In a change to the news format we are going to just add a continual Blog of news
February 2017-The band are delighted that for the first time (we beleive)
in the bands history we will be promoted to first section as of January 2018.
The band came 2nd out of 21 bands at yesterday's North West Area contest,
which secured promotion. We have also qualified for the National finals for
the second year running ( not bad for a band who enter just one contest a
year). We wont be atending the finals this year as we are already booked to
visit Germany but it is very nice to have gained the invite. As you can imagine
the band are dleighted.
November 2016 -. In the remembrance period the band is set to play in Nantwich. Meanwhile our Corps and some of the band are assisting the West Yorkshire Police band in Ypres Belgium as they commemorate the losses of the first world war.
October 2016 -In what has been an incredibly busy year the band and drums performed in Ellmau , Austria on what was such an enjoyable and memorable trip. We hope very much to be invitred back in the future and certainly seem to have impressed with three great performances
September 2016. The band competed in the 2nd section National Brass Band finals ibn Cheltenham. We performed at our best that day but alas not our day, with a disappointing result. That said for a mainly non contesting band to be there at all, was quite an achievement.
On the weekend of 10/11th June the Band recorded its 2d CD at the Winsford Academy . Over two days we recorded 20 tracks and the next stage will be a meeting between the recording engineer and our MD to ensure the best recording possible ends on the final CD. We hope that the Cd wil be release in August/September. Many thanks to both Richard Scott ( recording Engineer) and Nigel Birch (music advisor) for their help and patience during the recording. Also to our guest players who assisted us and covered for regular members who could not be present.As an appetizer the tracks on the CD are :
Castel Coch T J Powel (F Richardson Ltd)
Drink to me only Trad. Arr Gordon Langford - (Chandos Music) Soprano soloist Sarah Sanders
Viva la Vida - Coldplay Arr Frank Bernaerts (Bernaerts Music)
Dear Lord and father of Mankind - CH Parry Arr Bolton/Banks ( Studio Music)
Cheek to Cheek - Irving Berlin Arr Fernie (Musikverlag Frank)
Doyles Lament Peter Graham (Gramercy Music) Flugal Soloist Sarah Raisbeck
Mac the Knife - Kurt Weill - Ar Goff Richards - (Obrasso - Verlag AG)
Flower Duet - Delibes Arr Philip Sparke ( Studio Music)
Happy -Pharrel Wiliams -Arr Michael Brown (April Music)
Dark Haired Marie - Goff Richards (Studio Music) Soloist Rachel Woollam
Music John Miles Arr Philip Sparke (RAK Publishing)
Theme from Band of Brothers Michael Karman Arr Darrol Barry ( Bernaerts Music)
Mr Sandman Pat Ballard Arr Alan Fernie ( Obrasso - VerlagAG)
Sarah Sanders / Rachel Woollam/David Motterhead /Abbie Edwards/Stephen Gardener
Mask of Zorro - James Horner Arr Sandy Smith ( Obrasso - Verlag AG)
Bring Him Home - Claud-Michel Schonberg Euphonium Soloist Ian Sanders
Pirates of the Caribbean - Klaus badelt Arr Bruce Fraser (Musikverlag Frank)
Olympic Fanfare and Theme - John Williams- Arr Peter Graham (Obrasso - Verlag AG)
The Dove - Trad - Arr Densil Stephens (Sarnia Music) Horn Soloist Annabel Stapleton_
Floral Dance - Katie Moss Arr Derek Broadbent - (Chappel Music)
Procession of the Nobles - Rimsky-Korsakov - Arr Ashmore (Hallamshire Music)
" Police Band off to the finals"
The band of the Cheshire Constabulary is celebrating success at the recent North West Area Brass Band competition which was held in the Winter Gardens Blackpool.
They have just qualified for the National Brass Band finals in September after being placed 2nd out of 18 bands in their section in last Sundays Competition.
Musical director Dave Woollam said " It was a great result for the band, we are not a prolific contesting band as we tend to concentrate on concert performances so to qualify ahead of so many fine bands is quite an achievement and I'm delighted for the band"
The band & its Corps of Drums has a busy year ahead, in addition to the bands appearance in the National Finals the band & drums are performing concerts and leading parades in Cheshire and beyond. May sees them record their 2nd CD and they have been invited to perform in Austria in October ( which is of course self funded by band members)
Says Dave " The band is as popular as ever, we are already fully booked for 2016 and we have confirmed dates for 2017, I feel very proud that Cheshire's own Police band is as popular as ever"
Their next concert is on Saturday 23rd April at St Andrews Crewe when they will be appearing together their Corps of Drums.
