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A Hat Trick of Signings for Enderby Band

Enderby Band are delighted to announce three new signings in the run up to preparation for the National Finals at Cheltenham this month.

The Enderby Band website names them as:

Charlie DenneySolo Trombone

Charlie started playing aged 12 at school and at 17 he gained a place at the Junior Birmingham Conservatoire, progressing to the Senior Conservatoire the following year where he has just finished his second year.

Under the tutelage of Ed Jones and Tony Howe, he enjoys the variety of styles trombone can offer, from Banding to Show playing. Before joining Enderby Charlie played for the Staffordshire Band winning the first section area on Solo Trombone. Away from playing, Charlie enjoys reading and long walks with his dog, Casper.

Andy MayellSolo Euphonium

Andy brings a wealth of experience with him to Enderby having previously played at Championship National Finals, Grand Shield, British Open, Brass in Concert and Mineworkers Contest.

His first experience of music was at aged 8 when played the violin. He soon realised the error of his ways and took up the Euphonium a couple of years later. Andy played with many local bands within the Kettering and Corby area and joined the Northamptonshire Youth Band aged 11 on baritone under the musical directorship of John Berryman. Andy progressed on to Euphonium a year later and later held the principal seat for 4 years.

Andy’s first taste of top section banding was with Towcester Studio Band who were then in the championship section. During his time with them Andy became junior slow melody champion of GB twice within 3 years. Aged 15, Andy was appointed to the principal euphonium seat at Kibworth Band who were completing in the championship section at this time.

Whilst studying music at college in London, Andy played for Redbridge Brass. After leaving college he returned to the Kibworth Band and during that time performed as a soloist with bands in Holland, Germany and USA.

Andy has also played with Rigid Containers/Travelsphere (now known as Virtuosi GUS) under the direction of some of the great conductors including John Berryman and Frank Renton and also The Ransome Band with Peter Parkes and Russell Grey. After Ransome’s he moved to Enderby Band to complete his first stint with us.

After taking a couple of years out, Andy returned to play Euphonium at Harborough and Kibworth Bands. He then moved to Jaguar Land Rover Band, winning the Senior Cup and gaining second place in the Grand Shield in consecutive years during his time there

Andy is now back at Enderby for second spell and is looking forward to the National Finals in September and the prestigious concerts and contests planned for later in the year and into next year.

Lewis ReadCornet

Lewis has joined on back row cornet. Lewis is one of the Organisations success stories, having learned to play cornet in the Enderby Junior Band, he progressed from there to the Enderby Youth Band where he played both cornet and more recently soprano cornet. Lewis has now taken the next step up and joined the Enderby Band to sit alongside the rest of our talented back row.

Band Chairman, Ian Hayto commented:

“These are great additions to the Enderby line up with a huge variety of experience. It’s also fantastic to see yet another player moving up through the Organisation from our Junior and Youth Bands to join the seven other players currently in the Band who are also home grown”.

Ryan RichardsRyan Richards, Musical Director said:

“I’m really looking forward to working with Andy, Charlie and Lewis and welcome them to the band at the start of a very busy period. All three of them add quality and strength to the band”.

[Source: Enderby Band website 30/08/18]

Enderby Band report “fun and awards” at Summer School

A number of players from the Enderby Band Organisation, including ten players from the Youth Band, attended the Wessex Band Summer School in Dorset last week.

On its website, the Enderby Band Organisation reported “It’s an event that many of our players look forward to each year.

“Our euphonium player Sophie was awarded the Ron Cornelius Cup for the euphonium player making the most progress through the week.

“Konnie, who has helped us out on percussion recently, was awarded the Sarum Sound Cup for the student 15 or under making the most progress through the week.

“Greg who plays in our Wind Band, and who is also Chairman of the EBO Management Committee, received the Courtney Bosanko Shield, which is awarded to the student who has shown loyalty and commitment to the course over a number of years.

“Congratulations to Sophie, Konnie and Greg on their well deserved awards.

“Well done to all the players for their hard work and commitment over the week.

“The concert finale, with over 150 wind, brass and percussion players was something rather special.

» View the Enderby Band Organisation website

Enderby Remembers

Members of the community in Enderby joined in a procession to remember over a million British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in both world wars and in more recent conflicts.

