WHISTON BRASS FESTIVAL

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)

Yorkshire Area 2015

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!

NEMBBA Contest 2015

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.

Kippax contest

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!

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Congratulations also to our bass trombone player, Ian Woffinden who won the best soloist prize!

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New Principal Cornet

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

New Signing

The band are delighted that Owen Wedgwood has agreed to take up the vacant Flugel Horn position.
Owen brings a wealth of experience to the band both as a player and Musical Director.
Owen has been helping the band out recently and his first engagement with the band was on their 125th Anniversary Concert in September.