Band News Page
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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. Donít be shy, give us a try, you will be glad you did.
News from 2022
20.04.22 New Conductor. The band are currently looking to a new conductor. We are wanting someone who has good leadership and musical knowledge. Whether your a man or a woman, we don't mind, all we need is for someone to stand in the middle and lend a hand in leading our band through our musical journey and help us to continue to put on amazing concerts for the public. If you think you can help us and are the person we are looking for then contact us via our facebook or drop us a message on 07757 442778. We look forward to finding our new man or woman in the middle.
16.03.22 New Faces. It is so lovely to see new faces entering the band room and even seeing our members page fill up and spaces been filled. We've recently had Natalie join us on Clarinet and she said 'My time with the band so far has been fun and laid back. I get a real sense of community, everyone helps each other and they don't take everything seriously. I'm enjoying the range of music we play and I'm enjoying spending the time with others'. It great to hear these comments and we hope Natalie has a wonderful time on her journey with us. If you play an instrument and would like to be apart of the family, why not drop us a message on our facebook page or drop us a message at 07757 442778 to see how you can join in.
05.03.22 Goodbye and Good luck. On Tuesday night the band said a farewell to our conductor David Prest. He stepped in when our founding member and ex MD Keith Morley stepped down in 2018. Dave has done a wonderful job with the band and has helped us grow in confidence. We thank him for his time and guidance and we wish him all the best for his future. Thank you Dave, see you at our concerts.
12.01.22 New Year and Our Birthday. Happy New Year everyone, we hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed spending those special times with family. We are now back in the practice room after our Christmas break, we are looking forward to blowing the cobwebs off some music that is in our library and we are looking forward to the wonderful concerts ahead. Since been back in the practice room we have once again celebrated our birthday, 14 years!. Hasn't that time flown by? We are still thankful for all the support we receive throughout the year from all our supporters and venues up and down the country. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts and we look forward to seeing you at our concerts in the up coming year.
News from 2021
7.12.21 Last Concert of the year and Christmas Message. The last concert of the year found the band at Beamish Museum, playing Christmas carols and a selection of Christmas music to get everyone into the spirit of Christmas. Even though it was cold, the band enjoyed getting into the festive spirit, we even had a few children take turns in conducting the band. Beamish was the bands last concert however it wasn't the last of their playing. The band went along to help support Teesside Hospice by playing carols. The residents and the staff thoroughly enjoyed it and sang along as we played. Now as we reach the last few weeks of the year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you who has helped us out when we have been short on musicians, for the support you have given us and for attending our concerts up and down the country. Thank you and we hope you have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year.
17.11.21 Remembrance Sunday. The Band had the honour of playing at Middlesbrough's Remembrance Sunday this year. What a lovely experience it was, to be part of such a heart touching event which had such significance. Our Trumpet player Diane had the daunting task of playing Last Post, and what a task it is. Diane however did a fantastic job and had people in attendance crying at how well she played it. The band did themselves and the North East proud that day and have been asked to play again in 2022. Head over to the New Photos page to see photos from the day. "For your tomorrow, we gave our today" "We will remember them"
03.11.21 Remembering Trevor. The Band received some sad a few weeks ago. To say that our much loved Euphonium player Trevor Knowles had passed away. Trevor was involved in a car accident on the A177 on Monday 11th October. Trevor was a lovely man, he always had time for you. He was the other half of a duo act in band with his pal Dave who also plays Euphonium. They were always making jokes about the wrong notes that were played. The band had the honourable privilege of playing at Trevor's funeral. What a send off he got! The church was packed with people who all had a story or two to share about how they knew Trevor. He was a down to earth man who loved his family and his friends dearly. He will be sadly missed and will live on in our hearts and memories. We send all of love to his Family and friends on the hard times ahead.
15.09.21 Saltburn Concert and Recruitment. Our Saltburn Concert was a hit with the audience. They enjoyed the variety of music that we played and also had a sing along as well. The weather was nice to us that day, the rain held off and it wasn't too cold. Even though its been a rollercoaster of a year the band is thankful for the support and appreciation that you the audience have given us over the years. Cleveland Concert Band are still looking for new players. If you can play an instrument and can read music then why not pop along and see what we're all about. Maybe, we will become your second family.
25.08.21 First Concert of the season. Wow, what a concert it was. The feedback we had was lovely and uplifting to say we hadn't played for over a year. The audience joined in clapping and singing to a few pieces we played, they also requested for us to play one of our pieces again. It is so lovely to hear the feedback from everyone, telling us how well the concert went. Its been such a tough year for everyone and to see people smiling and clapping away was such a joy. The rain held off for us as well which was a bonus because it meant that we got a full afternoon of good entertainment. The band thoroughly enjoyed performing to the Friends of Ropner Park and are now in good spirits ready to entertain again at the next concert, which is at Saltburn Bandstand on Sunday 5th September. We hope you can all come along and support us once again.
