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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
As in previous years, the band paid their respects to the fallen this Armistice Sunday by leading two parades – Staveley Remembrance Parade and Chesterfield Remembrance Parade.
Crossley Park, Ripley 2019
On Sunday 7th July, the band took to the bandstand in Crossley Park, Ripley to entertain families in the sun.
The band are delighted to introduce our very own angels! Katherine Shaw, Emily Oke and Zoë Shaw (below 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. 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
Area Contest March 2019
After weeks of hard work and home practice, the band took part in the Midlands Second Section championships on Sunday 10th March. After very early alarm calls 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.
Ireland Colliery Chesterfield add to the ranks
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.
Shirebrook Contest July 2018
We enjoyed a ‘warm’ reception at the Shirebrook Entertainment contest on Sunday and while our result was a little disappointing the Adjudicators remarks were fair and commended much of our performance. Congratulations to Forresters who were worthy winners. It was great to see so many bands competing at this local contest which goes from strength to strength.
New MD announcement
“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.
We 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!
May Day Parade
On May Day 2018, as Chesterfield’s premier brass band, ICCB were proud to support the annual May Day parade. The band turned out in full force despite the ‘record breaking’ hot bank holiday weather to lead the parade around the cobbled streets of Chesterfield Town Centre. See the link for the full Derbyshire Times article.
Our Coal Mining Heritage
We are proud to have provided the music to this short Landart film about our coal mining heritage in Staveley.