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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 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! ”

Brass at the Guild 2017 Report – Rankings Update

After our winning performance at this years Brass at the Guild Championships in Preston, the band have moved up 62 places in the 4barsrest rankings to 107. In the rankings we have moved up 132 places to 44th. This lays a solid foundation for the band early in the year and gives us massive motivation to get further up the ranking table at the forthcoming Yorkshire Areas in Huddersfield.

Full rankings can be found on the 4barsrest site HERE and the site HERE

4barsrest report on the full days contesting at Preston can be found HERE

Brass at the Guild Champions 2017

The Band was yesterday crowned Brass at the Guild Champions 2017, performing Herbert Howells Pageantry.

Along with the 1st place, Simon Willis was awarded the best Euphonium Player accolade. The band was also awarded the prize for the best Bass Section. Rob Brown, Will Parker, Derek Dawson and Robert Brown.

Michael Kennedy receiving first place prizes at The Brass at the Guild Contest 2017

By winning this contest the band has received an invitation to compete at this years Senior Trophy competition. This will be at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on the 13th May

More New Players

The Band would like to welcome two more new players to our ranks.
Both helped out during our busy Christmas concert period and we are glad they have decided to join on a permanent basis.
On Eb Bass we welcome Will Parker and Kit Percussionist Joe Sykes.

New Players

Hatfield Band is pleased to welcome a trio of experienced and accomplished high profile players to the ranks. It is hoped that these signings will really aid the band in its progression to the Yorkshire Area Championship Section in January 2017.

The band are extremely pleased to announce Claire Taylor as their new Principal Cornet. Claire is a well-respected and established player being the former Principal Cornet of Thoresby Colliery Band and previously Solo Cornet and Soprano at Hepworth, YBS and Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.

The Musical Director of Hatfield Band, Stan Lippeatt commented, ”I am extremely pleased and encouraged with the progress of the band. The hard work over the last two years is definitely being rewarded as we are now able to attract the talents of such a fantastic player. We hope that she enjoys her time with the band I know the players and I and are looking forward to working alongside and supporting Claire in her banding career".

The band is equally pleased to welcome the talents of Andrew Bevan as the new Flugel Horn player. Andrew also joins us following a long and distinguished tenure with Thoresby Colliery Band. Stan further commented "I am also extremely pleased and encouraged that Andrew has decided to join the band. I have known him for a many years and we have successfully worked alongside each other on many occasions. I have always admired his playing capabilities, his enthusiasm, as well as his commitment as a bandsman”.

The final member of the trio is Mike Kilmartin. As most band persons will know, Mike is an experienced and respect soprano cornet player and also an accomplished composer and arranger for Brass Bands. Mike joins us from Unite the Union Band (Sheffield) and we are looking forward to strengthening the cornet team and enhancing the repertoire. Mike has already brought to the rehearsal room some new musical arrangements which are proving to be very popular with band members and audiences alike. His talent will definitely enhance the bands current and future concert programmes.

The band would also like to extend its thanks to Tim Pratt who ventured onto the Soprano seat for the National Championships in Cheltenham. Tim has now taken the position of Assistant Principal cornet alongside our new Princpal.

Band Manager Robert Brown finally commented, “I am most pleased that a trio of players of the caliber of Claire, Andrew and Mike have joined the band. There are exciting times ahead at Hatfield, the band is progressing well in respect of its musical, organisational and commercial plans”

Hatfield Colliery Headgear Appeal

Members of the Hatfield band played at a rally on the site of the now closed Hatfield Colliery at a rally to try and stop the demolition of the Headgear in order to keep it as a memorial and permanent reminder of the area's heritage

The band played a few items before passionate speeches were made to the gathered public and media representatives. The band then played Gresford, The Miners Hymn as a tribute to all the miners who had lost jobs due to the colliery being closed.

Mike Killmartin Special Presentation

Former Hatfield Band Soprano player Mike Killmartin came to the bands rehearsal to present a commemorative cover for his arrangement of Three Folk Song Settings for Band as used at the 2015 Butlins Mineworkers contest. The cover is signed by Mike himself, and the two judges from the contest David Thornton and Chad Shoopman.

Mike arranged the piece at the request of Stan Lippeatt, for the Butlins contest dedicated to the memory of his great friend and long serving Hatfield Band conductor Graham O'Connor. With this in mind Mike has kindly donated his payment and a full set of parts for the test piece to the band courtesy of BVT Publishing.

Mike Killmartin Presentation

Everyone at Hatfield Band would like to thank Mike for this special presentation.

Kapitol Promotions Appeal Statement

Hatfield Band, (Hatfield) acknowledge the recent 'Appeal Hearing', heard by the proposed, independent Tribunal brought together by Kapitol Promotions Limited, to mediate in respect of Hatfield's disqualification from the First Section Contest of the Yorkshire Regional Brass Band Championships held on the 7th March 2015 at the St Georges Hall Bradford, for the alleged breach of Rule 9a of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

Further, Hatfield acknowledge the decision of the Tribunal to uphold the decision to disqualify Hatfield given the alleged rule breach, however Hatfield do not accept the Tribunal's decision and therefore consider the matter unresolved.

Having taken appropriate advice on the matter, Hatfield will now continue to seek, by external channels, to overturn the circumstances, which came about at St Georges Hall on the 7th March 2015.

For the moment, Hatfield would like to thank all those who offered support and encouragement and indeed helped in the attempt to correct the outcome of the unfortunate incident.

Finally, Hatfield would like to indicate that the band continues to work hard in its efforts to rebuild the organization and its reputation within the music and commercial domains, based on the solid foundations forged over the past eighteen months by dedicated personnel.

Next Engagement

Yorkshire Regional Championships
Huddersfield Town Hall 3.00pm Start (approx)

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