Strata have continued their recent recruitment drive and can now announce the signings of several new players, along with the return of some familiar faces to the bandroom.
The Principle Cornet position has been taken by Russell Cavanagh. Russell has been a friend of the band for several years & we are pleased to have him on board.
Helena Wardle-Spencely joins on Flugel Horn from Blidworth & Nigel Bunting has joined on Eb Bass from Cornerstone Brass.
Welcome back to Sam Pearson (Solo Cornet), Steven Shipman (Percussion) & Simon Fisher (Eb Bass)
The lineup is almost complete, however there is still a vancy for Eb Horn available (position negotiable). Please contact us if you are interested!
Strata Brass would like to announce the Solo Baritone position has been taken up by Victoria Hallworth. Victoria has played Horn with the band for over 9 years, however has decided to return to her roots, having previously played Baritone with Old Silkstone.
The ongoing recruitment drive is progressing well, with a number of new faces joining the band – more details to follow!
There are outstanding vacancies for both Eb Bass & Horn – if you are interested please contact us! Rehearsals nights are Sunday & Wednesday & we are located 5 minutes from the M1 (J36)
STRATA BRASS are delighted that Dr Owen Wedgwood has agreed to prepare the band for its debut in the Championship Section in March.
The band has been graded in the top flight for the first time in its 126 year history; a fantastic achievement for an unsponsored village band!
The band is still looking to recruit players to complete the lineup – Eb BASS, FRONT ROW CORNET & SOLO BARITONE. Please contact the band via the Contacts Page for more information.
Strata Brass are looking to complete their lineup for the bands promotion to the Championship Section in 2016. If you are interested please see the vacancies page for more details, or contact the band in confidence.
The band competed at the Annual Whiston Festival on saturday 4th July and were awarded the following prizes;
Best overall band
Most entertaining band
Best 1st section band
Best instrumentalist (Steve Scarf – soprano cornet)
Strata Brass took part in the 2015 Yorkshire area contest for the 2nd time in the 1st Section. We are delighted to announce that we were awarded 2nd place and a place at the national finals in Cheltenham in September.
Huge congratulations to everyone involved!
The band recently attended the Annual NEMBBA Contest and once again were winners of the first section.
Adjudicator John Berryman placing them top out of seven first section bands entered.
David Smith also won the best trombone prize for the second year running.
The band are delighted to announce the following new signings for the 2015 contest season;
Adele Ashton – Solo Horn
Jamie Ashton – 3rd Cornet
Phil Singleton – 3rd Cornet
Lisa Hardy – 1st Baritone
Jane Andrassy – Eb Bass
Steve Scarff – Soprano Cornet
Strata took part in the Kippax entertainment contest under their new Musical Director Derek Renshaw last night, where the band came 1st. Well done to everyone!
Congratulations also to our bass trombone player, Ian Woffinden who won the best soloist prize!
The band are delighted to announce Danny Bell as their new principal cornet.
Danny played principal with Hade Edge Band, moving to Assistant principal with Rhodian Brass before taking the Repiano seat with ASDA Stocksbridge band. Danny then took a 9 year break from playing before resurfacing at Yorkshire Imps on 2nd cornet moving to Repiano in 2009.
After 2 1/2 years Danny then was offered the Soprano Cornet position at Strata Brass and retained that position until July of this year when he offered to fill the vacant Principal Chair.
After a brief settling in period the band had no reservations about offering Danny the seat permanently and he is looking forward to working with the bands new MD Derek Renshaw