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long-established community brass band based in South Cheshire and linked to
Winterley Methodist Church, the band is very active and
frequently performs concerts for a wide variety of church and community
an ‘open’ band we are always pleased to welcome new
members. It is not all work,
either. Several social events are held throughout the year, including the
Christmas party, garden parties (summertime only!) and treasure
hunts. Also, as an interested
of the band have been involved in the current disussions on how
Winterley Methodist church will evolve and adapt to suit the needs of
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A service to celebrate the life of band Geoff Hall was held at Crewe Crematorium on Friday 1 February 2019. The service was conducted by Rev’d Mike Turnbull and the hymns were Jerusalem and The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended.
Winterley Band owes Geoff a huge debt of gratitude for all the time and practical support he gave in order to enable the band to flourish. Geoff was an experienced musician and bandsman who played 1st Baritone all the time he was a member of the band.
Geoff was a fantastic servant of the band and 100% reliable when it came to undertaking all sorts of tasks. He was usually one of the first people to respond to requests for help with transporting instruments to concert venues, he gave numerous lifts to players and would willingly go out of his way to act as the chauffeur for guest players.
In the years preceding the start of the building project at Winterley, Geoff was often a member of the working parties. One vivid memory is of Geoff at the top of a tall ladder cutting branches off the tree at the entrance to the church premises. The work was to prepare for the arrival of the annexe building which now houses the pre-school. Geoff was undoubtedly someone who went the ‘extra mile’ for the band and the community of Winterley.
Geoff’s last concert was at Whitchurch on 6 October, but he also played carols at the end of November and the beginning of December 2018. It was typical of Geoff that even when he was ill and not allowed to mix with large groups of people, he still insisted on helping to transport band equipment to the Christmas concert at Wheelock Church in December, and then immediately going back home.
Geoff was a member of the band for over twenty years. According to the band records he and Janet joined the band in 1997 and attended their first AGM in 1998. At the time of the formation of the present Trainer Band in 2006 it was Geoff who used his professional skills to help create our Child Protection Policy and the relevant documentation.
For many years, any player who has performed in one of our concerts will have been told how to line up and given clear instructions by Geoff regarding how to go on stage. In his role as Bandmaster, Geoff always received the respect of those present. Players would never argue with his clear instructions, as he would have carefully planned exactly how it would work smoothly and safely.
Our memories of Geoff are personal snapshots of a man with a generous heart, and someone who always spoke honestly and sincerely about things.
‘Thank you Geoff – you have been a true servant of the band, often working behind the scenes to help make things happen. We will miss your smile and your special sense of humour’.
Winterley Methodist Brass Band
About Our Trainer Band
you play a brass or percussion instrument?
wanted to learn?
to find out what all those tadpoles on the music mean?
Trainer Band is for players of all ages, and ranges from complete
beginners to those with several years' experience.
not come along on Thursday evenings (see the Diary on the Events page
for our rehearsal schedule) and give it a try?
We have a small
selection of instruments available if you don't already have one.
on the image on the right for more details.
The Trainer Band in action.
& Present -
75 Years of Music Making
tells the unique story of Winterley Methodist
first section, "Thank You For The
Music", records the
chronology of the band's musical journey,
and includes biographical details about all the Musical Directors. The book then explores several themes under the title of "Thank You For The Memories". These include some interesting and amusing experiences.
author, Neil Barnett, is an Eb
bass player in the band and
has been a serving officer of the organisation since 1972.
obtain your copy, please contact a member of the band, or e-mail a
request for an order form to:
you include your name and address.
of the book are priced at £5.00. Post and packing
from left) is seen holding
the score of his compostion “To
Thy Name”. It is one of two pieces the band has commissioned
mark its 75 Years Celebrations. The
title of the work
is the second line of the hymn Sweet Is The Work (Deep Harmony). Kevin states ‘I wanted to write a piece that encapsulated a
typical morning out on the band."
was born in
1960 in Congleton (Cheshire). As a result of his father's interest in
following the Foden’s Motor Works Band, Kevin used to go and
listen to rehearsals at the bandroom in Elworth. It was the Foden
connection which led to his involvement with Brass Bands. He joined the
Middlewich Band (now Roberts Bakery Band) on Second Baritone and
progressed through Solo Baritone to the Solo Euphonium. Following a
short break he joined the United Co-op Crewe Band.
he was at
Roberts Bakery he started to arrange and compose music for brass bands.
His conducting experience started with Tarporley Band and in 1994 he
became Musical Director at Audley Brass. In 2007 he was honoured to
accept the position of Composer in Residence of the United Co-op Crewe
Band. At the end of 2011 he followed in his
when he was appointed as Organist & Director of Music at St. Marys Parish Church, Sandbach.
The photogaph shows (l. to r.) Richard Birchenough, Kevin Birch, Brenda
O’Dowd, and Neil Barnett. (Photo
courtesy Seamus O’Dowd)
‘Brassed’ and Present
your group looking for a new idea
to include in its programme of speakers?
Look no further!
‘Brassed’ and Present is an
containing a number of historical and musical highlights from the
story of this rare, if not unique brass band. Your speaker will explain
how and why a small group of teenagers founded the band, and share with
you a flavour of the wide range of music played by the band, together
with some amusing anecdotes from the history of the band.
For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We Do -
a Pictorial Record of Events
Gallery section is a range of photographs taken over the years at some
of the many concerts and band rounds.
We welcome submissions
inclusion in the site.
information about what we do, our availability or how to join us, please contact
us using the link on the Contacts page. Many local churches utilise the services of the band for their own
special occasions. One such occasion, at Nantwich
Church, was recorded by the
BBC as part of their “Songs of Praise” series.
Band is proud of
its high reputation and is grateful for the continued support of the
community it serves.