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Merry Christmas Askern!

Come along and join the fun as we raise the rafters at the Askern Miners Welfare Club to let the old sleigh-driver in with this year's cargo of goodies.

Birthday Boys

Sunday 11th November and half way through the band's WW1 Remembrance "Battle's Over" concert in the Askern Miners Welfare Club, we took time out to celebrate a brace of recent milestone birthdays.

Vintage cornetist Mick Kennedy and the evergreen Blonde Bombshell Roberto Brown have both just crossed the 60th birthday threshold. Rob invited members to join him for a celebratory buffet and it was here that MD Stan Lippeatt grabbed his chance to present them both with a small token gift of liquid sustenance on behalf of the band. Candles were lit and cakes were cut, but it came as a surprise when neither player had the wind to extinguish the flames!

Happy birthdays boys, may you have many more, and blow for years to come. Salut!

More from the Minster

Hot on the heels of our concert in Doncaster Minster on 15th September, the band will return for a Proms Concert on Saturday 27th October. The event is being hosted by the Doncaster Rotary and will raise funds for their chosen charities.

Richard marshalls the Minster

"Saturday night at the Minster" could be the next top 20 hit if the band's 15th September concert in Doncaster Minster is anything go by. A full concert programme enhanced with a guest appearance by the outstanding Richard Marshall had the rafters ringing with applause .... and the audience simultaneously whistling and laughing away as Stan Lippeatt teased their participation in a re-run of Bridge Over the River Kwai's Colonel Bogey scene. Richard literally marshalled attention as he excelled in delivering "Napoli", "All That I Am" and "Virtuosity" (the latter on his stretched cornet, a.k.a. trumpet), before the band's front row cornets got to their feet to join him for "Trumpets Wild". It was also a night of "firsts" - the band's first public rendition of the overture "Jubiloso", arranged for them by the late Ken Johnson and more recently edited and digitised by resident musicsmith and Sop player Mike Kilmartin. There were also first outings for new members Bob Morton (1st Baritone), Lee Durrant (Euphonium), Dave Fretwell (Eb Bass) and Keira Littlewood (Cornet). After a successful night, the band regathered in West Park, Goole on Sunday afternoon to provide musical entertainment and accompaniment for the town's World War 1 Commemoration service. Thankfully, the rain held off long enough and we even managed a poignant overflight by a Lancaster bomber during the finale. Now it's onward to our next appearance in the Minster on 27th October, for a Rotary Club Proms concert.

Ian Returns a Favour: With Thanks!

Less than a year ago Ian Kennedy, solo trombone with the Hatfield and Askern Colliery Band, was a patient undergoing chemotherapy in the Chatsfield Suite at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. Today, accompanied by Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones, he made a return to the suite to say thanks and, importantly, hand over a donation of £1087:68 raised from the band's latest Legends in Brass concert held in the Askern Miners Welfare Club last month. Proceeds from the concert were shared equally with Breast Cancer Now, another worthy cause that resonates loud with band members, and at DRI they will be put to use in the garden and on internal decor to help create a comfortable, tranquil atmosphere for patients recovering after therapy. Ian and Mayor Ros were both full of praise for the work done by the dedicated team at the Chatsfield Suite - and we all wish them continued success with the challenges they face every day. Keep up the good work guys!

A Star On Our Horizon

We are delighted to announce that the band will be joined in its forthcoming September concert at Doncaster Minster by Richard Marshall, currently Principal Cornet with the world famous Black Dyke Band.

The concert will take place in the Minster from 7:00-9:00 pm on Saturday 15th September 2018 and, in addition to the customary solo items, Richard will be joined by the band's front row cornets for a rendition of Trumpets Wild.

The acoustics in Doncaster Minster may have been designed around the grand organ that dominates the head of the church, but they are just as effective when distributing the sounds of a brass band in full flow to all corners of the building. It's surely one not to be missed, so make sure you mark the date now.

Legends in Brass: Remembered!

