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21st December 2013
The Final Performance of 2013

The shoppers of Tesco in Hornsea were blessed with the presence of DSB to help them with their Christmas Shopping today. Three hours of carols where we managed not to repeat any of them!

 

A fantastic turnout from the band, and a really great sound. Now we can spend time with our families!

 

Our first rehearsal back will be on Friday 10th January at the Bell Hotel in Driffield.

 

We hope everybody has a fantastic festive period, and continues to support us in 2014!


11th December 2013
Band Awards 2013

At the Christmas Concert on the 8th December 2013, the annual awards were presented to the band.

 

This was the first year of the Fred Robson Memorial Trophy, this is to be presented to the under-18 player who shows the most promise across the year. The winner was Joel Asbrey.

 

The next award was the Norman Blades Trophy, presented to the most improved player within the band, and that was awarded to Brian Robson.

 

The final award was the Tony Wilson Trophy. This is presented to the member who has made the most significant contribution to the band across the year. This year it was awarded to the Entire Committee.


21st November 2013
Injured - out of playing for the next few weeks!

Principal 2nd Cornet Player Mal Kellett has managed to injure his shoulder, and will therefore be unable to play over the next few weeks. We wish him all the best and that he has a speedy recovery!

 

This will mean we have to try to recruit some cover for him for our Christmas concerts, so if you are interested in helping us out, please use the 'Join the Band' section under the 'Contact Us' heading above.


16th November 2013
Player Moves

Following the success of the Armistice Concert on the 10th November, there have been a number of player movements within the band.

In no particular order they are as follows;

 

  • Joel Asbrey has been promoted to the 2nd Euphonium chair.
  • Rachel Bell has returned from her maternity leave, and will sit on 1st horn with Denise to get back into practice.
  • Gill Mill has moved from 2nd Baritone to 4th Euphonium.
  • Claire Rogers has moved from 2nd horn to 2nd Baritone.
  • Fred Leason has moved from the Solo Cornet bench to his favoured Tenor Horn and will play 2nd Horn.
  • Sarah Kissack has stepped up from Repiano to play Solo Cornet.

 

These moves mean that the band is in a stronger position coming into Christmas, and each player has a chance to challenge themselves further!


4th October 2013
CANCELLED - Solo & Quartets Contest 19th October 2013
It is with much regret that the Committee has to announce that our planned Solo & Quartets contest on 19th October 2013 is now cancelled. This is due very few entries being received by the closing date which unfortunately means the contest is not logistically or financially viable. We do plan to review the situation in the future & would like to thank those of you who did enter & apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

21st September 2013
Another player returns!

After coming along to a few rehearsals and playing at some of our concerts this Summer, Eric Milburn has decided to return to playing for us full time. He joins his wife Margaret and brother Des in our big happy family! He will sit alongside Ian Buckton in our trombone section.

Welcome back to Eric.


20th September 2013
Former player has a baby boy!

Former DSB horn player, Hannah Davies, has given birth to a baby boy!

Maxwell James John Blower.

 

Congratulations Hannah!


14th September 2013
Some visitors at the Friday 13th Rehearsal

Last night we had some surprise visitors.

Former players, Neil and Amanda Wilkinson dropped in for a social call just to see how we were all doing.

In the 12 years since they played with us, there have been a number of personnel changes, and there were just 6 of us around when they played with us before. From those 6, just one has been an ever present - Ian Buckton.

It was great to see them, but disappointing to hear that they no longer play.


8th September 2013
First Performance after our Summer Break was a good un!!
Burton Constable Hall was the venue for our Last Night of the Proms concert on Friday 6th September. A fantastic night was had by all & the audience were on fine form once again. Being sat within the band and looking out across a sea of Union Flags waving with the crowd in fine voice enjoying our performance really is something quite special. Thanks to all who came to see us for making it such a memorable night!!!

5th August 2013
We had a visitor!

