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  • Feb 22 / 2016
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News Archive 2016

Brass in Blackpool

It’s that time of year again when many of the Northwest’s brass bands converge on Blackpool for the annual area contest.

The Marple Band is no exception and we are currently working hard on our test piece, Essay for Brass Band, by Edward Gregson. It is a challenging but very musical piece which is open to interpretation so it should be interesting listening for the audience.

Marple Band will be competing in the first section, conducted by our resident MD Sarah Groarke-Booth, who we are delighted to welcome back. First section takes place in the Empress Ballroom on the afternoon of Sunday February 28th at the Blackpool Winter Gardens. The draw takes place at 13:15 so keep an eye on our Facebook page for our draw position. First band plays at 14:30.

We look forward to seeing lots of our supporters at the Winter Gardens on Sunday. It may be wintry outside but there will be lots of hot air inside. Come along and enjoy the competitive atmosphere. Good luck to all competing bands.

  • Oct 31 / 2015
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News Archive 2015

Jingle All the Way

Our annual Christmas concert at the Conservative Club in Marple was a huge success and the band played to a packed house. The festive Yuletide performance was a triumph of Christmas music enjoyed by all. There was no shortage of tinsel and the obligatory collection of Christmas hats which were donned in the second half of the concert. Lots of good audience participation in The Twelve Days of Christmas – not a ‘Bah Humbug’ to be heard anywhere in the room.

Thank you to all who came along to support us and helped get Christmas off to a very jolly start. Thank you also for helping us raise over £600 which, as always, all goes toward new music, instruments and running your Marple Band. Many congratulations to the person who won the Christmas Star Prize Draw luxury hamper.

The band will be playing carols in Marple again on Christmas Eve from 10:00am so please do come down and say hi. From all the players and committee at The Marple Band, we wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year for 2016.

Please see our concerts page for 2016 engagements.

  • Feb 08 / 2015
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News Archive 2015

Countdown to Blackpool

It’s that time of the year again where the Lancashire Riviera resort of Blackpool prepares to play host to all the Northwest’s bands at the NWRBBCC contest.

The Marple Band is competing once again in the Empress Ballroom, Blackpool Winter Gardens, after automatic promotion to the 1st section. This follows the fantastic winning result as Second Section National Champions at Cheltenham last September. This will be the first time the band has competed at first section standard for over 20 years.

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  • Sep 22 / 2014
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News Archive 2014

National Champions at Cheltenham 2014

In a historic setting, more famous for the ‘Gold Cup’, The Marple Band triumphed by a clear length to once again bring home the silverware and become the Second Section National Champions.

It was a truly memorable occasion for the band, rekindling many memories, as we gathered for photos, moments after hearing the winning announcement, “…the band that played third…”

It was a Herculean team effort for the band, following an earlier, unsettled run-up to the contest, which was carefully orchestrated by Sarah Groarke-Booth, who returned to conduct the band she played for in her youth, only three weeks prior to the contest. Continue Reading

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