Saturday 21st July 2018 saw a good crowd of brass enthusiasts filling the concert room at the Askern Miners Welfare Club to enjoy the second concert in the "Legends in Brass" series - Remembering.  On this occasion the featured Legends comprised Kevin Crockford (Sop Cornet), Mark Walters Flugel Horn), Kevin Holdgate (Tenor Trombone) and Mike Kilroy (Euphonium), all stepping up to the mark to play featured solos, duets and quartets.  We even managed to prise the old man (Stan Lippeatt) away from his baton to duet with Mike Kilroy. And, of course, all were accompanied by the Hatfield & Askern Colliery Band, augmented by a few players from Boobs & Brass, returning 2017 star Aidan Johnson and Brandon Ward (grandson of Remembered player Bryan Smith). The event was held to raise funds for the battle to beat the big C.  As well as the concert ticket revenue and raffle proceeds, an auction was held featuring a weekend in an 8-berth caravan and a line up of star players offering their services as concert soloists or workshop leaders. All were snapped up for bids in excess of £100. On this occasion, the concert was raising funds for "Breast Cancer Now" and "The Chatsfield Suite" at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. One a major national fundraiser supporting the fight and the other a local day clinic providing chemotherapy, oncology and haematology services to cancer patients. At the summing up we are both proud and pleased to announce that a cheque for £1,087:68p will shortly be winging its way to each of them. The band is particularly grateful to the performing Legends, each of who gave their time for free; our audience; and our friends at the Askern Miners Welfare Club, who support us all year round. And now to Legends #3. The next concert will bear the theme "Reunion" to reflect the enjoyment that our Legends get from being able to catch up and work together again, alongside the pressures of everyday life. It promises to be another cracker, as we aim to surpass this year's fundraising achievement with a bigger pot next year. The link below will enable readers to review the "Remembering" presentation that was screened whilst the band played Mike Kilmartin's moving arrangement of "The King of Love My Shepherd Is". Enjoy!

Remembering Presentation

27.10.2018| Proms Concert in The Minster, Doncaster

Legends in Brass – “Remembering”

The second in the Legends in Brass concert series takes the theme "Remembering" as we look back and remember some of the stalwarts of banding in the Yorkshire area over the years. There will be fun, frolics and fantastic music from our legends as they return to grace the "Wellie" in Askern, with a couple of new faces this time out. So you can look forward to first time appearances by Kevin Crockford (Soprano) and Mike Kilroy (Euphonium) alongside returning legends Mark Walters (Flugel) and Kevin Holdgate (Trombone).

Tickets are available from Mike Kilmartin, Ian Kennedy and Phil Price - or you can apply online via - priced at £10 Adult. Under 16s go for free!

Back with a Bang! Spring Festival Joy

After a disappointing Yorkshire Area contest in March, which saw Hatfield Band drop through the trap door to the 1st Section for next year, the band was looking forward to restoring pride and performance at this year's Spring Festival contest in Blackpool. Heading over the Pennines last Friday, there was certainly plenty of enthusiasm and a feeling that Saturday's appearance in the Senior Cup would be a successful one. MD Stan Lippeatt had told the band the previous night that he felt they were the best prepared ahead of a contest than at any previous time during his tenure and his confidence in the players came through on the day.

The band had been tipped for 5th place by 4BarsRest, but sights and hopes were focused on a top 4 finish and promotion to next year's Grand Shield. Nothing like casting a shadow, but on the day Hatfield Band pulled the rabbit out of the hat to claim 5th place of 20 in the Senior Cup. Promoted from the Senior Trophy last year, the band missed out on a back-to-back elevation to the 2019 Grand Shield by just one place! Great joy at doing so well, tinged with a little disappointment at getting so close. However, consolidation in the Senior Cup this year guarantees the band a minimum of 2 more years at Spring Festival, notably in 2020 when the event celebrates it's centenary. Now, wouldn't that be the year to take the Grand Shield ……….

Next Engagement

Yorkshire Area Championship @ Huddersfield
A return to the 1st Section for Hatfield following relegation in 2018. The band will be looking to bounce straight back up to Championship Section at the first attempt. 1st section last up on Saturday’s schedule.

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