Cat's farewell as Kippax return to the Club

Sunday evening's club concert (8:00 pm) marks the farewell engagement for Percussionist Catherine Nye.

Cat shortly makes the journey south to start her year-long work placement with Glaxo SmithKline in Stevenage, having been the mainstay of our Percussion section for several years, Cat will be greatly missed. The Band wish her 'all the best' with her placement and hope that she remembers where we are on her return north!

Cat's departure opens up a place on our Percussion section so any interested players should contact Band Chairman Colin Moss on Tel: 01977 709901 or email: colinmoss@talktalk.net

Cabaret tickets now on sale

The Band will be hosting our annual Cabaret evening on 18th September, with this year's theme being devoted to music from the musicals. A booking form is available in Microsoft Word format in the menu above (see 'Cabaret order form')

Departures spark recruitment drive

Sunday's club concert saw the last appearance for two players. Long-serving Solo Trombonist Paul Wilkinson leaves for a fresh challenge and front-line cornet player Cheryl Spencer is moving on to join her local band EYMS. Both go with our best wishes.

These departures do however open up new opportunities and Kippax are now actively recruiting to fill the Solo Trombone, and Bass Trombone chairs.
Anyone interested should apply in confidence to Band Chairman Colin Moss on Tel: 01977 709901 or email: colinmoss@talktalk.net

New recruit joins on 1st Horn

A big welcome to Stephanie Rutherford who joins the band on 1st Horn. Fresh from an extended travelling break Stephanie was straight into the hot seat, making her concert debut at Sunday's band club concert.

Stephanie's arrival marks the end of a long search for the 1st Horn chair, Anita and Andrea will be relieved to finally land a mate!

The kids are alright!

Sunday's band club concert saw Kippax open up with two pieces making their premiere in the club. MD David's edit of 'The Arabian' got proceedings underway in rousing fashion and the band followed-up with their prize-winning own choice work 'Tallis Variations'.

The real stars of the show though were the Kippax Youth Training Group who then took centre stage with Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' opening a 20-minute spot under the direction and encouragement of Paul Wilkinson. A full-house comprising many proud parents and grandparents were very appreciative and gave the boys and girls a very warm reception.

2nd place at Buxton

Playing off a number one draw with Philip Sparke's 'Tallis Variations', Kippax returned from Derbyshire with a very creditable Second place and a tidy haul of silverware.

David and the Band felt that 'Tallis' was well-suited to our strengths and so it proved, finding favour with Adjudicator David Horsfield. Indeed Kippax were only pipped to First prize by the Championship section graded GT Group Peterlee Band, who dusted off their area test piece to take the First prize. And so we made the late journey back to West Yorkshire with no less than three pieces of silverware, with the Trophy for Second Prize (and £200), another for the Best placed First Section Band and to round things off Nigel (Principal Cornet) took the soloist prize.

Finally, a special thanks to Alison Grantham (EYMS Band) and Tony Wood (Horbury) who 'depped' on First Horn and Bass Trom respectively, thanks both!


Volcanic ash hinders Buxton preparation

Who would have thought that a volcano in Iceland could have such an effect! At one point last week we had four players stranded overseas with Anita (horn) and Nats (Cornet) in Jamaica, Graham (Baritone) in Turkey and Lee (Euph) in Paris, all with no immediate prospect of getting home.

Thankfully all are now back on home soil and took part in Sunday's rehearsal ahead of our next contest at Buxton on Sunday 2nd May. With a 'mixed' section of 1st and Championship section Band taking part, the own choice test piece that David has chosen is a demanding but enjoyable piece which the Band has not previously played on the contest stage.

If you fancy a day out on the bank holiday weekend to support the Band, the contest takes place at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton town centre, with our section commencing at around 6:00pm

Barnsley Building Society in the Club this Sunday

The Barnsley Building Society Band provide the entertainment for our monthly concert at Kippax Band Club this coming Sunday,11th April. The concert commences as usual at 8:00pm so please come along to support one of our local bands.

Diary updated

The Band's diary has been updated with several new engagements added during March. Notably Kippax will be competing in the Buxton contest in May (own choice testpiece) followed by some exciting concerts planned for the summer. These include two busy weekends in September when we will be holding our annual cabaret evening at the band club (18th) followed by an appearance at Castleford Civic Centre for a joint concert with the Male Voice Choir on the 25th.

Kippax in the Club this Sunday

As well as being Mothering Sunday, the 14th sees Kippax return to the Club for our monthly concert. With our recent focus being geared to the ‘Area’ this week’s rehearsals have been hectic, with David choosing a demanding and entertaining programme for the weekend.

Proceedings start at 8:00 o’clock as usual, so we hope to see you there!

Note: April’s guest band are our friends from
Barnsley Building Society Band

Kippax in 9th place at Bradford

Kippax recorded a slightly disappointing 9th place finish at the ‘Areas’ in Bradford, with an uncharacteristically ‘edgy’ on-stage performance.

Some fine Solo playing, notably from Nigel and Faye was the highlight of the day, but ‘clips’ in the ensemble left the Band with a feeling of ‘what might have been’ had we taken our rehearsal form on stage. Despite the lowly placing Kippax should comfortably retain its 1st Section status but will be looking for an improved result at the 2011 area, which is the only contest on which a Band’s grading is based.

Our next contesting outing is scheduled for the 1st weekend in May where we go to Buxton with an ‘own choice’ test piece looking to make amends.


All set for Bradford

The Band make the short journey to Bradford on Saturday to compete in the 1st Section of the Yorkshire Regional contest. Holst’s ‘A Moorside Suite’ has proved to be a demanding test of musicality but David and the Band head to St. Georges Hall in good spirits and keen to make an impression.

The pundits at popular brass-banding website ‘4Bars rest’ don’t fancy the Band’s chances, with their customary predictions forecasting the Hammonds Saltaire and Yorkshire Imperial Bands as being the firm favourites to make the trip to Harrogate in the Autumn for the National finals, with Kippax not featuring in their ‘top six’ of the twelve band field.

Time will tell, but the Band are determined to give a good account of themselves come Saturday afternoon.

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Work begins on Area test piece


With the Yorkshire Regional Competition (the Areas) a little over 2 weeks away, the Band are undertaking intensive rehearsals on Gustav Holst's 'A Moorside Suite'.  Facing stiff competition on our return to the first section, the Band are keen to put in a good performance at Bradford and all the hard work will be taking place in the band room over the coming fortnight to ensure we give it our best shot.