The band's Christmas season was a success, starting early, on November 19th, with a day trip to York, where we played outside Betty's cafe in St Helen's Square, and the following week with our Pie and Peas evening at the Masonic Lodge. We played at the Christmas lights switch on in Hebden Bridge, welcomed commuters at Hebden Bridge Railway Station, entertained the folk of Mytholm Meadows sheltered accommodation, members of Mytholmroyd Working Men's Club and shoppers at Morrisons supermarket in Todmorden to name but a few events. A highlight was our appearance on ITV Yorkshire's Calendar Christmas special - with our Musical Director Richard Brier - being interviewed live! And we raised £514.99 for the Candlelighters charity with the collection at Carols in the Square on Christmas Eve.
Thanks to everyone who took part in, or turned out to support us, at our "Massed Blast" in Hebden Bridge on Saturday, March 12th. Particular thanks to the band of the Yorkshire Regiment from Huddersfield for turning out again. Thanks also to all those representing Friendly Band; Todmorden Community Band; Hall Royd Band, Shipley; Hammonds Band, Saltaire; Milnrow Band; Clifton and Lightcliffe Band; Linthwaite Brass Band, Huddersfield; and to all the individuals and any other band members who showed up and haven't been mentioned here.
Thanks also to the band's founder, Brian Robinson, who came along and conducted several pieces .... and also to our musical director, Neil Robinson .... for a brilliant idea.
Band members, parents and friends had a fantastic time at Jamie Scorer's 18th at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. The band played first, with Jamie doing a fine job as guest conductor for a couple of pieces.
Neil thanked Jamie for being a committed, enthusiastic and long-standing member of the band, saying he remembered Jamie as a seven-year-old telling him he had 'done a good job' at conducting!
A barn dance followed and here are a few photos to show a good time was had by all.
Intrepid 'band dad' Simon Buttler braved the icy waters at the Lee Dam Swim in Todmorden to raise a fantastic £500 - to be split between the junior band and the Calderdale flood relief fund. Simon, dad of trombonist Alex, also did the swim last year, raising £85 for the tour to Poland. But this year's causes obviously moved people to dig deep, so a big thanks to everyone who sponsored Simon - but mostly thank you to Simon himself. He has apparently just stopped shivering.
We, like most of the Calder Valley, have fallen victim to the Boxing Day floods and have now moved to our temporary new home, thanks to Friendly Brass Band who have offered us both storage space and use of their bandroom. We are very grateful to them - they obviously live up to their name. Our own storeroom and rehearsal room at the Holme Street Art Centre was badly flooded. We have managed to save most of our instruments but have lost a number of cases, a large quantity of music as well as banners, outfits and memorabiia. We may be down, but thanks to Friendly Band, we are not out. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays (school term time only) at 6pm for both A and B bands and at 6.30pm on Mondays for A Band only at the Friendly bandroom, Water Hill Lane, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2UA (next door to Friendly Fisheries.) If anyone is struggling to get here please contact us and we will help where we can. : Liz 07709653466; Megan 07879998151; Mary 07910192611;Claire 07725173393.
Hebden Bridge Junior Band was established in 1971 by Brian Haydn Robinson who retired from the role of Musical Director after more than 30 years in 2003. The band provides musical education and opportunities to perform for local young people aged between 7 and 19 years of age.
As well as performing annually at local events the band is much in demand across Yorkshire and further afield for outdoor summer concerts and Carol recitals. Every other year, the band raises money for an overseas tour, taking over 30 young people to play in towns and cities in Europe. The band is entirely run by a volunteer committee and is primarily funded through public donations and engagement fees.
We provide more than 20 lessons a week and run a B Band for improvers, alongside the main Junior Band.
Our current Musical Director is Neil Robinson.