Senior band took part in the contest, held in Ripon Cathedral and organised by Ripon City Band, for the 1st time at the beginning of June. Competing against adult bands the Senior Band were delighted to come away with 1st place and the soloist award for Nat Martin. A report from 4barsrest can be found here;
The senior band had a great day on Friday 20th March competing in the Saddleworth Whit Friday band competitions, marching to Army of the Nile, and playing Knight Templar on the stand. They were first on in Delph at 4pm, then followed through to picturesque Dobcross. From a marathon march through Greenfield they competed in Friezland and then up to the top of the hill at Lydgate. After that was Grotton and then back up to Scouthead. They made Denshaw by the skin of of their teeth and closed that concert in heavy rain with the national anthem. Eight competitions in one night was a fantastic effort! The playing started in warm sunshine and the promised rain arrived at about 7.30 and then varied between heavy and monsoon. This was our first outing with our new bomber jackets, which came out at Lydgate and proved to be both smart and waterproof!
Results have been coming out over the weekend and the final results for Tewit are:
Dobcross - 2nd Youth
Greenfield - 2nd Youth
Friezland - 1st Youth
Grotton - best Youth Deportment
Scouthead - 1st Youth and Youth Deportment
Denshaw - 2nd Youth
As always, the band looked great, played well and represented Tewit in the best possible way.
We featured heavily in the BBC North West Tonight local news article on Friday evening.
Pictures and some video of our day can be found on the Tewit Youth Band Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TewitYouthBand/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
Chairman, Tewit Youth Band
The Junior Band have taken part in the Nationals at the RNCM for the first time. Playing in the Junior Section they were not placed but were awarded a Certificate of Merit. The band received very favourable comments from 4barsrest.com and the adjudicators. Quote from Kathryn Woods; "They played really well & got some great remarks. Everyone is happy!!"
The Senior Band were next up in the Intermediate Section. Their 20 minute set consisted of the test piece(Funk Engine), The Irish Blessing, My Ain Folk, featuring principal cornet Peter Clark, and they finished with Horizons.They were awarded third place and a gold award, their second gold in 3 years. Their awards ceremony finished just in time for band members to move to the other hall and support the Intermediate Band in the Junior Section.
The Intermediate Band also received favourable comments, especially Sop Morgan Medcroft for his solo, Solitaire. The Band were awarded a Silver Award, their 2nd in 3 years.
Well done to all the MDs and all the players. The future is bright.
The bands have been getting shoppers in the Christmas mood by playing carols in the Harrogate branch of Marks & Spencers. Many thanks to the generous people of Harrogate for contributing to much needed band funds by putting money in our collecting tins. Well done to all that played and to the parents that collected. A special thanks to Dave Dunn-Birch for his MD'ing.
The band held their annual Christmas Concert at Harrogate High School. A sell out audience was treated to an enjoyable evening of music, ending with the massed band of around 90 players crammed on stage. Thanks to players, MD's, providers of prizes and mince pies, and all those that helped on the night.
We are delighted to welcome Martin Hall as the new Musical Director of the Senior Band. Despite Martin only being with the band for a few weeks, he has already conducted the Senior Band at the MFY finals on stage in the Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
We hope to enjoy many more great experiences with Martin and wish him all the best with the band.
Both The Junior and Intermediate bands competed in the Harrogate Competitive Music Festival earlier on this year. Both bands were awarded a distinction award! Congratulations to all involved.
More congratulations go to the Intermediate Band who won the Deportment Prize at the Morley March Contest. This is a great achievement as the band have won this award for the last 4 years running!
The weekend of 13th-15th June 2014 will be remembered for a long time by Tewit Youth Band.
On Friday 13th June Senior Band traveled to Saddleworth for the Whit Marches, hoping to defend their 2013 Area Youth Champions title. Many of the band had spent the morning in exams so they were ready for some light relief.
The band follows a tried and trusted programme of villages, but this year it was decided to visit Dobcross for the first time in a few years - more of that later. The band was first on at Delph, marching to Slaidburn, then playing Castell Coch as the standing march. They then moved onto Scouthead, Lydgate(on you tube), Friezland, Grotton, Dobcross and finishing at Denshaw.
With MD Dave Smith on Black Dyke duty the band were brilliantly led by Dave Dunn-Birch. So it was a surprise to the band at Grotton to find Dave Smith standing in front of them ready to conduct. Black Dyke were in the queue to perform, so DS had some time, and Tewit put on a performance for Dyke members. Both Tewit and Dyke took 1st place and the deportment prize in their respective contests there.
So to Dobcross. The performance can be found on you tube, the band took 1st youth place, 1st deportment, and solo prizes for Peter Clark on solo cornet and Joe Martin on Sop. The trombone section also won a prize. The band took further prizes at the other 6 villages. From the 7 villages they won 13 prizes, including the solo awards at Dobcross. Unfortunately this was not quite enough to become area champions again, which is calculated by some complicated formula and depends on many things, but nevertheless it was a fantastic performance from everyone. The last bit of good news was that the bus didn't break down this year.
So on to Saturday. Several parents and senior band players had entered Knaresborough bed race. They were joined in the parade by the Intermediate Band, and some junior band members. They all had a great time and won the award for most entertaining bed. In addition they have already raised about £800 for band funds.
There are videos on Youtube, search for Tewit Youth Band.
On Sunday the good news continued.
The Intermediate Band travelled to Morley to take part in the March and Hymn Tune contest. They not only won the Youth Deportment prize for the 3rd year running, but this time they also won best hymn tune by a Youth Band.
Many congratulations to all the band players, to MDs Dave Dunn-Birch, Steve Heningham and Dave Smith. Also to the Drum Majors Jonny and David Owens.