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#saveourbrassbands

Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band is part of a national initiative launched by Brass Bands England to save the many UK brass bands who are struggling to survive through the COVID-19 pandemic. Brass bands are a core of their local community, and many risk disappearing altogether without your help. 

Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band and Junior Band are trying to raise funds to help keep our bands running. We need to find income not only for general running costs, but to make our band room COVID safe. We would normally be preparing for our busiest time of the year now when we earn most of our revenue.

Crowdfunder, Brass Bands England and baritone player, Melanie Sykes, have teamed up to launch #SaveOurBrassBands, a new national campaign to save hundreds of UK Brass Bands struggling to survive the Covid-19 pandemic.

Before Covid-19 hit, communities would come together to enjoy Brass Band performances in towns and cities across the country. But Brass Bands have seen their main source of income disappear in an instant when they had to stop putting on performances in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. A significant loss in income over the Summer months, paired with necessary expenditure needed to make rehearsal spaces Covid compliant means that many Brass Bands are in a perilous financial situation.

Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s talented Brass Bands. Please help us to make sure our bands survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.

You can read more about how to support us through this movement on our Support Us page.

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Ireland’s Visit from Brass on the Mind

Last night the band had a break from it’s normal pre-contest preparations, as we welcomed the inspiring Tabby Kerwin into the bandroom to talk to us.

After a busy weekend at the NEMBBA contest, where we didn’t quite get the performance we would have liked, doing something a little bit different has given the band a rest and renewed the determination amongst players.

Tabby spent the evening discussing and addressing mental health (good and bad) both in and out of a band setting, and was also able to spend some time with us on related matters such as anxiety, nerves and how to approach and deal with these. There was plenty of opportunity for players to be involved and offer their input and thoughts on the bands performance and playing.

It really was an inspirational evening with loads of great feedback from players who felt it was a very worthwhile evening.

Tabby has recently spent time with AoBBA discussing mental health in brass bands, and has written a number of articles in the brass band press about the subject, and we were grateful for her time and input tonight.

To any band considering getting Tabby along to discuss mental health & brass on the mind matters we at Ireland would strongly recommend you book her sooner rather than later as we have no doubt she will be in great demand.

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New Signing at Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band

Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Band are delighted to announce the signing of Bronwen Buttery who is joining the band on solo euphonium. The signing comes following the departure of the Oke family.

Martin, Liz and Emily Oke joined ICCBB a year ago with Martin playing solo euphonium and Liz taking the solo horn seat, accompanied by their daughter Emily on first horn. The year saw great improvements from Emily with her eventually stepping into her mum’s shoes as solo horn. With the progression of their daughter’s playing in mind, the family have made the decision to return to Thoresby Colliery Band in the Championship section.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Liz says “The past 12 months at ICCB has been great fun and has enabled Emily to continue to develop her skills as a player and improve her confidence as the solo horn player for the band.  This has been achieved through the support of Lindon and everyone at the band.  We would like to thank everyone for their support and in making us feel extremely welcome during our time at the band.

We are extremely sad to be leaving ICCB, however our aim as a family has always been to play at championship section level together, so when we received an unexpected call from Thoresby Band asking all 3 of us to join, we felt it was too good an opportunity for Emily in particular not to join.

We will miss everyone and wish the band well for the future. “

The solo euphonium seat will be filled by Bronwen Buttery. With over 30 years of brass banding experience, Bronwen is joining from Whitwell Band. Bronwen initially started playing cornet as a child and during school moved onto playing trombone with numerous bands including ICCBB’s Youth Band. Most of her playing years were spent on trombone up until around six years ago where she moved onto euphonium.

The band are inviting expressions of interest to fill the solo horn seat and can be contacted via social media or by email at iccbbmedia@gmail.com

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Armistice 2019

The band were extremely proud to take part in their two annual services of remembrance today. Firstly at Staveley in the morning, then later on leading the procession through Chesterfield for wreath laying at the memorial outside the town hall.