11.08.21 Lead up to the concert and a New Member. We've been really busy over these last few weeks running through our programme for Ropner Park. We've been ironing out those wrong notes that have appeared from having our long unfortunate time off and by the concert, they should hopefully have disappeared. Along with getting rid of the wrong notes, we have also welcomed a new member to the band. We give a warm welcome to Alison who has joined us on Alto Sax and we hope she enjoys the fun times ahead with us. The band is still looking for new players to help expand our family, so if you know anyone who can play and instrument to a reasonable standard along with reading music. Why not get them to pop along for a blow and to get a feel of our atmosphere. Next Concert is 22nd August, we hope to see you there!
21.06.21 What a hectic few weeks! Where has the time gone? We've had a busy few weeks in the band room getting ready for our first concert of the season, at Ropner Park. Hopefully this weather keeps going the way its going and we get the perfect weather to put on a musical afternoon. The restrictions are also lifted but we as a band will still be following the rules from before, making sure we keep a distance between us and wearing masks were possible. We are now in a position to allow players to come and visit us for a blow, however we do ask that if you would like to do this could you please contact us through our facebook page or give us a text or call to 07757 442778 just so we know who to expect at our rehearsals. As all bands find you get players come and go due to their busy lifestyles, and unfortunately we've had to say goodbye to our Tenor Sax player Ben, who also just recently got married. So the band would like to Congratulate and say a sad farewell to Ben, we wish him all the luck for the future and hope he doesn't become a stranger. Roll on the next few weeks of busy rehearsals putting all the those wrong notes back into the right place haha!.
19.05.21 Were Back! Wow what a relief it was to be back. It was lovely to see everyone again and to hear all the sounds again last night. It was like nothing had kept us away. The jokes and the giggles were passed like before and even some odd notes were played too, but that was to be expected after having 18 months off. It felt good to just mix among people, catch up and check to see how people are doing. We do have to say a big Thank You to St Alphonsus for allowing us to make their church hall our home. We are thankful that the church hall is so big and it allows us to safely distance the chairs so we could allow a rehearsal to take place. We know that other bands across the country don't have that luxury and have to wait even longer before they can come back together and enjoy what they love. We are looking forward to next week and the music we will play. The band is looking for new members of the band to join, so if you can play an instrument and read music to a decent level, then why not contact us and see what were all about. You never know, Cleveland Concert Band might become your second family. Take care and stay safe. See you all soon.
29.04.21 Starting back. Finally we have a start date to be able to go back into the band room and start blowing those cobwebs away. All the risk assessments have been carried out and the necessary actions taken to go along with the government guidelines, along with keeping people safe. Our first rehearsal back will the Tuesday 18th May, it has been a long wait but finally there is light at the end of the tunnel. We would however like to ask all non members of the band to kindly contact us first if you are wanting to pop down for a blow, so that we can assess the number of people who will be attending the practice and whether there will be room to accommodate you. This is due to the government guidelines stating we can only have 30 people at a safe distance in the band room. If you don't follow our Facebook page why not head over there and give us a follow. We thank you all again for your support and will see you when our concert season starts.
24.02.21 Next few weeks. Well it was the news we have all been waiting for, the PM has announced the road to recovery and we are so excited for the weeks ahead. It will be a long process we know but slowly and surely we will get back to where we once were and we will be back travelling to our favourite venues in the area, with hopefully new ones too. Over the next few weeks the band will be looking into every situation needed to enable us to practice safely. While also taking every precaution to each other and follow the government guide lines that are set out. We can not wait to be back in the band room blowing out the cobwebs as its been a long time coming. Many plans to make and a long road ahead, but we re ready and we will come back better than before. For frequent updates please follow our Facebook page, stay safe and see you all soon.
26.01.21 Staying safe. We hope you are all staying safe during this uncertain times. We are missing our concerts and missing doing what we are passionate about, we are sorry we don't update you very often. However with their not been much change over the months we don't like to keep giving you negative news. We can not wait to be able to say "Were Back!" unfortunately at the moment it looks like we are going to be away for a little longer. We will be updating our sound tracks again to our Facebook page so if you'd like to listen to tracks we made for our C.D then head over to there and give us a follow. Remember to stay safe and try and enjoy the time with family as best you can. We look forward to getting back into the band room in the future and bring you all your favourite music gene. Take care everyone!
03.01.21 It's our birthday! Wow, 13 years we have been going and what a journey it's been. We started out as a group of people and over the years we have built up to the band we are today. Over the 13 years we have found venues booking us year after year and found our name has gone up and down the country. We have a name across the world, how amazing! But just like every band we have had our ups and downs. We have seen players move on to other adventures and we've also sadly lost people along the way. Our founding MD Keith Morley who sadly died in 2019 created the band all those years ago and he was very proud of what he had achieved. However we couldn't be the band we are today, without the followers. So we would like to say a HUGE Thank you, to you all. Thank you for the support, the sharing and the conversations with family and friends and for also attending our concerts. Without you Cleveland Concert Band wouldn't be heard of. Thank you for everything and we look forward to the next 13 years to come.
01.01.21 New Year. Happy New Year everyone, we hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas considering the circumstances. It was a shame that we couldn't be out at our venues playing you the wonderful Christmas carols you all like hearing at this time of year. We are hoping that this year brings us better news and that we can start enjoying our playing again in the months to come.