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Enderby Senior Band Welcomes New Faces

enderby band4The Enderby Band says it is pleased to announce the signings of Rob Wilshaw and Matt Capaldi in preparation for a busy year end.

The Band’s website reports that Rob will take the solo trombone seat and brings a wealth of experience with him.

Originally from Stoke on Trent, Rob is a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire and has previously played for Trentham Brass and Forester’s Brass 2000, before joinindg the famous Foden’s Band at the start of the year.

Unfortunately Rob’s work commitments meant leaving the band recently and Enderby were quick to snap him up for the vacant solo trombone seat.

Commenting on his new position, Rob said:

‘I’m thrilled to be asked to join the Enderby Band and I’m looking forward to the busy diary of concerts and contests. Enderby has great support and I’m looking forward to working with Simon who has a huge pedigree with bands right at the very top.

I’m sure his guidance and experience will help to shape Enderby into a force for the future.’

Meanwhile, Matt will be playing repiano cornet and comes to Enderby from the Shephard Group band. Hailing from York, Matt is currently studying International Relations at the University of Birmingham.

On joining Enderby, Matt commented:

‘The band was so welcoming and friendly when I went to a rehearsal I already felt at home. There’s a great atmosphere in the bandroom and the band work really hard, but still manage to have fun in rehearsal.’

The band’s musical director, Simon Gresswell was understandably pleased with the new members, stating:

‘Matt came recommended to the band by Richard Wilton MD of Shepherd Group Band. He is a fantastic addition to the cornet section and we are delighted to have him on board.

I was also delighted to secure the services of Rob. He is a fine trombone player who has gained lots of experience having played with Foden’s recently, Rob will enhance the band greatly.’

The band is now hard at work preparing for a busy Autumn season which sees them competing at Wychavon Entertainments Contest and their ‘home’ LBBA contest, as well as performing at two of Leicester’s biggest concert venues – DeMontfort Hall and Curve Theatre.

Band spokesman, Ian Hayto stated:

‘The band is really buzzing at the moment, and Matt and Rob are very welcome additions. We’ve been looking for the right player to fill the solo trombone seat since May this year, so we are delighted to have a quality player like Rob to do that.

Matt came very highly recommended to us and is already proving to be a valuable member of the cornet section. The timing is just right too with the contests and big concerts coming up.

The concert at Curve is a huge event – a commemoration of World War Two and it is sure to be a sell out on the night. It is also due to be broadcast on radio so it will be great publicity for the band. Things are very positive with the band at the moment, it’s a thrill and privilege to be part of it.’

The concert at Curve is titled ‘We’ll Meet Again’, and takes place on Wednesday 11th November, the DeMontfort Hall concert with a combined Rock Choir from the Area takes place on Saturday 28th November.

Please see the respective venues websites for ticket information.

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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)