Busy Christmas season ahead!

The silly season is nearly upon us!

The band will kick-off our Christmas programme in earnest on 3rd December with band night and our annual Christmas draw in the band club. We have no less than eight Christmas engagements planned - keep tabs on our engagements via the Band’s Facebook page.

Deaths of Richard Robinson & Beryl Smith

The Band were deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Richard Robinson, a former Soprano cornet player with the band, and of Beryl Smith, a long-standing supporter of the band and former member of the Band’s ladies section.

Our condolences and sympathy are with both their Families at this sad time.

Lee & Bernice to step down

The Band are sad to announce that long-serving band members Lee Fairburn (Solo Euphonium) and Bernice Pinegar (Percussion) are to retire from the Band.

Lee, who has spent 30 years with the Band on the Solo Baritone and Solo Euphonium chairs will step down after the busy Christmas season, whilst Bernice with 28 years service, retired from playing duties following our success at the recent Pogson Bray contest.

Bernice will however continue to work within the Band as she will retain her Librarian and Committee roles.

The Band would like to thank both Lee & Bernice for their loyal service to the Band.

New recruits bolster the ranks

The Kippax Band has welcomed Mason Hirst and Colin Eastwood to their trombone section ahead of the busy Christmas season. Additionally, a familiar face has returned with Denis Ruddick joining the cornet section.

Mason has moved to Leeds from Nottingham to study at the city's College of Music, whilst Colin has been with the band for a little while. They are joined by Paul Stevenson who has moved from cornet to BBb tubas and brings with him a wealth of experience.

Commenting on the new arrivals MD Ian Knapton told 4BR: "It's great to welcome these new players.

Over the last year we have gone through a rebuilding process which has seen great rehearsals and excellent audiences at our own band club concerts."

Success at Pogson Bray contest

The Band recently competed in the Pogson Bray contest in Elland. We were delighted to come away with 1st place in the mandatory ‘March’ section and an overall second place in an eleven-band field.

Congratulations to East Riding of Yorkshire who took overall 1st place on the day.

Test piece run-out event a great success

The band’s pre-regionals test piece run-out attracted a very healthy audience to the Band Club last Sunday with four local bands giving their respective area test pieces a public airing.

Our thanks go to Tingley, Wetherby & Knottingley and not least to David Lancaster for his appraisal and feedback on all four performances. We hope that each band found the event a useful run-out and wish everybody a successful day at Huddersfield next week.

2017 club concerts get off to a great start!

Last Sunday saw the band kick-off our 2017 season of concerts in the band club.

On such a cold evening it was fantastic to see a great turn-out, with the band playing lots of new music along the way.

As usual, there were plenty of the band ‘on their feet’ with solos from Lee (Nessun Dorma) Nigel (Stars) and a duet from Nicola and Lesley, not to mention a fabulous vocal version of ‘Hallelujah’ from Emma.

We also tried out some new arrangements and compositions, including a couple of rousing openers in the tom of ‘Home of Legends’ and Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘In the Stone’.

Don’t forget - we’re back in the club next sunday for our test piece run-outs with our friends from Knottingley, Wetherby and Tingley. We start at 4:30 pm and hope to see you there!

Band gallery updated

Those of a nervous disposition may wish to avoid it, but we’ve updated our gallery page with our new look team which will be taking the stage in Huddersfield at the Yorkshire Regional Finals next month.

You have been warned!

Unclaimed draw prizes - 2016

The following prize winners remain unclaimed from last years 200 club draw, they are:-

No. 16 and No. 56 (C. Bailey)
No. 182. (Roden)

Please note that all prizes from the February 2017 bi-monthly draw have been claimed.

Thank you

New recruits join ahead of Yorkshire regionals

Kippax band have been busy in the transfer window to complete their lineup for the up and coming Yorkshire Area contest in March.

Coming back to the band after a short time away are Ed and Eva Hallas who joins on 2nd and 3rd cornet. Joining the trombone section are Richard Powne and Tony Spencer on 2nd Trombone and Bass trombone. Joining the backbone of the band is Natalie Bamforth on Bb Bass.

Commenting on the new players MD Ian Knapton said "its great the band has been so proactive in getting a full team back together. I know it was a hard few months last year when players were hard to find and hard to attract to the band. But after a great Christmas period and the band working hard, its all coming together"