We are blown away, proud and excited to announce that Swinton and District Excelsior Band have been awarded the Kings Award for Voluntary Services. A big well done and thank you to all our volunteers, members, supporters and local community you are all amazing
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|Swinton & District Excelsior Band is delighted to have been chosen to be part of the Co-op Local Community Fund, to find out more about our project and to choose us as your cause, click here https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/80248|
You can help us wherever you are based in the county. It would be great to have support from our fellow brass bands around the country to show .what a great joined up community we are.
This summer Swinton and District Excelsior Band were delighted to welcome Bob Stradling as their new MD. Bob has settled in well and has started working with the band to develop and strengthen their skills. He is keen to help develop all levels of the band by encouraging whole organisation events.
Bob grew up in Usk, South Wales. His first cornet teacher was his father, Jack, who founded the Usk Band which still thrives today. Bob progressed to principal cornet of first division Cwmbran Band at 14 and later played with the National Youth Band and London Collegiate Brass.
Following a spell as principal cornet with the Hanwell Band, Bob played mainly soprano cornet with Jaguar Cars (City of Coventry), Kibworth, GUS and Redbridge bands. Bob has played at the British Open 3 times, the Albert Hall 7 times and has been featured as a soloist both on radio and in the recording studio.
He later played tenor horn and euphonium at first division level. In 2011 he took up conducting, taking Daventry Brass to Midlands regional championship wins and promotion from the fourth to second division. In 2022, Bob moved to North Yorkshire. He now plays principal horn with the Shepherd Group Band in York.
|This year we are raising funds via the Crowdfunding Page to raise money to provide jackets for our training band. Have a look to see what rewards are on offer that you can get while also supporting our fundraising efforts.|
We celebrated achievements and attendance at our Social and Awards Night in June
We also awarded Outstanding attendance badges to the youngsters who had attended over 75% of rehearsals/engagement across rhe year. These were awarded to Louis, Freddie, Charlotte, Thomas, Archie, Isla, Taylah, Sophia and Amy
Senior Band Awards
|We would like to welcome Andrea and Kath to become Life Members of the Band for their long service and dedication|
|We have invested in a state of the art ventilation system for our rehearsal room here in Swinton costing £8,000, a lot of money for a small organisation like ours, we feel it is a small price to pay for the safety of our members. This virus is not going to go away overnight so this will make our rehearsals much safer once we are allowed back into the bandroom.|
Installed by Torr Engineering of Grimsby led by Gary Ornsby, solo baritone player with the Foss Dyke Band of Lincoln http://fossdykebrassband.co.uk/, the system which is manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries draws 1000 cubic meters of fresh air into the room per hour at the same time removing the same volume of stale air from the room through existing vents in the outside wall. In the winter the air being drawn in is warmed and in the summer it is cooled so not only will the system aid ventilation it will also help to maintain a comfortable temperature within the room.
We are proud to say we are one of only 6 bands in the entire country to have this system installed making ours one of the safest rehearsal rooms around.
Our thanks go out to Torr Engineering not only for a superb job of installing the new system but also for keeping the mess in the bandroom to a minimum. Also thanks to Peter Snowball of Slingsby for all the electrical work and Alan Brisby of Norton for the joinery work.
|For more information, see:||www.torr-engineering.com/swinton-and-district-excelsior-band/?fbclid=IwAR2FPODId87puwS1_3BILQ68p3bbInt0jtiHzxHSvPc2y8xIon-B7213NJc|
|We have been busy Fundraising via Crowd Funding which will be culminating in a Local Prize Draw. See below for details and follow the link to our crowdfunding page to make a donation, take part in the draw or have a look at the other rewards we have on offer.|
|For more information, see:||https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/saveswintonband|
|We were contacted by a local care home who this year are doing bucket lists for their residents. Mr Bird who used to play with the band many years ago and also with the RAF really wanted to hear a brass band again. So a few of us went and gave him his own private concert ?? thank you for having us and letting us give back to the community ??|
|MD Robin and Vice President Dorothy show off the trophy awarded to the Band as the Best 3rd Section Band at the Easingwold contest on the 1st June 2019|
|During 2016 , the band set about the large task of recording a CD, containing a range of pieces which would be featured during our 2016/17 programs. Over the course of the weekend, the main band and training band put in lots of effort, with a very positive outcome.|
If you are interested in our CD, you can speak to any band member or alternatively send us a cheque and we will post one to you.
|Saturday 15th July 2017 saw us in the Milton Rooms, Malton to perform with award winning composer Shri Sriram. We performed a piece of music commissioned especially for us, Swinton Groove, composed by Shri and arranged for brass band by Andrew Castle, son of well known TV celebrity the late Roy Castle. Also involved with the concert, playing pieces written especially for them were the Thornton-le-Dale Ukeleles and the Malton based Harmonia Ladies Choir.|
|Every member or supporter of brass bands has seen and enjoyed the film 'Brassed Off'. So when we were approached by the Easingwold Town Band to join them in a stage production we jumped at the chance. April 2018 saw a hectic round of rehearsals culminating in four performances in the Galtres Centre in Easingwold, playing to a full house each night. A completely new venture for our members, everyone found the experience great fun and very rewarding|