Pilling Jubilee Silver Band

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02/04/2014 - Band Newsletter

Our latest news is of the contest held in Blackpool on 9th March which was the NW Area heat for the National Championships held in September. The set piece of music was "Three Spanish Impressions" by Alan Fernie and you may recall that we played this at the recent Preston contest where we came 2nd out of nine competing bands. The day started with a rehearsal at a church hall in Blackpool at 9:30, where some of our cars got blocked in the car park, causing a bit of confusion, two of them having to stay there all day. We were drawn to play in 13th place (not a good omen) and duly went on to the Opera House stage at about 12:30, where we found the acoustic to be quite difficult. The back and sides of the large stage have rows of curtains used in shows, which deaden the sound, making it very different from the sound in our bandroom. The results were announced at about 2:30 when we were placed 5th out of 16 competing bands in our section, a fair result but not so good as the 3rd place which we got last year at this event. Looking on the bright side, this result gives us enough points to get us promoted from the 4th to the 3rd section which will mean that we shall be competing against better bands next year. Other local bands fared similarly, Blackpool Brass and Morecambe Band both coming 5th in their respective sections, while Poulton-le-Fylde gained a 7th place. On Saturday 15th March we held a concert in St John's Church Pilling which was well supported. We played a varied programme of music including two new pieces which had been arranged by J A Redman, one time player and still a firm supporter of the band. The first of these was an arrangement of the hymn tune "Soul of my Saviour" in honour of Brian Marshall who passed away recently. Brian played a tenor horn as a young lad in Preesall Band, followed by a long spell on trombone with Pilling Band. His father Jack Marshall and his sister Josephine also played in the band. The second new piece, also arranged by J A Redman, was of the hymn tune "Richmond" in memory of his friend and our former conductor John Roberts, who died in January 2013. James spoke at the concert of both people and their association with the band and presented a framed copy of the score of "Richmond" to John Robert's widow Doreen. An upcoming concern is that of the condition of Fieldhouse Lane, Pilling, which gives access to the bandroom as well as other properties. This is unadopted and for many years the band has tried to maintain the lane out of band funds by filling the holes which appear with hardcore. At best this is only ever a temporary answer and it is proposed that over the coming months a more permanent solution should be sought. Watch out for more about this in our newsletters.

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