Farewell Sid!

Posted by CJG on 30 June 2014 | Comments

After a tremendously successful 6 months as Musical Director of the band, Kevin Steward conduced his last rehearsal on Wednesday 25th June. Kevin flew out to Singapore on Saturday to take up his new position there. The band wish Kevin all the very best, and their sincere thanks for the superb job he has done in training the band over the time he has been at Amington. Kevin has agreed to retain the title of Associate Musical Director. The band is now looking to appoint their next musical director.... 

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New signing in the trombone section

Posted by REG on 10 June 2014 | Comments

We are pleased to announce a new signing - Sarah Francis. Sarah has transferred to Amington from the championship section Staffordshire Band to join our trombone section as second trombonist. The band fixer commented, "It's great news that Sarah is coming on board, this will bring some much needed stability and quality to the trombone section, and make our trombone section a real force to be reckoned with on the contest platform"

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Kevin Steward heads east......

Posted by CJG on 8 June 2014 | Comments

We are sorry to announce that our Musical Director, Kevin Steward, is leaving the band at the end of June. Kevin is relocating to Singapore for work reasons. Kevin has had a hugely positive impact on the standard of the band since he came on board in February, and we will all be very sorry to see him go. Recent concert performances have met with comments such as "Superb", "the best the band has ever sounded", "A perfectly balanced selection of music".

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Band Awards Evening

Posted by Pete Hylton on 21 March 2014 | Comments

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The Band Awards evening was held at The Castle Hotel, Tamworth. Players, players' families and the Band's supporters came together for an evening of food, laughter and one or two drinks! 

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Facebook

Posted by Pete Hylton on 16 March 2014 | Comments

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The Band’s new Facebook page has gone live. This will be used, in addition to the website and Twitter, to publicise the Band and keep everybody up to date with all things #TeamAmington – and for those of us who think this sign (#) looks like a potato waffle, we agree! Please feel free to like, share and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and, perhaps most importantly, in person at our concerts! 

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AGM

Posted by Pete Hylton on 10 March 2014 | Comments

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The Band’s AGM was held and all committee positions were re-elected. The full committee is listed online on our ‘About’ section. Bob Godfrey is now Chairman and Dave Cross, Fergus Brown and Alan Stretton join the committee. The Band were delighted to welcome Mrs Prue Cross as Vice President. Prue's family have been involved with Amington Band for many years. Her late husband, Roly, was a central figure in the Band for many years and their nephew, Dave Cross, still plays with the Band now. 

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Areas 2014

Posted by Pete Hylton and Steph Morris on 10 March 2014 | Comments

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The Band competed at the Areas and came a respectable (if slightly disappointing!) 7th place. This was an emotional day for the Band – a few weeks before this contest, with a few seats to fill and a new MD in the Band, we could have been forgiven for giving the contest ‘a miss’. However, we went and we played a performance that we were proud of. Friends and supporters had the Band in a podium finishing place. Tweets from the British Bandsman and 4BarsRest echoed the positive views of our performance:

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A new venture....

Posted by on 7 March 2014 | Comments

Two days ahead of the Areas, the Band fielded the new Amington Band Ten-Piece ensemble to play at the 25th birthday celebrations for Tamworth Sainsbury’s. There aren’t many Brass Bands who get to play happy birthday for a supermarket. Or drink bucks fizz out of shot glasses. Or give an interview live on Tamworth’s Touch FM in the middle of a concert. We would like to wish Sainsbury’s a happy birthday and wish them well for the next 25 years – and beyond. We would also like to thank Debra Smith who kindly helped us out for the concert. Finally, we would like to thank two local Tamworth schools for kindly giving permission for two of the players to miss school - albeit for the morning! 

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Butlins...and beyond!

Posted by on 24 January 2014 | Comments

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The Band worked hard to prepare for the Butlins Contest. However, the end result of 17th place was not the intended outcome!
During January, several changes to personnel took place and the Musical Director took the decision to resign from the Band. Following Wesley Kendrick’s resignation, the Band appointed Kevin Steward as Musical Director and a number of new signings were welcomed.

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