Thu 02 Jan 2014
Wow what a year!

2013 was an eventful year for the band. Here a just a few of the highlights

In March we said our goodbyes to MD Colin Short after a great couple of years, as he moved on due to work commitments and we asked Neil Samuel to lead us at the area which led to a solid 5th place, and shortly after both parties agreed to continue to work together! 

April: A 2nd place at Buxton Contest on Dances & Arias after just one week of intense rehearsals with Neil.

June: Competing at every Whit Friday venue in Tameside (in a record time of just over 5 hours) the band picked up a number of 1st Section Prizes, as well as winning the Tame Valley contest beating some of the countries top bands in the process! We also did concerts with the Beatles and Take That (or at least their tribute bands) in two outdoor concerts with thousands of revellers listening to us perform.

August: The band was pleased to welcome top brass band composer Darrol Barry as their Composer-in-Residence.

September: The band performed with a top West End Star Zoe Rainey in aid of the Together Trust. We also came away with a 3rd place at Fleetwood Contest playing Philip Wilby's notoriously difficult Red Priest.

November: We took to the stage at the Northern Open contest, again with Red Priest and this time came away with a 2nd Place result.

December: "It's Christmas"... The band, as usual, performed numerous Christmas Concerts through out the month, ranging from traditional carol concerts alongside the St George's Singers to Christmas Bier Keller's at Davenport Golf Club!

Through the year we've said some goodbye's and said some hello's to both new and old faces and a lot has been achieved in a short space of time, and we're already planning on how to improve next year!

To all of our supporters through 2013, thank you and we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!

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