Happy 10th Birthday!

2003 promises to be another busy year for the band with concerts already booked in Staveley, Morecambe, Natland, Penwortham (Preston), Windermere, Ambleside, Grange over Sands, Silverdale and Burneside and contests in Preston, Darlington, Ripon, Kirkby Lonsdale and Middelton in Teesdale. We are hoping to arrange a short tour to North Wales later in the year.

We were honoured with an invitation to play during the visit of His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, when he visited the Plumgarth’s Organic Produce Centre near Kendal on a beautiful sunny Wednesday 12th March 2003. Even though it was an afternoon engagement, all but one of the players managed to get the day off work, school or college to attend. His Royal Highness spent between two and three minutes talking to the band about its’ history, instruments and music library. The Prince also spoke to some of the band members’ wives during his visit and described the band as ‘awfully good’! The band played for over two hours whilst Prince Charles toured the Centre. Roger was also interviewed by local Radio Lakeland that was broadcast, with the band playing in the background, early the same evening when the Prince’s visit was featured in the local news programme (see Special Events).

The band is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a get-together of present and former members in Burneside Cricket Club on the 5th April (See Special Events).

Germany and England will unite at St. Herberts Church on Thursday 24th April 2003, starting at 7.30pm. Burneside Brass Band is honoured to be playing with a traditional Bavarian Blasergruppe from Diessen, Windermeres twin town. This is the second concert of this type, but this one promises to be better! Everyone is welcome, so come along!

A shock revelation hit Burneside Brass Band in 2003. Through work commitments Roger Lincoln has decided to stand down as our Musical Director… After nine years of immense decidation, enthusiasm and support from Roger Lincoln, we are saddened that our Roger had to leave us, but thankful of the time that we got to spend with such a talented musician and more importantly, friend. It really isnt going to be the same without him. Speaking on behalf of every person in the band, I would like to thank Roger for all his support during his time as our Musical Director. The Best of Luck goes to our new musical director, Steve Manning!

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