2018 – Meet our new Musical Director!
The beginning of 2018 sees Matt Pithers appointed as the new Musical Director at Crewe Brass.
Matt recently left his position as Principal Clarinet of Her Majesty’s Irish Guards to move to the North West, and has accepted the role of Musical Director of Crewe Brass. He will be making his debut with us at the North West Area Contest in Blackpool.
We are delighted to make this appointment – Matt brings with him a wealth of talent, experience and passion. Everyone was very impressed during the audition process, and is thoroughly looking forward to the prospect of Matt getting the best out of the band at forthcoming concerts and contests. We now face the challenge of competing in the First Section again, and are looking ahead to a busy season of engagements – exciting times for us all.
And Matt is already putting the band through their paces! “I am delighted to have been appointed as the Musical Director of Crewe Brass. The opportunity of being a part of such a warm, friendly, driven group of musicians was too good to miss. The band is full of potential coupled with a willingness to learn and improve. Having just been promoted to the First Section at the beginning of the year, the future is looking bright. I look forward to achieving continued musical excellence with them in the years to come.”
The band is still in search of a few players to fill seats on a permanent basis: a 2nd euphonium, a cornet (position negotiable) and an BBb or EEb Bass. The band rehearse in Crewe on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7.45 – 9.45pm. To apply in confidence, please contact Gareth Mead on 07880 875250 or at email@example.com
So the band have all returned from there respective summer holidays and been busy preparing music for all sorts of different occasions; a marvellous charity concert in aid of Breast Cancer and Tenovus Care, an entertaining performance at the Wychavon Festival of Brass where creditable mid-table finishes were achieved in both the First and the Second Section, and proudly leading the Remembrance parade in Crewe Town Centre.
The band now starts to gear up for the festive season – you can check where we are next playing on our engagements page! One concert to especially note is our charity concert with The Nightingales on Friday 1st December raising money for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity Dementia Appeal. For ticket enquiries, please contact George Laycock (01270 580891, 07866 272707):
The Band doing what they love!
Lately Crewe Brass have been spotted out and about providing musical entertainment all around the local area! The past month or so has seen the band make an appearance in Crewe Town Centre supporting Creative Crewe at one of their Big Events in 2017, and then going on to a private party which saw guests showcasing their best dance moves to the Floral Dance!
The band were then proudly part of the Armed Forces Day in June, where they could be seen leading the parade in Queens Park, Crewe, before performing some lighter pieces to entertain crowds gathered in the park. For some action shots of the day see our gallery.
Meanwhile, in rehearsals, we have been working hard on preparing pieces for contests set to take place later on in the year, as well as working on the programme for their annual trip to the Ironbridge Brass Band Festival, held in the beautiful setting of the Ironbridge Gorge, on July 15th. The band thoroughly look forward to this event every year as it not only gives us an opportunity to show off the band’s musical talent but also gives us some eagerly anticipated social time when we all (hopefully!) get to bathe in the sunshine listening to some fantastic brass band music and enjoying a cold beverage (or two)!!
The band are still looking for a cornet or two and a BBb Bass to complete our line up so if you fancy joining a wonderful group of musicians please give our MD, Jamie Meredith, a call on 07773 774491!
Crewe Brass secure promotion!
Crewe Brass are delighted to confirm that from January 2018 the band will compete in the First Section of the North West Areas. The promotion follows years of consistent and successful results at the regional championships and is testament to the hard work and dedication of the band’s players.
Musical Director Jamie Meredith looks forward to developing the band further, saying ‘Promotion to the first section is a great achievement and I am very proud to have worked with the band to achieve such a fantastic result. The work to deliver in the first section starts now and personally I am really excited about working with the band to progress further’
Crewe Brass has a very sensible schedule of concerts, workshops and contests as well as a planned tour to Germany in 2018.
In order to further build on the success of their promotion the band are looking to recruit a second euphonium, BBb Bass and cornet player (position negotiable) to join the team. If you are interested please contact the band’s committee on firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful and Enjoyable Contesting!
After a couple of months of extra rehearsals, sectionals, home practice and all the other traits associated to brass band contesting, we enjoyed a successful contesting period to begin 2017. After a slow beginning (including being late whilst stuck in M6 traffic!!), we achieved an 8th place finish at the Brass at the Guild contest in Preston at the end of January. This was our first contest performance of the year, and although not everything went to plan as much as the band would have liked, we thoroughly enjoyed our day and this set us up nicely for the next one!
We then headed to Blackpool, for the North West Regional Contest, where we played off the number 14 draw out of 21 bands. This time though, things went much more according to the plan, and the band came off stage feeling very pleased with the performance we delivered. It even earned a fist pump from the MD! All that was left was to see what the adjudicators thought of it – and they felt it was worth a 5th place finish! Cue much celebrating from the band and a small glass plaque as a reward!! This provided a very nice finish to the first couple of months of 2017, however an even bigger competition was to follow the following week!
After all the rehearsing and practising, it was finally time to kick off our shoes and put some bowling shoes on for a friendly (or competitive!) go at ten pin bowling, where we truly found out the competitive nature of the individual band members and families, and also discovered the various techniques used in bowling! And with our bingo night at Shavington Social Club in April the next event on the agenda, the band is very much looking forward to fun and frolics, with a bit of brass banding as well, and we hope to see you there!
It’s Contest Time!
At this time of year Crewe Brass, like so many other brass bands across the country, are busy rehearsing for the upcoming contests. First up for us is Brass at the Guild held at the Guild Hall in Preston on Sunday 29th January, and then at the end of February (Sunday 26th February), we are off to Blackpool for the North West Regional Contest held at the Winter Gardens.
