Kippax appoint Tighe as Musical Director

The Kippax Band is delighted to announce that Stephen Tighe has accepted the band’s invitation to become their new Musical Director from September 2018.
With over 40 years’ experience of the music industry, and performances with some of the country’s top bands as both a trombonist and Music Director, Kippax are confident that Stephen has the calibre to lead one of the world’s oldest brass bands back to success into 2019 and beyond.


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Although a wealth of applications for the position were very flattering to Kippax Band, an extensive audition process has meant a period of transition, and every member of the band is keen to enjoy a new focused direction into the autumn and Christmas season. Stephen was clearly the preferred candidate in a process where every registered player was invited to give their feedback. He will be welcomed into the bandroom in September; albeit to commence some hard work and focused attention!
Chairman Colin Moss commented, “For my part, I was impressed immediately by Stephen’s ideas for improvement in the band’s performances, and this was clearly born from acute and intelligent observations of the fundamental things we need to work on as a band. I believe that his vast experience over a variety of musical genres will make for great concert performance, and his solid calibre as a brass bandsman, will allow us to build for contest success. I am very much looking forward to working with him, and I know my colleagues are too”.
Stephen said “It was a bit of a last minute decision to apply for this role and I am happy to accept. After having set up Allegro Optical Ltd (The Musician’s Opticians) and recovering from the complications of an operation that went wrong in 2017, I feel refreshed and ready to work hard to re-establish the band's credentials. I have more free time now than I previously had and I will be trying out some new ideas in the concert work arena”. 
”I feel the time to put something back into grass roots banding after a career in the upper echelons, is here”.
Kippax Band will be welcoming Stephen to the bandroom for rehearsals in the autumn, and it is planned that his inaugural concert as our official Musical Director will be at the cabaret weekend 13th/14th October 2018.

February 2018 update

The Band have been hard at work in the early weeks on 2018, with the Yorkshire Regional test work being main priority. The Band therefore had limited time to prepare for the first concert of the year in the Band Club last Sunday, but delivered a very entertaining programme with plenty of stand-up solos.

Dates for your diary

Saturday 17th February 2018

Kippax Test Piece Run Out Evening

On Saturday 17th Feb, Kippax Band Social Club opens its doors to invited visiting bands from various sections to play their own area test piece and receive feedback.

Knottingley, Tingley and Wetherby will be joining us again to represent local contributions to the main test pieces- it was such a success last year that it’s a pleasure to welcome them back.

As with all our concerts, admission is free, the fully licensed bar will be open, and on this occasion, the whole event will be recorded for broadcast on a local community radio station.

Come and join us from 6pm at the Kippax Social Club, Mount Pleasant, LS25 7AT

Saturday 3rd March 2018

Yorkshire Regional Area Competition- Huddersfield Town Hall

As we’re in the 2nd Section, we’ll be playing quite late in the afternoon- but we’re looking forward to showcasing all our hard work in the bandroom at this important contest.

We always appreciate all the support we get, both across social media and in person at events- thank you.

Durham County Brass Band Association’s Festival of Brass

On Sunday 4th February Kippax travelled to Peterlee, where after being made associate members, they contested in the Festival of Brass held by the DCBBA.

The Lubetkin Theatre in East Durham College provided a challenging acoustic, but the reception and audience response was extremely warm and generous. Kippax had chosen the event as its timing in the calendar and friendly organisation made it the ideal opportunity to offer new players the experience of a genuine contesting experience before they have to step out onto the stage in Huddersfield Town Hall.

For some players, this was their first ever contest; Kippax kit percussionist Alfie Southernwood showed great bravery as he navigated first contest nerves, and although timpanist Colin Eastwood isn’t new to contesting, as a trombone player usually, standing at the back with 4 timps to play must have given him sweaty palms!

All the players supported each other, and under MD Ian Knapton’s steady and assured navigation gave a very pleasing rendition of the test piece overall. This was reflected in adjudicator Leigh Baker’s positive and encouraging remarks.

Although Kippax believe they can return to Yorkshire and add a little extra polish to the test piece, they equally have another cup to polish- winning second place!

Congratulations Kippax- this must have increased your confidence!

Not only that but there was another award, best Principal Cornet. Kippax’s Nigel Darbyshire has occupied the end chair for many years, and it’s easy for those around the stand to take his technical skill, beautiful tone and calm confident stage presence for granted. It’s important to remember that Nigel practices for hours to make it look effortless, and today he was quite rightly rewarded with the soloist prize. Suffice to say the band are now all jealous of the size of his shield!

Kippax congratulate the winning band North Skelton for their impressive winning performance, and look forward to returning in future years to compete in this friendly and well organised event.

Paul & Joanna join the ranks

A big welcome to Paul Harris and Joanna Wood who join the band on 2nd cornet and percussion respectively.

Their appointment means that the band go into the 2018 contest season with a full compliment, starting with next weekend’s trip to Durham for a ‘run-out’ with the area test piece.

Follow the band’s Facebook page for an update on how we get on next week!

New recruits complete line-up for 2018 Areas

The Band are delighted to announce that we will be heading into rehearsals for the forthcoming Yorkshire Regionals with a full team.

Tony Malone has rejoined the Band on Solo Euphonium and is joined by Jayne Thompson (cornet) and Alfie Southernwood (kit).

The Band will give our test piece a ‘run-out’ at the Durham festival of brass contest on 4th February, with a further run-out on 17th February in the Band club where we will be joined by local bands from the 1st, 3rd and 4th sections.

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."