Skegness and First Section… here we go!

logo_butlins3 This weekend we head up North to the 2015 Butlins Mineworkers Festival in Skegness for a weekend of competition, good playing and catching up with old friends!

This time is particularly exciting for Fulham as it is our debut contest in the First Section where we will be competing on Saturday against a strong line up of 19 bands from around the country and even further afield for the top prize of £2,000.

If you happen to be in Skegness Butlins this weekend then please do pop by Reds from 10:00am as we will be performing Mike Kilmartin’s beautiful arrangement of Andrew Boyson’s ‘Three Folk Song Settings for Band’, featuring a mixture of haunting traditional folk melodies and fast paced rhythms; testing the bands on dynamic variations, tuning and rhythmic ability with lots of solos and important passages floating around the players.

Fulham are delighted to be back in Skegness this weekend and have enjoyed the challenge of our 1st Section debut. Please follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for live updates on the day, and if you miss our performance then we hope to see you in the bar afterwards!!

VACANCIES: We are seeking a strong Bass player (position negotiable and instrument available!), Front Row Cornet, Euphonium and Soprano player to add to our existing line up post Butlins. We welcome students, workers or anyone within the area who wish to be part of a hardworking, fun and ambitious band with lots of exciting projects in the pipeline building on our successes from 2014. Please get in touch with Matt Pitt (band manager) in confidence on enquiries@fulhambrassband.co.uk if you fancy joining the Fulham Brass Band family.

Youth Band coming soon!

Does your child play a brass instrument and want to be part of a new and exciting youth ensemble in Fulham? A great opportunity to develop musicianship and ensemble skills whilst making new friends! To register your interest please email youth@fulhambrassband.co.uk

Bass player AND Front Row Cornet player wanted!

Fulham Brass Band are seeking a strong Bass player (position negotiable and instrument available!) and Front Row Cornet player to add to our existing line up from October– with promotion to the FIRST Section from Jan 2015! We welcome students, workers or anyone within the area who wish to be part of a hardworking, fun and ambitious band with lots of exciting projects in the pipeline. Please get in touch with Matt Pitt (band manager) in confidence on enquiries@fulhambrassband.co.uk if you fancy joining the Fulham Brass Band family!

Another trophy!

band 3An early start left Fulham Brass Band a little hungry and bleary eyed as we set off to compete at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain 2014 held at Cheltenham Racecourse.  Weeks of hard work from the band and our conductor John Ward had prepared us well but nothing could hold back the nerves felt by many on the day.  The very beautiful but technical “Traversada” composed by Oliver Waespi challenged all the bands but we managed to put on a pretty good show and were able to come away with another trophy as 3rd prize winners of the Second section.  Let’s hope our winning streak continues as we enter our most challenging of years competing in the 1st section from January!

National Championships of Great Britain!

Tomorrow Fulham Brass Band are delighted to be partaking in the Second Section of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. We will be travelling up this evening after our final rehearsal and are looking forward to putting our hard work into practice! Come and support us tomorrow morning in Cheltenham!

New Flugelhorn signing!

Fulham BrEmmeline fulhamass Band are delighted to announce the signing of Emmeline Downer to the Flugelhorn chair. Emmeline is 19 and grew up in Cornwall; having started out playing cornet in St. Austell Youth Band aged 10, she worked her way up to principal flugelhorn in the Cornwall Youth Brass Band. She has since moved to London to study Classics at King’s College London and the band are excited to welcome a talented and enthusiastic member to the team!

A special thank you needs to go out to Simon Gale who recently left the band after playing flugelhorn for 8 years due to other commitments. The band are very sad to see him go after many years of service and look forward to staying in touch with him.

Under the baton of John Ward, the band are currently working hard  for the prestigious trip to Cheltenham in September, to represent London and the Southern Counties at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. The Second Section piece is called Traversada by Oliver Warspi, which is a haunting and technically detailed work that the band are embracing with determination throughout the busy summer months.

