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This page will give you all the latest news from the Cleveland Concert Band as we get it, not weeks or months after it has happend. Don't forget to take a look at or sign our guestbook folks, the link is on our Home Page for your convenience. You can also follow us via Facebook. Our first band C.D. is still on sale at £3 and can be purchased either by contacting us via this website or by ringing us on our dedicated contact number. Our NEW C.D. is on sale at £6:99 Orders can be sent by post or you could call in on one of our rehearsals, listen to the band and buy a C.D or two while you are there. We will have both our C.D's with us at our concerts throughout the year.. All our contact details are on the Home Page for your convenience..
Can you play music and do you have your own wind instrument? If you can play to a moderate standard then we would like to hear from you. Age is not a problem just as long as you enjoy meeting new people while playing good entertaining music. We will never turn anyone away who wishes to play a wind instrument and doesn't have a musical grade, not like some other local bands. Get in touch at any time or call over during a rehearsal evening to see what you think, you will not be disappointed. Don’t be shy, give us a try, you will be glad you did.
10.04.18 Congratulations. We would like to say a massive Congratulations to Ben (Tenor Sax) and his lovely girlfriend Louise on their engagement over the weekend. Louise is already part of our banding family as she has been to a great deal of our concerts and band functions over the last year or so. Congratulations to both of you from everyone here at Cleveland Concert Band.
more bookings. The name and reputation of the band seems to be
getting around the north of England. In
the space of just one week we have taken three new bookings. These
bookings just about complete our concert availability for this year. We
still have a few dates free towards the end of the year. If you are
thinking about putting on an event at any time then now could be a good
time to contact us and get your provisional booking in before the band is
fully booked up. Bookings for next year have already started to come in as
well. To choose, say, three provisional dates with one date to be
confirmed later can secure any booking for you. Doing it that way you are
guaranteed to have one of Cleveland’s premier amateur wind bands
entertaining you on your chosen date. Don’t leave it too long to get
your provisional booking(s) in. All our contact details are on our
for your convenience. More
news as we get it.
13.03.18 Welcome Nick. We would like to give a big welcome to our newest playing member, Nick Creech. Nick called in only last week for a blow and to see what the band was like so he's made his mind up quite quickly. We must be doing something right for that to happen. There's more about Nick via our Members Page. Nick will be sitting on Tenor Sax along side a long standing member Ben. (we must find Ben a seat some time...) Nick has settled in very well, you'd think he'd been with us for months rather than a week because he's made such an impression on all of us. Welcome to the family Nick, we hope your stay with us is a very long and happy one.
06.03.18 Another good rehearsal. The band had a very enjoyable rehearsal this evening, despite a few wrong notes from the bottom end - No Pun Intended.- It was also nice to welcome someone who walked through the door to see us and ended up having a toot with us on his Tenor Sax. Not long to go now for us to get all the new music just right, the concert season will soon be upon us.
25.02.18 Two more bookings. The band are pleased to announce that we have again been booked to play at Beamish Open Air Museum later in the year. It's so nice to be asked back to this great venue. Would you like to be part of a growing windband in Middlesbrough? All you need is your own instrument and can play to a moderate standard. Call over any Tuesday evening, chat to us over a drink or sit in to see what you think. We have a fun, enjoyable time once a week while producing some great music, amongst other things. Age shouldn't be a problem and musical grades don't matter to us just as long as you enjoy being part of a very happy band. More news as we get it.
14.02.18 Rehearsals going well. The rehearsals for the first concert of the new year are going very well. There's going to be a few surprises in store for those attending the concerts this year. We've got some specialists within the band who will be adding their talents to some concerts. We are not letting the cat out of the bag so you will need to see and hear us live to see what we have in store for you. Exciting times ahead, the band are already buzzing with enthusiasm so we can get everything just right for you. Entertainment with a twist should be on the lips for our concerts this year. Call back again later for more up to date news as we get it.
17.01.18 New Players. The band would like to welcome two new players into out happy team, Lydia Hastings on Clarinet and Benjamin Hastings on Flute. They both called over before Christmas for a blow and a cup of tea. It seems that our tea and coffee plus the biscuits met with their approval as they both joined the band full time as from last night's rehearsal. We all hope that your time with us is a long and very happy one. The members page has been updated. More news as it comes in.
09.01.18 Great start. Our first rehearsal of 2018 saw more new music in the folders. A new Jazz piece caught a few people out with the rhythms’ but we soon managed to work things out. The programmes that we have in mind for this year could be some of the hardest we have undertaken. Dancers, vocalists, special features and more are sure to keep our audiences on the edge of their seats during concerts. There are a few new ideas that are going to take some putting together but we will get there. If you would like to be part of a thriving happy Windband then call over or get in touch. We will never turn people away. More news as we get it.
News from 2017
28.12.17 New year, new band? This will be our last update before the new year starts. The first rehearsal of 2018 will take place on Tuesday 9th January from 7:30p.m. If you are looking for a new windband to play with then you can't go wrong by calling in to see us during a rehearsal evening. Age and grade should not be a problem to anyone wishing to play a wind instrument with any band. If you check out our Members Page you will be able to see what instruments we are on the look-out for. All players/instruments will be made more than welcome any time so pop along or contact us via this website, the band Facebook page or our dedicated band phone number for more information. We've got some new music to look at in the new year along with some exciting ideas for our concerts, we'll even offer you free drinks and snacks during the break in rehearsals. Have a great 2018, it looks like we will. More news as we get it.
20.12.17 End of year. It has been a busy year for the band, we can now relax and enjoy a short break before we start all over again. The band would like to wish you an enjoyable Christmas and may the new year bring you what you wish for. Thank you to everyone who has come along to listen to us or has booked the band during 2017, we hope to see you all again next year.