It was great to see both services so well attended and a huge well done and thank you to our ‘bugler’ Alex Cummings for his moving last post this morning.

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Crossley Park, Ripley Summer Concert

The band continued with their summer concerts this weekend at Crossley Park, Ripley where they were joined with a happy audience, sun and an ice cream van!

Click here to see the band performing The Essence of Brass for BrassfestUK.

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Charity Concert in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice

The band played their first concert of the year last night to a packed audience in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. They were also supported by jazz duo Cool Sax and Sue.

We’ve had confirmation from Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice that the joint concert with Cool Sax and Sue raised £543 for the charity!

You can see a short video of how much fun the audience had here.

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Ireland’s Angels

The band are delighted to introduce our very own angels! Katherine Shaw, Emily Oke and Zoë Shaw (from L-R).

Katherine and Zoë have both joined the band on front row from Rockingham Band. They started music lessons at the age of ten through school and chose to join the brass banding world through Whitwell Training Band. Three years later, they were progressing so well that they were added to the front row line-up of Whitwell’s main band. After a short break from contesting with Creswell Band, the twins returned to the contest stage with Rockingham Band. Both are still playing for Creswell Band and we at Ireland are delighted to welcome them to our recently-evolved front row. 

We are also delighted to welcome back Emily who joins us on first horn. Emily originally joined the training band in 2014 and moved to Pleasley Colliery Training Band where she worked her way up the seats, eventually sitting on first horn within the main band. Emily’s parents have played a huge role in her development as a player and have recently made the decision to take a back seat in their own playing so they can focus on Emily’s, leaving their seats at Thoresby Colliery band and also joining Ireland.

All three of Ireland’s Angels joined the band at the beginning of the year, giving them plenty of time to get stuck in with the test piece Rise of the Phoenix. Each one delivered an outstanding performance at the recent Area contest in Bedworth which has fuelled our excitement at what is to come from this promising trio.

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Area 2019

After weeks of hard work and home practice, the band took part in the Midlands Second Section championships yesterday. After very early alarm call’s we arrived in Bedworth at 8.30am. 

Drawn to play first out of 13 bands we gave a performance we were very pleased with, and come results time were delighted with our 6th place – securing our place in the second section for another year. It was a great day out rounded off by a lovely meal enjoyed by all members on the way home.

The band look forward to working on the programme for our upcoming concert on April the 6th at the Speedwell rooms in Chesterfield.

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Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Add to the Ranks

Alys Mae Revill is the latest addition to the ranks at Ireland Colliery Chesterfield as the band looks forward to a busy end of the year.

Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Band has announced the appointment of Alys Mae Revill as their new solo trombone.

Alys last played for the Newstead Band, but after a short playing break helped Ireland out for a couple of engagements and was tempted into joining.

MD Lindon Bolt told 4BR: “Alys is a fabulous player and brings a touch of class to the top of our already strong trombone section.

I’m delighted she has joined, and along with the other players we have attracted recently gives us great momentum with a busy concert and contest period ahead.”

Alys joins other recent signings, Clare Gregory, Alex Cummings and Tabitha McAlpine on cornet, along with Bob McEwan on Bb Bass and Matt Keeling on percussion.

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Lindon Bolt Takes the Baton

ICCB are delighted to announce that Mr Lindon Bolt has joined our team as Musical Director following a rigorous audition process. Lindon has been a friend of the band for several years and has helped us out on a number of occasions in the past, including preparing us for the recent 2018 area contest. Having previously conducted Dinnington Colliery Band and Deepcar Band, Lindon is also a very talented tuba player having played at all level’s and he brings a wealth of experience, enthusiasm and energy that will lead us to further success. The band are delighted to be working with Lindon and are looking forward to a long and successful partnership. Welcome Lindon!

“I’m very pleased to be given the chance to be part of the team at ICCB. I’ve always admired the bands friendly atmosphere and willingness to be innovative. The band is so well organised, and I have instantly felt part of the band. I’m really looking forward to what the future brings!” Lindon Bolt.