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12 Feb 2017 Upcoming Joint Concert with Gresley Male Voice Choir

We are excited about our first joint concert with Gresley Male Voice Choir, to be held on the 8th April 2017 at Hugglescote Church.

'Springtime With Good Company' will include some great individual performances from both Gresley Choir and Leicester Coop Band and including some special joint items, which will sound fantastic in the church.

15 Jan 2017 Butlins Mineworkers Contest 2017 - Highest Placed Mineworkers Band

The band have been spending a great time this weekend at the Butlins Mineworkers contest in Skegness. A great 4 day event. This was the first contest back in the First Section for the band, since ending a great 2016 competing in the Championship Section.

There was a tough field of 24 national bands this year to compete against. This was arguably made more challenging in that the band was drawn to play of the No 1. draw.

Following a rendition of the 'Queen' to start the event, the band went on to deliver a very creditable performance, where all players were happy with the performance, some feeling it was an improvement from the performance at the Leicester contest back in November, where we beat some credible Championship bands.

It was a bit of mixed result in that the band were announced as the highest placed mineworkers based band in the section (There were 4 bands with a history/connection to a colliery.)

On receiving the final positions, we were slightly disappointed to be only placed 18 overall. Specially considering one of the two adjudicators was the same person as at the Leicester Contest.

As seems to be the norm at this contest, all of our other midlands based band friends were also placed in general mid table obscurity.

More importantly everyone had a great weekend and as the Leicester contest, where we were awarded the best trombone section, again we were awarded a prize as the highest placed Mineworkers band.

The band are now looking forward to preparations for the North East Midlands Brass Band Association Contest in February and the Midlands Regional Contest in March.

29 Dec 2016 A Summary of our Year in the Championship Section - 2016

Well what a busy and successful year it has been for the Coalville based band achieving promotion to the Championship Section in 2016.

The year started with a great weekend attending the 'Brass at the Guild' (Preston) contest. Both a professional and fun weekend, staying at the Salmesbury Hotel and incorporating a masterclass session with Renowned conductor, Alan Ramsey.

The masterclass was a great way to build confidence to step up to our first 'Championship' contest. The Preston Guildhall is a great hall to play in and inspired the band to deliver a very credible performance.

Although the band were placed 7th and last (Although 2 other bands withdrew), the performance was of merit enough for the band to be invited to the May Spring Festival contest in Blackpool. Another first for the band in it's history.

The next contest was the big one... Attending the Midlands Regional contest. A daunting proposition, considering we would be in the company of such bands as Desford and Gus, who regularly complete at the National finals in the Albert Hall in London.

Again the band put on a very credible performance and were placed 11 out of 12.

With the way the points system work, unfortunately this position meant that we would be relegated back to the First Section in 2017, by half of one point!!

Our next contest was the first appearance for the band at the Spring Festival in Blackpool. Another great weekend socialising, as we stayed at the Herons Reach hotel. Although we came last in the tough field of 20 national bands, again the performance was credible and the weekend enjoyable.

We had our usual summer jobs including park jobs in Solihull, Melton and a performance at Coalville Picnic in the park.

Our final and arguably best contest performance and result this year was at the Leicestershire Brass Band Association contest in November. Some of the banding social media sites 'Tweeted' several complimentary comments and predicted that we could finish in third place. In the end, we came fourth and were also awarded the 'Best Trombone Section' of the day. No mean feat considering the competition.

We had a few personnel changes through 2016:

We said a sad farewell (For now) to Nick Lear, Jenny Shaw and Rebecca Aston

We welcomed Emily Rushton, who joins us from the Gresley band.

In summary, from the bands ambitions to get to the Championship Section by 2017, we achieved this a year earlier than planned. Whilst we all knew the tough task ahead to stay up in the top section with the way the points work, although we missed staying up by half a point, it has certainly been rewarding and proud that we could hold our own and perform credibly at the top level.

