Tuesday 7th May
NEXT EVENT: Sunday 26th May from 1:30pm
Centenary in Northwich: A split venue concert celebrating the centenary of a piece of Northwich Social History. More details soon.
Wednesday 1st May
CHARITY CONCERT 2:30pm NEXT SUNDAY AFTERNOON 5th May - at ST HUGH’s RC CHURCH HALL, W. TIMPERLEY
Tickets on the door
Wednesday 27th March
CHARITY CONCERT - at ST HUGH’s CHURCH HALL, W. TIMPERLEY
Arrangements are almost complete for a charity concert in the afternoon of Sunday 5th May.
Sunday 17th March
ALL SAINTS CONCERT - TICKETS AVAILABLE
Tickets are now on sale for the forthcoming concert at All Saints Church, Barton Rd, Stretford on Sunday 13th April
Call Gerry on 07970 207941 or pop in to a band rehearsal (8:00pm to 10:00pm Tuesdays & Thursdays at Sale Sports Club)
Tuesday 6th March
ANOTHER EVENT FIXED
We can now confirm another “Brass in the Park” event at 2:00pm on Sunday 9th June in Ashton Park, Sale - another of our regular local venues!
Wednesday 13 February
3 CONCERTS CONFIRMED
Today, we announce three new concerts as the first events in our 2013 Spring / Summer Programme:
More details on these events nearer the time - watch this space!
Friday 31 January
NEW KIT & MORE
Last week, our new drum kit arrived and this week, it got well and truly christened! We are hoping to see some job-sharing on drums, more of which very soon.
Since Christmas, Emmanuel Pinteaux has moved onto the front row so we now have a full team there.
Sadly, veteran John Hook has decided to retire from the band - but we would like to put on record our thanks for his support on tenor horn and, previously, on Eb Bass. Best wishes to him and his wife, Pat.
Friday 28 December
BACK TO NORMAL
Thanks to all our venues over Christmas - and especially to the shoppers who supported the band so generously as we serenaded them!
Back to work now - first rehearsal of 2013 is on Thursday 3rd January when we will all be refreshed and raring to go!
Friday 23 November
Our Christmas programme is now pretty well fixed - although there were some last minute changes announced at last night’s rehearsal that will be posted very shortly. Pop over to our
page for details.
Wednesday 3rd October
Mike McKeigue’s Funeral
Members of Stretford Band joined colleagues from Elmfield Band to play under the direction of Jack Bennett at Mike’s Requiem Mass at St Chad’s church in Cheadle. The church was filled with Mike’s family and his many friends from the worlds of teaching, rugby, cricket and, of course, music. After the funeral, all who were able to do so moved a few doors down the road to Mike’s favourite watering hole, the Red Lion. Mike, we will remember you.
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Saturday 22 September
WITH GREAT SADNESS:
We heard today that our long-serving Solo Euphonium, Mike McKeigue, passed away at his home last night, after an evening out with his wife.
Mike had been on sick leave from the band, somehow complying with medical instructions to do absolutely nothing following a suspected mini-stroke. He appeared to be on the mend, having been allowed last week to start driving again and was planning to sit in on next Tuesday’s rehearsal. Sadly, this was not to be.
Stretford Band would like to offer its deepest condolences to Mike’s family and friends and to put on record our appreciation of all the many things that Mike did for this - and for other - bands, both on and off the concert platform. We’ll miss the music, the unstinting support and the wicked sense of humour.
Mike, may you rest in peace.
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Wednesday 12 September
MORE GOOD NEWS
Welcome also to our new back row cornet, Kay Schofield. We’re within sight of a full line-up - but still room for a trom or two . . .
Late news: seems there may be another cornet on the way - watch this space!
Friday 7 September 2012
GOOD MORNING SAINSBURY’S!
“Wednesday morning at five o’clock . . .” - Well, it felt like it, as the band hit the early morning road to playat Sainsbury’s, Cheadle Royal. See the Event Report for details.
PLEASE NOTE: NO REHEARSAL TUESDAY 11 September - to many absent. See you all on Thursday Night.
Friday 31 august 2012
ANOTHER GOOD NIGHT
Last night saw the band working through another challenging rehearsal under Craig, who took us through two more pieces from the new concert programme. And we were delighted to welcome another new face: Julia Hathaway has moved into the Eb bass seat vacated by John Hook’s move to 2nd horn. This band is improving by the day!
Friday 24 august 2012
WELCOMES AND RE-WELCOMES
We’re delighted that Charlotte Garbett and Zoe Spencer (who have often helped us as deps) have agreed to become part of the Stretford establishment! And we are equally happy to see the return, after a short absence, of John Hook, this time taking the 2nd Horn seat.
We also welcome, on 3rd Cornet, Colin Whitbread. Colin recently emigrated to the North West from Sandhurst and we hope he has a great time with us.
Friday 17 august 2012
CRAIG MANN RETURNS AS MD OF STRETFORD BAND
When the band heard that former MD, Craig Mann, was free to return to lead the band, the response was a unanimous YES! He didn’t stand a chance of getting away!
While Phil Dust has had only a short time at the front of the band, we would like to thank him very much for his input and, in particular, for so generously standing aside to enable Craig’s return.
We wish Phil well in whatever his next musical venture may be.
SUNDAY is now TUESDAY!
It’s official - Sunday has been moved to Tuesday.
After many years of Sunday Lunchtime rehearsals we have changed our rehearsal schedule.
We now get together on
from 8:00pm to 10:00pm
at the Sale Sports Club on the corner of Clarendon Crescent and Dane Road - just down the road from Dane Road Metrolink Station