Further concert dates can be obtained via www.cheshirepoliceband.co.uk or
indeed Facebook under Band and Drums of the Cheshire Constabulary
I am delighted to anounce that the band has been invited to appear at the inaugural Alpine Brass Festival which is to be held in Ellmau Austrian in October 2016. The band and Corps of drums will be performing in front of truly international audiences including the potential for a high altitude concert on top of the Hartkaiser Mountain. We are very excited at the prospect of this visit, which will be solely self funded by the band members with generous contributions from the event organisers. No Police funds will be used..
That was the year that was. Well is certainly has been another busy and eventful year for the band.
February saw us consolidating our position in the 2nd section of the North West Area September and we are looking forward to improving on last years result this March when we compete again. Highlights of the year included appearences at the Whit Friday Marches and very successful concerts at New Brighton and another sell out concert with Audlem Voices in December
One of the most memorable concerts has got to be the British Legion Remembrance concert at Nantwich Civic Hall with the Jedburgh Pipe Band. Packed out , it was both entertaining and emotive. This was followed by a fine display from the band at remembrance Sunday at Winsford. ( such is the popularity of the band is is booked up until 2019 for remembrance Sunday). As with all years the band finished with a busy Christmas period with lovely performances at Malpas, Chester Cathedral and (as mentioned previously) Audlem. A truly fitting end to what has been a great year.
This year we already have some engagements that are new to the band. Audlem Music Festival in May. The Bolesworth Classic event and a charity event at Church Minshull Marine in July.
Of course nothing remains the same and in the last 12 months we said good bye to some members notably Jenny Daniels Richard Hewit. Jen had led the band for two years but has decided to move to pastures new and we thank her and wish her ( and Richard) well. It was also nice to welcome back Sarah Barnet on solo Horn who returned after a maternity break and to the most recent addition of Annabel Stapleton on Flugel Horn.
This means that we start a new year with a new Principal cornet, new to the role, but not to the band, as Rach Woollam moves into the hot seat from Flugel Horn.
We are now looking forward to another sucessful and rewarding year and would like to thank all those who have worked with, and listened to, the band in 2014.
26th December 2013
That was the year that was. Well is certainly has been en eventful year for the band. February saw us competing in the 2nd section of the North West Area for the first time in nearly 30 years. The band only returned to contesting 6 years ago and in that time has steadily risen up the ranks, not a bad acheivement for what is essentially a non competing band! May saw us spending a weekend at Haslington Primary school near Crewe where we recorded our first ever CD. Inspite of a few last minute dramas (notably with our talented bumper up cornet Alison breaking her arm the week before the recording) the band recorded an entertaining and very well received CD, certainly something we can be proud of.
In September we once again visited Germany to perform at the European Brass and Wind Band Festival. The band and its Corps of Drums gave what were probably the finest performances to date, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves to boot! November of course saw the band appear at several memorial and remembrance engagements. This year we led the parade at Sandbach with the band giving its usual smart and assured performance. To complete the year we gave three wonderful Christmas performances, culminating in a sell out concert with Audlem Voices at Audlem ( one we are booked to repeat in 2014). It was a fitting end to what has been a great year. Of course nothing remains the same and 2013 saw us saying good bye to some members notably Alison Andrews and Sarah Barnet ( although Sarah still plays with us occasionally). We also said goodbye to our former drum Major Tony Jackson. On the other hand we welcomed several newmembers notably our Principal Cornet, Jenny Daniels.
We are now looking forward to another sucessful and rewarding year and would like to thank all those who have worked with, and listened to, the band in 2013.
26th October 2013
It's been quite a few months for the band with the release of our first CD followed by a wonderful self funded appearance at the European Music festival Bad Schema in Germany. The band had been called upon to replace first choice band Roberts Bakery who could not attend, so this was very much a bonus. We certainly grasped the opportunity with both the band and Corps of drums performing like never before. It was also wonderful to meet up once again with the Dublin Concert Band (DCB) whom we first met in 2010. A brilliant band and wonderful group of people.
