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Trio of new players for Enderby Senior Band

Enderby Senior Band has announced the signing of three new players as it looks forward to a new era.

Reporting on the organisation’s website, the band says that filling the vacant 2nd horn seat is Neil Orton. Neil is returning to playing after a two year break, and brings with him a wealth of experience having played for a number of First and Championship Section Bands previously.

Meanwhile the band welcomed Alex Baldwin on Soprano Cornet.

Alex is a former student of London College of Music and Drama and Birmingham Conservatoire, and joins the band after helping on the Solo Cornet bench for last year’s Wychavon, Leicester and Milton Keynes contests.

Photo Sean, Alex and Neil
New signings L-R Neil, Sean and Alex. Picture courtesy Enderby Band Organisation

Finally the band is delighted to announce that its new Principal Cornet is Sean Doughty.

Sean is well known to the whole Enderby Organisation, having cut his playing teeth in the Youth Band and progressing into the Senior Band, before leaving to take the principal Cornet Seat at City of Coventry Band. He returns to the band as a student of Music Performance at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Trevor Hounsome
Trevor Hounsome takes the Assistant Principal’s seat

Current Principal, Trevor Hounsome (pictured right) will take the Assistant Principal’s seat and will be on hand to support Sean’s development as a player.

A Senior Band spokesman stated:

‘We’re pleased to have secured three very good players in quick succession, especially after a disappointing performance at the Area and the departure of our conductor, Simon Jones. Neil has played for the likes of Banks’ Brewery, Jaguar Cars and Jackfield amongst others in the past, so adds crucial strength in depth to the band and it’s always good to see retired players coming back to banding.

“Alex is clearly a very accomplished player, and we think he will prove a real asset on such a key seat, and of course we’re delighted to welcome Sean back to the Enderby fold. All three are fitting in really well and we’re looking forward to the future together.’

In fact Sean’s return brings the total number of current and former Youth Band players now playing in the Senior Band to ten – which is something the whole organisation is immensely proud of, and speaks of the success of its player development program.

The band now has a busy few months as it prepares for the Woodfarm Contest, Whit Friday and Pershore Festival of Brass, as well as auditioning applicants for the vacant Musical Director’s role.

The spokesman added:

‘The combination of the Area result and Simon’s departure could be seen by some as the start of a downturn in the band’s fortunes, however we made real progress last year and the Area was simply a bad day at the office.

“With these signings we have filled two vacant seats and significantly strengthened our front row, and we are very pleased with the number and quality of the applicants for the MD’s role.

“It’s going to be a busy few weeks now as we try to prepare for the contest while running MD auditions in parallel, but the band’s outlook is very positive indeed and we are looking forward to the rest of 2015 and the future.’

News item sourced from Enderby Band Organisation website [http://enderbybands.com/content/newsview.php?id=72]

Enderby Band look for players to complete line-up

enderby bandThe Enderby Band have announced they require a number of players to complete their line-up.

The positions to fill are:

  • Soprano Cornet
  • 2nd Horn
  • Solo Trombone
  • Principal Percussion

In a news item on the Band’s website they say they are ‘sorted‘ for the forthcoming defence of their Midlands Area title. After that event they will be looking to fill the above seats with permanent players.

The Band say their 2015 schedule is filling up with a good mix of contests and concert engagements.

They go on to describe themselves as “…a friendly bunch, who work hard in the band room before enjoying a pint in our local afterwards“!

Anyone interested in joining the Band, or just fancy a chat about the announced vacancies, please contact Danielle Thomas on 07974 392076, or Chris Stanley on 07855 625556


Enderby Senior Band finish the year on a high

Enderby Senior BandMembers of the Enderby Senior Band are reflecting on a pleasing end to the year’s activities, and are looking forward to using the recent run of good contest results to build as they prepare to defend their 1st section midlands regional title in 2015.

In a news item on the Band’s newly revamped website, the organisation reports:

After a disappointing placing at the national finals in September, the band have been extremely busy, fitting in two appearances at Leicester’s prestigious Curve Theatre, organising and performing their own remembrance concert, leading the remembrance parade through the village of Enderby, entertaining the crowds before the recent Leicester Tiger’s European Cup game at Welford Road, and competing at Wychavon, Leicester and Milton Keynes contests.

The hard work and commitment of the players and musical director, Simon Jones paid off with a third placing in the 1st section at Leicester and fourth place in a combined 1st and championship section at Milton Keynes, being the highest placed 1st section band and beating several established championship outfits along the way.

After the contests Simon reflected on a hectic period for the band:

‘Our preparation for the Autumn contests started a couple of months ago and was managed alongside a busy concert schedule. Whilst it would have been amazing to have retained our Leicester title, the main thing is that we were generally happy with our performance of English Heritage and ultimately felt our 3rd place was well earned. The band worked hard to improve things we felt could be better and  we were well rewarded with a 4th place at Milton Keynes in a section dominated by championship section bands – a fantastic result for any 1st section band!’

