New faces

New faces

We've been having a terrific last few months finding our lips again, and we've managed to find some new friends along the way. We have an almost full band now (just need a cornet or two) and are delighted that these new players have agreed to join us. New members We are pleased to welcome: Katherine Spencer on trombone, Eve Foley on cornet, John Newberry on Euphonium, (er, what is Ken doing there?) Craig Anderson on Bb Bass and Tony Magee on Eb Bass. Not shown, but also very welcome along, is Heather Denholm on cornet. Craig is back for his third stint with the band, and it is great to see him again. Tony lives in Fife, but that hasn't stopped him making his way to rehearsals (although his local job helps). Ken Dunkin is representing the old school of Carlton Brass, having joined the organisation before any of the other members of the band were even born. He's still bringing his superb...
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Tony Wilson Returns

Tony Wilson Returns

Carlton Brass are very happy to announce that Tony Wilson has agreed to be the band's Musical Director. Tony has been immensely helpful during recent months, picking up the baton and enabling rehearsals during the current difficult times. He has enjoyed conducting us and we are delighted that he has agreed to take us through to the 2022 Regional Content next March, with a view to staying on beyond that. Tony has previously conducted the band during one of our most successful periods, bringing the band from the fourth section back in 1999 all the way through to the first section. No other conductor has earned more first places for Carlton Brass, and we will be aiming for further podium finishes once the contest season restarts. He brings a wealth of musical experience and an abundance of enthusiasm that will help motivate the band, whilst having lots of fun along the way. Tony acknowledges that a lot of hard work lies ahead,...
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Back in the Bandroom

Back in the Bandroom

2020 was a bit rubbish, wasn't it? The last eighteen months have been hugely difficult for everyone during this global pandemic, and while it is far from over we are starting to see some relaxation of the restrictions that have limited our banding activities. The priority during Covid has always been the safety of ourselves and our loved ones. While we have not been able to play together for the longest time we have understood the reasons for staying home - playing a brass instrument inside with 25 other people was not safe. We have been at home practising on our own since our last performance in March 2020 at the Regional Championships. We have had to put aside doing the thing we love for so long, but for very good reasons. Burton Joyce Village Hall We haven't been entirely inactive though. In-between lockdowns it was possible for us to rehearse outside, and while this has meant being at the mercy of the...
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New Musical Director: Gary Glover

New Musical Director: Gary Glover

Carlton Brass are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Musical Director Gary Glover. Gary is an old friend of Carlton having played Euphonium and conducted the band on occasions in the past. He is the former Director of Music of the Nottinghamshire Police Band and now works in and around the Nottinghamshire area as a musician and teacher. Gary already has a very busy diary teaching Music in two primary schools, several private piano and brass students, resident pianist at ‘Piano’ restaurant and principal euphonium in the Royal Signals (Northern) Band. His varied musical experience and considered approach to his audition material greatly impressed the band and we are very much looking forward to having him conduct us at our rehearsal tomorrow night. Band spokesperson Dave Rutt said, "Gary has been a friend of the band for a number of years. He's a super Euphonium player and has spent time both within the band as a player and as a guest...
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Hawley takes up the stick

Carlton Brass are pleased to announce the appointment of Geoff Hawley to the post of Musical Director. Geoff is a long-time friend of the band and brings a wealth of experience to the role. Geoff previously conducted the band at Butlins in January where we attained a highly credible sixth place in strong field. Geoff takes over from Stan Lippeatt. The band would like to thank Stan for the hard work and motivation during his time with us. His efforts earned us a fine fifth placing at the Midlands Regional Championships in March and we are very thankful for his guidance during his tenure. The band would also like to thank Christine Lippeatt, Amy Mondschein and Mark Wardle for their help over the last six months or so. Their talent and cheery personalities have given the band a lift and we have really enjoyed having them within our ranks. We wish you all the best for the future. 2011 has seen the band reach...
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Good result for Carlton Brass in Bedworth

Saturday 14th of March 2009 saw Carlton Brass compete at the Midlands Regional Contest in the First Section. This was the band's second year in this section and there were high hopes of repeating last year's excellent 4th position. The test piece was the rather difficult Pentacle by talented, young composer Graham Cole. Graham had created a piece of music that would have tested most Championship Section bands and comments around the various regionals have shown that many bands have struggled at rehearsals with Pentacle. Opinion of the piece has been divided. Some people love it and some don't but the band managed to find enough music in the piece to be adjudged sixth in a field of 16 bands. Despite a wobble during the Fire movement the other four movements featured some good ensemble work and many fine solos that impressed the two adjudicators enough to give us a top six finish. The band were delighted with the result considering the difficulty...
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New Faces

Carlton Brass would like to welcome in a couple of new faces into the organisation. Steph Graham joins us from our Training Band. Steph is the daughter of BBb bassist Mick and will be providing an extra set of lungs in our horn section. Also joining us recently is Hannah Prince. Hannah is a student of music at Nottingham University and has previously played with the Hitchen Band. She's proving to be an excellent addition to the front row cornets. The band would like to wish both players well during their stay with us and hope that you will enjoy playing with us for a good while yet. Sadly, we'll be losing talented percussionist Anneke Praagman after the area contest this weekend. She's heading back to the Netherlands on Sunday  and the band would like to extend many thanks to her for the effort and talent she has shown us during her stay in Nottingham. We wish her all the best....
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Welcome Along

Over the last month or so Carlton Brass has made large strides in its attempts to bolster the player roster. 2009 will see the band in a strong promotion position - a good result in Bedworth next March could mean that Nottingham would have a Championship Section band once more. The band has been in need of strengthening throughout 2008 and thankfully the players have now been found. We are delighted to have acquired Barry Tupper on solo euphonium. Barry is a talented soloist with a lot of experience and joins us at a key time in the bands history. Joining us on the Bass section are Dave Roberts (BBb) and Dave Kirkby (Eb). Dave and Dave (a band really can't have enough Daves) are bolstering our solid bass line and giving MD Walter Richie some great support towards a rich, creamy band sound. Dave, Dave and Barry have all previously played under Walter at Foss Dyke. Carlton Brass are delighted to sign...
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Alan Ritchie

It is with immense sadness that Carlton Brass announce the death of Alan Ritchie. Alan passed away in a tragic boating accident on Wednesday 30th July leaving us all in a state of shock. Our thoughts are with his parents, Walter and Marie, and his family and friends at this most difficult of times. Alan was a dedicated, talented bandsman, having played with many bands in the Midlands over the years. He has only been with Carlton Brass for a short time but has a long association with the organisation, having also played with Nottingham City Transport. He's also been a much-loved member of both the Foss Dyke Band and Thoresby and is well known throughout the country as a great guy and exceptional musician. He will be sadly missed by us all. The funeral will be on Friday 15th August at 1:15pm at St Michael's Church, High Street, Waddington. There will be a private family cremation at 2:30. Everyone else should congregate...
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Farewell and thanks

We've had a couple of recent departures from our ranks in recent weeks. Craig Anderson, purveyor of some beefy tones on the Bb Bass, has left due to work commitments. Kris Reeder, an excellent addition to our trombone section has come to the end of his law degree and departs for the southern counties. The band thanks both of you for the commitment and musicality you brought to the band and wish you both well for the future. ...
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