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Legends in Brass: Remembered!

Saturday 21st July 2018 saw a good crowd of brass enthusiasts filling the concert room at the Askern Miners Welfare Club to enjoy the second concert in the "Legends in Brass" series - Remembering.  On this occasion the featured Legends comprised Kevin Crockford (Sop Cornet), Mark Walters Flugel Horn), Kevin Holdgate (Tenor Trombone) and Mike Kilroy (Euphonium), all stepping up to the mark to play featured solos, duets and quartets.  We even managed to prise the old man (Stan Lippeatt) away from his baton to duet with Mike Kilroy. And, of course, all were accompanied by the Hatfield & Askern Colliery Band, augmented by a few players from Boobs & Brass, returning 2017 star Aidan Johnson and Brandon Ward (grandson of Remembered player Bryan Smith). The event was held to raise funds for the battle to beat the big C.  As well as the concert ticket revenue and raffle proceeds, an auction was held featuring a weekend in an 8-berth caravan and a line up of star players offering their services as concert soloists or workshop leaders. All were snapped up for bids in excess of £100. On this occasion, the concert was raising funds for "Breast Cancer Now" and "The Chatsfield Suite" at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. One a major national fundraiser supporting the fight and the other a local day clinic providing chemotherapy, oncology and haematology services to cancer patients. At the summing up we are both proud and pleased to announce that a cheque for £1,087:68p will shortly be winging its way to each of them. The band is particularly grateful to the performing Legends, each of who gave their time for free; our audience; and our friends at the Askern Miners Welfare Club, who support us all year round. And now to Legends #3. The next concert will bear the theme "Reunion" to reflect the enjoyment that our Legends get from being able to catch up and work together again, alongside the pressures of everyday life. It promises to be another cracker, as we aim to surpass this year's fundraising achievement with a bigger pot next year. The link below will enable readers to review the "Remembering" presentation that was screened whilst the band played Mike Kilmartin's moving arrangement of "The King of Love My Shepherd Is". Enjoy!

Remembering Presentation

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Legends in Brass – “Remembering”

The second in the Legends in Brass concert series takes the theme "Remembering" as we look back and remember some of the stalwarts of banding in the Yorkshire area over the years. There will be fun, frolics and fantastic music from our legends as they return to grace the "Wellie" in Askern, with a couple of new faces this time out. So you can look forward to first time appearances by Kevin Crockford (Soprano) and Mike Kilroy (Euphonium) alongside returning legends Mark Walters (Flugel) and Kevin Holdgate (Trombone).

Tickets are available from Mike Kilmartin, Ian Kennedy and Phil Price - or you can apply online via - priced at £10 Adult. Under 16s go for free!

Back with a Bang! Spring Festival Joy

After a disappointing Yorkshire Area contest in March, which saw Hatfield Band drop through the trap door to the 1st Section for next year, the band was looking forward to restoring pride and performance at this year's Spring Festival contest in Blackpool. Heading over the Pennines last Friday, there was certainly plenty of enthusiasm and a feeling that Saturday's appearance in the Senior Cup would be a successful one. MD Stan Lippeatt had told the band the previous night that he felt they were the best prepared ahead of a contest than at any previous time during his tenure and his confidence in the players came through on the day.

The band had been tipped for 5th place by 4BarsRest, but sights and hopes were focused on a top 4 finish and promotion to next year's Grand Shield. Nothing like casting a shadow, but on the day Hatfield Band pulled the rabbit out of the hat to claim 5th place of 20 in the Senior Cup. Promoted from the Senior Trophy last year, the band missed out on a back-to-back elevation to the 2019 Grand Shield by just one place! Great joy at doing so well, tinged with a little disappointment at getting so close. However, consolidation in the Senior Cup this year guarantees the band a minimum of 2 more years at Spring Festival, notably in 2020 when the event celebrates it's centenary. Now, wouldn't that be the year to take the Grand Shield ……….

70 years and Going – But Still Strong!

So the end is in sight for Derek Dawson's blowing years. Tomorrow's Yorkshire Area Championship in Huddersfield will see the shutters come down on an illustrious playing record as Dirk hangs up his mouthpiece.