The band rounded off the year with their Christmas Concert on Monday 15th December, before taking a short break over the Christmas Holidays, picking up the contesting baton again in January at Butlin’s, and then working towards the defence of their Midlands Regional Title.

Simon is very happy with the progress the band has made under his leadership, since he was appointed Musical Director in June 2013 and commented:

‘In my 18 months with Enderby Senior Band, a commitment to well-structured preparation and solid performances on the contest stage have helped us enjoy some good results, including a couple of wins along the way. Results haven’t always been on our side, but that is the way it goes sometimes – contest results in isolation don’t tell the whole story – and so our focus has to be on ensuring we continue to build and promote a culture of development and sustainability. Going into the Area next year we’ll have a full 3 point lead on the next highest placed band in our section, and of course that’s a really good position for us to be in.’

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Enderby Band’s revamped website is now up and running

In fact, 2014 has been a bright year for the whole Enderby Band Organisation, which encompasses five bands containing over one hundred musicians of all abilities and ages.

Earlier this year Enderby Concert Band won first prize in their section at the Wood Farm Brewery Contest and a band made up of players from the Organisation’s Youth Band and Concert Band successfully retained not only the unregistered section title at Leicester Contest, but also the best soloist prize too.

The Organisation’s ongoing commitment to player training is bearing fruits with several players moving up from the Junior Band to the Youth Band, and from the Youth Band into the Senior Band.

Associated link: Enderby Band website (Latest News)

Enderby Band – a ‘new chapter’


Enderby Brass band are in the process of change and are advertising for a new Musical Director as a result of Jonathan Mott’s enforced retirement through ill health.

The band had hoped he would be in a position to resume his role once back to full health, but he has decided to step down.

The organisation says it intends to use the appointment of a new Musical Director to open a new chapter in the band’s illustrious history.

As so often happens when a band is without a permanent full time Musical Director, a number of players have been tempted away to other bands and so the organisation is therefore looking to recruit around half a dozen players to bring them back to full strength.

The band rehearses on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 8pm to 10pm; then some call in at the pub on the way home!

Alongside ‘Enderby Band’, their partner bands in the Organisation (the Youth, Junior, Concert and Wind Bands) continue to thrive with a combined membership of over 100 players.

The Youth Band recently finished in joint first place at the Action Medical Research Youth Brass Band Entertainment Festival of Great Britain.

All four bands welcome beginners through to experienced musicians of all ages, allowing them the opportunity to enjoy their playing.

Any former player with the band – or a player wishing to join a successful friendly band can call Dave Stanley, Senior Band Chairman, on 0116 2866103 or Chris Stanley (Stan), Senior Band Manager, on 07855 625556.

Stan vcan also be reached on rugbystan@gmail.com for more information on any of the bands or details for attending a rehearsal.

» Visit Enderby Band’s website

Early photographs presented to Enderby Band

Neil Townsend receives framed early photographs of Enderby Band
Neil Townsend (L) receives the framed early photographs of the band from Garth Young (R). Concert Band conductor Stewart Osgood is in the centre, and featured soloist Stan Lippeatt, formerly of Grimethorpe Colliery Band is seated on the right.

At their recent highly successful joint concert with the Concordia Choir at the Parish Church, Enderby Concert Band trombonist Garth Young presented the Enderby Band Organisation with two framed photographs of the original Enderby Band dating from about 1895 and 1910.

Contributor Brian Screaton tells us the photographs were received by the Band’s President, Neil Townsend, and will hang in the Band Room at Huncote.

The Band has a third historic photograph, dating from 1931, and showing the band of that era in front of Enderby Hall.

Garth has a connection with this photograph, inasmuch as his father, Ernest, was then the Bandmaster, and is third from the right on the front row.

Garth’s grandfather, Charles, is thought to have been a founder member of the Band.

Garth is keen to establish the names of certain players in the photograph (below), particularly the cornet player fourth from the left on the back row, the two trombone players third and fourth from the left on the middle row, and the euphonium player third from the left on the front row. If you have any information Garth would be delighted to hear from you on 0116 2862419.

The Enderby Band in 1931 pictured in front of Enderby Hall
The Enderby Band in 1931 pictured in front of Enderby Hall

 More archive photos….

Enderby Band in front of Enderby Hall
Enderby Band in 1895 – in front of Enderby Hall (Photo courtesy Garth Young)
Enderby Band (aka Village Orchestra) outside the National School in 1900-1910.
Enderby Band (aka Village Orchestra) outside the National School in 1900-1910. This is a fairly well known photo and has appeared in at least one book (Photo courtesy Garth Young)