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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 Dodgeball star in an ‘underdog story’ …with a very happy ending!

Leicester Ligers celebrate their victoryWe did it! A true Underdog story as The Leicester City Ligers were crowned UKDBA National Dodgeball Champions for the first time in our History, writes Simon Moody.

The Leicester City Ligers Dodgeball team from The Enderby Dodgeball Academy ventured up to Sheffield for the UK Dodgeball National Championships, the biggest prize in UK Club Dodgeball.

The Ligers faced a group with the reigning champions The Meteors from Lutterworth, Northern Dodgeball League (NDL) rivals The Leeds Snipers and Irish team Kapow!

16 of the best teams from across the UK took part in this event. The Ligers were a wildcard entry after missing out on original qualification at the Midlands Qualifying event.

First up for the team was the reigning Champions The Meteors. The team were in full control from the start, accurate strong throws and exceptional catching from the Ligers lead to the team securing a very impressive 7-3 victory.  A very big win and a great start to what was to be a memorable day.

The Ligers then followed up this win with 8-2 wins over Leeds and Kapow! The team were in control and confidence was high as we moved in to the Quarter finals against NDL rivals the Manchester Killer Bees.

A tight quarter final

This quarter final was exceptionally tight – the two teams had fought for the League title all season with the Ligers always getting the edge over their Manchester rivals. The match was tied at 4-4 and going in to the 5th and deciding game the Ligers were down to 1 player against 5 with 30 seconds to go.

Like something from Dodgeball The Movie, Jake Hurman took 2 stunning catches with Scotty Whitelaw hitting a player out which gave the Ligers victory! Jubilation followed as the team made it to their second National Semi final the last one being in 2008.

Next up for the team was Warwick University –  3 time Nationals Champions – who had recently been relegated to the NDL after years of being in the Dodgeball Premier League (DPL).

The confidence in the team was high and we felt unbeatable. The team took apart Warwick piece by piece with stunning catches, unbelievable Dodging and hits that were just devastating. The team were in full control and got in to their first Major Nationals Final after an 8-2 victory.

The final…

The final was against Leicester rivals The Minotaurs who also were in their first Nationals final and knocked out last years finalists The Bedford Eagles in the Semi finals and knocking out last years Champions The Meteors in the Quarters. The Minotaurs were overwhelming favourites for the match.

The Minotaurs took the first game with the Ligers winning the next 3 games to be 6-2 up in games. The Ligers were in control and the team were 1 game away from being crowned the National Champions when they had a minor setback with the Minotaurs taking the 5th game it was 6-4 to the Ligers.

The 6th and final game saw a changing moment. Richie Gray took two unbelievable catches and the team were 2 v 2 on players when Richie and Jake took down their last two players with accurate and strong throwing and won the National Championships!

Leicester Ligers Dodgeball Team
(l-r) Top Row. Ben Lowen, Simon Moody, Richard Moody, Tom Mason, Shaun Scott,
Bottom Row, Jake Hurman, Scotty Whitelaw, Robert Lee, Richard Gray


The scenes that followed were utter joy and celebrations! The team that qualified via the Wildcard Playoffs became the first team to win The Nationals as a wildcard entrant and a complete outsider to take the National Trophy home.

This season the team have won the North Division League 1 Title, The Wildcard Tournament, The East Midlands Christmas Trophy and The UK National Championships!

Quote from the Captain Simon Moody:

“ The Nationals title win caps off an incredible season after winning the League Title.

“A dream come true and so proud of how well the team has played all year.

“We felt after the Meteors win at the group stage anything was possible. Its taken 9 years of hard work, but we finally did it! A true Underdog story.

“We overcame the reigning National Champions, the Meteors, in our group – along with Kapow and Leeds Snipers.

“We then progressed to the quarter finals where we faced Manchester Bees in a very close match where we won in the last dying seconds.

“We then overcame a semi final match against Warwick University followed by a great final against fellow Leicester Rivals the Leicester Minotaurs.

“The team are delighted to add this silverware to our Christmas Open, NDL 1 North League Title and Wild Card Playoff.”