Closer to home the band has recently performed at the Police Memorial Day service for officers and staff who have died in service and just last night gave a concert with our friends from Crewe Male voice choir. Last night also saw us lose Daryll Griffiths our solo baritone who having deservedly been offered a position as solo Euphonium with a higher grade band moves on.
The band is now working towards rememberance Day at Sandbach and then of course its Christmas schedule when it has concerts at Chester Cathedral on the 3rd December, St Oswalds Malpas on the 8th and finally Audlem St James on the 15th.
19th July Band released its CD Cheshire constabulary Band in concert has just been released. Price £5 ( or £6.50 including P&P) If you would like a copy contact email@example.com. If paying by cheque please make payable to Cheshire Constbulary Band and send to Mr Daniel Hind. Corporate Communications, Police HQ, Clemonds Hey, Winsford, CW7 2 UA.The CD includes film themes, such as "The Great Escape" Magnificent 7", "Jurassic Park" and "James Bond". Music from Les Miserables, and big band numbers such as Sing Sing Sing. We very much hope it will have something for every taste
15th July 2013- Come and go - We are sorry to announce the departure of kev Dale our Bb bass player due to having relocated. We wish him well in his banding and he certainly made an impression in the time he was with us. Also long serving Bass Trombonist Alan Woodward who left the band due to ongoing work commitments. That said as players move on others jouin and we are delighted to welcome Dan Ashton who joins the band in Bass Trombone, he has already completed his first engagement and is a huge boost to the band. We are now of course seeking a replaccement Bb bass to fill the gap left by Kevin in addition to a top rank cornet player.
24th May 2013
On another busy weekend for the band we attended the annual Whit friday March contests which are held each year in the Saddleworth and Tameside areas of Greater Manchester. The band entered 5 contests at Delph, Lees,Scouthead, Carbrook and Greenfield and in each one were awarded first prize for marching and deportment. The photo below shows the band marching at Lees as the sun set. We would like to thank Ian, Lindsey and Andy from the West Yorhshire Police band who came to help the band on the day.Really nice people and it was nice to welcome players from another Police band. We hope more formal joint ventures may follow in the forthcoming years. It was also lovely to welcome Dajana Tischer who travelled all the way from Germany to march with the band for the night! (an ambition fulfilled)
Finally a special recognition goes to Sgt Tony Jackson for whom this was his last engagement. Tony had been with the band for many years most recently as the drum major of the band, and leader of the Corps of drums.(although for his last engagement he reverted to side drum and can be seen marching on the front row far right). known for his exceptional ( and I mean exceptional) turnout we wish him well in whatever the future holds for him.
Click on the link below to see one of the bands bands performances of the British Grenadiers and Dambusters March and also its contest march performance of "Cross of Honour" by William Rimmner
The band and Corps of drums turned out in force today to lead the carnival procession at Alderley Edge. Everyone stayed dry and the event went off very well with a special note to the excellent Macclesfield Youth Band who who took part n the parade.
On a sadder note we say good bye to our bumper up cornet Alison Andrews who led the band for most of 2012. She is a wonderful musician and although she always argues that she is really a third cornet player she has proven herself to be more than capable of leading the band. She will be very sadly missed and we wish her well.
We also say goodbye to Jeanette Bond on cornet and Amanda Harrision on Baritone. We wish them both well in whatever comes next for them in music and life in general.
10/11th May 2013.
The band has just finished recording its first ever CD. We spent a hard but enjoyable weekend recording at Haslington Primary school neat Crewe. We recorded a total of 19 peices and are very much looking forward to hearing the results. We are also very pleased to welcome Daryll Griffiths who will be moving onto Solo Baritone ready for Whit Friday
1st April 2013
The band is delighted to welcome Karen Griffiths who joins the band on first horn and Jim Winstanley who has filled the vacant Bb bass position. Both are very welcome to the band.
10th March 2013
On the 10th March the band enterered the North West Area regional contest in Blackpool. This is generally the only competion the band enters each year. Over the past 5 years since returning to competitive banding the band has achieved steady success with two National finals and promotion from 4th to 2nd section. 2013 saw a return to the 2nd section for the first time for over 30 years. Our aim was to consolodate our place in that section, and that we did with a very well deserved 8th place out of 17 competing bands. It was a great start to what we hope will be a long time competing at this level.
