On Saturday 10th December the band held their Christmas concert to a sell-out audience at the Longridge Civic Hall. Emergency chairs were pulled from backstage to ensure enough seating for all the audience!
Highlights of the concert included our three soloists; James Kenny, our Eb tuba player who performed Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, complete with Rudolph outfit. Tim Dines, our solo euphonium player was on fine form in the traditional Christmas song, O Holy Night and last but not least Bethany Moore, who gave a heartfelt rendition of Rocking Carol.
Our fantastic Junior Band closed the first half. Around two years ago the band started with two members, and this Christmas, twenty-six children performed on stage. Expertly led by Matthew Balson, they performed a selection of Christmas carols and classical repertoire.
Two presentations were made on the evening. The first was the Bill Bigley award. The band members vote for a player who they feel has gone above and beyond to make the band a success over the past year. This year it was awarded to Janet Clegg. Janet is the librarian, committee member and also helps with the organisation of the Junior Band.
The second presentation was made to David Sewell who is sadly leaving the band. Dave has been a valuable and committed member and has played many instruments including euphonium, baritone and tuba!
The band now only has a few engagements remaining before Christmas (see the events page). The Mayor Rupert Swarbrick, reminded everyone that the band will be performing around the crib in Longridge at 7pm on Christmas Eve.
The band would like to thank all of our corporate, business and personal patrons. Your support has helped to make 2016 one of our most successful years in recent times. We would also like to wish all of our friends and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.