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  • Nov 17 / 2018
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The Marple Band Welcomes….

Following a recent recruitment campaign, we are pleased to welcome some new faces into the band.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Nadia James as Principal Cornet. Nadia is 15 and started learning to play cornet at the age of seven, joining both the Winterley Brass Band and Cooperative Wind Band in Crewe. After performing with Crewe Brass at the Areas in 2016, she then joined them on back row, gradually progressing to 2nd solo cornet.

Nadia has been in the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain for the last three years and is 3rd Principal at Foden’s Youth Band. She passed Grade 8 cornet with distinction at the age of 14 and hopes go on to study music at RNMC. Nadia stated, “I am really excited to have been given the opportunity to play with The Marple Band“.

In recent weeks, Julia Robinson has rejoined the band, in the Repiano seat, during a break in her travels; with Charlotte Arnfield joining on 2nd Cornet and Mike Brooks filling the 3rd Cornet position.

We are still in the hunt for another front row Cornet, permanent Repiano, a 2nd Horn, Solo Baritone, E♭ Bass, B♭ Bass and percussionist, so please get in touch if you’d like to be part of historic and well known band of affable musicians. Please contact or Bandmaster on:

e:   marplebandmaster@gmail.com

m:   07784 931707

  • Nov 16 / 2018
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Your Christmas Shopping Can Support Your Band

DON’T FORGET – When you shop online you can help generate vital funds for The Marple Band.

Christmas shopping time is now here so please consider your online purchases via our easyfundraising  page. We all do online Christmas shopping and every time you do, you can support The Marple Band, for FREE!

Please go to your online shopping destinations via easyfundraising and they will make a donation to us, WITH NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU!

Running a brass band requires funds for music, new instruments, instrument repairs, plus many other things…   …and you can help, FOR FREE, YES FREE, every time you do your shopping online. With a simple, fast and free sign-up, you’ll soon be shopping as normal and helping with vital donations to help YOUR Marple Band.

The majority of shopping sites are covered, from toys, electronics & fashion to furnishings, groceries and holidays. Please do all you can to help when buying online, doing Click&Collect or booking a break or holiday etc. Thank you.

Argos – Amazon – Boots – Ebay – Booking.com – Thompson – River Island – Gap and hundreds more.

 

  • Nov 12 / 2018
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Massed Bands in Joint Commemoration

On Saturday 10th November the annual joint concert of Marple and Hawk Green took place at St Paul’s Church in Compstall to help raise funds for the Brass Bands of Marple and for St Paul’s Church.

This has been the venue for this event for several years and this year was extra special as the bands played music to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. The church had also been undertaking major renovations and had been transformed into an even better venue for this concert.

The church was imaginatively decorated with poppies that had been made by the local community, with contributions from schools, clubs, the church congregation and senior citizens. The poppies were attached to netting which draped from windows and the pulpit to give a striking background to a superb concert by both bands.

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  • Oct 21 / 2018
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On Ilkley Moor Baht ‘at

The Marple Band were approached along with other brass bands in the North West of England to see whether they would be available to help with a Sky Arts series of programmes about Brass Bands in Britain. This is scheduled to be shown in Spring 2019.

Production Company, ‘Twofour, has been commissioned to make a new TV series about Brass bands in Britain. “Brass Bands” (working title) is a brand new docuseries that celebrates the world of brass bands. The four part series which will be shown on Sky Arts, will follow some of Britain’s championship bands as they compete in the season’s most prestigious contests – from the Whit Friday contest, to the British Open.

The aim of the series is to shine a light on the incredible skill, diversity and commitment of the musicians. As well as the growing need for bands to stay innovative on the international stage, whilst at the same time, honouring tradition’. Three of our members – Howard Groves (2nd Cornet), Matt Holt (B♭ Bass) and Julia Robinson (Repiano Cornet) were available to help out and headed to Ilkley on Saturday 20th October for a day of filming.

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