I .P. Brian: It is with very deep regret and sadness that we announce the passing of a
unique and loyal band member, Brian Saul. Brian passed away at home around
the 30th November. Brian always had a smile on his face during
concerts and at rehearsals. He had the band in stiches at times with his
jolly banter and whit. A drummer very extraordinaire and so unique you
couldn’t copy him if you tried. Brian is going to be so hard to follow
after giving us so much fun and laughter not to mention his loyalty to all
other band members. FUNERAL
DETAILS: The funeral took place at 1:15p.m. on Monday
11th December at Middlesbrough Crematorium on
Acklam Road. Guests then attended the North Ormesby Institute Club
on Ormesby Road to celebrate what Brian has done
during his time with us. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to all his family
at this extremely sad time.
02.12.17 Beamish: Well that was a chilly start to our three concerts at Beamish this year. A very festive atmosphere with people walking about with warm food and music filling the air while they had a sing-a-long to the band. Check out our up to date photos page via this website or our Facebook Page to see some great photos from today. We are back at Beamish next week for another re-run of festive blockbuster music. Come along and join us if you can. More news as we get it.
27.11.17 More Bookings: We are delighted to take two more bookings on behalf of Saltburn 500 Club. We have confirmed that we will be playing again at Saltbrun Bandstand in 2018. See our Concerts Page for further details. We are also taking provisional bookings for next year. If you are thinking about having a show or function and are looking for a band to entertain you then now could be a good time to contact us before we are booked up. More news as we get it.
10.11.17 Beamish here we come: Not long to go for our Chrsitmas Concert season at Beamish Open Air Museum. The band are sounding great and are getting to grips with some new Charistmas music as well as the new music for next year. Peter Bamrose is doing a fantastic job as he stands in for Keith while he is away ill. Just a few short weeks to go then the Christmas season will be with us. Come and join the band on a rehearsal evening, enjoy the music on offer then during the break free drinks and snacks as well. You can also pop along to hear us at Beamish, just ask us for a lift, while you are at one of our rehearsals, if we have a spare seat or three you can come along as our guest for the day. More news as we get it.
new music in folders: The band has splashed out again on more new music in preparation for next
year’s concerts. This, along with a great deal of other pieces we have
in the library, should make the new season of concerts should go down very
well. The next problem we have is being able to play some very tricky
stuff and making it sound right while entertaining to the people listening
to us. Our M.D. Keith was taken ill last week and he ended up in hospital
so the baton has been handed over to the very capable Peter Bemrose
(Clarinet). Peter has a vast amount of expertise both playing Clarinet,
Bass Guitar and conducting so the band will be in very good hands in the
run up to our concerts at Beamish later in the year. Dave Prest M.D. at Northallerton
Silver Band has also volunteered to give Peter a hand, now and again,
for the next few weeks. We have got some great things in the pipe-line to
take us through to the end of the year and into next year. Pop in on a
rehearsal evening to see what is going on with the band. Bring your wind
instrument along, if you wish, sit in and see if you enjoy it as much as
we do. Free hot drinks and snacks are available during the break, if you
can get past the rest of the band chomping away. More news as we get it so
do call back again to see what’s new.
music season starts: As one season finishes another one starts. The band
has now started to look at more new music for next year along with some
new music for the Christmas season. Yes, it's started already but it's
good to play new and interesting things that we have never seen before
even if some of us think that it is a bit early. Provisional bookings for
next year have started to come in so keep an eye on our Facebook page or this website to read all about them, when
they are confirmed. We still have a few empty chairs within the band,
could one of them have your name on it? Pop in any rehearsal evening and
see what you think. Do you play Trombone or Bass, for instance, if so then
we'd love to hear from you? If you are thinking about having a function in
2018 then now is a great time to contact us in order to get your
provisional booking in. Call back again later to keep up to date with our
band, news as it happens, not weeks or months later like some other
for 2018: That's the summer concert season done for this year. We are now looking at some music for next year and already things are
looking good. We’ve got some new sounds coming your way along with a few
surprises to keep our followers entertained. It won’t be long until our
M.D. has the Christmas music out so we are making the most of what’s
left in the music folders after a good clear out. It was nice to see
people call in for a rehearsal with us last night. Most people will be
made very welcome should they wish to drop in on a rehearsal evening any
Tuesday. Free hot and cold drinks along with biscuits or cake are on offer
during the break as well. You could always just drop in for a listen, if
you fancy it. If you have your own wind instrument and enjoy playing then
get in touch and ask what we could offer you. You don’t need any musical
grades and age is not a barrier to play along with us, not like some other
bands in the area. We enjoy getting together once a week, the atmosphere
is very relaxed and very friendly. Pop over and see for yourself. More
news as we get it.
03.09.17 Saltburn Bandstand: Today saw our summer season of concerts come to an end. We gave a first class performance at Saltburn Bandstand to one of the most appreciative audiences we have seen in a while. From the start of the show we had people singing, one Lady wanted to sing with the band so we gave her a microphone and she blew us away with her great voice while the band played. That started the ball rolling and we just couldn’t stop those there singing to just about everything we played. What a great afternoon’s performance it turned out to be. Our own vocalist, Peter Bemrose, gave a fantastic performance that had people stopping to listen as they walked along the footpath next to the Bandstand. The remarks afterwards came thick and fast. People told us that they loved the concert we performed for them as it wasn’t just a run of the mill thing that they had heard other bands play. We put on a show and entertained everyone there. People will remember today’s performance for a long time and for all the right reasons. It's no wonder some other bands try to copy us, what a great day everyone had.
Broughton Carnival: A great day in smashing sunshine was the
order for today at Great Broughton Carnival. Hundreds of people turned out
to see what was on offer as well as to listen to two very good bands.
