July 100 Club Draw

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The Prize fund for December’s 100 Club totalled £72.50 and the lucky winners are:

1st Prize – £36.25 –Ann Thorpe

2nd Prize – £21.75 – Ash Paradise

3rd Prize – £14.50 – James Hobbis

Thank you to everyone who participates in the 100 Club, your positive support is helping to fund the purchase of new music, instrument repairs, replacement uniforms and refurbishment to the band room.

If you would like to enter our monthly 100 club draw then follow the link here.

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Imps Boost Youth Brass

Before the summer break, our Principal Cornet Player, Alan Fowler had been working with Gommersal Primary School and their Brass Club.

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 6 year 4 children were given the opportunity at Easter to learn to play a brass instrument  with teaching assistant Jane Barker. Also another teaching assistant at school wanted to have a go so Emma joins in too. Kirklees music school were able to loan 6 cornets.

The children meet up on a Wednesday lunch time for 40 mins and are learning  to play the cornet  and read music. On 25th May Alan went in to see how the group were getting on. He joined in with the group, giving the children helpful tips and techniques to help with their playing and listened to them all play.

The children were very excited to see him as he played in the schools assembly back in February so the children could hear the instrument and hopefully inspire them to have a go.

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Alan was very impressed with their  progress and is looking forward to when they can play in a school assembly! All the children enjoyed Alan’s second visit, especially when he and Jane played the Star Wars Theme tune! The tune is in their book so it has inspired them to get practicing to play the theme themselves.

If you would like to have one of the band visit your school for some inspiration then get in touch!

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June 100 Club Draw

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The Prize fund for June’s 100 Club totalled £77.50 and the lucky winners are:

1st Prize – £38.25 –Alan Fowler

2nd Prize – £22.25 – Dawn McKone

3rd Prize – £15.50 – Mr and Mrs Walshaw

Thank you to everyone who participates in the 100 Club, your positive support is helping to fund the purchase of new music, instrument repairs, replacement uniforms and refurbishment to the band room.

If you would like to enter our monthly 100 club draw then follow the link here.

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May 100 Club Draw

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The Prize fund for May’s 100 Club totalled £52.50 and the lucky winners are:

1st Prize – £26.25 –Allan Briggs

2nd Prize – £15.75 – Alan Fowler

3rd Prize – £10.50 – Ginnette Baker

Thank you to everyone who participates in the 100 Club, your positive support is helping to fund the purchase of new music, instrument repairs, replacement uniforms and refurbishment to the band room.

If you would like to enter our monthly 100 club draw then follow the link here.

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Update From Imps

It has been a while since we have posted on the website, and for good reason too! We (the Imps) have been hard at work preparing for several contests and concerts, as well as working with a new conductor – it has all been a bit hectic recently!

Spring Festival

The Imps didn’t have the best of weekends at this years spring festival, with Philip Sparkes Music for Battle Creek, however we did manage to give a performance worthy enough to stay in the Senior Cup. Now to some, this would be disappointing, however the band came off stage happy in the knowledge that we all performed together and enjoyed our time on stage with new conductor Steve Walsh.

Whit Friday

Fresh from the unfruitful weekend in Blackpool, the Imps were more determined than ever to pick themselves back up and restore some glory (and some funds into the coffers) at the Whit Friday Marches.

We competed in 10 Tameside contests and 1 in Saddleworth managing two first places on the Tameside circuit against strong opposition from bands such as Fodens, Leyland, Wingates and Rothwell.

Full results can be found here.

Conductor

After working with Steve Walsh for the past 2 months, Steve has won over the band, not only earning the trust and respect of the band but he has brought a vibrancy and energy to the band that really engaged all players and improved the band. We hope that Steve continues his great work with the band, especially after leading us to our two victories on Whit Friday.

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We would like to thank everyone who showed an interest in the vacancy.

Players

The band have made a few changes to the players and would like to welcome several new members to the band.

Firstly, we would like to welcome Dawn McKone, who came out of retirement before the areas to help us out and just can’t get enough. Dawn has joined the band on Repiano, adding some great experience to the back row bench. Dawn is camera shy and very elusive!!

Secondly, we welcome Roy Taylor onto the back row bench too who joins us from Old Silkstone. Roy has tons of experience with top flight brass bands and his move is very much welcomed in the Imps cornet section.

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From the other side of the world, we welcome Ash Paradise. Ash moved from Australia to England some few months ago and has since moved to Yorkshire and joined Imps on the Solo Cornet line. Ash has been welcomed to the ladies cohort of the band with open arms, totting the number of ladies in the band to 3!

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Vacancies

The band are accepting applications for the following positions:

Soprano Cornet

3rd Cornet

Percussion

If you would like to be part of this forward thinking championship section Band please phone our player manager (Chris Newbery) on 07930648825 or email him at chris.newbery@hotmail.co.uk for a confidential discussion.

Upcoming Concerts

The band is looking forward to working with the Trinity Church in Ossett again for its Best of British Concert on the 11th June. To get more information on the event then click here.

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We are also looking forward to performing as art of Leeds Concert Series in Roundhay Park on the 14th August. More information can be found here.

Imps 80th Anniversary Celebrations

Later on in the year, we will be celebrating the anniversary of our 80th year of music making. We will be hosting a concert on the 22nd October in Ossett Town Hall and we are hoping to perform a joint program with the Imps Veterans.

If you are an Imp of past then get in touch – the more the merrier!

Stay posted for more updates!

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