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November 2021


After nearly two years of not performing to the public the band were proud and honoured to be able to take part in the Remembrance Sunday Parade at Garstang this month. We realised whilst marching down the High Street that it was our first march in 2 years (no wonder we were shattered at the end!). The band were also proud to be represented by a few players playing the Last Post at various local services. Andy our Principal Cornet player played at St Michaels and Pilling, Ben our Soprano Cornet player played at Stalmine and Sacha our Solo Cornet player played at Hambleton. Emily our Flugel Horn player also played at The Over Wyre Medical Centre on Armistice Day and Gill our Repiano Cornet player played at Morecambe Football Club for their match against Newport County in the FA Cup.















October 2021 - New Signing


We are extremely pleased to announce a new signing at Pilling Band - Dawn Ronson on percussion who we know is going to be a great asset to the band!


Dawn joined the brass band world at the age of 7 on cornet, following in her mother’s footsteps. She soon realised that the extra noise of the drum kit was much more fun and picked up the drumsticks for the first time when she was 9 years old. Dawn continued to play percussion around the local area throughout her school years.


In 2004, Dawn joined the British Army as a combat medic and served two tours of Iraq with the Royal Army Medical Corps. Dawn joined the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps in 2009 and qualified as Registered Nurse in 2012. Having left the British Army after 10 years of service, she became a nurse within the NHS.


After 17 years of being away, Dawn has returned home with her fiancé and two young children. She is very excited to have dusted off her drumsticks and joined her mum (Joy Watson who is our 2nd horn player) at Pilling Jubilee Silver Band.



















September 2021 - National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain


After nearly 15 months of no banding we began to rehearse again at the end of May but only in groups of 6 to enable us to meet COVID guidelines. Steve, our Musical Director wasted no time in starting to prepare us for our trip to Cheltenham where we would compete in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

 

As restrictions lifted in July we began to meet in larger numbers and we are very grateful to the committee of Pilling Village Hall who agreed to let us rehearse there, free of charge as the space was much bigger than our Bandroom and it allowed us to socially distance at rehearsals.

 

We rehearsed tirelessly on the test piece ‘Kaleidoscope’ by Philip Sparke and on Tuesday 14th September we held an open rehearsal in Pilling to give the test piece a run through with an audience. We would like to thank all those who came to support us on the evening, it really made a difference having an audience to play to. We hope you enjoyed listening to the piece as much as we have enjoyed rehearsing it.

 

On Friday 17th September we met at the Bandroom at 4pm ready to start our journey to Cheltenham. We had a brilliant run down thanks to Ken our driver and G Line Holidays who provided the coach for us and we checked into the hotel at around 9.30pm. Just a minor hiccup on route in that the first Premier Inn we arrived at was the wrong one! It had been a long journey so once we arrived our first job was to drop our bags and get some refreshments (Beer and take away pizza did the job!).

 

We had an early start on the Saturday and we were back on the coach at 7am ready to go to Cheltenham Racecourse for our final rehearsal before we played later in the morning. The draw was done and we were down to play band number 4. After a little hiccup from Kate our solo horn player involving a cup of water and some damaged music we took to the stage around 10.30am. I think it’s safe to say we were all a little bit disappointed with how we played but that’s contesting for you. After coming off stage we were ushered into another room at the Racecourse where band and individual photographs were taken so everybody could look back on the day. After the photographs we had a long wait until the results whilst the other competing bands played so we spent a few hours in Cheltenham and then headed back to The Racecourse for the results ceremony. After what seemed like an age the results were in and we were placed 11th out of 16 bands. Whilst we were disappointed with the result we were up against some tough competition. All soloists played well and the band enjoyed our time in Cheltenham.  Have a look on our Gallery page for some photographs from the weekend.

 

We must thank all those involved in helping us to get to Cheltenham because given the last 18 months even just managing to get a band together and rehearse has been a real achievement.

 

There is no rest for us though as we move into the 2nd Section and are looking forward to rehearsing our next test piece, The Aeronauts by Goff Richards which we will be playing at Blackpool Winter Gardens in February 2022.


May 2021 - New Roof Installed at our Bandroom


Over the last few years you will be aware we have been raising funds to repair the leaking roof at our bandroom. With the help of our very generous local community and their support of the Co-Op Community Fund we managed to reach our target and have now had the work completed by Roof Rescue Blackpool. Below is a short video of the project being completed ready for our return to rehearsals on the 18th May. 

April 2021 - A message from our MD, Steve Hartley:


On May 18th we are planning to be back rehearsing in the bandroom following Government and Brass Band England Guidance. Over a year with no rehearsals is a long time and Pilling like many other bands are really looking forward to being back together in a COVID safe environment.


Kapitol Promotions have decided that the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, postponed from September 2020 will go ahead in September 2021, subject to Government restrictions going forward.


In February 2020 Pilling Band were pleased to qualify for the National Finals by virtue of our 3rd place at the regional contest at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens. We have now received our formal invitation to represent the North West and compete at the finals at Cheltenham this September, and we have accepted our invitation.

Our last 3 years’ contest results at the Regional contest mean that we have also been promoted to the 2nd section for contesting going forward. This is the highest grading the band has achieved in its history and credit is due to everyone who has contributed to this success.


Some band members have been busy during the enforced break completing work and maintenance on our bandroom and everything is set up ready for us to rehearse again in whatever combination is allowed.

We look forward to meeting up with old friends and also welcoming some new members to the band as we prepare for the finals and also life in the 2nd section.


April 2021


2021 has started off much the same as 2020 ended with no rehearsals or engagements to look forward to. The 12th March marked exactly a year since our last rehearsal but we are hopeful that as Lockdown slowly eases and with the vaccination rollout well underway we may be able to restart on a smaller scale and hopefully look forward to some in events in the Autumn.

 

Although we haven’t been able to meet in the Bandroom we have been busy updating our facilities. We will be returning to a freshly painted room with new doors, radiators and lights (so there’s no excuse for not being able to see music now!). Jimmy, one of our Cornet players has also been busy keeping the grounds nice and tidy so we can still get through the door.

 

A few months ago we were able to tell you about the revised date for the 2020 National Finals. The organisers, Kapitol Promotions Ltd are still hopeful that that 2021 Finals will go ahead in September with the bands who won a place at the 2020 Finals competing to become the Champion Band of Great Britain. We will keep you updated with details as and when we get them.

 

As a Band we don’t really have much news to report but our Musical Director, Steve Hartley has recently become a Grandad to Lennon James Hartley who was born on 27th March. Congratulations Steve and Family from all at Pilling Jubilee Silver Band.


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