BMP (Europe) Goodshaw Band: Sunday Brass at Boarshurst Band Club

Alan Seymour’s return makes for a captivating concert

The last quarter of 2018 has been an eventful one in brass banding circles as well meteorological grounds. Since January, Boarshurst Silver Band have settled into life as a First Section band. The Beast From The East has also affected brass band concerts thanks to snowy weather and dangerous road conditions.

Whereas The Beast From The East dominated this winter’s headlines, a well established brass band began to make waves again. After getting a band together in a matter of weeks they finished in sixth place at the North West Regional Championships’ Fourth Section competition. Their Musical Director joined the band in December 2017, after moving from Sale Brass. No prizes for guessing whom.
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Hammonds Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (21 April 2018)

Another stunning concert from Hammonds Band

On the 21 April, Boarshurst Silver Band began the first of a series of Saturday night concerts. Alongside the regular programme of Sunday night concerts, the Saturday night gigs will showcase Championship Section bands and ensembles.
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Sale Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (Spring 2018)

A super springtime sojourn for Sale Brass’ April concert 

Sale Brass’ return to Boarshurst Band Club saw a spectacular springtime sojourn. The Cheshire band – runners-up in the Fourth Section North West Regional Championships – gave us a lively programme. One that included a number of forgotten pieces and a one-hit wonder from 1980.

After Alan Seymour left Sale Brass Band for BMP Europe Goodshaw Brass Band, Sale Brass found a good replacement. Cue one-time trombonist for Eccles Borough Band, John Anderson. Shortly after his arrival in December 2017, Sale Brass clinched a Second Place sectional prize at the Butlins Mineworkers’ contest in Skegness.
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Stalybridge Old Band: A Sunday Brass Special at the Boarshurst Band Club

A memorable concert with a rare guest appearance from Steven Booth

In a packed Boarshurst Band Club, last night’s concert with Stalybridge Old Band was well and truly a night to remember. As with last August’s concert, David Ashworth’s band gave us a well thought out programme. There was plenty of traditional brass band favourites as well as a side serving of early Fleetwood Mac.

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Friezland Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (Easter Day 2018)

A joyous mixture of something old and something new from Max Stannard’s band

On Easter Sunday 2018, Friezland Band gave us all a wonderful concert at The World Famous Boarshurst Band Club®. Max Stannard’s second visit to Boarshurst was as well received as his debut in March 2017. As with last year’s concert he had a penchant for themes which made for an accessible programme.
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Middleton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (March 2018)

Gibbs’ Boarshurst return results in another exciting concert

Newly promoted Middleton Band sprung into action with a superb concert at the Boarshurst Band Club. Last night [25 March], they also became the first senior band to feature in Boarshurst Band Club’s live concert streams.

By coincidence rather than design, Middleton Band’s visits to Boarshurst Band Club are close to the clocks going back or going forward. Whereas November’s concert was close to the former, last night’s concert was hours away from the latter. Continue reading “Middleton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (March 2018)”

Dobcross Youth Band: A Special Sunday Brass Night at the Boarshurst Band Club

Dobcross Youth Band’s video stars sparkle in a thrilling concert – with over 18,000 viewers 

I heard them on my wireless back in ’92/Roy Newsome’s programme blasting Punchinello too…*

In 1979, Buggles topped the charts with Video Killed The Radio Star. On the 01 August 1981, it was the first song to be played on the original MTV music channel. Back then, brass bands had extensive radio coverage on local and national BBC radio stations. With the loss of Listen To The Band, this is no longer the case.

Over at Boarshurst Band Club, today’s video stars – thanks to the wonders of internet streaming – may include the full XXXIII that make up a brass band. In addition to a good turnout at the venue, last night’s concert was seen by more than 18,000 viewers. Over 6,000 of which saw the concert in its entirety – more than the Latics’ average gate at Boundary Park.

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Uppermill Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, March 2018

A great night from Boarshurst’s neighbours 

After the weather put paid to Whitworth Valley and Healey Band’s and Middleton Youth Band’s concerts, normal service resumed at The Mecca of Brass Banding. This time with the first of two Saddleworth bands this month. For Mother’s Day, Uppermill Brass Band came to Boarshurst’s Band Club and delighted us all.
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Littleborough Training Band (February 2018): Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Littleborough Training Band’s succinct and entertaining programme at Boarshurst Band Club

On the 11 February, Littleborough Training Band gave us all a succinct and entertaining concert at the Boarshurst Band Club. It also kicked off this year’s programme of afternoon concerts featuring the finest youth bands.

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