KSB News

 

Players players players! 09-12-16

The band would like to welcome Sonja Westwood and Bill Lyons who have joined our back row cornet team. A return for both of them having previously played with the band, though not necessarily in the same seats or instruments! Enjoy your stay guys. First round in the club is on you!

Holmfirth Contest 07-11-16

The band competed in the Holmfirth Contest over the weekend. A disappointing 10th place was achieved, however the piece we played was a tough one where we never fully got to grips with it. We have gained more contesting experience though and were happy to support a local event. Our soloists as usual though, did us proud as did our friends who helped out. Thanks guys!

Carrying on the less than good news, Julia, our repiano cornet player, is sadly leaving the band after numerous years of happy playing with us. Don't be a stranger Julia!

Finally onto some good news, after a decade of not playing, Paul Lyons has returned to the band on front row cornet. Welcome back Paul!

The 2016 Areas 06-03-16

As most of you will know, the band competed in the Areas on Sunday at St. George's Hall in Bradford. An early start all round but the band was still in fairly good spirit. A quick rehearsal at 8 got us all focused and ready for breakfast. Unfortunately for some of the band there was a distinct lack of bacon available so breakfast was a little tense. Percussionist Chris then pulled number 5 as our draw number. Excellent work!

The performance went very well with just the odd blip creeping in here and there. Overall the band came 6th which we all thought was a very respectable result after our return to the 1st section earlier this year. We have had to move some stands in the bandroom to accommodate Kevin's 'angular' conducting!

A decent start to our 1st section return and we hope to continue in the same vein! 

It's alive! 22-10-15

After much faffing about some work there is now a working Meet the Band page. Some pictures are still missing and some need updating but nearly everyone is there. Yay!

Entertaining Elland 18-10-15

Over the weekend the band competed in the Pogson Bray Entertainment Contest. Having rehearsed all the music down to the finest detail we were all quietly confident. Drawn early afternoon, the band gave a decent performance with only a couple of minor slip ups creeping in. Though these were largely unnoticed by Mr Adjudicator! Overall we were placed 3rd which was a decent result, obviously not the one everyone wanted but still pretty good. We also took home the Best March trophy with our rendition of The Australasian. So overall a pretty good result which meant we also got some nice prize money. We didn't take the Best Soloist prize on this occasion even though Richard our Solo Trombone player sailed through it with ease as he usually does. Better luck next time Richard!

A Wet Weekend in Brighouse 05-07-15

The Band competed in the Brighouse March Contest on Saturday. Whilst the day started off quite well, the torrential downpour wasn't welcome! However, the band played through it and finished as best 2nd Section Band and 4th overall. Not bad going to say the least! Photos are available to have a good chuckle at look through here.

Changes, changes, changes! 27-06-15 

So most of you have probably noticed that we have just debuted our new website. With it come new pictures and more updates! It is very early on in development at the minute so a lot of the old content is missing but it will reappear slowly over the coming weeks. If anyone has any pictures etc of the band, please feel free to send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll get them on the site.

Apart from the new site we also have new members! We now have a full trombone section for the first time in a long time and enough basses (3 of each!) to keep the local club in business all by themselves. Pictures and names will be appearing on the Meet the Band page soon.

 

Fantastic Day at St George's Hall! 08-03-15 

KSB had a great day at the Yorkshire areas yesterday, coming away with 4th prize
in the second section and will be promoted to first section next year! Although a
little sad not to have come away with a trophy, the band have thoroughly enjoyed
rehearsing the test piece, which this year was Variations on Maccabeus (with a
number of members of the band still whistling it in the pub many hours later!)

A special mention of thanks to Denise and David Dransfield, Liz Stimpson and Katie Newton for all their help and fantastic playing!

The band are also delighted to give a very warm welcome to Steph Hodgson and Roy Thackrah who join the band on cornet and Eb bass respectively. Steph returns having played for the band previously and joins dad, Bill, and Roy has come out of retirement and join daughter-in-law, Sam. A very big KSB welcome to you both!

To see some pictures of the day, head to our Facebook page (photos to be added to the website soon!)

 

Belcher is Back! 09-12-14 

Knottingley Silver Band are delighted to announce that Kevin Belcher has returned to the band as their new Musical Director following the departure of Owen Wedgwood last month.

Kevin led the band to success in his previous spell, taking them from the third to championship section in just a few years and taking several titles in the process. The band are obviously hoping that similar success will follow this time!

Steve Clayton, principal cornet and chairman said "It's great to have Kevin back with us. He has a proven track record and great experience so we are all very excited and optimistic about his return."

Kevin leaves Crofton Band to join Knottingley after three years at the helm but will lead them at Butlins in January 2015.

 

 


Thanks and Best Wishes to Owen 16-11-14

KSB announce that Owen Wedgewood has stepped down from the position of

Musical Director with the band.

 

On behalf of KSB, we would like to thank Owen for all his hard work and energy

over the last few year. He came into the band when there were only a handful of

players at rehearsals and turned things around to produce some memorable

performances. He will be missed but we understand his reasons for wanting a

change and wish him well. We hope to be able to announce his successor very soon.

 

Owen also added "It has been a very difficult decision to leave Knottingley. They

are a lovely bunch with some very fine players but following a second trip to the

Finals and nearly 7 years with the band, the time feels right to move on and

investigate new opportunities. I leave with some very good memories and pride in

what we have achieved together. I would like to wish the band all the very best for

 

the future."

 

Farewell and Good Luck Joe! 01-10-14

 

As well as having a great time in Cheltenham a couple of weeks ago it is with a

heavy heart we also have to say goodbye to our fabulous soprano cornet player,

Joe Martin, who is destined for great things as he starts his degree at RNCM. Joe

has been a fab member of the band for many years and the band will miss him

lots! Good luck Joe and have a brill time!

 

This does mean that there is now a vacancy on soprano- if you are interested in

this seat please get in touch though our contact us page.

 

Fun Down in Cheltenham! 20-09-14

Well what a fun weekend that was! Thank you to all the band for everyone's hard

work in the run up to the finals and all the time put in! KSB unfortunately didn't

come away with the top prize but we did have a brilliant weekend all the same,

onwards and upwards as they say!   

 

 

Photos will be in the gallery soon! 

National Championship Finals Coming Soon! 07-09-14

After a fun summer of various contests and concerts (more updates will be here soon), KSB are super excited to be heading down to Cheltenham in two weeks time for the National Championship Finals. Rehearsals are going well and the band are really enjoying getting their teeth into the test piece, Traversada. Bring on Cheltenham! 

 

Unite the Union Band Club Concert 23-03-14

After a brilliant start to the month there was no stopping KSB as we headed out to entertain the audience at the fabulous Unite the Union Band Club. With sublime solos from our soprano player, Joe; tenor horn, Nat; trombonist, Richard; and percussionist, Laura, the audience really were in for a treat! Ranging from marches to overtures to jazzy numbers, there was something for everyone and both audience and band had a great time. 

 

A big thank you also to Peggy, who presented Trevor with his certificate for an amazing 58 years of service to Knottingley! A great moment and the band were delighted to be able to share this moment with him.

 

Thank you to everyone who came out on a Sunday evening to support the band, we hope you had as much fun as we did!