Champions Fodens Delight North West Area Brass Bands Association

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 21 August 2008

The District held a Training Day in co-operation with the Fodens Band on Sunday March 16th, just one week after the famous band had been crowned Regional Champions for the third year in succession.


At the Hollingworth Business and Enterprise College at Milnrow, near Rochdale, over eighty players from Association bands enjoyed a day of coaching and playing under the guidance of Mark Wilkinson,Glyn Williams, Sheona White,Les Neish, Anna Hughes, Simon Minshall and Ben Coombs.


The day started off with each section tutor holding a masterclass for their respective instruments before splitting the players into two bands. One band held a full rehearsal on the test piece ‘Indian Summer’ under the guidance of Gareth Westwood whilst the other band had sectional rehearsals on ‘Dimensions.’ After lunch Gareth rehearsed Dimensions whilst sectional rehearsals took place on Indian Summer.


The day ended with both groups giving a grand performance of their pieces.

At 4pm over 80 happy and enthusiastic players left the College with only one popular request - "When will the next one be?" And for an Association concerned with the future progress of its member bands, that's all we wanted to hear.

For any conductor and every audience, Foden’s Band is a musical Magic Carpet. It continually takes the listener to places that few other ensembles rarely even approach Howard Snell