EASINGTON COLLIERY BAND 

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Robinson takes the helm at Easington

Easington Colliery has announced that the vastly experienced Ian Robinson has agreed to take on the role of Musical Director with the North of England band.

Ian will lead them at their forthcoming appearances at Brass at the Guild, DBBA Festival of Brass and the North of England Area contest in Durham.

Run-outs

A spokesperson told 4BR: "We will use the first two contests as run-outs for 'Pageantry' and to hopefully regain our place in the Senior Trophy contest at the Spring Festival in Blackpool."

Ian is Deputy Head of Durham Music Service, and has previously enjoyed success with the likes of Fishburn and NASUWT Riverside. He told 4BR that he is confident that his success can be repeated with Easington.

"I'm absolutely delighted with the opportunity to return to competitive banding especially with such a famous band as Easington."

Meanwhile, Band Manager Peter Lawson added: "We have been working hard behind the scenes to secure the services of such a successful MD and I believe this is the single most satisfying appointment I have made in my 30 years as Band Manager."


New faces

The band has seen some new faces arriving over the last couple of months with Stuart Cockerill (solo baritone), Kathryn Cockerill (horn), Paul White (solo trombone) have all added their experience to the line-up, whilst the talented young cornet player Sophie Reed has joined on the front row cornet bench.


Durham Brass Festival

Durham Brass Festival will be held between 11th and 20th July 2014.  In addition to the variety of concerts/events/activities held during this week, Durham brass festival this year commissioned artists to record every band in the county (22 in total). 

You will be able to listen to recordings of the bands with some interactive artwork being displayed throughout the city.  This will be in the form of a QR code, which can be scanned by a mobile or tablet device, which will then play the recording of that particular band via You Tube.

All recordings were done during rehearsals rather than in a formal concert environment, to give a snap shot of Brass Banding in 2014.

Below is the link to hear the band perform How Great Tho Art, featuring our solo cornet player, Dennis Todd.

 

Situations Vacant

If you fancy playing with a really friendly band who are growing as a team then why not come along and give Easington Colliery Band a try.

Having undergone a re build over the last year we are looking to complete the last pieces of the jigsaw in the creation of a new and dynamic band that will continue to compete in the North East Championship Section. We are flexible so welcome players of any instrument. 

We make everyone welcome and currently practice on a Wednesday night at 7.30pm in our bandroom at Easington Colliery.

For more information about the band and rehearsals, please contact our Secretary, Peter Lawson, on 07881 817 778. 

 

Picnic in the Park Contest Win - July 2013

The band are pleased to announce that they achieved First Place in Section A of the Picnic in the Park Contest held at the DLI Museum on 7th July 2013.

Here is Peter proudly showing our trophy!

 Full results of the contest are shown below

Adjudicator Mr. Allan Holdsworth.
Section A
1st   Easington Colliery Band
2nd  Durham Miners Association Band
3rd   Cockerton Band
Best March Billingham Silver Band
Best Soloist Cockerton Band
Highest placed 2nd section band Durham Miners Association Band
Section B
1st  Houghton Brass band
2nd  North Skelton Band
3rd   Marske Brass Band
Best Soloist Houghton Brass,
Best March Houghton Brass

Highest placed 4th section band North Skelton. 

Contest win in Peterlee

The band are pleased to announce that they were first place at the Durham League Contest (Section A) held in Peterlee College on 5th February 2012 after their performance of Paganini Variations.  Not only did the band come first, but were also awarded numerous soloist prizes to complement the win!  Well done the Hares! 

Here is a picture of our fabulous trophy! 

 

The Jim Connell Festival, Ireland - 30th April 2011

The band have returned from a hectic weekend in Ireland, where we stayed in Belfast for two nights and travelled to Kells in Southern Ireland on Sunday to take our place in the parade for the Jim Connell Festival.  We had a fantastic time, many of the band sampled a Guiness or two and the rain stayed away this year which we were really pleased about.  It was nice to see our President Alan Cummings on the parade with the Durham Miners Association representatives and banner.  Photos are on my facebook 'keeley brickle' due to lack of storage space on here and not being able to upload on facebook band page!!!

 

April World Rankings

The band have just jumped up 8 places in the world rankings to 160th - GO HARES!!!

The Areas - Darlington - 20th March 2011

Quote from Jo Brown, Band Manager 'After being drawn the dreaded number 1, the band put in a good performance of Paganini Variations with some excellent playing from all around the stand. The band was rewarded with 7th place which consolidates our place in the Championship Section for another year. Congratulations to Reg Vardy and EYMS bands who qualified for London'

RMT Stop the Cuts March - London - 26th March 2011
The Easington Hares had a brilliant experience in London and completed the march in 5 hours.  We played constantly and were absolutely worn out at the end.  The RMT stewards were placed strategically around the band and did a brilliant job keeping the crowds of people away from us whilst we were playing.  The crowds cheered when we played and the atmosphere was incredible. 