Remembrance Day procession

Local residents joined with Parish Councillors and members of the Royal British Legion, along with several local organisations to process through the village, led by musicians from the Enderby Band and standard bearers from the local Scouts and Guides.

The procession took place on a chilly but sunny morning and culminated in a Remembrance Sunday Service at Enderby Parish Church, conducted by the vicar Jerry Taylor.

During the service focus turned to the war memorial as names of the fallen were read out, a number of wreaths were laid and The Last Post was sounded.

The Service concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.

Remembrance Day procession

Remembrance Day procession


Display at Enderby Community Library
Display at Enderby Community Library


Enderby War Memorial

St John the Baptist Church – Enderby

Two marble plaques; one above with hooded nowy head
bearing carving of cross and WW1 names beneath;
tablet below plain with WW2 names

[War Memorial photo & description: Leicestershire War Memorials | Enderby Heritage Group]

[Other photos: Procession – LG (EYE viewer) | Library Display – Enderby Community Library]

Enderby Band entertain with their Annual Christmas Concert

Members of the Enderby Band played to a packed audience for their annual Christmas Concert at Enderby Parish Church.

The two-part concert on Monday 19th December saw the Band, under the baton of their Musical Director Simon Gresswell, invite the audience to participate in a number of popular Christmas carols.

Apart from Christmas carols, the evening’s programme also contained numbers from West End musicals including ‘Anthem’ from the musical Chess (Anderson, Rice & Ulvaneus arr, A. Duncan).

Enderby Band perform Xmas Concert
Enderby Band perform to a packed audience in Enderby Parish Church

The audience were also treated to guest solo performances by Lucy Cutt on flugel horn – ‘My Love is Like a Red Red Rose’ (G Langford) and ‘Away in a Manger’ (P.Graham).

Also making a guest appearance was accomplished and experienced soprano Sarah Stephens who wowed the audience with ‘Think of Me’ from Phantom of the Opera (A Lloyd Webber) and ‘O Holy Night’ (A. Adam arr. K.Wilkinson).

A 30-prize raffle was drawn on the evening and refreshments were available during the interval.

After the final piece, the popular ‘Troika’ (S. Pokofieff arr. R Farr) left everyone tapping their feet, upbeat and reluctant to allow the band to finish without an encore!

The band duly obliged and the audience showed their appreciation with loud applause.

More information and news of forthcoming events is available on the Enderby Band website www.enderbybands.com

Musical Director Simon Gresswell leads Enderby Band to competition success

enderby band simon gresswell with trophy
Simon Gresswell

Simon Gresswell’s tenure as musical director of the Enderby Band started in the best possible fashion after the band were awarded 1st place in the inaugural Bolsover Brass in the Bandstand contest on July 12th.

The band’s website reports that they played a varied 30-minute concert programme which included three pieces of original music, as well as crowd-pleasing favourites.

Adjudicator, Glyn Williams praised the band’s attention to the basics of band playing, as well as their overall sound, closing his remarks by stating that he felt it was “a performance that had everything”.

An elated Simon said after the results:

“I’ve won many trophies but none has given me as much pride as my first win as conductor. The band deserves enormous credit as they beat some good competition today, and I’d like to thank them for their hard work and dedication”

A spokesman for the band commented:

“We’re all absolutely delighted with the result today. Obviously it’s a terrific start under Simon’s direction, but what is especially pleasing is Glyn Williams’ praise for our attention to the basics of good playing, which is something Simon has been really concentrating on over the last six weeks. Its great to see that Simon’s hard work is already paying dividends”

The band is now busy preparing for the remainder of its summer concert commitments, and two prestigious appearances at Leicester’s Curve Theatre and DeMontfort Hall in the Autumn, as well as resuming competition at the Wychavon Festival of Brass.

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The winning team!

Shirebrook Winning Programme:
Enter the Galaxies (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)
A Little Prayer (Evelyn Glennie arr. Robert Childs)
Share My Yoke – Cornet Solo: Sean Doughty (Joy Webb arr. Ivor Bosanko)
With Fire and Sword (Peter Graham)
Deep Harmony (Handel Parker arr. A Broadhead)
American Salute (Morton Gould arr. Simon Kerwin)
The Irish Blessing (Joyce Bacak arr. Stephen Bradnum)
Phoenix (Peter Graham)