick costume changes and breath-taking dance moves got the crowds into the party mood; the X-Factor & Eurovision performer Andy Abraham with his renditions of classic soul tracks; and not forgetting the charismatic compare Leroy Lurve!

Many thanks must go to Poynton Rotary Club who have made this event happen for the last 7 years, raising much needed money for charity, but of course the biggest ‘Thanks’ must go to the audience of 2000+ people who braved the weather and were still there at the end, in a huge deluge of rain, singing along to Rule Britannia as the band played Fantasia on British Sea Songs with all the evening's performers joining in on stage to finish off the evening with a rousing climax.

Hopefully we'll see you there next year!


Thu 07 Jun 2012
Jubilee Finale in Poynton

Tuesday saw the final day of Poynton's Jubilee Celebrations. Throughout the Jubilee weekend there had been concerts, drama performances, competitions, fairs, workshops, jubilee lunches to celebrate the festivities and the band was delighted to take part in the final concert alongside on of Poynton's other fine musical groups the St George's Singers.

Today we received a letter from the organisers and thought it only right to post it here on the website:

Dear All
We have already thanked several people personally as the weekend has gone on, but we just wanted to say a final HUGE thank you for participating in the Jubilee celebrations in Poynton, whether you provided a venue, singers, dancers, musicians, whatever...  It was a fantastic weekend and we have had a lot of very favourable feedback from all the events.
Thank you once again. We couldn't have done it without your support.
Annie & Catherine 
Cantata Music Education
Bringing communities together through music


Thu 07 Jun 2012
Whit Friday... IT DIDN'T RAIN!

Last Friday saw Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band (along with around 150 other brass bands) take part in the annual Whit Friday March Competition in Tameside and Saddleworth.

We started off at the Hurst Cross competition at around 5 o'clock, but moved from Tameside into Saddleworth for the rest of the evening performing at 6 other venues throughout the evening (A band must compete in 6 contests in either Tameside or Saddleworth to get an overall ranking for that area).

At each venue we marched down the street (or in most cases up the hill!) to the march Death or Glory, and on the competition stand performed the Grand Contest March Knight Templar by Geo Allen.

Our results were as follows:

Hurst Cross - 26th out of 40
Denshaw - 11th out of 52
Diggle - 22nd out of 50
Lees - 12th out of 49
Lydgate - 24th out of 62
Scouthead - 25th out of 58
Uppermill - 6th out of 53

Overall in Saddleworth we came 21st out of the 57 bands that managed 6 or more contests in the Saddleworth area.

At Uppermill where we gained a very respectable 6th place we were only beaten Fodens, Marsden, Hepworth, Brighouse & Rastrick and the Swiss band Chermignon. It's very nice to be in the mix amongst such big names in the banding world.

Next years contest will be on Friday 24th May.


Wed 16 May 2012
Jimmy 'Tew'ba

Our Principal Eb Bass player, the one and only Mr Jimmy Tew, has been winning the Slow Melody Competitions again. This time at  Elland Silver Band's 23rd Annual Slow Melody, Junior Duet & Quartet.

Jimmy took part in two sections, the Open section and the Veterans' section, and came away with first prize in both.

Adjudicator Stuart Fawcett said he had enjoyed every minute of the day.

Open Section:
1. Jimmy Tew - Eb bass (Vernon Building Society Poynton)
2. Alex Crisp - tenor horn (Clifton & Lightcliffe)
3. Charlotte Ankers - flugel (Flixton)

Best Flugel: Charlotte Ankers (Flixton)
Best Cornet: Dominic Wood (Elland Silver)
Best Bass: Jim Tew (VBS Poynton)

Veterans (Over 40):
1. Jimmy Tew (Vernon Building Society Poynton)
2. David Armitage (Elland Silver)


Wed 09 May 2012
Listen to our Buxton Performance

You can now listen to our performance of Year of the Dragon by Philip Sparke from the Buxton Contest here.


Tue 01 May 2012
Drummer Rolls Away....

Our Vice Presidents' Concert on Saturday and Buxton Contest on Sunday were our Tuned Percussionist, Craig Harper's last performances with the band.

Craig has been with the band for many years but has been offered a position with Fairey Band and obviously couldn't turn down the chance to play regularly for one of the countries top bands.

We wish you the best of luck Craig (but hope to see you back at Poynton where you belong soon!)

In the meantime, the band is now seeking to recruit a top class tuned percussionist to fill Craig's boots!


Tue 01 May 2012
Dragon's Rising....

On Sunday, the Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Band competed in the Championship section of the Buxton Brass Band Festival.

Playing Philip Sparke's The Year of the Dragon (which is very appropriate considering we are in the Chinese year of the dragon), the band came off stage buzzing having performed really well with 4BarsRest describing us as delivering an exciting rendition. A special mention must go to our Solo Trombone John Anderson who played the solo in the 2nd movement beautifully.

Although, we would have liked to have won the contest, obviously 3rd prize is still an improvement over recent form and we have to thank our MD Colin Short for getting the band back in to the prizes once more... our dragon is definately rising!

Our next competative outing will be at the Whit Friday marches. See you there!


Mon 23 Apr 2012
Wednesday's Rehearsal

Wednesday's Rehearsal (25th April) is at:

Our Lady & The Apostles R C Church
Shaw Heath

Normal 8.15pm start time.


Sat 14 Apr 2012
Concert Brass (Poynton) requires a Conductor

Concert Brass (Poynton) - a subsidiary of the Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Band - requires a Conductor from Mid-June 2012.

Concert Brass is non-contesting band and only plays a few concerts each year, but it is not a 'learner' band and aims to attract players of good quality who find they cannot give their time to a busy contesting/engagement calendar. 

Concert Brass rehearses Wednesdays 8pm-10pm at our own band room in Poynton

If you are interested in conducting Concert Brass please contact Tom Peak on tompeak@btinternet.com or Tel:07768396839


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