Northallerton Silver Band opened the carnival, marching from the cross
roads in the village onto the show ground. Cleveland Concert Band then
performed a first class concert with people in audience shouting and
clapping for more, that was just after the 2nd piece!! It was
noticed that some folks started dancing to our music as it sounded that
good. Once we had finished our performance Northallerton Silver Band
played a fantastic programme of their choice of music. It was a pleasure
to be part of the carnival again today, our sixth appearance in as many
years. To top it all, it was confirmed today that we will be attending the
same venue next year as well as in 2019. We must be doing something right
for that to happen. The band would like to thank everyone involved with
today’s carnival for inviting us again. We very much look forward to
seeing you all again next year.
Broughton & Saltburn: The Band is now ready for the next
two bookings, one at Great Broughton on the 28th then Saltburn on the 3rd
September. Two concerts with a
matter of days between them, two different programmes as well. The band
have worked very hard to get both programmes up to concert standard and
are looking forward to performing them at the relevant venues. The
Carnival at Great Broughton looks to be a very entertaining day with lots
going on, it starts with a parade at 2p.m.. There will be two bands there
on the day, including us. Saltburn early next month should have the
audience joining in with some of the songs we will be performing. Pop
along with the family for two great days out and have a listen to the
band. Don’t forget your picnic.
29.07.17 New Timps Arrive: The Band are now the proud owners of a set of Timpani. These will be used on our future rehearsals plus concerts and are sure to enhance the sound of the band. If you would like to be part of a forward looking, happy, friendly Windband based in Middlesbrough then do get in touch either via this website, our dedicated band phone number or by contacting us via our Facebook page. All our contact details are on the Home Page for your convenience.
23.07.17 Beamish: Not long to go until the band
call over to Beamish again. We are all looking forward to playing on the
Town Bandstand in the magnificent setting that only Beamish Museum can
give. If you would like to join us on our trip then please contact us via
our e-mail address or call in one rehearsal evening but don’t forget
your instrument. We always enjoy our time at Beamish Museum so fingers
crossed for sunshine to go with some great music.
09.07.17 Disabled Games: A great fun, family day was on the cards at Eston Sports Academy, Normanby Rd, South Bank, Middlesbrough today. The place was buzzing with people doing their thing for disabled sports. The car park was so full people had to park on the road outside. The band played during the very warm afternoon to entertain everyone there. It couldn't have been a better day. We'd like to thank the Rotary Club for inviting us and for those who came up to us to thank us for the live music. The main thing was the hundreds of disabled sports people who turned up to enjoy what was on offer and to give it their all. Well done everyone, we hope to see you all again some time. What a great day.
Fundraiser: A Fundraising evening will
take place at our home in Saint Alphonsus Church Hall, North Ormesby,
Middlesbrough TS3 6EW on Saturday 17th June. There will be
loads of things going on in the hall from 7p.m. onwards. Pie & Peas
are on offer for the price of an entry ticket of just £5 per adult and £2:50
per child. A raffle and tombola are also on offer amongst other things.
The band is very pleased to help support this event and will be playing
during the evening from about 8 p.m. Come along for a great night of
entertainment while supporting the local Scouts. A great evening is
guaranteed for all. Don’t forget to check out our other bookings on the Concerts
Page. More up to date news as we
24.05.17 Take Heart Concert: The Charity Fundraising Concert for the ‘Take Heart Group’ last night at Great Ayton was a tremendous success. From the very first note of the concert, everything was so much appreciated by the audience. There was nearly a full house again this year in the concert room at the club. A Clarinet feature went down a storm, far better than we could have imagined it would. Petchers hot Pie & Peas seemed better than ever during the interval, some members of the band couldn’t get enough of them. We had some dancers up entertaining everyone again this year, what a show we put on.We have already been asked back again next year by the organisers. The date is to be confirmed by their committee later in the year. The only draw-back on the night was our M.D.’s jokes. He really must stop reading comics and branch out a little…ha-ha. Please send any jokes for the next concert to the band via our e-mail address; we’ll pass them on for you. We would like to thank Ian at Take Heart for inviting us to play for them again this year. Petchers for the fantastic p & p’s and we’d also like to thank Great Ayton Working Men’s Club for the use of their large concert room. Thanks must also go to everyone who came along and supported both Take Heart & the band on what turned out to be another fantastic event. More news as we get it.
Concert: Today saw our first concert
of the year. Very sunny and warm Saltburn was the venue. The only slight
problem we had was the odd gust of wind that we had to contend with at
times. The concert today was to a very appreciative audience. The audience
was far bigger than we expected as well, it was only the 2nd
concert of the year at Saltburn Bandstand. Our
Clarinet section did a terrific job today when they played a piece called
‘Clarinet Cocktail’. It’s not easy at the best of times but today
the boss decided to speed it up, just a little. The clarinet’s didn’t
bat an eye-lid and took it in their stride. The audience loved it and
wanted more of the same. The concert was over in no time at all for
everyone at the Bandstand this afternoon but we would have loved to
continue. Time went so quick for everyone. The amount of people talking to
our M. D. and some band members afterwards, saying how much they had
enjoyed it was terrific. What a great afternoon it turned out to be. Thank
you Saltburn and the 500 club for inviting us to play for you, see you
again very soon. Our next concert will take place at Great Ayton on
Tuesday 23rd May. Check out the Concerts
Page for more details.
