Fodens Players lend a helping hand

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 26 April 2009

On Sunday 26th April, the North West Area Brass Band Association held their first Training Day for member bands. The event was held at the Hollingworth Business & Enterprise College in Milnrow, Rochdale and was attending by over 60 players from various member bands. The event was staged free of charge to all the players. The Manchester District of the NWABBA previously undertook this type of event.

The tutors for the event came, as in previous events, from the Fodens Band under the leadership of Mark Wilkinson. Mark put together a team comprising Natsumi Inaba (Euphoniums & Baritones), Simon Minshall (Trombones), Les Neish (Basses), Lucy Pankhurst (Tenor Horns), Dave Wycherley (Percussion), Alan Wycherley (Conductor), Andy Rolfe and himself (Cornets).
At the start of the day all the players were given a master class in each of the above sections and then split into two groups with the Improving Learners Group being taken for sectional rehearsals on “English Folk Songs Suite” and the Intermediate Group having a full band rehearsal on “The Three Musketeers”. After lunch the two groups changed places. The whole event concluded with each group giving a performance of their chosen work to the assembled audience of players and supporters, followed by a massed performance of a hymn tune.
On behalf of the NWABBA the Chairman, Peter Bates, extended thanks to all the tutors for their excellent hard work throughout the day and also to member bands for supporting the event. Many of those who attended expressed their thanks to the tutors and the Association for staging this event and said how much they had benefited from this experience and hoped another one would be held at some time in the future.                              
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