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.
A few photos from the evening:
Race in action – plenty of assistance with the dice!
No evening complete without a decent buffet
Buffet provided courtesy of On A Roll, Dinnington
Tote Betting services provided by the team from bates365 (Graham, Debbie & Jonny Bates)
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.
We still have vacancies for Tenor Trombone & Front Row Cornet (up to Principal for the right applicant) – Please contact us for more information!
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!
Full results here
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.
Strata were placed a creditable 9th in a strong field of 23 bands at this weekends Butlins contest, picking up the award for highest placed mining band in the process.
Congratulations to all who took part this weekend!
Full results available here