Last night's open rehearsal was the ideal opportunity to mark the moment and give Derek a few momentoes to take into retirement. A unique copy of a Rob Brown photograph (Walking the Basses), a 70 years achievement certificate from the Yorkshire and Humberside Brass Band Association and ..... bestowed as an honorary life member of the Hatfield Band Pie Club.

Derek was accompanied by son Neil (duty driver) for the evening, which saw the presentations made by Hatfield Band Musical Director Stan Lippeatt in the company of the band and friends.

The band wishes Derek good luck and the best of health in the coming years and hopes to see him in the audience for future concerts.

New Faces at the Stand

Hatfield Band is pleased to welcome some familiar and some new faces to the band prior to our participation in the Yorkshire Area contest at Huddersfield on the 4th March 2018.

Former Grimethorpe stalwarts, Paul Davies (Eb Bass), Kevin Holdgate  (Trombone), and Ray Curry (Cornet) return to the band line-up in key positions and we are also pleased to welcome back  Jason Smith (Cornet), formerly of Thoresby, Unite the Union, and Grimethorpe Bands.

Additionally, Charlotte Kennedy and Jenny Ingamells have returned to the fold after lengthy sabbaticals and the band is also pleased to welcome a new member Andrew (Andy) Horton, previously of Worsbrough and Unite the Union Bands.

Finally, Hatfield Band is most pleased to welcome four (4) percussionists to  take up the challenges of the area test piece ‘Odyssey’.

The band welcomes, …

Talulah Vigars, who is currently studying percussion at Hull University and originates from Northampton, formerly of the Shepherd Group Band, EYMS and Unite the Union Bands

Robert Wells, is currently studying percussion at the Royal Welsh College of Music, and has joined Hatfield from Tongwynlais Temperance Band. Alex Walker hails from Hull, yet is currently studying at RNCM.  Formerly EYMS band, he has since also played for Black Dyke, Marsden, Carlton Main and Hammonds Bands.

Finally, Willem Perkins a Cambridge lad, joins the band and is currently studying orchestral percussion performance at the Leeds College of Music.

The band extends a warm welcome to all the new members and returning 'familiar faces/friends' and hope they enjoy the pies to be distributed by the now famous and celebratory 'Hatfield Band Pie Lovers Society'.

Put Your Shirt On It!

Hatfield Band reached out recently to establish a cultural link with The Delight Youth Brass Band, a community project based in Mbale, Uganda.  Band Manager Rob Brown was contacted several months ago via social media by a young Ugandan youth worker referring to himself as ‘Trombone Mansoor”.

Mansoor later to be known by his birth name Watata, explained that he worked as a youth worker in the village of Najeneti in Pallisa District close to the city of Mbale. Part of Watata’s youth work was the formation (in 2010) of Blessing Youth Brass Band, which at the time started with 20 instruments and 35 members. Currently the brass band initiative has 200 members yet still only 20 instruments.

Watata explained that the brass band was started with the aim of bringing together young people of MBale through brass band music, to help the youngsters build a stable lifepath.  His foresight and enthusiasm has been rewarded sincewhen the Executive Directors agreed to register the project as a community based organization (CBO) in Mbale City. The scope of the original project has now been broadened and the Blessing Youth Brass Band has been renamed the Delight Youth Brass Band of Mbale.

Hatfield Band, being a former colliery band and coal industry supported band, still upholds to the long held beliefs on which the brass band movement was founded by manufacturing industry welfare organisations, that the collective, group, ‘band’ making of music is therapeutic and fosters and promotes stable social character and mind set.

Rob recognised that the ethos of Hatfield and Blessing are fundamentally similar so decided to help Watata in his worthwhile work.  Consequently, Hatfield band purchased and dispatched a set of embroidered tee shirts for the band to wear at the inauguration concert of Delight Youth Brass Band. This week Rob received confirmation that the shirts had arrived and a note of thanks from Watata:

Hello Uncle Rob, greetings from Delight Youth Brass Band. We are so glad and excited that we finally received our t-shirts.  We are so sorry about what happened, with the message you received from some person suggesting that we were scamming you.  Some organizations in Uganda just lack corporation.

