Our Musical Director is Richard Brier - a former Hebden Bridge Junior Band player himself from many years back.  He plays with Hebden Bridge Band and one of his aims on recently joining the junior band is to forge strong links between the two outfits.  Already several members of the junior band have been invited to rehearse with - and some to also join - the senior band. 

All members (A Band and B Band) pay a regular subscription for band membership and also for lesson fees & instrument hire (if required). Details of the amounts are set out in the table below.

As an example, the monthly charge for a child who is not yet attending band practice sessions, but is having lessons along with instrument hire is £18 per month or £72 per term.

If there are two or more children from the same family in the band, then the second and subsequent children will not be charged for instrument hire.

Hebden Bridge Junior Band fees

   

 

Monthly fee - 12 monthly payments

Term fee - 3 payments per year

Annual fee

 

 

 

 

Band membership

£12.00

£48.00

£144.00

 

 

 

 

Instrument hire

£3.00

£12.00

£36.00

 

 

 

 

Lessons

£15.00

£60.00

£180.00

 

 

 

 

Total

£30.00

£120.00

£360.00

       


Most fees are paid to the band by standing order on a monthly basis and this is the preferred method. For details on how to set up the standing order please contact the Treasurer by email :  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Main Band

The Main Band (or A Band) is made up of young people who have developed their playing skills through lessons with the band and elsewhere and have learned to play as part of a group with B Band. We currently have around 25 members of Main Band. Band members need to be really committed to the Band as they need to rehearse regularly as well as play at several engagements throughout the year.

Since the floods of December 2015 Junior Band has been without a permanent home but is currently housed Hebden Bridge Masonic Lodge, on Hangingroyd Lane. Rehearsals for A Band are normally held term-time only, on a Monday and Thursday from rom 6.30 - 7.45pm with B Band rehearsing between 5 and 6pm on Thursdays.



Our latest CD, ‘One Step Beyond’ is available direct from Hebden Bridge Junior Band at £8 each plus postage and packing (Standard delivery per single item for UK is £1.25).

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Hebden Bridge Junior Band is for 7 to 19 year olds in the Upper Calder Valley who want to develop their music skills as part of a brass band.

We provide lessons, regular B Band and Main Band rehearsals and play up to 40 engagements each year.

The band is open to anyone in the age group who wants to play a brass instrument or percussion. We do not exclude anyone on the grounds of musical ability or on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, class or disability.

We provide subsidised lessons for new learners, developing musicians as well as established players. Anyone aged between 7 and 19 can apply for lessons and we provide these on a first come, first served basis.

Lessons are usually in 15 minute sessions - school term time only. Lessons take place on

Mondays between 4.30 and 6.30 pm

Thursdays between 5.00 and 6.00 pm

We employ experienced brass players as our resident music teachers.

Our teachers are CRB checked.

The Association

Hebden Bridge Junior Band is an Association and operates under a set of Memorandum and Articles of Association. The Association is maintained by a small group of Trustees and operates on a day to day basis through a Band Committee.

2016/17 Committee:

The Committee is elected annually from its members and the Committee then elects its Officers. The band members nominate two Band Representatives who are voting members of the Committee.

Hebden Bridge Junior Band is run on a voluntary basis by parents and supporters with the invaluable help of a professional Musical Director.

All Committee Members, the Musical Director and Music Teachers are CRB checked. The Officers, Band Reps and Honorary Committee Members for the year 2016/17 are:

Richard Brier (Musical Director)

Liz Glassbrook (Chair)

Megan Horne (Vice Chair/Lessons)

Claire Bull (Events)

Mary Johnston (Treasurer)

Jim Bennett (Secretary)

Sue Holmes (Press/publicity/fundraising/tour organiser)

Simon Butler (Child Protection)

Julia Gravestock (Tour 2017 organiser/fundraising)

Rachel Stott (Wardrobe)

Tom Creese

Lily Bennett (Band Rep)

Jack Holmes (Band Rep)

Honorary Positions:

Anne Bridges (President)

Alison Fairclough (Vice President)


Responsibilities

All committee members take on a range of responsibilities to support the week to week operation of the band. These roles include Bookings; Lessons Management; B Band Supervision; HR; Fundraising (Events); Fundraising (Grants); Touring; Press & PR; Uniforms; Child Protection.

