Tue 14 Jun 2011
The Cornet Shuffle

The band would like to welcome Loic Losey, from Switzerland, who joins us for 6 months whilst studying in Manchester, on front row cornet.

We are also delighted to welcome back Tim Brocklehurst on Soprano cornet. Tim depped with us for the Regional Contest back in February, but is now back as a regular member of the band.


Mon 18 Apr 2011
Music Meets Machines at the Anson


Anson Engine Museum hosts the premier performance of 'The Anson', written for the Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band.

Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band marked the 150th Anniversary of the internal combustion engine at the Anson Engine Museum on Thursday 7th April 2011 with the premiere performance of ‘THE ANSON’, an original piece of music written by RNCM composer Jonathan Taylor.

Museum Director, Geoff Challinor, commissioned the piece as he wanted to capture the musical qualities of engines and create the museum's very own signature tune. Geoff said, "So many visitors are enchanted by the musical qualities of our historic engines and so we knew it would be fascinating to see how a composer would respond to the sights and sounds of the museum.

"With a celebrated championship section brass band in our village too, we seemed to have all the right ingredients to create our very own signature tune."

The museum is a registered charity and does not receive government or public funding to help towards running costs. Most of the work is carried out and funded by the volunteers and friends of the museum and so the Vernon Building Society was delighted to support the museum by providing refreshments for the premiere evening.

The museum re-opens on Easter Sunday and so if you would like to see our industrial heritage brought to life then visit http://www.enginemuseum.org/ for further details.


Sun 17 Apr 2011
Shouldering the Bass Player's burden

The band would like to wish Gary Beswick (one of our powerhouses in the bass end of the band) a quick and pain free recover from his recent operation on his shoulder.

We hope you'll be back in the bandroom playing soon.


Fri 15 Apr 2011
VBS Band to Record for the BBC

We are pleased to announce that Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band has been invited to make a recording as part of BBC Radio 3's 'Light Fantastic' festival (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/classical/lightfantastic/). The band will be going into BBC Manchester's famous Studio 7 to record a number of works over the weekend of 25/26 June.

This will be good practice for the band, as just a few weeks later the band hope to be recording their latest CD. More details on both of these projects soon.


Tue 12 Apr 2011
Slow Melody Prizes for Jimmy Tew

The band's Principal Eb Bass, Jimmy Tew, has been collecting more Slow-Melody prizes. This time he took home two prizes from the Holme Valley Slow Melody Contest held on Saturday 2nd, claiming second place in both the Open and Veterans sections of the competition.

Well done Jimmy!


Thu 17 Mar 2011
Au Revoir Andy...

Last Saturday Andy Lawton, our solo baritone, said farewell to the band at their annual Vice President's concert. Due to the pressures of work and, more importantly, fatherhood Andy has taken the hard decision to step down from the band to spend more time with his young family.

We would like to thank Andy for his many dedicated years of playing with the band and hope that it won't be too long before he feels he has the time to come back to the band where he will be welcomed back with open arms.


Thu 17 Mar 2011
World Premiere Performance

Thursday 7th April will see the band performing at the Anson Engine Museum to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the internal combustion engine, with a specially commissioned World Premiere performance of 'The Anson' by composer Jonathan Taylor.

The band has been rehearsing the piece and thoroughly enjoying some of the more 'unsual' techniques (including tapping of valves and blowing through the instrument without actually playing a note) that help create the imagery of the engine in action.


Thu 03 Mar 2011
9th Place at Regional Contest

The band had its annual outing to Blackpool's Winter Garden's last Sunday for the North West Regional Championships.

This year the band was competing in the Championship section with the set test piece being Philip Wilby's Paganini Variations.

The band was drawn to play 10th out of 11 with performances by Foden's and Fairey's sandwiching us on either side! We still put in a great performance, however, and come away with 9th place overall, which should ensure that our position within the Championship section remains safe and gives us another year to carry on improving and become a regular fixture in the Championship section.

4BarsRest had the following to say about VBS's performance:

"Vernon Building Society Poynton’s brave account under Kevin Gibbs was a real baptism of fire, but the MD kept an intelligent lid on the possible excesses and was rewarded with a performance of merit and encouragement."

Thanks to all the band for the many hours of rehearsals put in to this difficult test piece, and special thanks to Kevin for really getting the band ready to perform as well as they could.

Full Results:

Championship Section

Venue: Opera House, Winter Gardens, Blackpool
Adjudicator: John Berryman

Music: Paganini Variations (P. Wilby)
Conductor: Kevin Gibbs

Position Band Conductor  
1 Fodens Allan Withington  
2 Fairey (Geneva) Russell Gray  
3 Pemberton Old Wigan Mark Bentham  
4 Wingates Alan Morrison
5 Leyland Philip Harper  
6 Blackburn & Darwen Nick Sheppard  
7 Co-operative (Crewe) Jef Sparkes  
8 Ashton-Under-Lyne Martyn Evans  
9 Vernon Building Society Poynton Kevin Gibbs  
10 Co-operative (Milnrow) David Evans  
11 Silk Brass Paul Andrews


Mon 17 Jan 2011
Wedding Thanks

Adrian & Liz would like to officially thank their friends in the Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band for playing at their wedding on the 18th December 2010.

The band played Liz down the aisle with an arrangement by Adrian of the Bridal March. They also played Peter Graham's 'Crimond' during the Signing of the Register as well as joining in with the organ for a rousing final carol of Hark the Herald.

Later on in the evening, the band's 'German' counterparts turned up for a boisterous Beer Kellar performance which was loved by all the wedding guests.

Many thanks to you all... the wedding wouldn't have been the same without you all there.

A small selection of photos can be seen on the Gallery page:



Wed 01 Dec 2010
Christmas Season Starts

VBS Poynton Band started the season of christmas concerts with a charity concert put on by the Vernon Building Society in aid of The Wellspring (Centre for the Disadvantaged and Homeless) and Stockport CP (who support children and adults with physical and learning disabilities).

The concert featured a number of Christmas classics ranging from traditional items, including some very rousing carol singing by the audience, to the more modern items such as David Essex's A Winter's Tale. The band even featured its very own snowman in the guise of our Eb Bass soloist Mr Jimmy Tew who played an up-tempo version of Frosty the Snowman.

The concert raised well in excess of £1000, so a very big thankyou to all who came to the concert.

The band will be working hard of the next 2 or 3 weeks with numerous Festive Concerts (including two this coming weekend). Please view our Concerts page for details and we hope to see you at some of the events!


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