Can’t just imagine in all things we get to scam for is t-shirts! If the band was not existing, would we ask for uniforms(t-shirts), then who would put them on if there was no brass band!?  And perhaps we have never asked for money, so I really wonder which scammer gets to ask for uniforms and not money?  We are legally registered by the local government and the district of mbale.  We have a center within mbale district.

As Delight Youth Brass Band we appreciate so much for the t-shirts, we are sooooooooo happy and the t-shirts are so nice.  Every kid loved them. Please let the relationship between Hatfield band and Delight Youth Brass Band continue growing.

We promise to always keep in touch with you. Thanks!!!!!

Mr Bombastic, Quite Fantastic!

Hatfield Band this week received a welcome boost ahead of the Yorkshire Area Final of the Brass Band Championships of Great Britain to be held at Huddersfield Town Hall on Sunday 4th March 2018. Two new Bb basses were delivered by Scott Bennett of Cash4Trumpets to replace battle-wearied tubas long past their "best by" date.

The new instruments will hopefully give Bob Brown and Dirk Dawson the edge in ripping out the opening to Kevin Norbury's splendid Odyssey on stage in Huddersfield next week.

The End of an Era

Our popular, experienced and dedicated Bb Bass player, Derek Dawson is to retire from banding following his appearance with Hatfield Band at the imminent Yorkshire Area Finals of the Brass Band Championships of Great Britain to be held at Huddersfield Town Hall on Sunday 4th March 2018.

At the ‘area’ contest, it will be exactly 56 years since Derek (Dirk) first took to the regional contest stage with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band in 1962. Further, it will also be about 70 years, since Derek joined Ryhill Band alongside his Uncle John who was the band Secretary and played Eb Bass with the band. So in July this year Derek will be a ‘magnificent’ 81 years of age and has reluctantly decided to bring to an end his illustrious career on the banding stage.

To mark Derek’s dedication to the banding movement and also his outstanding contribution to the many bands Derek has played for throughout his distinguished banding career, Hatfield Band are to hold an open rehearsal in the band room, upstairs at the Askern Miners Welfare Club, on Friday 2nd March, where friends and acquaintances of Dirk are cordially invited to come along to witness/listen to him in the final throes of his career as he prepares for his final curtain call, when in rehearsal with Hatfield Band for the Sunday area contest.

Of course the intent is for his many mates to join with Derek in the bar after the rehearsal to reminisce and drink to his good health.

The rehearsal is open to all from 20.30 onwards at Askern Miners Welfare, Manor Way, Askern , Doncaster DN6 0AJ.

We look forward to seeing you.

When I’m 64? – Age gap no problem for Hatfield.

Hatfield Band is pleased and hopeful, that when the band takes to the stage at Huddersfield this forthcoming weekend in the Championship Section of the Yorkshire Area of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, that two members of the band could be the youngest and most senior players in the contest.

79 year old, principal Bb Bass player, Derek Dawson is a well-known face on the Yorkshire brass band movement. A former, long standing member of Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and also recently of Kippax Band and Barnsley Brass. Derek proposes that “ I can play this Pageantry piece wi mi eyes shut” Derek having first played the piece with Grimethorpe under the influential and charismatic leadership of George Thompson.

15-year-old Joe Sykes is a most recent recruit to the Hatfield Band, having joined through a strategic partnership initiative between Hatfield and the Doncaster Schools Vermuyden Concert Band. The initiative was established by Paul Davies, Head of Doncaster Music Education Hub, principal Eb bass player with Hatfield and also formerly principal Eb bass player with Grimethorpe and Carlton Main Frickley Bands.

Musical Director of Hatfield Band, Stan Lippeat, says of the age gap circumstance, “Derek and I have been good friends and banding buddies for a long time, and it wonderful to see and hear Derek playing as well now as at his time at Grimethorpe. The sound Derek produces is inspirational to young bass players. Joe, well he’s an exceptional talent and one to be nurtured. I am really pleased with Joe and his enthusiasm is infectious. So, of the age gap, well ‘what’ age gap, it’s no problem! ”

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Doncaster Minster
The band returns to the Minster following last December’s fantastic concert with the Wheatsheaf Singers. Brilliant acoustics and a fabulous sound.

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