Gary Wyatt resigns

Gary Wyatt resigns

Some sad news from the Carlton Bandroom. Our Musical Director Gary Wyatt has resigned from the band, having conducted us since July 2016. We have greatly enjoyed his tenure in front of the band, highlighted by our successful trip to the French Open in June 2018 and trophy-winning performances at NEMBBA and the Denby Pottery Entertainment Contest. The band would like to express their thanks for his time with us and wish him every success with whatever comes next - especially his trip to the Royal Albert Hall with Desford Band. Carlton Brass are now inviting applications for Gary's replacement. Interested parties should please contact our new Chairman Andy McCormack (07882305141) or email info@carltonbrass.co.uk. We rehearse in our own bandroom on Monday & Thursday evenings in Netherfield, Nottingham between 8 and 10PM. ...
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How’s your Baritone?

How’s your Baritone?

Carlton Brass have had a recent retirement in our baritone bench (more on that very soon) and are now looking for a top quality solo baritone player to join us. We currently enjoy the presence of some  wonderful euphonium and baritone players - do you have what it takes to bolster our impressive middle? We are also still in need of a permanent second trombone and a couple of cornets (front and/or back). Our principal cornet would love a strong bumper-upper to join him on the front row - those top Cs aren't going to play themselves. Our excellent MD Gary Wyatt would love to see you in these seats at our own bandroom in Netherfield. There's air-conditioning and everything. What's stopping you calling our secretary Anne (07946 322081) in confidence and coming down for a blow (Mondays and Thursdays)? Join us! ...
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Players needed – trombone and baritone

Players needed – trombone and baritone

We are currently looking at filling a couple of spaces at Carlton Brass. We need both a second trombone and solo baritone player to provide the missing pieces to our wonderful band sound. Interested? Please give our Secretary Anne a call (07946 322081) or get hold of us through our contacts page. The summer months also leaves us with a few spare seats during rehearsals while folks are away sunning themselves in warmer climes (such as Skegness etc). If anyone of any instrument finds themselves free on a Monday or Thursday evening please do come along for a blow at our current rehearsal space at Carlton Baptist Church. Do give Anne a ring beforehand just in case our plans have changed, but we would love to see some new faces. We can always find space for enthusiastic, talented local players. We are particularly welcoming to Nottingham students. We've had a number of lovely players from both local universities over the years, so...
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French Open 2018

French Open 2018

Saturday the 2nd June saw Carlton Brass take part in the 24th French Open in Amboise. This is a contest open to international entries; the band being drawn against competitors from France, the Netherlands, Norway, Jersey and a number of UK bands. This was the first time Carlton has entered this competition and our first trip abroad in over ten years. It is also the first time in living memory that we have competed against our (almost) namesakes at Carlton Main Frickley. The contest takes in three components - a March (very much like the Whit Friday Marches), a 25 minute programme that includes a test piece, and a 30 minute outside entertainment programme to a local audience. This all takes place in the medieval town of Amboise in the Loire Valley region of France. It is a very beautiful location for a contest, especially for the march and entertainment stages which are set in the shadows of the stunning Chateau...
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The calm before the Christmas storm.

The calm before the Christmas storm.

Remembering This Sunday is Remembrance Day. The combined bands of Carlton Brass will be marching in tribute in the Calverton remembrance parade as well as a small band presence for the service at st Wilfred’s church. Christmas In the world of brass bands, we have to get our Christmas heads on earlier than most. As is customary our first Christmas event for the season will be at Brookfield’s garden centre where Training Band will be playing some carols and choice Christmas pieces for Santa’s arrival at his grotto. Both bands have a packed schedule this year including several concerts, fairs and light switch-ons. Below is the full schedule for the Christmas period, so you’ll know exactly where our bands are playing all the way into the new year! Carlton Brass EventsChristmas Concert in CalvertonFriday, December 1st, 2017CalvertonCarol Service at St. Nic'sSaturday, December 9th, 2017NottinghamChristmas Concert with the Lace City ChorusSunday, December 17th, 2017NottinghamCarlton Brass Training Band EventsChristmas at Brookfields garden centreSaturday, November 18th, 2017MapperlyNetherfield lights...
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Carlton Brass Training Band Christmas Calendar

Carlton Brass Training Band Christmas Calendar

Hot on the heels of our successes at the Bolsover festival of brass: Training Band’s Christmas event calendar is now up to date with all our Christmas appearances! Amongst them are 2 concerts; One with the Major Oak Chorus at The Beckett School in Wilford, the other at St. Helens church in Burton Joyce. We also have many appearances at Christmas light switch ons and fairs throughout December as well as our regular appearances at the Revival Christmas parties at Mapperly Plains social club....
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Supporting the brass band movement

Supporting the brass band movement

It's with great pleasure we can now announce a partnership with local transport operator Nottingham City Transport (NCT). NCT have taken a keen interest in helping to keep the brass band tradition alive and will be supporting our training band in the coming year. Their press release follows: Nottingham City Transport has announced its support for the Carlton Brass Training Band in a new partnership that will see Nottingham’s principal bus operator help to secure the local brass instrument talent of the future. For the year ahead at least, the city’s award-winning bus company has sponsored what will now be known as ‘Carlton Brass Training Band in association with NCT’. The band relies on bookings for performances to keep them going financially, and their new partnership will now be displayed on concert programmes and on promotional banners at these events from now on. This joint venture came about thanks to one of NCT’s drivers –  who plays the cornet in the band. “Last year...
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Gary Wyatt appointed new MD at Carlton Brass

Gary Wyatt appointed new MD at Carlton Brass

Carlton Brass are pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Wyatt as their new musical director. Gary trained as a professional musician during his military career and still plays at the highest level as the principal cornet of the world-famous Desford Colliery Band. His conducting experience spans over 20 years and includes time with bands in the fourth section right through to those in the championship. In joining Carlton, Gary follows his sister Della and brother-in-law Dave, who have been playing with the band since the start of the year....
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Farewell Wink

Farewell Wink

It is with much sadness that Carlton Brass announce that MD Paul 'Wink' Watson has resigned from the band, due to ill health. Wink has been conducting us for the last two years, achieving some excellent results - not least directing us to be the 2015 second section champions and gaining an excellent 4th at the subsequent National Finals, our first Finals visit for 14 years. He took us to NEMBBA success in the same year, along with promotion back into the first section. Prior to this Wink was the 'powerhouse' of our band bottom end, playing solo baritone for many years. He has been a member of the Carlton Organisation for large parts of the past 40 years - starting playing with the Carlton Silver band all the way back in 1975 - and has been a wonderful ambassador for us throughout. He has many friends at Carlton Brass and we are going to miss him very much. We do hope that he...
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Percussion vacancy

Percussion vacancy

Carlton Brass are currently on the look for a percussion player/drummer to come and join the band. If you or someone you know fancies playing with Nottingham's leading brass band on either a permanent or an ad hoc basis then please get in touch. We can offer a full and talented band to sit behind, a good range of music to play and things to hit, and an enthusiastic young percussionist  keen to have someone to learn from....
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