 

 

 

Movers and Shakers

In   - Christian Marklew on Euph      Nov 2010    Big welcome to our new signing

In   - Amy Maddison on Cornet        Nov 2010    Big welcome back to Amy who returns

Out - Ben Cauldwellvon Bb Bass        Dec 2010   Moved to Catterick

In   - Alex Evans on Baritone           Jan 2011   Big welcome to Alex

In   - Chris Henwood on Percussion     Feb 2011   Big welcome to Chris 'cool' Henwood

 Best wishes to all  from the Easington Hares

Annual trip to Burston - 5th September 2010

On Saturday 4th September, the Hares took their annual trip to Norfolk.  We stayed over ready for the march around the village of Burston on 5th.  It was a fine day and lots of people had turned out for the event.  The RMT banners were out in force and Bob Crow led the band around the village.  Former Labour MP Tony Benn was one of the speakers and is pictured below.

Two years ago, at the same event, we had a bit of a Dr Foster went to Gloucester incident where John Tindale went to Norfolk in a shower of rain, he stepped in a puddle right up to his middle ..... literally, and how the band laughed and laughed and laughed.  It was one of the funniest moments ever!!!!  Anyway, this year, he was prepared when Lisa gave him is very own arm bands just in case of rain, John was most grateful for this gift!!!!.

The Hares take 5th place at Troon - 28th August 2010

Brian Buckley, Adjudicator, enjoyed the bands performance at the Annual Land O' Burns Invitation Contest in Troon.  He said it was a well chosen, balanced programme.  The programme was as follows:-

Intrada Festiva

Beneath the Willows (Flugel Solo)

Czardas

Autumn Leaves (Trombone Solo)

Galaxies

Quote from Jo Brown, Band Manager "Well done to all band members for the Troon performance. The band worked really hard on the run up to the contest and were rewarded with a 5th place. Lots of positive comments as always from our support from over the border. Thank you to our borrowed players for the contest."

Andy and Becky get married - 30th July

Congratulations to our Andy Thompson and Becky Copping on their marriage on 30th July.  The band were honoured to be at the special event on the evening and played a varied selection of music.  The bride and groom also took their turn and knocked out a tune on their cornets.  It was a lovely evening and the band wish Andy and Becky all the best for the future. 

 

New Signing

The band are delighted to announce the signing of Sally Scott on 1st Horn. Sally comes to the us having recently played for Trimdon Concert Brass and GT Group Peterlee Band. We wish Sally a long and successful time with the band.

NEW SECRETARY AT EASINGTON

The band held their Annual General Meeting on Sunday the 25th of July. The meeting was well attended by the members.

There has been a major change within the committee, with Scott Meikle informing the members that he would stand down as Secretary of the band with immediate affect, Scott told the meeting that with his ongoing health problems it would be better if he stood down so he could give himself the best possible chance to recover, Scott has been asked to to take up the roll as President at the moment, which he accepted.

The Committee

Chairman           Peter Lawson

Secretary          Mike Gray

Band Manager   Jo Brown

Treasurer          Leanne Ash

Members

Paul Brickle ,Mark Harrison ,Lisa Gray, Trevor Bateman, Kim Edwards

Durham Miners Gala - 10th July 2010

Another brilliant day had by all, the band once again done us proud.  We played Stars and Stripes Forever at the County and Bob Crow was amongst the dignitaries on the balcony.

 

 

NEW CD AVAILABLE

             

The NEW CD is now available and priced at £10.00.Plus postage and packaging.

The main feature of the CD is the music from Channel Four's The Secret Millionaire, which featured the band. The secret millionaire for the band was Carl Hopkins who donated £10,000 to the band. There will be a special booklet commemorating the band's journey with Carl.

To buy your copy contact Mike Gray  e-mail mailto:[email protected]

Return to the Spring Festival!!

The Hares are delighted to announce that we have once again been invited to compete in this year's Senior Trophy competition at Blackpool in May.  A delighted Scott received a phone call early last week with this exciting news which was relayed to the Hares at their rehearsal last Thursday. A few withdrawals from the contest had led to a reshuffle and our late invitation. 

The test for this section will be Lalo's "Le Roi D'Ys", a fine old piece - and as we all know, oldies are best!!   We will be looking for a much improved placing than on our sparkling and exciting performance of "Spectrum" last year, which caught the ear of many in the audience, but unfortunately, not the judge!  Of course, this means that we will be working harder than ever (is that possible in Hare-world?) as no sooner will we finish the Area then we will be preparing for the Carnegie contest in Dunfermline in April and after a whistle stop tour of London and Ireland will need to get straight down to business!  I'm exhausted just thinking about it and I still have to sort out the profiles yet...

We can't perform properly without a good audience though so we do hope that as many of you supporters and friends of the band as are able, will come and cheer us on at our forthcoming contests, we'd love to see you there!

