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September 2017

Valkenburg Tour 2017

September 4th, 2017|

2017 saw a welcome return to the beautiful town of Valkenburg in The Netherlands. This was Jay’s
first tour in command and during our stay we performed at two popular venues including the
prestigious bandstand in the centre of Luxembourg City. Both tour concerts were enthusiastically
received by an internationally diverse audience who loudly applauded our programme of […]

December 2016

URC Christmas Tree Festival

December 10th, 2016|

A big thank you to Kay for decorating and putting up the SHYBB Christmas tree. Please come and look at the lovely trees they are there until after Christmas.

Musical Directors Report 2016

December 10th, 2016|

Musical Directors Report

In the few months since I took musical leadership of SHYBB I feel that we have already made great progress. September was a time of great change for the band: the reintroduction of seating auditions, re-strengthening of the ‘B band’ and a greater emphasis on personal practice – many changes have taken […]

November 2016

Joint Concert With Dublin Silver Band (Ohio)

November 28th, 2016|

On Thursday 17th November the United Reformed Church was lucky enough to host a spectacular concert from St Helens Youth Brass Band’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ bands alongside the Dublin Silver Band who had travelled all the way from Ohio, USA to play in the ‘Brass In Concert’ entertainment contest and came to give a […]

Chairman’s Report 2016

November 26th, 2016|

Thank you to all those who attended yesterdays A.G.M. it was good to see so many faces.

This year, at the end of the summer term, Gareth Brindle came to the end of the two years he’d signed up too, and due to new work commitments sadly he was unable to extend this. In his […]

October 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness Event

October 22nd, 2016|

On Friday 21st October A-Band and some of the band alumni were invited to the Steve Prescott Bridge in St Helens to play in a breast cancer awareness event organised by Julie, one of our committee members and band parents. The event was held in memory of some friends of the band who recently very sadly lost their battles with […]

July 2016

Armed Forces Day

July 20th, 2016|

On the 25th June, A-band were lucky enough to be invited to perform at the annual Armed Forces Day event, held in Victoria Square, St Helens.

The band were proud to perform as cadet groups from St Helens and war veterans marched into the square to celebrate all that the our Armed Forces do for […]

Trip to Blackpool

July 17th, 2016|

On Saturday, members of the training and youth band went to Blackpool early in the morning. With weather at the URC looking bleak, spirits were not the highest, however we all piled onto the minibus and made our way to the Pleasure Beach. When we got there the weather was looking a little better […]

Summer Gala Concert 2016

July 12th, 2016|

On the 9th July we held our Summer Gala concert at the St Helens Town Hall. The Beginners Band kicked off the evening with a repertoire including ‘Cool F Blues’ (featuring an impressive improvised solo!), ‘Dudelsack’ and ‘Campdown Races’. Conductor John Burke presented the Andrea Taylor Trombone Award and the Saints Trophy before handing […]

March 2016

Brass Factory 2016

March 1st, 2016|

On Monday 4th April during the Easter Holidays we’re holding a FREE brass and percussion workshop play day, where we’d like the next generation of National Champions to step forward, pick up an instrument and give it a blow or bang on a drum! You might already be having lessons at school, or you […]