Mon 22 Nov 2010
Christmas Concert & Rehearsal Diary

Band members:

Please find attached our Christmas Concert & Rehearsal Schedule.

christmas diary 2010.pdf

 

Sat 13 Nov 2010
New Players Join VBS

VBS Poynton Band would like to welcome Tim Brocklehurst and Emma Smith in to its ranks. Both players have been playing for local rivals Silk Brass for a number of years, but we are delighted that they have decided to join VBS for a new challenge.

Emma has joined on Repiano Cornet and Tim moves into the Soprano chair, replacing Adrian Horn who is temporarily relinquishing the Soprano for the front row as he will not be able to play at the North West Regional Contest at Blackpool in February.... the band have forgiven him this, however, as he will infact be on his Honeymoon!

 

 

Tue 12 Oct 2010
VBS Charity Christmas Concert

The Vernon Building Society will be hosting a Charity Christmas Concert 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, featuring none other than the Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band, is to be held at St Georges Church, Poynton on Friday 26th November at 7.30pm and tickets will cost £6.

 

Mon 11 Oct 2010
Photos from Bolsover

If you would like to view the official photos from Bolsover Festival of Brass 2010, then please follow the links below.

VBS Poynton Band at Bolsover Festival of Brass Official Photos - 1st Section

VBS Poynton Band at Bolsover Festival of Brass Official Photos - Championship Section

 

Mon 04 Oct 2010
3rd Prize and Best Soloist at Bolsover

After a very early start for all our players (with a rehearsal in Bolsover at 7.30am!), VBS Poynton took part in two sections at yesterday's Bolsover Festival of Brass.

Our programme was:

Paint It Black - Jagger/Richards arr. Adrian Horn
Myfanwy - Parry arr. Adrian Horn
Brillante - Peter Graham
'Dundonell' from Hymn of the Highlands - Philip Sparke

In the 1st Section we played off the No.2 draw. The band played superbly and were hot favourites with listeners in the hall but were disappointed to only gain 3rd Prize from the adjudicator Allan Ramsey. However our baritone soloist, Andy Lawton, walked away with the Best Soloist prize for his performance of Peter Graham's Brillante.

In the Championship section we played from the dreaded No.1 draw. Again the band played really well, but unfortunately only came away with 6th Place.

Well done to everyone for playing so well, and especially to Andy Lawton for his soloist prize.

Full Results from the 1st and Championship sections are available here.

 

 

Sun 19 Sep 2010
2nd Prize & BBW Cup at Wychavon

VBS Poynton Band came away with a very creditable 2nd Prize and the Brass Band World Cup at the Wychavon Festival of Brass yesterday, especially after playing off the No.1 draw.

The band's programme, including three pieces specially arranged for the band by our Soprano Cornet player Adrian Horn, was as follows:

Paint It Black - M. Jagger & K. Richards arr. A. Horn
Myfanwy - J. Parry arr. A. Horn
Brillante - P. Graham
(Baritone Soloist Andy Lawton)
Triumph (from Day of the Dragon) - P. Graham
Show Me The Way To Go Home - I. King arr. A. Horn

Our Solo Baritone, Andy Lawton, deserves a special mention for his stunning virtuoso performance of Brillante, and thanks should also go to our MD Kevin Gibbs for getting the band ready for the contest in little over a week.

Special congratulations must also go to our Contest Secretary Alan Nutton who received a Special Recognition award from the organisers of the contest as he was the Contest Secretary of VBS 21 years ago at the very first Wychavon Festival of Brass and has been in the same role all of that time.

Photos of the day are now online here.

 

Sun 29 Aug 2010
Rehearsals Resume For Contest Season

Rehearsals start up again this week after our summer holidays in time to prepare for Wychavon contest in 3 weeks time and Bolsover contest soon afterwards.

We are the current 1st Section Champions at both of these entertainment contests and will be looking to keep the title with the additional chance of also gaining the Championship section crown at Bolsover as well - we were invited by Bolsover's organisers to take part in both sections after the adjudicator last year thought we could have won the Championship section with our performance.

Our MD Kevin Gibbs is finalising the programme for these contests and you can expect new arrangements written especially for the band.

We hope you can come and support us at these contests, but if not you may also be able to hear some of the programme at our concert in Heald Green Village Hall on the 12th September.

 

Thu 12 Aug 2010
Cornet Duet

VBS Poynton Band would like to officially welcome two new players to the cornet ranks. Rachel Hall joins on 2nd Cornet and Natalie Dodman joins on the front row.

Photos and biographies will follow soon.

The band now only requires 1 or 2 players to join Dave Johnson in the Percussion section as he is starting to get lonely at the back of the bandroom!

 

Fri 30 Jul 2010
Basses lead the way with Fundraising

Our Eb Bass players have recently kick-started the bands fundraising efforts for our Instrument Fund.

Jimmy Tew organised a 10 mile sponsored walk down the Middlewood Way at the end of May with intrepid walkers of all ages taking part, whilst our other Eb Bass player Karl Price (with the help of Sarah and Dave Johnson) organised a Quiz Night at the bandroom last weekend. After 12 rounds of questions ranging from subjects as disparate as Ships' Captains to Childrens' TV it was proved that the older you get the more knowledge you store in your minds with the winning team being 'The Titanic's Deckchair Attendants'. We get the feeling that some of the members were regular quiz-goers!

The two events have raised £750 for the band's instrument fund. An excellent start. More fundraising events will be coming soon.

 

Tue 29 Jun 2010
Bands Across The Water

The VBS Poynton Band and Musical Director Kevin Gibbs would like to offer their thanks and ‘safe travels’ to the Natural State Brass Band, from Arkansas, with their Musical Director Rusty Morris. The two bands played a joint concert on Monday night to a packed out audience at Poynton Methodist Church with both bands receiving standing ovations for their captivating performances - VBS playing an all British music programme for their first set and the NSBB responding with a very American set (with music from Copeland to Sinatra!).

We were also in awe of the NSBB’s guest soloist for the night Douglas Yeo, the Bass Trombone from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, who performed ‘Stella by Starlight’ and a special arrangement for Doug and the NSBB of ‘The Arkansas Traveller’ – done in the traditional Theme & Variation style, performances like this are not something you see Bass Trombonists doing often!

Not to be outdone, though, VBS Band’s star soloist, baritone player Andy Lawton, stood up to the challenge with a superb rendition of Brillante (Theme and Variations on Rule Brittania).

To mark the occasion of the concert, the bands presented each other with commemorative banners, and we hope that the Natural State Brass Band’s remaining concerts (with Wingates and Thoresby Colliery) are every bit as successful before they fly back to the US on, fittingly, 4th July.

We must also say thanks to Keith Tysall, who has been instrumental in helping to organise the Natural State Brass Band’s tour of the UK.

 

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