14th: The first concert of the year
is just a few short days away now. Sunday
14th May is the date for our opening
performance at Saltburn Bandstand. Rehearsals are complete and the band
are sounding great so perhaps it would be a good idea to call over to
Saltburn to hear what we have been up to over the last few weeks. There
will be something for everyone to enjoy so bring your snacks and have a
great afternoon with us at Saltburn. Hope to see you there. Tickets for
our concert at Great Ayton on the 23rd May seem to be going
fast but we do have a few still for sale. Check out our Concerts
for details on how to get
02.05.17 Next Concert: We kick off our concert season this year performing at Saltburn Bandstand on Sunday 14th May from 2:30p.m. We hope to see you there, come along to see our new set-up for this year while hearing some great entertaining music, fingers crossed for good weather on the day. Tuesday 23rd May will see us at Great Ayton Working Men's Club for a charity evening with Take Heart. Tickets for this event are only £6 each and are in demand. Check out the Concerts Page for more details about all our bookings and how to get your tickets.
29.03.17 Trombone: We are now looking for another Trombone player. One of our trombone players, Jonathan, has informed us that he needs to move on in order to concentrate on his family life as well as his other musical commitments. Jonathan also plays for Billingham Silver Band, the Salvation Army and is also in charge of the Salvation Army Junior Band so with that, along with home life and his full time job, he has quite a lot on. Jonathan has been with us for a good few years playing Euphonium when he first started with us and then moving to trombone to help the band. We wish Jonathan all the very best for the future, thank him for everything he has done for the band and hope to see him again some time. The Members Page has been updated to show this vacancy.
Booking: The Band has been
invited to play at a fundraising evening for the Scouts at our home here
in St Alphonsus Church Hall in
June. Tickets for this great
event are only £5 per adult and £2:50 per child. More details are on our
Check it out along with our other bookings. We still have a few dates free
for bookings. If you are thinking about having a function then you can
provisionally book the band via our dedicated contact number or e-mail
address. Get your booking in now before we are fully booked for this year.
gets better: The band seems to be getting better than ever
according to our M.D. during the rehearsal tonight. The music certainly
feels and sounds like we could be putting on some, ‘not
to be missed’ performances when we start our concert season later
this year. The newly added techno bass sound that we have in a lot of the
new music is working better than we expected. Come along to a rehearsal
any Tuesday evening and see what you think. We’d love to hear what your
thoughts are and if we sound as good to you then why not sit in some time
for a rehearsal with us? Others have done just that and are still with us.
Don’t be shy, give us a try.
07.03.17 Cookie Monster?: The rehearsal this even was a cracker although we did have one or two people missing due to illness. Angus had his photo taken for the band Facebook Page and his new profile on the members page, take a look at it and see why he has made such a great impression on the band. We have a new name for one of our Clarinet players, "Cookie Monster" Kate Caruana We have never seen her move so fast at the break in the rehearsal. Before you could say, "Crotchet" Kate was up and had already opened the biscuits, eaten half of one and managed to put the kettle on. !! What a star she was, the band had very hot Tea & Coffee in no time at all tonight, they also managed a few biscuits that 'Cookie Monster' had missed. If you would like to pop in on a rehearsal evening then get in touch with us, you will get free tea/coffee and some biscuits, if we have any left. More news as we get it.
Angus: We would like to say a BIG HELLO to another new
band member. Angus joins our growing Clarinet section. Angus called in to
see us a few weeks ago, just for a quick play and to see what it was like.
He soon made friends with everyone and settled in as though he'd been with
us for years. Angus has particularly made quite an impression with the
ladies of the band so he will not be short of biscuits or cups of tea
being made for him during the break in rehearsals. More about
Angus is on our Members
Page. The rehearsals are going much better than we expected for
this time of year with the new music in the folders is going down a treat.
We are all looking forward to our first performance of the year in just a
few short weeks. More news as
we get it so call back again soon to see what’s new.
14.02.17 We didn't have much
time for a full rehearsal this evening due to our Band A.G.M. taking
place. There were loads of things to discuss with some great ideas from
the band members to take us forward into the next year. The Chairman, Dave
Stones, was re-elected for another year and we now have a new Youth
Representative on the board, Miss Rebecca Keay.
Things are moving fast within the band with everyone adding their
own bit to keep the band buzzing. There are a few new things in the
pipe-line so keep an eye on here for more news as we get it. Would you
like to be part of a very happy windband? Get in touch any time or just
pop in to see us. All our contact details are on our Home
for your convenience.
07.02.17 Rehearsals continue: We are well on course to make this years concerts better than ever. We have added a Bass Guitar, in places, to help enhance the sound of the band.(Will other bands copy us again this year?) The band are sounding good now but with a few more rehearsals they should sound even better. The M.D. walked away after the rehearsal tonight with a big smile on his face, that's not normal. Should we be afraid or has he got something up his sleeve he hasn't told us about? It was nice to see someone call in for a blow with the band tonight, quite unexpected but very enjoyable. Free tea/coffee with snacks went down very well again, as normal. If you fancy calling in to see us during a rehearsal night then you will be made very welcome. Age or having no musical grades is not a problem to us. Don't be shy, give us a try, you will be happy that you did.
one leaves one joins: The
Band is always sorry to see one of their players leave our happy group and
today is no exception. Amy Clarkstone on Alto Sax has left the band to
head over to Canada to be with her Fiancé and to start a new chapter in
her life. We are all sad to see her go but wish her well for her future.
Amy has been a great asset to the band since she joined us. Good luck from
everyone here Amy. As one
person leaves another one joins us. We are excited to welcome Michael
Morrison into our happy group. Michael popped in to see us a few weeks ago
and has now decided to join us full time on Trumpet. Mike lists running
and walking as part of his hobbies. Mike has already settled in and made
some great new friends. Enjoy your time with us Michael, welcome to the
band. The Members
has again been updated to show these changes.
live music for your event?: If
you are thinking about having a live concert band for a function that you
may be planning in 2017 then now could be a good time to contact us. We
can take provisional concert bookings over the phone or by e-mail. All our
contact details are on our Home
for your convenience.
