As another year comes to a close it’s time to look back over the last 12 months for Burneside Brass.
The year started with the news that our MD Stuart Moore had decided to step down after five years in the post of Musical director and therefore the committee began the search for someone to take over this vacant post. After a brief search we were lucky enough to find Mr Laurie Johnston who was happy to take up this role and in March became the Musical Director for the band.
We have performed at many engagements throughout the year starting in March when we performed a concert in Lancaster in aid of Oxfam; this was the first engagement under the direction of Mr Laurie Johnston. We played at Party in the Park’s at both Hawkshead and at St Thomas’ Church in Kendal, marched through the streets of Ambleside for the annual Rush bearing ceremony and sat on the back of an articulated lorry playing music to the crowds that were out to enjoy the 2011 Kendal Carnival.
We competed in three contests throughout 2011, South Cumbria Music Festival where we were awarded 1st place for the open contest, next was Brass in Ripon contest where we were placed 5th, however we were awarded The Dean John Methuen Challenge Trophy for the best 4th section band outside the first three and at Hardraw our bass section we awarded the Andrew Popham Trophy for the Best Bass section in the 4th section bands. Whilst at the Hardraw contest we saw the actor who played the late Terry Woods from the TV soap Emmerdale we would like to think he was there to hear us play but he was actually there to support Harrogate Brass band.
We have also performed at two weddings one in Langdale and the other at Newby Bridge and at a 50th Birthday party in Kendal.
A few members of the band together with players from two other bands travelled to the Whit Friday marches where the scratch band “Shawter Brass” played the contest march Ravenswood in five villages, ending our first outing at this contest playing in the village of Delph.
In July the first ever MAD (Making a Difference) National Brass Band Day was held and we performed in Wainwright’s yard throughout the afternoon of Saturday 9th July.
October saw us hosting our annual Presidents evening where any member of the band can play a solo, duet or sectional piece of their choice to an invited audience.
In November we recorded our first CD entitled Merry Christmas Carols with Burneside Brass. It was also the first time the we were invited to play at the Kendal Remembrance service held at the Parish Church and later in the afternoon we travelled to Windermere to provide musical support for the Remembrance service which was held in the village.
December was a very busy month for the band with many Christmas engagements taking place throughout the month, including two concerts, the Light a life service at St John’s Hospice Lancaster, a Carol service at St Herbert’s Church Windermere as well as playing Christmas Carols in various locations, at one of these locations the Britain’s got talent winner Paul Potts was lucky enough to hear Burneside Brass playing some great Christmas music. The Kendal Lions used our CD to announce the arrival of Santa as they travelled around the streets of Kendal taking him to see the local children.
We said goodbye to Mrs Maggie Lees 1st Horn who left the band after 10 years service with Burneside Brass she has moved to Cheshire to be closer to her family and on her last night she presented the band with the Maggie Lees Trophy which was awarded for the very first time to David Baines Soprano Cornet.
We gave a warm welcome to Lucy White who joined Burneside Brass in September and filled the 2nd Trombone vacancy, Steven Bryant moved from 3rd Cornet over to the Bass Section on Eb Bass.
As this year closes we look forward to another busy year in 2012, we welcome anyone wishing to play with Burneside brass, rehearsal night is Thursday 7.30- 9.30 at Burneside Cricket Club.