At the rehearsal on Friday 2nd August we had a welcome visitor in the shape of John Martin, the Principal Bass player from the Championship Section Lochgelly Band in Scotland.

 

An old friend of our conductor, it was great to see him - and hear him - again.

 

To find out more about Lochgelly Band, please go to their website, www.lochgellyband.com

 

All visitors are welcome at DSB, so if you feel like a blow - get in touch!


31st July 2013
Player News

It is with some regret that I have to inform you that, due to a change in work pattern and heavy commitments with his family, Julian Gibbs has decided to step down from his position with Driffield Band.

 

Julian joined us towards the end of 2012 and has become an integral part of our trombone section. He has been a dedicated player, and a great personality wthin the band, he will most definitely be missed.

 

We wish him all the best, and he would be very welcome if his situation allowed him to return! 


20th July 2013
Time for a Break!!
Today saw our last performance of the summer at The Bishop Wilton Show. It has been one of our busiest July's in recent years and the band are now looking forward to a well earned rest & our social evening this Friday. We would like to thank all those who have supported us, it really is appreciated. Our next performance is a Last Night of the Proms Concert at Burton Constable 6th September 2013. Tickets for this event sold out quickly in 2012 so please book early using the form available to download from the Concert Diary. Have a great summer & we look forward to seeing you again in the autumn!!

18th July 2013
Glorious day at Driffield Show!!!
 Yesterday saw us performing at the 138th Driffield Show. In contrast to the last couple of years, the weather was excellent!! This brought out the crowds and we played to a healthy gathering of people at all three of our performances. Many thanks to all of you who came to see us, it really is appreciated.

14th July 2013
One Down, Two to Go!!
The first of our three concerts this week was for a wedding in the beautiful grounds of Queen Margaret's School in Escrick. The weather was excellent and our performance was well received. We are now looking forward to our performance at the largest one day agricultural show in the country. This on Wednesday at the Driffield Showground. Our first performance is at 11am...If your about please come along and say hello!!

22nd June 2013
Driffield Infant School - Midsummer Fair

The band turned out on a surprisingly sunny and balmy Friday evening for the Driffield Infant School Mid-Summer Fair.

An appreciative audience was treated to a selection of tunes from the shows & some more contemporary numbers to sit out and enjoy the evening.

A big congratulations to Daryl who stepped up to the principal cornet chair for the evening, Kerrigan who stepped up to Solo Euphonium and to Margaret our new Solo Horn player for playing her first solo with us, On My Own from Les Miserables.

The performance was rounded off by a burger in the sunshine, what more could a bandsmen want... 


15th June 2013
Solo Contest - 19th October 2013

Just to keep you up to date on the Solo Contest;

  1. We have secured the facilities at Driffield School.
  2. We have secured the services of two fantastic adjudicators in Richard Grantham and Alan Morrison.
  3. We have contacted a large number of bands to drum up entries.
  4. We have contacted the local authorities to get yet more entries.

We need to source some financial help now.

 

The entry fees will not cover the running costs of the event, so we are looking for businesses/individuals to sponsor each of the age groups in each of the sections - 12 in all.

 

To pledge a donation, or to find out more about the contest, please follow the menu above and complete the contact form. We will do our best to answer any queries you may have.


15th June 2013
A Welcome Visitor

At our rehearsal last night we had the welcome return of DSB Old Boy, James Ledger.

James went off to university in September 2011 and has come home for the Summer. I hope he enjoyed being back playing with us and that we will see him whenever he is available. 


11th June 2013
Photos in the Profiles
Thanks to Stephen McNicholas (www.stephenmcnicholas.com), we have added a number of photos to the profiles section of the website. If you'd like to find out what some of our players look like, you can now take a look!

9th June 2013
Driffield Band in the Media!

In the past week, DSB have been on Look North, Radio 2, Radio Humberside and the BBC World Service. This has all been to do with our Solo Contest. This however was glossed over as all of the clever editing that they had done meant that their story was based on the fact that there are now only 6 brass bands in East Yorkshire, when there have been 52 separate bands.