If you would like to pop in on a rehearsal evening to have a listen and a
chat to us about your requirements then call over any time.
If you would like to pop in on a rehearsal evening to have a listen and a chat to us about your requirements then call over any time.
03.01.17 It's Our Birthday !!: Cleveland Concert Band is Ten Years old today, -3rd January- It doesn't feel as though it has been ten years since that first rehearsal with just a few players. The band have done a great deal in those short years. We have entertained thousands of people in our short time together and we are getting booked for the same places over and over again. We have been invited to play at many places in the North East of England. The amount of music we have now got is 100 times what we started with. We have managed to buy two sets of good music stands, (one for concerts), our own band trailer, amps, microphones, speakers, a few instruments and we have also produced two C.D.'s. There isn't another band in our area who can say that they have done so much in such a short space of time. Our many followers have enjoyed the entertainment we have provided and have asked that we continue to entertain them year after year. We'd like to thank everyone who has helped and supported the band over our first ten years, without you we couldn't have done any of the above. Thank you all and here's to many more years of great live entertainment.
It's 2017: Happy New Year !!.....
Time to start rehearsing for this years shows. There's loads to do, more
new music to look at, songs to sort out, solos to rehearse and all while
having a great time. You can be part of all this if you fancy playing with
a Concert Windband. All we ask is that you have your own instrument and
enjoy playing music. No musical grades? You don't need any to play music
with us. Contact us for further details. There’s free tea or
coffee along with biscuits and cakes during a mid-rehearsal break as well.
Don’t be shy, give us a try.
News from 2016
14.12.16 The next rehearsal will take place on Tuesday 3rd January. Have a very happy Christmas everyone.
B.B.C. Concert: A full
house of over 1,500 people seemed the order of the day today for the
annual B.B.C. Carols for Christmas concert held at Coulby Newham Cathedral
in Middlesbrough. This concert was dedicated to Ali Brownlee who was a
presenter on B.B.C Tees. Ali sadly passed away earlier in the year. Ali
was known as “Mr Middlesbrough” by the local football fans because of
his dedication to the football club. After a sound check and balance the
band kicked the occasion off with a few well known Christmas selections as
the audience arrived. It didn’t take long for the Cathedral to be full
to the brim with members of the public, guest speakers, choirs along with
other performers. There wasn’t one empty seat to be had. The band
accompanied each Carol with the sound filling every corner of the building
and beyond. It was such a pleasure to be part of this very special
occasion. The Nunthorpe Primary Topline Performing Arts Group with their
M.D. Chris Nixon sang like Angels as they sang “Love Shone Down”. The
applause afterwards was amazing. The Dalesmen Singers had the same
response from everyone there after they had sung their first number. Other
performers included, ‘Cantabile’ a great sounding small choir, Vin
Garbutt on guitar and James Lilly with Abi Alton who sang the lovely duet,
“Hallelujah”. We would like to thank Elaine Webster and B.B.C. Tees
for inviting the band to take part in such a moving concert. This concert
will be broadcast on Christmas Day at 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. This now brings
another year of our concerts to a close. A few photos from today have been
added to our photos page. From all the Cleveland
to everyone out there, have a great, safe and very
happy Christmas. We look forward to entertaining you again next year.
10.11.16 B.B.C. update: Now that the B.B.C. booking has been confirmed, we are able to give you more details. We are pleased to inform our followers that the band will be taking part in the B.B.C. annual Carol Concert to be held on Saturday 10 December at 2pm. This will take place at St Mary’s Cathedral, Coulby Newham in Middlesbrough. The B.B.C. put on this annual fundraiser on behalf of Children in Need and Cleveland Concert Band is delighted to be part of the programme this year. The concert will be recorded on the date mentioned and will be broadcast on Christmas Day Morning! If you would like to be part of the audience at this great fundraising event then you get your tickets from St Mary's Cathedral in Coulby Newham, or by calling the B.B.C. Tees reception on 01642 22 55 11. We have also been informed that Abi Alton will be singing with us on the day. More news as we get it.
Band asked to play for the B.B.C !: The
band has been approached to play for the B.B.C. They have asked us to be
part of a pre-recorded show that will be broadcast later this year. This
programme, scheduled to be recorded on the 10th December, will
feature the band playing for a great deal of the hour long show. More
details as we get them.
18.10.16 Yes... another new player !!: The band would again like to welcome another new playing member to the family. Briony Watkinson has just joined our growing Clarinet section. Briony has been calling over for a few rehearsals, making some great new friends along the way. Briony doesn't like chocolate amongst other things. Read all about her via our updated Members Page. More new music was looked at tonight with some interesting results. The saxes are going to be playing a few new features, once we have sorted the right fingerings out. Ben on Tenor sax had the band in stitches tonight as he 'forgot' to play most of the accidentals in one piece. How he kept a straight face afterwards we will never know. Call in to visit us any rehearsal evening, see what you think. More up to date news as we get it.
11.10.16 Another new player !!: The band would like to give a very warm welcome to a young lady who first listened to us at Great Broughton back in May of this year. Rebecca Keay then called in, with her father, a while ago to see us and to sit in on rehearsals. Rebecca has continued to call over for the last month or so and has now decided to take the plunge, joining us as a full time playing member. We are so pleased to have you with us as part of our growing Saxophone section Rebecca. The Members Page has again been updated. More news as we get it.
Season finished: As one
musical season comes to a close another one starts. We have already taken
enquiries from a few people asking about dates for Christmas. Now is a
very good time to get your provisional booking in. The band is also
looking at venues for a band party later in the year. If last year’s
knees up was anything to go by then this year should be another cracker.
