The Enderby Bands

The Enderby Band

LBBA 1st Section Champions 2013

Midlands Area Champions 2014

Woodfarm Brewery 1st Section Champions and 'Band of the Day' 2015 & 2016

Shirebrook Entertainment Champions 2015 & 2016

 

Enderby Band at the Clock Tower, LeicesterThe Enderby Band (sometimes referred to as The Senior Band), is the organisation’s premier ensemble and the root from which the Enderby Band Organisation has grown. Village records state that there was a temperance band in Enderby in the 1850’s, however the band was officially formed in 1895 when members of the temperance band joined with a new group to form the Enderby Band.

From these early days the band quickly grew and throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s they were the pride of Enderby and much in demand, often being invited to attend more engagements than they could possibly fulfil. It was not unusual for the band to appear at three different engagements on a Sunday during the summer; church in the morning and then two concerts in the local parks. One tradition that survives to this day is for the band to be out on Christmas and Boxing Day mornings entertaining the residents of Enderby Village with carols and festive music.

During the inter-war years the band was very successful, getting promoted to the highest tier of brass band competition and adopting the name ‘Enderby Silver Prize Band’ as a mark of their achievements. However the onset of World War 2 had the inevitable effect on membership and the standard declined.

After the War, the band reformed, but it seemed destined to never achieve its former glory. In fact by the mid-seventies, the band was all but defunct. At this point Garry Sleath (now one of the Organisation’s trustees), took on the task of rebuilding the band. Success returned to the band, numbers grew and a youth band was formed. Enderby Band again began to achieve significant contest successes and have remained as a top-end First Section Band since the mid-eighties. During this time the band has twice spent time in the Championship Section.

Enderby Band: Midlands First Section Champions 2014The current band is a well balanced mix of players from our own youth band and a number of experienced players from Leicestershire and the wider East Midlands. We are proud to state that half of the band's current members have come through the ranks of the organisation. Once again the band is enjoying a period of contesting success, with recent appearances at the prestigious Spring Festival in Blackpool, and qualification for the National Finals showing that the band is building a genuine nationwide profile, whilst still being a proud and active member of the local community.

Whilst contest success is good for bragging rights, as a community band, the concert platform is not overlooked. The band’s philosophy is to perform to the highest standard possible, whilst still providing a good value and enjoyable entertainment experience for its audience and its players. As well as its own concerts in and around Enderby, the band has become a regular contributor to events at Leicester’s Curve Theatre, appearing in the Christmas production of Hello Dolly, at Curve’s 5th Anniversary event and for the recent World War 1 and 2 memorial concerts. The band has also featured in two productions of the stage musical ‘Brassed Off’ at the Concordia Theatre, Hinckley and the Little Theatre Leicester. The band also regularly performs at the Pershore Festival of Brass.

Players

Musical Director

Simon Gresswell

Simon Gresswell
Musical Director

Cornets

Josie Allen

Josie Allen
Principal Cornet

Trevor Hounsome

Trevor Hounsome
Assistant Principal Cornet

Skye Wilson

Skye Wilson
Solo Cornet 3

Kathryn  Hill

Kathryn Hill
Solo Cornet 4

Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith
Solo Cornet 5

Alex Baldwin

Alex Baldwin
Soprano Cornet

Claire Fok

Claire Fok
Repiano Cornet

Victoria 'Tor' Hodges

Victoria 'Tor' Hodges
2nd Cornet

Jenny Rands

Jenny Rands
2nd Cornet

Carys  Owen

Carys Owen
2nd Cornet

Megan Robets

Megan Robets
3rd Cornet

Tom Penny

Tom Penny
3rd Cornet

Pat Allsopp

Pat Allsopp
3rd Cornet

Horns

Ian Hayto

Ian Hayto
Flugelhorn

Robert Foulds

Robert Foulds
Solo Horn

Jenny Shaw

Jenny Shaw
1st Horn

Rhys Kerry

Rhys Kerry
2nd Horn

Trombones

Andy Gray

Andy Gray
Solo Trombone

Sam Hayto

Sam Hayto
2nd Trombone

Thomas Chinery

Thomas Chinery
Bass Trombone

Euphoniums and Baritones

Vacancy .

Vacancy .
Solo Euphonium

Susanna Blamire

Susanna Blamire
2nd Euphonium

Chris 'Stan' Stanley

Chris 'Stan' Stanley
Solo Baritone

Vikki Oates

Vikki Oates
2nd Baritone

Basses

Danielle Thomas

Danielle Thomas
Eb Bass

Stewart Osgood

Stewart Osgood
Eb Bass

Peter Seddon

Peter Seddon
BBb Bass

Nicholas Bracegirdle

Nicholas Bracegirdle
BBb Bass

Percussion

Minesh Patel

Minesh Patel
Percussion

Lucy Ashmore

Lucy Ashmore
Percussion

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