To see the clips, please 'Like' our facebook page and follow the link.


8th June 2013
Follow Driffield Silver Band on Twitter!!
You can now follow us on Twitter!! To find us, use @Driffield_Band to keep up to date with all things DSB!!!

19th May 2013
Newest Member Profile is On-Line
Our newest Member, Malcolm Welford has had his profile added to the website. Follow the Meet The Band page and click on Baritones & Euphoniums to read about Malcolm. 

12th May 2013
Solo & Quartet Contest

As the plans for the Solo and Quartet contest continue to evolve, it has become clear that the Bell Hotel will not be able to accommodate everything that we want to do. To that end, we have secured the use of Driffield School Arts Building and North Building on the 19th October. Even so, places will still be limited, so get your entries in early.

Entry forms will be available shortly. Watch this space!


11th May 2013
Burton Constable tickets now available!

Advance tickets are now available for the Burton Constable Hall 'Last Night of the Proms' Concert on September 6th.

To book tickets, please go to our 'Concert Diary 2013' and download the booking form.

This concert sold out in 2011 and 2012 so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Friends of Burton Constable Hall are £8, all other tickets £10.


30th April 2013
Returning Player!

We have had a player return to us after retiring from playing a few years ago.

Malcolm Welford, a former Solo Baritone & Chairman has come out of retirement to give playing another go.

He returned to help out at the St Georges Day Parade, and to the rehearsal on Friday 26th.

He will be playing 2nd Baritone with Gill.

A warm welcome back to Malcolm!


15th April 2013
Resignation & Position Change
Unfortunately our Euphonium player Simon Ainge has decided to resign from the band. He has been with us since August 2008, and will be a loss to the band as a player, a friend and a personality on the stand. We wish Simon all the best for the future & he is more than welcome to pop back & see us at anytime!!

With this news, I have decided to ask Joel Asbrey (who is a Euph player after all) to move onto playing 3rd Euph. I think he will learn a lot from sitting with the experienced Jim and Kerry, so that will start from Friday this week. Good luck Joel!!

9th April 2013
It's a Girl!!
We are pleased to announce that Rachel Bell our Solo Horn player, has given birth to a baby girl!! Lucie Ann Bell was born on Saturday 6th April at 19:01hrs weighing 7lb 12oz. Both mother and baby are doing really well. Congratulations to Rachel & her husband from all of us at Driffield Silver Band.

9th April 2013
Sad Passing of former Band Member
Former Driffield Silver Band Trombone player Bernard Mallory has sadly passed away. His funeral will be held at 1pm on the 16th April at the Priory in Bridlington.

6th April 2013
More Profile Updates
Thanks to the new family within the band, the McDonagh's have each supplied a profile of themselves. Have a look on the Meet The Band section to see what they have to say!

5th April 2013
Profile Update
Fred Leason from our Solo Cornet bench has submitted his banding profile!! Head over to the Meet the Band section to see what he's all about...

23rd March 2013
Vacancy on Solo Horn
Whilst Rachel is off on maternity leave, we are looking to recruit a Solo Horn player. If you feel that this is a role for you, please do not hesitate in contacting the band through the Contact Us section of the website.

18th March 2013
Solo and Quartet contest
The Closing date for entries has been set at the 30th September 2013. So please don't be late, get those entries in!

8th March 2013
Sad passing of a Brass Band Stalwart

Jim Davis, a former player, Chairman and great supporter of all things brass bands has sadly passed away.

A great loss to all who knew him, he will be missed.

His funeral is due to take place on Tuesday 19th March at 2pm in All Saints Parish Church, Driffield.

Driffield Band will be there to play.


6th March 2013
BBb Bass Vacancy Filled

We are really happy to announce that former professional tuba player Vince Turton has agreed to join us to play on the new BBb Bass we bought just a few weeks ago.

