Hebden Bridge Band

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29th December

The band would like to welcome Kirsty Rogers (Cornet), Matthew Watling (Euphonium), Troy Kelly (Baritone) and Jen Ahearn (Trombone) to their ranks ready for the new year.

27th December:
Thanks to players leaving the band for various reasons - Andi Cook, Jenny Cook, Hannah Binns and Matt Wrigley. Thanks for all your efforts and best wishes for the future.

A special mention to Euphonium player Dave DeMair, who has returned to the USA after completing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music.

23rd November
Hebden Bridge Band wins 2013 BRASS FACTOR!

The band travelled to the Picturedome in Holmfirth under the Musical Direction of Iain McKnight and delivered an excellent performance on the night amid the smoke and lights on the BRASS FACTOR stage. The judged noted that the band delivered a more traditional program than some competing bands, but did so with precision and musical quality. The audience also helped pick the winner using a voting system and Hebden Bridge came out on top to pick up the trophy.

The band played :

The Fox Fanfare (arr Andi Cook)
Stingray (arr Sandy Smith)
Blue John (Trombone soloist Charlotte Horsfield)
Freigukeln (arr Sandy Smith),
The Witch of the Westmerlands (arr Philip Harper)
Victory! from Cry of the Celts (Peter Graham)

29th September 2013

The band would like to thank the following players who have left the band following the National Finals last weekend:

Dominic Wood (Cornet) - good luck with your studies at University.
Mark Ayres (Trombone) - Congratulations on your recent promotion at work.

Matt Wrigley (BB flat bass) will leave the band shortly due to a new job in the North East.

The Band would like to welcome the following players to the band:

Graham Horsfield (EE flat Bass)

Graham joins daughter Charlotte in the band, and will join Ian Coleman on EE flat bass. Rick Cowans will return to his BB flat bass seat to join Andi Cook.

20th September





The band would like to thank anybody who purchased a ticket for our draw, which raised over £450 towards the cost of our travel to the National Finals in Cheltenham.


The band has completed its line up for the First Section National FInals in Cheltenham on 22nd September. Since qualifying in March, the band has added to following players to its ranks:

Matt Murray (Cornet)
Rhianwen Head (Cornet)
Ian Davis (Cornet)
David De Mair (Euphonium)
Mark Aryes (Trombone)
Matt Wrigley (BBb Bass)
Jenny Hart (Percussion)

2013 Heritage Weekend

Heritage Concert June 15th

The band performed to a large and appreciative audience, delivering a varied program which tested all sections of the band. From the first strains of Knight Templar it was obvious the band was going to deliver a great performance, and so it proved. The technical demands of The Marriage of Figaro were well met, and the band went on the give excellent renditions of Ticket to Ride, Lendalfoot and closed the first half with Laudate Dominum by Edward Gregson. In between these items, the Guest Soloist for the evening, Alan Hobbins delighted the audience with some beautifully controlled playing in Swedish Hymn and Nessun Dorma. He finished his first spot with Buglers Holiday, joined by Colleen Smail and Dom Wood.

The band began the second half with Strike up the Band, The Dambusters March (as a 70th Anniversary tribute) and a world premiere performance of The Lost Allemande, by Gareth Davis.

Alan Hobbins returned, this time on Soprano cornet, and began with the lovely duet Pie Jesu, with Kelly Hayes on Flugel. Alan then played a great arrangement of Vilja, penned by Andi Cook. Alan's final piece was Demelza, and by this time the audience were in no doubt they had heard a soloist of the highest quality.

There was a poignant moment for the band as its Solo Euphonium, Amy Smith, was joined by Ian Plant to play Softly as I leave you. This was Amy's last concert with the band before she departs to take up a new job in Dubai. Best Wishes Amy.

The band saved its best until last, as a sparkling performance of Fire in the Blood by Paul Lovatt Cooper came to an immense conclusion, which prompted a standing ovation among the audience and demands for an encore.

The concert was compered in fine style by Jason Smith, and during Alan's solo items were conducted by Les Smail.

March Contest Sunday June 16th

The contest was again blessed with a fine day as ten bands competed for over £1000 in prizes in St Georges Square in Hebden Bridge. There were many highlights in a wonderful afternoon, enjoyed by a large crowd of tourists and band supporters alike.