Area Test Piece Workshop - 21st February 2010

The Hares were extremely pleased to have had the opportunity of working with the one and only Richard Evans yesterday in a day long workshop on the Area test pieces for the benefit of 4th, 3rd and 2nd section conductors. 

 The band were asked by the Northern Area Committee if they would be able to take some time out from their busy rehearsal schedule to assist and readily agreed, knowing that a day spent with Dickie was not to be missed!   We assembled at the Chester le Street Masonic Lodge to kick off the workshop at 10.30 but not before Mr Evans decided to "wake up our brains" with some tricky warm up exercises.  It soon became apparent that many members of the band were unable to count to seven (me included) which perhaps explains why we had so much trouble with Tristan....the excuse for most of us being that we weren't normally moving at this time on a Sunday morning!  However we set to with the fourth section test piece - "Variations on Saint Saens Organ Symphony", a really beautiful piece of work which the band enjoyed playing and which will really stretch the bands in that section as it's quite a long blow (even by our standards!).  

After a break for lunch (and I would like to put it in writing here that the corned beef pie was DELICIOUS), we started work on Labour and Love, the 3rd section test.  Now, I've played this piece many times but never before had there been so many strange mental images for me after Richard likened our solo horn player to a "downtrodden slave", stripped to the waist and oiled up.... he did ask whether anyone in the section was willing to oil Jonathan up but sadly, my duties only extend to counting bars rest for him.

By the time we got to 2pm and started on the Kingdom of Dragons, the second section test, it was fair to say that the communal lip was well worn.  Again, this is a deceptively difficult piece which caught us out a few times and will be a real piece for the second section bands to get their teeth into, but with some lovely moments in it, it will definitely be worth a listen for any band enthusiast.  Indeed, all the pieces were enjoyable and if our rehearsal schedule allows, I may even be listening myself come the 20th March!

On behalf of the band, I'd like to say thank you to the Area Committee for inviting us to be the "guinea pigs", thanks to the staff of the Masonic Lodge for their excellent service throughout the day and thanks as ever to Richard who taught us so much and made what could have been a really arduous day into a memorable and extremely good humoured one!  Feedback from the conductors who attended has also been extremely positive so thanks also goes out to them all for supporting the day - we hope you got what you wanted from the session.

Thank you Hares as well, for turning up and putting in such a good performance even in the midst of all our contest preparation!  Watch this space for an update on our contest prep - coming soon!

the "Feed from the Form" - January 2010

We're well and truly back in action now, having kicked off 2010 with a fantastic awards night where the great and the good of Easington Band were recognised and rewarded.  Although we had yet another worrying blizzard on the day, it didn't stop the hares, their friends and families turning out in force to celebrate and reflect on 2009. 

The Welfare proved to be an excellent venue for the event with top notch catering and first class service from the bar - and as you know, these are always important considerations for us hares!  Top class entertainer Malcolm Dougall kept us singing and dancing with renditions of everything from "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" to "YMCA" so even our elder statesman Dennis Todd was noted to be throwing a few shapes on the dancefloor!   Big thanks go to Scott, Jo and Peter for their hard work in organising the night and also to our very glamorous hostess and Poet Laureate of the band, Keeley Brickle who did such a fantastic job as compere. A special awards night page is in preparation as we speak, with photographs and of course a full list of all our award winners - watch this space.

 Area Update 2010

We are also delighted to report that we have renewed our historically successful partnership with David Hirst who will be at the helm for our preparation and performance at this year's Area Finals in Darlington.  The band have always relished working with David and we hope that with his inspirational touch we will restore Easington to the status of Grade 1 Listed Building in the glorious heritage of England.    And on the subject of the glorious heritage of England, we are also extremely pleased to report that renowned euphonium player David Scholes has joined us.  We welcome David to the band and hope that this will be the beginning of a long and happy partnership.  Again, watch this space for more player news......

Northallerton Christmas Concert 19th December 2009

Once again, the band made their annual trip down the A19 for a double dose of festive banding delight at the Hambledon Forum in Northallerton, performing alongside the Northallerton Male Voice Choir.  We are delighted with our long running association with the choir and the people of Northallerton and though the weather was severe, the audience were much less so, professing themselves delighted with our varied programme of classics, Christmas music and solo performances of a virtuoso standard.   We even managed to sell a couple of CDs, thanks to a rather pro-active marketing campaign from none other than our MD for the evening, Mr Roy Curran! 

 This year saw a change in the format however, as due to the very severe weather (the blizzarding snow had begun during the afternoon interval!) we were forced to re-arrange the evening and have the band perform the entire first half of the concert, enabling us to get away early to make the often perilous journey home through drifting snow and on to an A1 on which it was impossible to see which lane you were in!   We did however manage to hear the choir perform such treats as the African trilogy, Softly As I Leave You and some traditional carols in the matinee performance.  Thanks to the co-operation of Anthea and the choir, we made it home safely albeit slowly so thanks once again to the choir for being so understanding.  We hope you all had a lovely and peaceful Christmas and look forward to seeing you again this December!

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