It’s nice to be able to relax a little more during rehearsals and not
have to think about the next performance being only a week or two away. We
have plenty of time to look at all the new music along with some other
stuff in the library that we have not had out for years. Fancy joining us
on a rehearsal evening? No music grades or have you only been playing for
a short time? No problem to us, we welcome most players, no matter what
your grade or experience. Free Tea, Coffee, soft drinks &
biscuits/cake along with a good old friendly natter are also on offer
during our half time break. It will not cost you a penny to sit in on our rehearsal
evenings. You will be in good company while having a great
musical evening out. Pop along, see what you think.
What a night !!: The
show at North Ormesby in Middlesbrough last night was a great success. Not
a full house but we managed to raise just short of £500 towards a new
Power Chair for Middlesbrough Power Chair Football Club and to keep Cath
kicking. We have never seen so many up and dancing to “The Time Warp” at one of our shows and they did a fantastic job.
The tea/coffee and soft drinks went down a treat as did the home-made
chocolate biscuits. Keith, the M.D. managed to get hold of two and woofed
them down thinking that no one saw him. Hard luck Keith, we noticed.
We’d like to thank everyone who turned up to be part of our last show
this summer. The backroom people did a great job keeping the hot drinks
going, the raffle tickets that were a sell out and the tombola that made a
lot of money for a very good cause. More photos have again been added to
our photo’s page. Now it is
time to sort the music folders out and to start on loads of new musical
purchases so we are ready for the next season of entertainment. More good
ideas have been put forward by the band members so we can add some of them
to the programmes making them more fun to perform. The band have already
started taking bookings for next year so, now may be a good time for you
to get your provisional booking in if you are thinking of doing something
in the future. Call in to see us for a cuppa and a chat during a rehearsal
evening, contact us via our dedicated band phone number, e-mail us or
leave us a message via our Facebook and Twitter pages. All our contact
details are on our ‘Home
for your convenience. Call back again soon to read more up to date news.
Two new players + next concert: The
band is very pleased to welcome two new players into our happy group.
Judith Hall joins our flute section and Gordon Chiverton joins or
growing sax section. Both players have a great wealth of musicianship from
playing with other bands and groups over the years. Judith & Gordon
called over a few weeks ago just to see what we sounded like. They’ve
never been missing from a rehearsal since. Gordon already has the
nick-name of, “Gap Filler” because he has sat in so many seats
within the band. Whilst people have been on holidays, Gordon has picked up
various instruments and enjoyed the rehearsals just as much as normal
hence the nick-name. The Members
has again been updated so check it out to see what's new. Don’t forget
that our next concert takes place on Friday 23rd September.
See the Concerts
for more details.
have been busy: The band have been
very busy over the last few weeks rehearsing as well as giving no less
than four great concerts. Beamish, Ropner Park, Great Broughton and
Saltburn have all seen the band out and about. The concert at Beamish Open
Air bandstand on the 7th August saw the band playing to a great
audience in fantastic sunshine. Peter Bemrose, (Clarinet) Conducted for
this performance and did an excellent job on the day. He always does
though but please don’t tell him that!
The concert went so well, people kept asking us when we would be back.
Your will have to keep an eye on this website to find the answer to that,
The second of our concerts took place at
Ropner Park on the 21st August under the direction of Mr.
Vaughan Evens from Billingham Silver Band. Vaughan had the band playing
like professionals and made a great impression on the band and audience
alike. We’d like to thank Vaughan for taking the time out from his very
busy schedule in order to rehearse and take the band for this concert.
Great Broughton, on the 29th
August, saw the return of our M.D. Keith, from his mini break. Great
Broughton had their annual carnival and the band provided some of the
entertainment on the day. Thousands flocked to see what was happening and
to enjoy the sunny, warm atmosphere. The band made such a good impression
on the organisers and crowd, we have been asked to return again every
year……for the next five years!! We must be doing something right for that to happen.
Saltburn concluded our summer concerts
on Sunday 4th of this month. We all got to the bandstand ready
to play and fix up just as the heavens opened. This concert had to be
moved to the church but that didn’t stop those there enjoying another
great show. One of our band vocalists, (Beth)
gave a first class performance of two very well-known songs. These had the
audience singing along making this concert very special. The sun came out
again at half time, just our luck. What a bit of a busy few weeks we have
had and so very enjoyable for everyone involved with them. Our next
concert is a fundraising function that is to take place at our home here
in North Ormesby on the 23rd of this month. Please see our Concerts
for further details.
Some photos from all our concerts and
days out have now been added to the band Photos Page on this
website. Call back again soon to see what more is new.
04.08.16 More new music: To keep things up to date we have just ordered seven new pieces of music. Some classical and some very modern that was in the charts not that long ago. We've also asked for one piece that will include our very own dancers on a concert giving some more great moves. It's going to be great fun as we try the new music out while trying to get the right dance moves put together. This will happen after we have completed our summer concert bookings. Check out the Concerts Page to see if we are going to be near you. Our next two bookings are at Beamish and Ropner Park. Come along for a great day out. More news as we get it.
Want to play music?: The
Band is looking for new and enthusiastic players of any age. All we ask is
that you enjoy playing music alongside others of various age groups and
abilities. Other bands ask that you have some sort a musical grade before
you join them. We don’t expect people to have any grades at all and we
don’t expect you to join a band that doesn’t let you sit and listen to
them or have a go at playing any time during a rehearsal evening. We’ll
even let you try your hand at conducting, if we have the time!
We believe in helping those who may struggle a little bit and we also
believe in having lots of fun while enjoying what we do. If you are
interested, no matter what your age or ability, then please call our
dedicated band phone number and tell us what you would like to do.
