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Cli f ton & Lightc l i f fe Band
2013 was a sad year for the band as we lost our
President Edward White-head who sadly passed
away on 4th August.
Edwards family has been connected with the band for over 60 years. He was a great supporter and will be sorely missed by all the band. Our condolences to Susan and family. We are
very pleased that Susan has agreed to become a Vice President of the band.
BA N D PR ESI D EN T
Tuesday & Thursday
I N S I D E T H I S I S S U E :
Band President 1
Brassed Off 2
B Band 3
New President 3
Hello / Goodbye 6
Band History 8
B Band at Leicester 9
Looking Back 10
N O TA B L E E N G A G E M E N T S
Welcome to the latest version of our re-vamped newsletter, we hope you find it interesting and if you have any comments or articles you would like to add in the next one then please let us know.
Both bands have been busy again during 2013 with around 56 engagements be-tween them, there were a couple of highlights for the senior band, one being invit-ed to perform at the Conservative Conference at Manchester in September where we managed to have a quick appearance on television. The other was a concert held in Huddersfield Town Hall where the band played to an enthusiastic audience and raised funds for Myeloma UK. The concert was organised by cornet player Frances Rogers whos husband David suffers from this rare condition.
The band were joined by singers from the Halifax Amateur Operatic Society under their Musical Director Paul Addy, there was also a guest appearance by folk singer Roger Davies.
The event raised 2,500 for the charity and Frances expresses thanks to everyone who contributed in anyway.
As we publish this news letter, we received sad news that our Vice President and long term friend Mr Malcolm Berry has sadly passed away in hospital on Saturday 7th December. Our thoughts are with his family.
2 0 1 3 A R E A C O N T E S T
B R AS S ED OFF The senior band has been invited to perform in a production of Brassed Off which is being produced by the Touring Consortium Theatre Company at the Alhambra Theatre Bradford from Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th March, evenings 7.30pm and two matinees on Wednesday and Saturday 2.00pm Tickets are available now from the Alhambra on 01274 432000 and prices range from 10.50 to 24.00 with concessions and groups 12+ offers available.
Both Bands competed again at the area contest last March with the senior band competing in the first section for the first time. There were 13 bands compet-ing and we came a very credible 6th place. The B Band competed in the 4th section and came 7th out of 12 bands competing.
At the contest the Secretary and Musical Director Jane and John Clay were pre-sented by the Yorkshire Area Committee with an engraved plate in recognition of 110 years service to banding between them.
Brians connection with banding began as with so many of his gener-ation with learning to play with the Salvation Army junior band in Brighouse. He moved to C & L around 1955 when he joined up as a 16 year old to play 2nd Euphonium. John Clay, David Horsfield, Jef-frey Lord and Peter Middleton all joined as young boys around the same time they all went on to higher things, but Brian remained with C & L and has played on and off since that time.
He had a short spell as Principal Euphonium and in later years played the double bass, but he readily admits his best and most en-joyable times were on 2nd Euphonium alongside Adrian Harrison. His last appearance as a player was 2 years ago when he completed a stint with the B band helping them get established in the 4th section for the very first time.
B R I A N N I C H O L S O N A P P O I N T E D N E W B A N D P R E S I D E N T
Our B Band now have two rehearsals a week on Fridays 6.458.15pm and Sundays 10.00-12.15pm. As our training band was progressing so well it was decided that they join forces with the B Band and become one group. We are always on the look out for new members and welcome people in our team. We have a limited number of instruments available so if you know anyone who may be interested in coming along to learn or would like to come back into playing after a break then get in touch with either the Secretary or Musical Director details in our contact section.
B B A N D
In recent years he has acted as Compere at many of the bands concerts, where his knowledge of banding coupled with a little research and then his natural enthusiasm and ability to relate to the audience gives our concerts that little extra ingredient. A funny story is never far away.
Outside the band he maintains a busy if not hectic timetable. He has been Chairman of Mirfield Round Table, Secretary of Mirfield Probus Club, Chairman of Governors at Castle Hall Academy for 9 years and Mayor of Mirfield.
Whilst still active in the community in Mirfield, he now has 4 great grandchildren and likes nothing more than when all the family descend on Pat and himself when bedlam ensues.
His focus and priority now turns to our band, where he views the appointment of Band President as a wonderful privilege. His biggest wish is to see the whole Band Association continue to be so well supported and to maintain the high level of friendship and enjoyment together.
W E D D I N G S We have seen two weddings in the band during the year. Our percussionist David Clay married his partner Julie Trafford in a ceremony at St Matthews Church, Lightcliffe on Saturday 7th September. Members of the band performed both during the service and at the reception venue Pennine Manor.
Also Trombonist Michael Rogers was married to Lisa Helker on Sunday 6th October in Hawkin House St Louis USA. Although the band would have loved to be there it was felt the USA was a little bit too far away, however, a recording of the band playing The Irish Blessing was played during the ceremony. A celebration for their UK family and friends was held on Saturday 30th November. We wish both couples a long and happy marriage.
S P O T L I G H T In this issue we are featuring one of our Trombone players Paul Addy.
I am 43, I have just moved to Scholes and I live with a percussionist (Glad he doesnt take his instruments home!). I am the Director of Human Resources for a company called the Interlaken Group and I am now based between Leeds and Surrey. I have a mother, a sister, three brothers, seven nephews and nieces, a great nephew, six godchildren and two cats (Chess and Hartley).
When and where did you first start playing? I started playing when I was 9 at Bailiff Bridge School.
What has been your best banding experience? I think it has to be when I played solo trombone with Jayess in the championship sectionWe came last but at least I had played in that section.
What has been your most embarrassing banding experience? I think it has to be a contest we played at in Bolton, When it was recorded. At the time I played Bb Bass and had a tendency to over blow and on the recording it sounded like I was breaking wind !!
What is your favourite piece of music? Oh there are so many but I think I would say one I like most to play and listen to is Music by John Miles.
Who are your musical heros? Will Young is definitely one, very talented song writer and great voice. I think the Lord (Andrew Lloyd Weber) is one too, I tend to like a lot of his music.
Choose three random tracks from your ipod. Josh Groban Brave, GleeSeasons of Love, Miss SaigonBui-Doi.
How do you relax? Dont have much time to but I think running is how I switch off, I find going to the theatre relaxing and watching TV.
What do you think has been the greatest change in the brass band movement since you started? I think unfortunately the decline in the number of bands.
Last word on the music profession. Lots of talented people overtaken by talentless reality stars!!
P A T R O N S We have around 60 Patrons who support the band throughout the year, This scheme was set up in 2006 and we are very grateful for the support they have given over the years.
If you are interested in becoming a Patron we ask for a minimum payment of 15.00 per year which entitles you to 2 tickets to our Annual concert held usually in September and updates of what the band is doing throughout the year.
Please contact our Patrons administrator Mrs Janet Bell if you would like to join, all our contact details are in the contacts section of the newsletter.
B A N D CD S The band currently has two CDs for sale and these can be purchased via Jane Clay they are priced at 8.00 each including postage and packaging.
1 0 0 C L U B A very valuable source of income for the band over a number of years now is our weekly 100 club draw.
Numbers are 25p each per week to purchase and a 5.00 weekly draw takes place plus three times a year a prize of 50.00 is given at Christmas, Easter and the Summer.
At present we have 15 numbers spare and if anyone is interested in purchasing them please let us know, pay-ment can be weekly, monthly or annually and can be done via bank transfer if preferred.
The funds from the 100 club over the years has purchased music stands, lyres, mutes, p