The junior band has been going for quite some time, but only recently have we started to sound like a true brass band.
Our longest serving member (Marley) has been going on for four years and when he first started, he had no experience with music. This shows how brilliant our teacher is because Marley can now read some of the most difficult music and is now a member of the senior band.
We also participated in the Wigan Walking Day (and this was our first walking parade with more than 2 juniors) as well as the annual Remembrance Parade and Church service in Coppull. We were also very privileged to be asked to participate in the Chorley Walking Day alongside many other brass bands, and we are very proud of all the juniors that took part and walked with the Senior Band.
Our first concert as a junior band was at a local primary school for their summer fair. We played a lot of different pieces and it was an enjoyable day. We also did some fundraising for the band on that day as we are a registered charity.
Our second concert as a band was on the 10th December 2016 at a local nursing home and we walked there from our band room and played a few carols for the residents. It was clearly a huge success as we have been asked to go back sometime in the near future.
We also hold many events for our band members, we have done two walks around Coppull and one of these was sponsored. We raised the money to help the senior band go to Belgium for a competition. We enjoyed it that much that we held another walk along the same route about 6 months later. During the summer of 2016, we had a summer barbecue and both the senior and junior band members and their family were invited. Last year, close to Christmas, we held some themed nights – Koppull Kurry Night, Turkey and Tinsel, Jacob’s Join and a Burn’s Night. All these nights were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
If you join either the senior or junior band, these are just some of the events you can look forward to.
Some of our juniors have also been invited by the seniors to play at big concerts and competitions. Loïs, Cai and Marley have played at the Ormskirk and Southport performances and also on the floating bandstand in Peasholm Park in Scarborough.
We need the junior band to continue to thrive as they are the future. It is important to maintain a strong, improving training band.