For those of you who haven't heard yet: we finished in last place at the Regionals. We were really upset with the result, because we actually felt we performed pretty well on the day. Our start was maybe a little shaky, but as the piece went on we grew in confidence and towards the end we were playing it as well as we've ever played the piece before. Sadly the judges didn't see it that way. Maybe the test piece was a little too easy, because it sounds like all the bands gave a good account of themselves. Normally there are a few catastrophes!
So, we're relegated to the 3rd section. There are some silver linings to that. We still have great players around the stands and a top class conductor. Our plan for the next year is to start competing as much as possible. Last year we played two contests after the regionals, and took 3rd place in both, but we want to beat that this year. We're currently still classed as a second section band, but once we officially drop into the third section, we intend to cause some carnage!
We're looking for a Bb Bass and a Soprano player to help us win some trophies, and push for a quick promotion back to the second section. If you're interested please get in touch!
HAPPY NEW YEAR
On behalf of Musical Directors Tom Greatorex and Duncan Beckley and all members of the band, may we wish everyone a Happy and Healthy new year and look forward to a busy and eventful year.
The Regional Championships in March are the next all important event on the calender but keep an eye on the Events Schedule for other events throughout the year.
..according to the song, at any rate. Horbury Victoria Band are dusting off the sleigh bells and getting out the festive music again, ready for the big Christmas push. We have loads of local concerts coming up through December.
On the 6th of December we're joining Skelmanthorpe Male Voice choir for a concert at St. Peter's church, which will be a chance to play some of the Christmas music for the first time, alongside some of our regular concert programme.
The youngsters of the Youth band will be making their first Christmas outing on the 7th of December at St. Luke's church in Overton.
South Ossett church will be the venue for the Senior band on the 13th of December, ably assisted by Horbury Ladies Choir, and then it's over to Batley Methodist church on the 19th.
As always, the last Senior band concert of the festive season will be at Horbury Methodist church, the Saturday before Christmas (21st of December).
The Youth band will be accompanying the carols at St Mary's church on the final Sunday morning service before the big day (22nd of December).
Start times for all the concerts will be confirmed closer to the time.
Amongst all that, we'll also be carolling in Horbury town centre on weekends in the run-up to Christmas, and then doing our traditional tour of Horbury's pubs on Christmas Eve, ending with the famous midnight singalong at the bottom of Queen Street. We hope to see as many of you as possible supporting us through our busiest season!
Look at our lovely new sign!
Had anyone else noticed the previous sign read - 'Horbury Victoria Ba d' as the 'n' had fallen off!
Horbury took to the stage this weekend for the Pogson Bray contest in Elland. Unlike our previous contest outings, this was an entertainment contest, which meant we could pick our own programme.
We opened with a (very) fast American march 'The Thunderer'. This was followed up by a technically challenging solo version of the Mexican tune La Cucaracha, performed by Mark Bray on Euphonium. Next was the Celtic love song 'She Moved Through The Fair', followed by the dramatic theme tune from Whicker's World: 'Newsweek'. We closed our concert with 'An American Tale', a medley of classical American themes, which features a narrator and some rowdy 'Yee-hahs' from the band (Dave Lepley in particular!).
The set was well received, and we placed 3rd out of the 13 competing bands. Well done and thank you to all involved. Hopefully it should be good preparation for the all important Regional finals next March.
Senior Band were visited by an old friend when they played a varied programme for Brass on the Grass at St Mary's Churchyard at the end of a very busy weekend. Stephen Gibson was kind enough to come all the way from Beverley to reinforce the Bass section.
The Concert was played to an enthusiastic audience of Horbury folk waving flags and singing along.