 

Vince will be a fantastic asset to the band, and his experience is second to none. Please head over to the Meet the Band pages to read up on Vince and his impressive career in music.


3rd March 2013
Another new member!

Cornet player Stephen Hague, who has regularly played as a dep for us over the last couple of years has agreed to become a full-time member of the band.

A fantastic player, and more than capable of covering the principal cornet chair, he is another fantastic addition to the solo cornet bench.


2nd March 2013
New Member

Former player Fred Leason has committed to join Driffield Silver Band yet again!

This time he has joined us on the front row of the cornet secton. A very experienced campaigner, he will be a massive asset to our band once more!


27th February 2013
Rehearsal Relocation Friday 1st March
Due to the Folk Festival in the Bell Hotel on Friday 1st March, our rehearsal this week will be held in the Blue Bell Public House, on the Riverhead in Driffield, YO25 6NX.

17th February 2013
More prospective players!

At the rehearsal on Friday 15th Feb, we had a whole family of new players come along to join us.

 

Terry McDonough on Eb Bass, his wife Louise on Tenor Horn, and their daughter Katie on Cornet. They moved to the area in September and are a welcome addiition to the band.

 

With these additions to the band in recent weeks, we have a healthy membership. The attendance on Friday was an amazing 27 players, all we need now is a percussion section to complement the brass team. Any drummers/percussionists out there please get in touch...


9th February 2013
More visitors

At the rehearsal last night, we had some return visitors, and they were all on cornet;

 

Stephen Hague, Mike Hedley and former member Fred Leason.

 

They all appeared to enjoy themselves and have hinted they will be back next week!


2nd February 2013
Players' Player of the year for 2012

This position was voted on by the players in the band, and was awarded to...

 

 

  Richard Gregg

 

When we vote for this award, we ask for the reason behind each individual's nomination, and here are some of them;

  1. All his hard work
  2. Enthusiasm at all times
  3. He's done really well so far and has stepped up to the mark on the top chair. He has also done a lot of things behind the scenes with regards to making decisions, acting on them, and seeing things through. He has been, and am sure he will remain a valuable asset to the committee and the band.
  4. He has done a great job as Principal Cornet.
  5. He has played some great solos last year.
  6. Taking on the topman role and organising the DreamTeam football league.
  7. Took on his role with enthusiasm
  8. Stepping up to the Principal Cornet chair, as well as;
  • Transporting equipment to and from performances
  • Updating the equipment inventories
  • Promoting social activities for the band members
  • Seeking to promote the band through facebook
  • Frequent contributions to the band forum

 

As you can see, it is not just his playing ability which earned him this award, he has been the ideal bandsman too!

 


2nd February 2013
AGM - 1st Feb 2013

At a well attended AGM, the new committee was elected, and now consists of;

 

 

  • Chairman - Richard Gregg
  • Vice Chairman - Malcolm Kellett
  • Secretary - Mike Clark
  • Treasurer - Rachel Bell
  • Librarian - Dee Horner
  • Asst Librarian - Helen Gledhill
  • Conductor - Andy Grace
  • Deputy Conductor Wendy Brayshaw
  • Band Sergeant - Jim Johnson
  • Member - Michael Gravill
  • Member - Michael Gregg
  • Member - Mark Lynch
  • Member - Margaret Buckton
  • Member - Barbara Hall


29th January 2013
Another Rehearsal Cancelled

The rehearsal on 25th January was also cancelled due to the weather.

Of course, everyone in the band practised for two hours in the privacy of their own home...


23rd January 2013
Possible Recruits
We have had some interest for the vacancies on cornet and BBb bass. Watch this space for more information!

22nd January 2013
Rehearsal Cancelled

Friday 18th January - Snow, snow & more snow. 

Due to the current (and forecasted) weather, the rehearsal has been cancelled.

Band News 2013
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