This was very much a band performance but a special mention has to go Jenny daniels, Ian Sanders, and last but by no means least Sarah Barnett, all of whom had difficult , and long, solos to play, which they carried off brilliantly.
For a band that rarely enters the competitive scene the result speaks volumes as to the talent of the band and we plan to continue working hard to improve on that result next year. For now we have a CD recording and a return to Bad Schema Germany to look forward to in 2013.
20th December 2012
After what has been a busy and eventful 2012 the band has ended the year on a very positive note as we welcome Jenny Daniels who joins the band on Principal Cornet. She joins Alison Andrews and the rest of the team and will make a great difference to our band. I think it is only right to acknowledge the role Alison has played this year leading the band inspite of her not "really" wishing to. Thanks you Alison, I can already tell that Jenny and Alison and their team will work really well together.
The last year has also seen us saying good bye to Dave Mottershead, Jane and Steve Day,Shane Evans and Rachel Flint. I want to thank them all for their contribution to the band and of course wish them all well. It has also seen us welcome Lesley on Solo trombone and Tim, Wesley and Jennifer Ashbrook ( a family affair) and last but not least Dave Wood on 2nd Euph.
2012 has had many high points with great concerts ranging from the wonderful concert with Crewe Male Voice choir in March, Whit Friday, Remembrance day in Prestbury, Chester Cathedral in December and of course our trip to Germany!
2013 is also set to be a rewarding year with promotion to the 2nd section confirmed and plans to record the bands first CD
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the band for all their commitment in the last year, and to all those who have come to support the band at our many and varied engagements
I would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and prosperous new year
The band has finally posted video of the great concert given in Germany on the Saturday night of our recent visit. The video has been split up into 5 parts and is posted on http://www.youtube.com under " Cheshire Constabulary band in concert at Schlema germany September 2012 part........." The recordings really capture the atmosphere...enjoy. You can also enjoy previous recordings of Whit Friday appearences and our marching at Congleton carnival earlier this year.
Well if the last 5 years has taught me anything. it is that bands never stand still for longand unfortunately we have just lost one of our Bb bass players Shane Evans who is having to leave the band due to work commitments abroad. Shane has only been with the band a short time but he certainly made his mark , a great player , and character! We will miss him and of course are now seeking a player to fill the Bb bass position ready for Christmas and of course the Area next March.
2nd October 2012
After the departure of Jane Day our former Solo trombone the band started looking for a replacement player who could do as good a job for the band as Jane had done for so many years. I'm delighted to anounce that we have found such a player. Lesley Quirk who depped for the band on several occasions is set to join the band on Solo Trombone. Like many players who have helped the band in the past, Lesley thoroughly enjoyed the experience and when the vacancy came up offered to come to the band. It is really nice to welcome Lesley to the band on a full time basis.
The band is now just seeking a good cornet player to strengthen our front row, or even take on the principal chair.
24th September 2012
The band have just returned from a 4 day self funded trip to the European Band Festival which is held annually in Bad Schlema Germany. Over the 4 days the band and Corps of drums gave great performances in front of huge crowds and was very well recieved, with a standing ovation on the Saturday evening. It is our second visit to Schlema having first visited in 2010. We were delighted to have been asked back and would love to return again. The reception from the crowds, and the way in which we were treated in Schlema, especially by one of the event team Dajana Tischer has left us with fond memories. We would also like to thank the staff at the Kurhaus Hotel who made us feel so very welcome.
On a sadder note our return sees the departure of our long atanding Solo Trombone Jane Day. Jane is moving onto pastures new and she will be a great loss to the band. We wish her well in all she does in music.
