It's that time of year again! Christmas is fast approaching, and we now have our programme of events for the festive period confirmed. Head over to the Events Calendar to see where we'll be, why not join us for a sing-a-long at one of our popular concerts?
DURHAM MINERS GALA PHOTOS
Some great photos of the band taken on our march through Chopwell on Durham Miners' Gala day this year, check them out in Pictures below.
Last week, the band won "Best March" at the Durham Brass Band Association's Entertainment Contest held at the DLI Museum and today, a great day out for the band at Durham Miners' Gala. We even made the BBC News website.
Two great results for the band in recent weeks. In February, we came 2nd in the Durham Brass Band Association grading contest and in the regional qualifiers for the National Finals this weekend, the band have achieved 4th place after promotion to the Second Section. Our Soprano player Claire also picked up a trophy for best Soprano in the section!
A great day out yesterday at the Durham Brass Band Association Solos Contest, with our Quartet winning 1st prize! Click the attachments below to see some pictures!
DURHAM MINERS GALA
A great out was had last Saturday for the Durham Miners' Gala. Some good photos of the band can be viewed here :- http://www.flickr.com/photos/happysnappersteve/sets/72157630589948236/
Eb BASS & CORNET PLAYERS WANTED
We currently have a vacancy for an Eb Bass player in the band, contact us if you're interested or if you know anyone who might be! Also, the band have spare cornets and we're interested in hearing from you if you play. Maybe you stopped playing and are looking for a way to get back into it? Or you're just keen and interested in starting out. We're a very friendly, sociable, welcoming group. Why not come down to one of our practices - we have an open door policy. :)
Our upcoming programme of engagements for 2012 has now been confirmed and you can view these in the Events Calendar.
The band were placed 4th in Section Three of the Regionals contest last weekend, everyone had a great day! Look out for our programme of Summer concerts coming soon!
DURHAM LEAGUE CONTEST RESULT
We were placed 5th in Section B of the Durham League contest yesterday, playing the test piece Olympus that we will play at the Regionals contest in March. Our Principle Cornet Gill won a prize for the Best Principle Cornet in the section.
VAUGHAN CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
In celebration of Vaughan's 40 years as Conductor of the band in 2012, at our Christmas concert on 21st December, Chairman Ray and Vaughan's daughter Claire presented Vaughan with a commemorative copy of the band's first vinyl LP, produced 30 years ago, in 1982.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR
We would like to wish all of our website visitors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all again in 2012!
Our autumn/winter events programme is now in place, check out the Events Calendar for details and we hope to see you at one of our upcoming performances!
Engagements are now up in the Events Calendar for our summer programme and some events already confirmed for towards the end of the year.
Unfortunately, the band were placed 8th out of 8 bands competing in the 2nd Section of the Regionals competition today playing Resurgam. Very disappointing result for the band, but we felt we played the piece to the best of our abilities and felt the adjudicators comments were very harsh.
We'd like to wish our Euphonium player Jonathan and his partner Katie all the best on their Wedding day today. The band are providing musical accompaniment at the Wedding ceremony and then enjoying the celebrations tonight!
2010 has been another good year for the band. We're already looking forward to 2011. Happy New Year to you all, see you all very soon.
DBBA CONTEST OFF
The Durham Brass Band Association contest this Sunday has been cancelled due to the poor weather conditions in the North East. Our next performance starts off our Christmas programme on 12th December!
WINTER PROGRAMME NOW UP!
Our programme of events for the remainder of the year is now up in the Events Calendar, including our Christmas performances. Look out for a new addition to our Christmas programme - a full concert at the Elm Tree Social Club, where for the last couple of years we have performed a concert in the spring with guests soloists which have gone down a storm. Hope to see you at one of our upcoming performances!
DURHAM SOLOS CONTEST
We're entering a Trombone Quartet into the Durham Brass Band League Solos, Duets, etc, competition this weekend on Sunday. All the best of luck to the group!
We were placed 4th out of the 6 bands competing in the higher section of the Durham Brass Band Association Entertainment Contest today. Great result for the band and a good day out! Photos coming soon in the Pictures section...
DURHAM MINERS GALA
A great day out today in Durham for the Miners' Gala. Photos have been added to the Pictures section. We're back in Durham next week for the Durham Brass Band Association Entertainment Contest at the DLI Museum!