The added bonus is that with the First Section, it is a great section to play in, with some great pieces to play, whilst not having the added pressure that comes with playing at the top level.

So we look forward to the challenges of competing in the First Section in 2017 with excitement...

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10 Nov 2015 Welcome to Sarah Moore

We welcome Sarah Moore to the band, joining on the cornet section. Sarah has joined us from the Hathern band and previously from North Wales, where she played for the Seindorf Beaumaris band.

21 Jun 2015 Whit Friday 2015

On Friday 29th May, the band travelled up to Saddleworth for the annual Whit Friday marches.

Due to the event normally being in school term time, we have not attended for over 5 years, so we were all excited to attend.

Due to the event being well attended this year, we just missed out on completing a minimum of 6 village contests to be placed in the full Saddleworth results.

However we had a great evening and competed at Scouthead, Diggle, Delph, Dobcross and Uppermill villages. Thanks to Darren Stonehouse who volunteered to be the 'booking in' runner for the evening.

21 Jun 2015 Championship Challenge at Weston Super Mare Contest

Following the recent confirmation that the band will be promoted to the Championship Section in January 2016, musical director Graham Jacklin, decided that to help prepare the band for the challenges of test pieces in the top flight section, the Edward Gregson 2012 composition 'Of Distant Memories' was chosen for this years attendance at the Weston Super Mare Contest.

The players and musical director both relished the opportunity to perform such a technically and musical challenging piece and pulled of a commendable performance.

Unfortunately the performance did not impress the adjudicators, Steve Sykes and Paul Holland, placing us 5th out of 6 bands in the combined Championship/First Section.

However, as our primary goal was to challenge ourselves to prepare and perform one of the recent specially written Championship Section pieces, we more than exceeded our expectations in providing a confident and musical performance.

21 Jun 2015 Groby Slow Melody Contest April 2015

Several members of the Training and Senior band competed at the recent Groby Spring Slow Melody Festival, held at Groby College on Sunday 26th April.

The prize winners included:

Junior Slow Melody 10 years & under
Edd Culpin - First Place
Emily Capstack - Third Place

Junior Air Varie 14 years & under
Hannah Matthews - Third Place

Open Air Varie
Steve Barham - Third Place

Open Duet
Steve and Liz Barham - Second Place.

Link to Leicestershire Brass Band Association Results .


21 Jun 2015 Consistent Three Year Area Performance Secures Promotion to Championship Section

The band attended the Midlands Area contest contest on Saturday 7th March 2015 at the Bedworth Civic Hall. Out of a field of 17 bands in the First Section, we achieved the third top ten result over the last three years, securing 5th place.
This result continued to demonstrate the bands consistency and improvement in the Midlands First Section.

The Area contest is used to position bands within the five british brass band league tables and for each league, a bands average result position over three contest years, is used to promote and demote a band. The 2 bands with the least number and 2 bands with the highest number are promoted and demoted respectively.

As the band have been placed 7th, 5th and 5th over the last three years, the band have equal 2nd place points in the First Section. Therefore it is pleasure to confirm that the band will be promoted to the Midlands Championship Section from January 2016, the first time in the bands history. Here is a picture of some of the players celebrating after the event at the local public house.

Link to Midlands Area 2015 First Section Table The Midlands Brass Band Assocation Website .


21 Jun 2015 NEMBBA Contest Run Out for the Area Contest

The band attended the North East Midlands Brass Band association contest at the Postmill Centre on Sunday 22nd February 2015. Out of a field of 6 bands in the First Section, we achieved third place and the contest provided us with an understanding of the work still required to prepare the piece for the Midlands Area contest in March.
Nick Lear and Steve Barham were awarded the best Cornet and Euphonium players of the day respectively.

03 Feb 2015 Area Contest Preparation

Sectionals have been taking place over the weekend in preparation for the area contest.  The band are working extremely hard to perform at the area contest and obtain a good result this year.  Even a snow day last week could not stop the band from rehearsing!

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