Transport for those who live local and don’t have their own may also be
arranged at no cost to you. People can call over and listen or join in as
often as they wish without having to join the band. There’s free tea or
coffee along with biscuits and cakes during a mid-rehearsal break as well.
Don’t be shy, give us a try.
Not Long Now: The
Band don’t have long to go for their next concert. Just a few short
weeks then we will be at Beamish Open Air Museum. Rehearsals have gone
very well so far. We are giving one of our Saxophones the opportunity to
play their very first solo with us on the day. It should be a great day
for everyone. Come along for a family day out, take a look around and
listen to the band, next to the café. See the Concerts Page for more
details. More news as we get it.
27.06.16 Band Phone Update: The Band phone has now been fixed and normal service can resume. We have a new number so please check the Home Page to make sure you have got it right before calling us.
Band Phone Number: The
Band phone seems to have a problem, we are aware of this. It looks like
the SIM card has burnt out. The phone can no
longer take texts or hold messages for us. We hope to have this problem
sorted out within the next few days when we will post a new number on this
website and our Facebook page. We do apologise for any inconvenience
caused. The band e-mail is not affected and can be used as normal. More
news as we get it.
10.06.16 More music: The rehearsal on Tuesday saw more new music drop into the folders to rehearse for the next concert. We've had a request from one of our followers for a bit more of Glenn Miller. The band love it even though there is a good bit of work to go yet in order to have it concert ready. We are also looking at a very nice Alto Sax solo that already sounds great. If you would like to hear what we are doing on a Tuesday during a rehearsal call in. We'll provide you with tea or coffee while you have listen. You could join in as well, if you bring your instrument. More news very soon so keep calling back to see what is new with the band.
Good Luck Lucy & Zoe: We
would like to say a big "THANK YOU" and "Good
Luck" to two of our playing members who have left us this month.
Lucy on Flute and Zoe on Bassoon have now left us to take up new jobs well
outside our area. The band will miss both players very much and the
rehearsals will never be the same without Zoe saying, “You
honestly want me to play this right now!” Lucy, being a teacher, has
found a new school in Harrogate and we are sure that Lucy will not have a
problem finding a new band to play for, if she can find the time after all
her marking, setting new lessons up, all the meetings she will need to
attend as well as keeping the new house as she would like it. Zoe works as
a vital part of our NHS and is going a lot further south. Zoe is going to
be over worked a lot more but she is sure that her new job will be very
rewarding. Everyone here at
Cleveland Concert Band wish both Lucy & Zoe all the luck in the world
for their future. These moves
now leave the band with a few vacant seats so if you fancy calling over to
either have a listen or join in on a rehearsal evening to see what you
think then you will be made very welcome.
Most brass or woodwind instrument players, regardless of age or
ability are invited and welcome to come in to see us any Tuesday evening.
Please read the details on our
or the Map to see how to get to us. More news as we get it.
Two great performances: The
band had two bookings over the last few days and both
went very well. The first booking was at Saltburn Bandstand on Sunday 15th.
We had glorious sunshine and a very appreciative audience for the concert.
The band gave a first class performance along with one of our vocalists,
Beth, who sang four very popular songs from her repertoire. The
concert went down very well with people saying how good and different it
was from the normal concerts held at this venue. “The band just didn’t
give a concert, they entertained everyone.” The 2nd booking this week
was for our friends at “Take Heart” on Tuesday 17th. This charity had
booked us on no less than nine other occasions in the past so we must be
doing something right to be asked to entertain them again this year. The
Great Ayton Working Men’s Club was the venue with the band putting on
the best show they have performed to date. We had a full house with people
coming from as far as Thirsk in the south to Sunderland in the north to
see what was on offer this year. The
band didn’t disappoint anyone and the show went down so well we had been
booked again for next year well before we had finished our performance on
the night. The band had people dancing, singing and joining in with just
about everything they did. The atmosphere in the club was electric, we also had
the bar staff dancing as they did their jobs. The Pie & Peas during
the interval, provided by the famous local butchers, Petchers, went down a
treat with the band members getting a few extra helpings, just to keep
their strength up you understand. Our M.D. Keith was that happy with how
things went on the night he never shut up about it until everyone had
started to go home! We are not
100% sure when he managed to calm down as it has been reported to us
that the band Chairman along with other band committee members got texts
the following two days saying how much Keith had enjoyed the bands
performance. We’d like to
thank those who took part in our first two performances of the year, the
organisers, the people who came to listen and everyone behind the scenes
making sure everything went to plan. What a great few days for the band,
can they get any better? Why not come along to listen to a rehearsal or
concert to find out? More news as
we get it.
10.05.16 Band are Buzzing: The band is now ready and can't wait for the next few days to pass. Sunday 15th May being their first concert of the year. The last rehearsal is now complete with everything is in place so we can give everyone a show to remember, for all the right reasons. Come along to Saltburn on Sunday and enjoy what the band has to offer. Hope to see you there.
Just about ready: It's
nearly here, that date in our concert diary when our first show &
concert takes place. Two rehearsals left in order to get everything just
right for you happy people. Things are looking very good so far with the
bands own vocalists, dancers and the rest of the band all geared up ready
to entertain you. Saltburn is
in for a treat on Sunday 15th May. The charity, Take Heart, is
also in for a great surprise this year when we entertain them on Tuesday
17th May. Tickets for this concert are going fast. If you would
like to attend this event then all the details are on our Concerts
More up to date news as we get it so call back again soon to see
14.04.16 New Concert Season: The new concert season is just three short weeks away. We start our season off with a performance at Saltburn Bandstand on the 15th May before going to Great Ayton two days later. The band are just about ready for these concerts and they will be a ‘not to be missed’ performance. We have more new up to date music as well as the good old favourites along with our very own vocalist keeping your feet tapping as you enjoy the shows. Keith, our M.D. has told us that he is so looking forward to the concerts because we have done so well during rehearsals. He has threatened to put his hand into his very deep pockets and buy the band a drink after the concert at Great Ayton. We are not sure if he means just the one drink between us or one each. He can’t be very well so we are going to make the most of it and pre-order the band drinks before we start the concert. We hope to see some new people in the audience as well as our regular followers again this year. Pop along and hear some great tunes while enjoying a day/night out. Call back later for more up to date news as we get it.