All parents and carers of Band Members are asked to help in the running of the band in any way they can. This might be turning up and helping at engagements, sitting in on rehearsals, looking after instruments and the band library or baking for the regular fairs we attend - there is always something for everyone to get involved in.

Child protection and good practice in working with young people are at the very heart of what we do and Hebden Bridge Junior Band takes issues of child protection very seriously. All Committee members (including non-voting members), music teachers and our musical director are all CRB checked with Calderdale MBC, the local authority covering Hebden Bridge.

Hebden Bridge Junior Band subscribes to the National Federation of Brass Bands and follow their Child Protection policies and procedures. A copy of these procedures are always available for inspection at the Bandroom or they can be viewed by downloading a pdf version of the document here. CHILD PROTECTION POLICY & PROCEDURES

Junior Band has a designated Child Protection Officer. This is currently Anne Bridges.

Junior Band has signed up to Easyfundraising. Supporters can raise funds for band by registering with Easyfundraising and using it when shopping with 2000 online retailers including all the big stores.

It is a free service and the ‘cashback’ donations vary between 0.5 and 15%. Here’s the link to sign-up and start supporting Junior Band:

http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/hbjb

The Junior Band wears a uniform which varies slightly depending on the occasion. The four variations are STANDARD, EVENING WEAR, CHRISTMAS  and CASUAL.

 

Hebden Bridge Junior Band is proud of the town's deep-rooted association with brass band music.  The town is the birthplace of 'Mr Brass' himself, Harry Mortimer, CBE , the composer and conductor who specialised in brass band music. He is regarded as the world's best ever cornet player. Harry Mortimer was one of three sons of Fred Mortimer, who was the conductor of Hebden Bridge Brass Band.

Whilst the following quote from Harry Mortimer does not refer directly to our band, it shows the atmosphere of the town perfectly!

"...it was at Hebden Bridge that my life started.
There is something about the Pennines which encourages music. The majority of bands of all grades come from the geographical area surrounding this great line of hills, and Hebden Bridge is as typical as any. Perhaps it is the sheer beauty of these hills which encourages men and women to get together to make music. Despite the noise and the rush of the modern world the Brass Band still holds its place in the lives of these people. You can still hear, on practice nights, the notes of the band on the night air: the warmth of the euphoniums, the insistence of the cornet and the steady throb of the bass. The quality of music and playing has improved almost beyond recognition in my lifetime, but the spirit has always remained the same. To be a member of the local band is as much an honour now as it has ever been."

 

Hebden Bridge Junior Band was formed in October 1971 and has been going strong ever since.  We practice twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays and play engagements throughout the year and are particularly busy in June and July and in the lead up to Christmas.


Regular events in our calendar include a Spring Fair and an Autumn Fair at our Hebden Bridge Bandroom. These are public events to raise funds for the band, to publicise what we do and encourage other young people to get involved. They are also important events for B Band members as B Band always plays at these fairs.

The Junior Band supports the Remembrance Sunday Parades in the valley each year, providing a marching band and church band for the  Mytholmroyd service as well as buglers to play Reveille and Last Post at Mytholmroyd and Blackshawhead.

As well as supporting numerous fairs, events and charity concerts throughout the year, we usually play at one or two civic events on behalf of Hebden Royd Town Council, we join in the parade and open the Mytholmroyd Gala regularly and are the main feature at the annual Candlelighters event, Carols in the Square on Christmas Eve in Hebden Bridge.

The Junior Band has a long history of international touring. Every two years we organise a one week tour abroad - a big undertaking for a band of young people organised entirely by volunteers and funded mainly through subscriptions and donations at engagements.

This year (2017) we are heading for Holland where we are hoping to take part in international brass festival and forge links with brass bands in Amsterdam and Utrecht.

In 2015 we travelled to Krakow and Zakopane in Poland .... then in 2014 we went to our twin town St. Pol in France.

In 2013 we played in Paris at the Eiffel Tower, Notredame and EuroDisney.