This year we are playing Rhapsody in Brass, Dean Goffin, which the band are thoroughly enjoying getting to grips with. You can come and hear us in action at either contest, or if you prefer hearing us a bit closer to home, we are playing at the MMU Crewe Campus StudentZone on Saturday 18th February 7.30pm, where we will join a host of other bands displaying their work on their respective test pieces as we all warm up for the big day ahead!
See poster below for more information!
You’re invited to a musical Crewe Christmas!
Two of Crewe’s best loved musical groups share the stage this Christmas
Crewe Male Voice Choir (www.crewemalevoicechoir.co.uk) will be joined by Crewe Brass for a fantastic joint concert of Christmas Carols and Festive Favourites this December. Also sharing the stage will be special guests Kevin Whitfield and Middlewich High School Choir “The Tuesdays”.
The concert will not only spread some Christmas cheer but will also raise money for local hospice, Hope House, a charity that provides care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales (www.hopehouse.org.uk).
Crewe Male Voice Choir Musical Director, Stephen Davies is very pleased to be part of this concert ‘this is the first time we will have held a Christmas concert like this and we’re really looking forward to be able to share the stage with other local musical organisations as well as raising money for such an important local charity’. Stephen’s comments are echoed by Jamie Meredith, Musical Director of Crewe Brass ‘there is nothing more traditional than a Brass Band and carol singing at Christmas and this concert provides just that. It will be a very relaxed and informal event with lots of audience singing, we’re even encouraging you to wear your favourite Christmas jumper!’
The concert is being held on Sunday 18 December at Student Zone, Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe Green Road starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £6.00 (£4.00 for children) and are available from Crewe Male Voice Choir (07796 548651), Hope House charity shop High Street , Nantwich, by contacting Crewe Brass or on-line at www.quaytickets.com (booking fee applies)
Joint Musical Success!! (October 2016)
Over the first weekend of October, Crewe Brass were delighted to welcome HHS Bischofsheim for a return visit reinforcing the strong links between the two bands that have been present for many years. HHS Bischofsheim arrived on the Friday afternoon and following an intense day of rehearsing on Saturday they joined Crewe Brass at the beautiful setting of St Mary’s Church in Nantwich for a spectacular evening of music. Both bands entertained the audience with a wide variety of music, with highlights including an impressive performance of Procession to the Minster by Crewe Brass, and an encapsulating performance of Lord of the Dance by HHS Bischofsheim. The evening was rounded off with the unusual but undeniably impressive sight and sound of Crewe Brass and HHS Bischofsheim together playing the Florentiner March and a rousing rendition of Highland Cathedral which brought the audience to their feet. The evening was a roaring success and the musicians enjoyed a well-earned post-concert party, with a German Beer or two, which cemented friendships both old and new. Crewe Brass are very much looking forward to returning to Bischofsheim in 2018 to carry on this treasured union between the two bands.
Crewe Brass takes to the stage at the Ironbridge Festival (July 2016)
On Saturday 9th July Crewe brass made their annual trip to the Ironbridge Museum to take part in the famous ‘Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival’.
The festival is probably the biggest non-competitive celebration of brass band music in England and takes place annually over one weekend in July. Entry is absolutely free of charge in the daytime on both Saturday and Sunday.
2016 is the fourth year Crewe Brass have taken part and we were proud to bring the first day of the festival to a rousing close, playing a 40 minute programme of brass favourites, old and new.
The programme launched with the fast paced ‘Belford’s Carnival March’ and the set also included a solo – ‘Feelin’ Good’ – played brilliantly by our Solo Trombone player Gareth Mead. A new arrangement of the folk songs ‘Swing low Sweet Chariot’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ were also performed which brought a quartet to the front of the stage and the band finished with an arrangement of favourites from the musical ‘Les Misérables’ – a chance the for the band and their three-strong percussion section to really shine.
The festival was also an opportunity for Crewe Brass’ to introduce their new principal cornet player, Chris Blaylock who joined the quartet to play the solo in ‘amazing grace’.
If you haven’t heard of the festival, take a look at their website here http://www.ironbridgebandfestival.co.uk.
We look forward to seeing you there in 2017!
We have a new website!!!! (June 2016)
Crewe Brass are proud to announce the launch of its brand new website where you can keep up to date on all the latest goings on of the band!!
Come follow the band! (September 2015)
Did you know that we have our own YouTube channel? If you have missed any of our concerts or performances at events like the Ironbridge Festival you can see them all in one place right here
Crewe Brass finds a new home! (April 2015)
Crewe Brass announced in January 2015 that they were in need of a new home after being given notice to leave their long term bandroom at Camm Street gym in Crewe. The response to this was overwhelming with an incredible number of groups, organisations and venues coming forward to offer their support…and the band are delighted to announce that they have a new home!
From the beginning of May 2015, Shavington Primary School will host the band for their twice weekly rehearsals and look forward to welcoming them to the school and to developing a close working relationship.
Headteacher of the school, Dan Thomas, is delighted with the new arrangements ‘The school is in the heart of the community and is a fantastic resource and venue, we are delighted to be able to support Crewe Brass and see this as the beginning of us starting to work together. Many of our pupils here at Shavington Primary are having music lessons as part of our curriculum so having a brass band based at the school will provide inspiration for our young musicians’
Jamie Meredith, musical director of Crewe Brass, is equally as pleased with the band’s new home ‘Crewe Brass is a community organisation and we’re incredibly proud of the way the band works with local charities and organisations and this new bandroom firmly cements our position in the local community. Most of the players in the band started out at school and having the opportunity to work with the pupils of Shavington Primary School in the future give us the chance to give something back’
Keep an eye on the Crewe Brass facebook pages and this website and come follow the band!