You can join the band too! We are seeking a strong Solo Baritone and Front Row Cornet (third man down)  to add to our existing line up from October– with promotion to the FIRST Section from Jan 2015! We welcome students, workers or anyone within the area who wish to be part of a hardworking, fun and ambitious band with lots of exciting projects in the pipeline.  Please get in touch with Matt Pitt (band manager) in confidence on enquiries@fulhambrassband.co.uk if you fancy joining the Fulham Brass Band family!

Sad news: The passing of Tony Lewington

We are sorry to announce the passing of former Fulham Brass Band member, Tony Lewington, who died on Thursday 17th July 2014. Tony played BBb bass with us for 10 years and fought a tough battle with cancer after being diagnosed 6 years ago. Tony carried on playing with the band despite his illness for quite a while.

His partner Layne Wyatt would like to invite all past and present band members and friends to the funeral. Tony will be played out to Aces High, his favourite band piece. The funeral will take place at Mortlake Crematorium at Noon on Thursday 31 July.

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In the Summertime when the weather is fine….

Fulhfulhamam Brass Band have just started our exciting summer programme of gigs, starting with Mount Street Gardens last Sunday 15th June. Despite the lack of sun and a few spots of rain, the band played our opening Summer gig to an audience of enthusiastic fete-goers in the heart of Mayfair. There was even Punch and Judy to enjoy between sets!

Our next outing is this Sunday at the Hurlingham Club Summer Party and we are delighted to keep up the good relationship we have with our neighbours close to the river, however please note that this is for Members Only. If you are a fan of the band then do come along to Parsons Green Fair on Saturday 5th July to support the local Fulham community! And if you still want MORE from the band then catch us at our Summer Concert at Victoria Embankment Gardens at 1:00pm on Saturday 9th August.

The band are working hard with newly appointed MD John Ward to work towards our rewarding trip to Cheltenham in September for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain and have a lot of further exciting projects waiting in the wings. So do keep checking back and supporting our Summer Programme!

We are still seeking a strong Bb Bass and Front Row Cornet player to add to our existing line up – with promotion to the FIRST Section from Jan 2015! Please get in touch with Matt Pitt (band manager) in confidence on enquiries@fulhambrassband.co.uk if you fancy joining the Fulham Brass Band family!

Fulham announce new MD!

WARD (2)Fulham Brass Band are delighted to announce that the new Musical Director of the band will be John Ward. John took the band to victory at the recent London and Southern Counties Area Contest where the band came FIRST place in the Second Section. The band are thrilled that John will be working with them going forward for many important contests such as the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in Cheltenham and a busy summer season of gigs and concerts. Please do check out our Gigs page for the most up to date list of where to support us. The band are pleased to have such an experienced and professional conductor at the helm to work with and push the band through the transitional period as they will  officially be promoted to the First Section from January 2015!
 
John’s musical background is within The Salvation Army, which encouraged his early development. He developed an interest in conducting in this late teens and has since benefited hugely through mentorship from both Allan Withington and Ray Farr.
Since starting work with contesting bands, John has built a reputation for developing bands, be it in either a resident or ‘professional’ role. His contesting record reveals consistent success, with a large number of prize-winning performances to his credit.
John was shortlisted for the Assistant Directorship of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and has undertaken work with several of the UK’s very finest bands.
Away from contest performances, he has conducted recording projects with Reg Vardy, Leyland and Co-operative Funeralcare Bands and worked with renowned soloists including Roger Webster, David Childs and Owen Farr.
 
With this exciting new announcement, the band are looking to firm up the strong team of committed players and are currently advertising for the following: Bb Bass, Solo cornet, Percussionist. If you are interested in joining the Fulham Brass Band family at such a rewarding and motivating time, and are willing to commit and work hard to succeed then please do contact Matt Pitt on enquiries@fulhambrassband.co.uk as we would be delighted to hear from you!