02.04.16 New Players?: We still have a few spare seats within the band and would welcome more new happy part time musicians, of any age. Due to people going to University, moving away and finding new jobs outside our area we are looking for people to fill a few empty seats. If you play a wind instrument, brass or reed then your local, Middlesbrough based, windband would love to hear from you. Call in to see us or contact us at any time to see what we are like and what we do. Don't be shy-give us a try.
Requests...: We have had a couple of
requests from our followers over the last few days. People have asked us
if we could include our vocalists along with some of the music that we
featured in a concert a few years ago. This is for the Take Heart Group
concert and show in May of this year. The band is delighted to get such
requests and will make sure that everything that has been asked for will
be included in this year’s performance. Rehearsals for this and other
concerts continue and we hope to have the final programme(s) in order and
ready very soon. Tickets for the Take Heart concert are now on sale, check
the concerts page for more details.
Next Concert?...: The band
is getting along quite nice with the rehearsals for the next two concerts.
The sound is quite a bit better than this time last year and it shows.
After our publicity and interview on a local radio station the other day
we have had some people call over to hear what we are like, we’ve also
had a couple of people sit in for a blow with us. That was nice of them.
This year’s concerts are only ‘around the corner’ as they say. There
seems to be a lot still to do but we are sure that we will get the
required results when needed. We
are still on the lookout for more enthusiastic part time players so why
not call over, as others have done, and see what you think about us? We
always manage a laugh and thoroughly enjoy every rehearsal, even the
boss’s jokes make us chuckle. They are terrible at times but don’t
tell him will you? If you would like to hear what was said on the radio
about Cleveland Concert Band
then please click here.
More news as and when get it so do call back again soon.
Vocalists Wow...: The bands
own vocalists have now started to put a few new songs together ready for
our first concert of the year. The rehearsal tonight gave the band an
insight as to what to expect to hear. A spontaneous round of applause
happened after the first song had been completed this evening. We can’t
wait to have our very own band vocalists on the first concert performance
of the year. The new music that we are rehearsing is also sounding good
and the M.D., Keith, has told us that he’s a Happy Bunny. He even told
the Flutes that they got one piece ‘Spot
On and note perfect’ He can’t feel well as he never says that to
any of us. It just shows how well things are going within our happy
friendly band and we are a few weeks away yet from our first show/concert.
It’s never too late to pop in to listen to us on a rehearsal evening or
to sit in to see what you think of our type of music. All you need to do
is let us know when you would like to call over. Our contact details are
for your convenience. You don’t need to wait weeks or months to find out
what our band is doing, we give you the news on here when it happens. Call
back again soon to see what’s new.
Going well: Time is marching
on and so are the rehearsals with the new programme taking shape ready for
the next concert season. We have some new vocals for our own band singers
to get to grips with and the band have come up with some great ideas for
this year. It looks as though another band party and day out could be on
the cards, when the weather is better. Ideas are being talked about again
for the band to get out with friends and family’s so that we can have a
full day out together ending with a meal or B.B.Q. The rounder’s bat
will be on hand, as always, so another impromptu game of something can
take place. We never did find that ball from the last fun day out……Sounds
fun, would you like to be part of it? More news as we get it.
08.02.16 Want to play?: The band is putting a new concert programme together after checking out the new music. Ideas have been put forward by some band members so that our performances stand out from others, for all the right reasons. Would you like to be part of a band that entertain not just play music for their audience? Other bands expect you to be up to grade 5 or more, we don't, we expect you to be able to enjoy your hobby no matter what grade, age or ability. If you are 8years old or 98, if you have only been playing for a year or so it doesn't matter to us just as long as you can read music to a moderate standard. If you have your own wind instrument and fancy calling over to listen to us or to join in on a rehearsal then get in touch. All our contact details are on this website for you. Don't be shy, give us a try.
03.02.16 New Secretary: We will be updating our concert bookings just as soon as we have confirmed a few more details with those involved. The band had their A.G.M. last night and now has a new band Secretary. Beth Cochran on Trombone takes over from Kate Caruana, Principal Clarinet, who has been doing the job for the last year. Kate decided that due to her full time job being so hectic that it was the right time to hand her band job over to another person. We'd like to thank Kate for doing a great job for us and we wish Beth all the luck in the world in her new post. As all musicians will know, the secretary’s job can be the hardest job in any band. The person stood at the front has the easiest job because we hardly take any notice of him anyway unless he is first at the bar after a concert. If you would like to pop in and see what the person in the middle does then call over on any rehearsal evening. Our contact details are on the Home Page for your convenience More news as we get it.
15.01.16 New Music: Rehearsals are now well underway with no less than ten new pieces of music to look at. The band are now starting to put things together for new programmes along with ideas for more exciting entertainment. We've got something new on the cards that is sure to get people talking at our concerts. You will have to wait for a little bit so the band can put everything together and things are just right. Call back later for more up to date news as it happens.
01.01.16 Happy New Year: Cleveland Concert Band would like to wish everyone a very Happy 2016. Our first rehearsal of the new year will take place on Tuesday 5th. This is an open rehearsal so if you would like to have a blow with the band and you have your own wind instrument then drop in at any time, we start at 7:30 p.m. If you prefer to just sit and listen to the band then that's o.k. with us as well. More news as we get it.