1st June 2012 - Whit Friday results. The band just competed at the annual Whit Friday March contest and had another successfull night. In all we gained three prizes for contest piece performance and 3 deportment prizes. there was a great deal of competition with high turnout of bands. The band was exceptionally well received where ever we went and it was especially nice to see the reaction of the public and our colleagues from Greater Mancester Police who openly applauded the band as it marched through the various villages
Lees - Deportment
Delph - Deportment
Green field - First Prize in the third section and Deportment
Lydgate - 2nd place in the 3rd section
Friezland. - 3rd place prize
23rd May 2012 - The band is saddened to announce the imminent departure of our principal Cornet player, David Mottershead. Dave has been with the band for over 12 months initially coming for a few weeks "to help out". Fortunately he stayed for much longer and in that time he endeared himself to the band and audiences alike. Dave is a fantastic cornet player and a thoroughly nice bloke and I am sure noone will wear a Police cap in quite such a jaunty manner once he has gone! He will be missed and like all very good players hard to replace. Dave hasn't quite gone as he is playing with the band at the forthcoming Whit Friday March contest on June 1st but this will sadly be his last engagement. The band and I wish him all the very best for the future in all that he goes on to do and thank him for all he has done for the band. In the mean time I am pleased to be able to tell you that Mike Pollit, former principal cornet with the Roberts Bakery band, has offered to assist the band at our up and coming concerts whilst the band try to find a player to replace David.
16th April 2012 - Band gains promotion to 2nd Section. The band has risen steadily through the contesting ranks since returning to contesting in 2008. We had already gained promotion from 4th to 3rd section in just two years attending two successive National Finals. We have just been informed that due to the reorganisation of the sections in the band rich North West Area the band has been offered promotion to Second section from January 2013. This has come about by the band being 5th in the table of bands (and that is even taking into consideration the fact that we missed the 2011 contest thus gaining penalty points) so we are rightly proud to have been promoted. Contesting may not be our main focus, our priorities are much more about concerts and other public engagements. That said the status of the band compared to its peers does matter and I am delighted for the players in the band, past and present, who have worked steadily over the past 5 years. Dave Woollam MD.
22nd March. The band is saddened by the departure of our long standing Bb bass player Steve Day due to work and other commitments. Steve was a corner stone of the band over the last 4 years and we wish him well. Of course by the very nature of banding as one player moves on it leaves a vacancy and we are desparetely seeking a Bass player to fill Steve's seat! If you know of anyone who may be interested please contact us. Remember like Steve you do not need to work for the Police to play for its band.
On Saturday 17th March the band appeared at Bold street methodist Church Warrington where we gave a concert in aid of the church. It was also nice to welcome back our Corps of drums who appeared with the band after a long break. We are very much looking forward to working with them on integrated concert items for our up and coming visit to Germany in September. It was also a sad to say good bye to our long standing Bb bass player, Steve Day, who leaves the band due to work commitments. Steve has given much to the band over the last 4 years and his commitment and humour have been appreciated by all in the band. Of couse it now means we are looking for a new bass player to fill Steves seat so if anyone reading this knows of anyone who may be interested, please contact us! The bands has a bit of a break now to work on new material before our next concert on the 24th April at Disley.
On Saturday 3rd March 2012 the band performed its first concert of 2012 at a packed St Michaels Church Crewe with the Crewe Male voice choir. The concert was in aid of the Muscular Distrophy Society, a terrible disease that was poignantly highlighted by the presence of a young boy Thomas Robinson, aged just 4 who has the condition.His parents and family were all present and the concert was a great success with all present enjoying a wonderfully varied musical programme and it raised £1400 to boot. A huge thank you to Jenny Collis- Smith and the Crewe Male Voice choir for inviting the band It was also the first concert of our new 1st Horn Kevin Dale who has just joined the band. He is very welcome indeed.
NB. As a footnote I have received two lovely letters from the Robinson family regarding the concert and in all the night raised over £1520 for Muscular Distrophy. I know all of the band were proud to have contributed that night and we wish Thomas and his family every best wish for the future.
On Sunday 26th February to the band competed at the North West Area Brass Band competition in Blackpool.The band was competing in the third section again 17other bands from all walks of life (i.e not Police bands) Competition in the North West Area is always extremely keen, this being arguably the "heartland" of the Brass band movement.The band stepped up to the mark and gave a brilliant band performance which even had me smiling! Inspite of a wonderful performance it only proved worthy of a very creditable 6th place on the day A huge thanks to all the players for their efforts over the past weeks and months.It was also the last engagement ( for a while!) for our Solo Horn, Sarah Barnett. Sarah has left to have her first child and we wish both her and Robin every happiness with their new family. ( not to mention hopefully plenty of sleep). Sarah will be very badly missed, a beautiful player and fully committed band member. We veru much hope that she will be rejoining us in the future.
The band are pleased to welcome Shane Evans who has joined the band on BB bass. Shane has already well and truly settled into the band and we are really pleased to welcome him.