The biggest cheer of the day was prompted by the performance of the march "Circus Parade" by Wardle Blast. The performance by this group of very enthusiastic children including great playing, funny moments (well done trombones !!) and even singing!!! The audience just loved it and the children looked like they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Full results are as follows:

Overall Winners March and Hymn Tune
The Alan Bottomley Memorial Shield

Marsden Band

March: 1st Marsden
2nd Drighlington

Hymn: Marsden

Best 2nd Section: Elland Silver

Best 3rd Section: Golborne

Best 4th Section: Clifton & Lightcliffe B

Best Youth: Elland Youth

Best Youth Soloist: Elland Youth

Best March "on the march": Drighlington

Deportment: Littleborough

Best Turned out: Senior: Richard Knight
Junior: Ashley Scott

The prizes were presented by the current Lord Mayor of Hebden Royd, Councillor Carl Boggis. The adjudicator was Alan Hobbins. The band would like to thank all the sponsors who made the event possible.

St Georges Hall, Bradford. Sunday March 3rd.

The band played number five from the thirteen contenders in the First Section contest. The performance was the culmination of a huge amount of hard work by Alan Hobbins and the band since Christmas, including the Butlins and Preston contests. The interpretation of "Brass Triumphant" was described by the judges as "clear winners" and gave the band a great win over nearest rivals Drighlington and City of Bradford.

All the bands soloists, Colleen Smail, Steve Gardner, Ian Coleman and Jack Royal played exceptionally well, whilst Euphonium player Amy Smith topped the lot and collected the Best Soloist prize.

The band will represent Yorkshire at the National Championships at Cheltenham in September, and will return to Championship section status in 2014.


At the National Mineworkers Contest at the Butlins resort in Skegness, an excellent performance of the test piece AD UNDAS - TO THE WAVES by Gareth Churcher saw the band awarded fourth prize for a line up of some 26 bands from across the UK. Several weeks hard work by the band and MD Alan Hobbins paid off when the band drew number 25 and had to wait many hour between draw and performance. The band were delighted with the result, and are now looking forward to the Preston and Area Contests.


We would like to welcome 2 new players to the cornet section with Dom Wood joining the front row and James West coming in on the Soprano Cornet seat.
Both players improve the cornet section ready for the up and coming contest season.


In its first contest under new conductor Alan Hobbins, an excellent performance of Prisms by Peter Graham resulted in the band being awarded third prize in the Open Section at the Leicester Contest. After several weeks of good preparation, the band gave a confident and assured performance of the work which was was good enough to beat many established Championship section bands lower down the order.

Some fine playing from the bands soloists Colleen Smail (Cornet), Steve Gardner (Horn), Amy Smith (Euphonium) and Ian Coleman (EEb Bass) gave the music some real class. A very musical reading of the work by Alan Hobbins and some excellent playing from the band was enough for adjudicator David Read to think that only two other bands bettered it on the day.

The band were delighted with the result, which shows that in the first few weeks working with Alan, things have definately started to go back in the right direction. The band is now looking forward to its Christmas work, and then the Butlins Contest in the New Year with a great sense of anticipation.


The band is pleased to announce that Alan Hobbins has accepted the position of Conductor, and will start rehearsals this week for the forthcoming concert and contest season.

Alan's appointment concludes a long process of auditions, and the band would like to thank all the applicants who expressed interest in conducting the band.

Born in the Leicester area, Alan started playing cornet aged 8 with Desford Colliery Youth band. At the age of 12 he joined William Davis Construction band and in 1989 he became one of the youngest players ever to join Brighouse and Rastrick, aged 13.

After leaving school, Alan studied music at Salford College, then went on to study conducting at Barsley College with Major Peter Parkes.

Alan has a long and distinguished playing career, including Britannia Building Society, Grimethorpe, Leyland, Faireys and Yorkshire Building Society. He has toured Brazil, Australia and Canada and appeared as a bandsman in the film Brassed Off.

Alan took up conducting in 2004 with Marsden, and has since conducted Sellers International, Wingates, Carlton Main Frickley, Pemberton, Boarshurst and Flixton, whilst also continuing his playing career.

The band looks forward to a long and succesful relationship with Alan as its musical director.

3rd September 2012

The band would like to welcome Charlotte Horsfield on trombone. Charlotte is a very talanted musician, and the band is delighted to have her join the ranks.

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