Our Secretary Bill presents the cheque for just over £600 to Rob Colgrave of the Great North Air Ambulance, along with officials from the Elm Tree Social Club, following our charity concert there in April (click the Attachment below).
DURHAM MINERS GALA
We'll be joining forces this year with Bonchester Brass
for Durham Miners Gala. Bonchester are from the borders and we welcome them with open arms for some support on the biggest marching event of the year!
SUMMER PROGRAMME IS READY TO GO
We've just added another event to our summer programme. We'll be playing at Tesco Extra in Stockton on Sunday 16th May from 10am-12pm.
CHARITY CONCERT TOTAL
We collected just over £600 at last week's charity concert with Andrew Holmes, all proceeds to the Great North Air Ambulance!
ANDREW HOLMES CONCERT
Tomorrow night (Wed) is our charity concert in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance at the Elm Tree Club in Stockton, featuring guest soloist Andrew Holmes. The concert is now sold out and it looks to be a great night!
Not a great day for the band, as we were placed 7th (last) in the 2nd Section at Darlington today. Newly promoted to the 2nd section, it was a very difficult piece for us, but as ever we are proud to compete with all our own players and we gave it everything we had!
REGIONALS ARE HERE!
After months of practicing and numerous sectional and full band practices, we're almost ready for the Regionals, which take place tomorrow. Final practice is tonight, excitement is building!
Much of our summer programme is now in place. Head over to the Events Calendar for details!
ANDREW HOLMES PLAYS AGAIN
We're delighted that Andrew Holmes, Flugel Horn player with Grimethorpe Colliery Band, has agreed to join us again for what has now become an annual event - our charity concert at the Elm Tree Social Club in early April. Andrew will play several solo pieces, joined by the band with all proceeds going to the Great North Air Ambulance.
The band have received a £2,000 grant, after applying to Stockton Council's Youth Opportunity Fund. The money goes towards the infrastructure needed to support a new National Lottery funding application, which we are in the process of completing.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A very Happy New Year to all of our website visitors! The band are back in action in our first performance of 2010 this Sunday for the Butterwick Memorial Service in Stockton Parish Church. See the Event Calendar
The band's programme of Christmas-themed performances is now complete, and we're now having a break until the New Year. We'd like to wish all of our website visitors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
XMAS CONCERT TICKETS
Don't forget to get your tickets for the band's Annual Christmas Concert at Norton Sports Complex on 16th December. Tickets are priced at £3 and you can get these from band members, the club itself, or by emailing
Disappointed to come 4th out of 5 bands in Section B of the Durham Brass Band Association Contest today, we gave a good performance.
We'll be competing at the Durham Brass Band Association Grading Contest this weekend on Sunday, we're all ready to play Suite Gothique - let's hope it goes well!
The band lead the Remembrance parade this morning in Thornaby, and had a special guest playing bass drum, have a look at the photo to see who it was!
It's Remembrance Sunday this weekend and the band will be leading the parade in Thornaby. Note also that our next event in Hartlepool on 15th November has now been cancelled.
Planning for the band's annual Christmas Concert is now underway. Set the date in your diary - Wednesday 16th December at the Norton Sports Complex. More info to follow later...
Good luck to our percussionist Katie Lamb, who goes off to York University next week!
The band entered a quartet into the Durham Brass Band Association Solo / Ensemble competition at the weekend and were delighted to win 2nd place! Well done to Colin, Ray, Gill & Helen.
NEW WEB SITE!
The switchover has happened, welcome to the new website! We hope you enjoy the new site, have a look around and let us know what you think!
NOW ON TWITTER
After having launched our Facebook fan page a couple of months ago, the band now have a page on Twitter. You can link to it from our Favourite sites list on the left!
DBBA TEST PIECE
The test piece for the forthcoming Durham Brass Band Association Annual Grading Contest in November is "Suite Gothique
", a classical piece written for the organ by Leon Boellmann, arranged for brass band by Eric Ball. It's a tough piece for the band, we've started practicing already!
On Sunday 19th July, the band competed in the Annual Durham Brass Band League Entertainment Contest at the Durham Light Infantry Museum and were delighted to receive 3rd place out of the 5 bands competing. We won the new "Besson Challenge Cup" and received £150 total in prizes. The adjudicator commented on how much he liked the choice of music and confident playing. We also won the honour of being the highest place "Section B" band competing.