Strata Brass would like to publically acknowledge the departures of both Stephen Scarff (Soprano Cornet) & David Shipman (Solo Euphonium) who resigned prior to the National Finals. They leave after 3 1/2 years & 17 years respectively & the band would like to wish them well for the future.
Strata are delighted to announce a number of changes to personnel in our cornet section.
Firstly, a huge welcome to our new Principal Cornet Lucy Heeley who joins us from Chapeltown Silver Prize Band, where she has been assistant principal cornet since 2017.
Lucy has numerous accolades, including being awarded Rotherham Young Musician of the year (Intermediate Section) in 2017 & more recently several prizes in the Holme Valley Solo Contest. She’s also part of the 2018 National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. All this & Lucy isn’t yet 14!
Lucy gave us the following statement:
“I am really excited to be given this fantastic opportunity by Strata and am looking forward to the challenge. I would like to thank everyone at Chapeltown and in particular previous and current Music Directors Andrew Dennis and Sam Fisher for the wonderful opportunities they gave me over the past 3 years”
Our gratitude goes to John Parkinson who steps down from the principal seat due to work commitments. John is staying with the band as assistant principal cornet.
Comments from our MD Jonathan Bates:
“It’s a great pleasure to be able to welcome such an exciting talent in Lucy to the band. I first came across her playing as an adjudicator at the Holme Valley Solo Championships, where she won every section she entered, including the award for the most outstanding musical performance of the day. As a player with such huge potential, and one who is already a member of the solo cornet bench of the National Youth Brass Band, we’re delighted at Strata to be the next stage of Lucy’s musical development.”
Welcome also to Jennifer Doran, who joins on the front row from Worsborough Brass.
A statement from Jennifer:
“I am really excited to be joining the band and look forward to improving as a player as a result”
Finally a huge thank you to Philip Barrett who has unfortunately had to make the decision to retire from playing for health reasons.
Philip sent the band the following message:
“After so many years I have many good memories but one I will always cherish is the area win earlier this year.
Finally may I say thanks for all the friendship during my time with the band and I wish you all, both individually and collectively, all the best for the future”
With the above changes that means we’re almost at full strength, however we are still recruiting for a Tenor Trombone. Please contact us if you’re interested!
We now look forward to our next engagement at Wetherby Bandstand in August, before the National Finals in September.
Strata would like to officially welcome Mark Tweedle to the band on Eb Bass.
Prior to joining Strata, Mark was a long standing member of the Yorkshire Imperial Band. He has appreciated the warmth of the welcome he has received from Strata and is looking forward to helping them compete in the National first section finals in September and in the Yorkshire Championship section thereafter.
Last night saw Strata hold a successful race night event at the Rockingham Centre, Barnsley.
A great evening was had by all & ultimately raising £800 to support the Band in getting to the National Finals in September.
We now turn our attentions to the upcoming Whiston & Shirebrook Entertainment contests on the 7th & 8th of July respectively.
Buffet provided courtesy of On A Roll, Dinnington
This post is intended to explain a little more about what the race night is about & how it will work.
Is this like other race nights?
This is not your traditional “watch a video” night. It’s far more interactive with a huge board, six wooden horses and two volunteers per race throwing dice to decide which horse moves along the board. The kids (big & small) will love it!
How does the betting work?
Tote Betting is used – everyone can wage anything from 20p upwards on each horse in each race on the night. Odds are calculated and winnings announced before each race.
How are the races organised?
There are six races, each with six horses. Each horse can be bought for £2.50. The owners tickets are available in advance. Each horse can be sold multiple times.
What about the prizes?
Prizes for each race are drawn on the night to ensure full transparency.
The winning horse owners take away a prize – so for each race that’s a 1 in 6 chance of a prize!
Is there a big finale?
Absolutely; this is given the grand title of the ‘Auction Race’
Four horses are sold on the night for this race. They are wooden horses dragged along the floor by rolling a string. 50% of the auction proceeds will go to the winning syndicate (the other 50% to the band)
If you have any more questions then please get in touch with us (via our contact page) & we’ll do our best to answer them. We’ll also gladly sell you tickets & hope you can join us!
Strata would like to formally welcome the following players to the band:
Nick Stokes (Bass Trombone)
Lisa Hardy (First Baritone)
Doug Clarkson (Eb Bass)
David Heiland (Solo Cornet)
All will be making their first Concert appearance with us at the Rockingham Centre on April 14th (more details here)
Stuart Neeve (Solo Cornet) has taken the decision to leave the band – we would like to express our thanks for his years of service & dedication.
Our fundraising for Cheltenham is ongoing – so far we have raised nearly £400 via the Just Giving page – thank you to everyone who has donated! (Our Just Giving page here)
Following the success in Huddersfield last weekend, we now turn our attentions to the National Finals in Cheltenham this coming September. We as a band are not sponsored, so the costs in preparing & getting there rest entirely on our shoulders.
Over the coming months we’ll be putting some fund raising events together – more details to come soon!
In the meantime, if anyone would like to donate (no matter how small) then please see our just giving page:
Strata have won the 1st Section Area contest in Huddersfield today. A fantastic result & congratulations to everyone involved!
Special mention to Adele Ashton, who picked up the prize of best soloist. Well done!
Congratulations to Skelmanthorpe – see you at the national finals in September!
Strata Brass would like to place on record its sincere gratitude to long-term members Richard Ellis (Cornet), Victoria Hallworth (Baritone) & Dave Smith (Trombone), who are leaving following the upcoming Yorkshire Area contest. All have been with the band for many years & we wish them the best for the future.
The band will be looking to recruit players in the following positions:
Front row cornet (flexibility within the section)
Trombone (position negotiable)
Please contact us in confidence for more information.