On 20th May 2015 the band competed in the South West Brass Band Association (SWBBA) spring contest in Weston-super-Mare. Building on our success at the Regional Championships in March, the band chose to play the area test piece - Philip Sparke’s ‘A London Overture’. The sun was shining on Hyde Band once again and we were placed 2nd out of the six competing bands; runners-up to the now Championship section band, Verwood Concert Brass. Adjudicators Paul Holland and Steve Sykes praised the band for our solid playing and musical interpretation.
This is a special year for the band as we are celebrating 120 years since the band was founded in 1895!
Hyde Band was originally formed as a Fife and Drum band in North Gorley, led by Mr H E ‘Bert’ Shutler. The band has a proud history, boasting many achievements both on and off the contest stage, notably being crowned West of England Regional Champions in the fourth, third, second and first sections, when the band was quickly promoted through the ranks in the 1990s. In 1998, the band was announced Wessex Brass Band Association Champions, under the baton of Mr Peter Wise.
That time of year is here again where bands across the country compete in their regional brass band contests, to decide which bands gain a place in the National Finals contest. As members of the West of England brass band region, Hyde Band once again visited the sunny ‘English Riviera’ in Torquay on Sunday 15th March. The test piece for this year, arguably a popular choice, was Philip Spark’s ‘A London Overture’. The band worked hard rehearsing this test piece in the lead up to the contest and we are delighted to announce that our hard work paid off, with a very respectful 4th place out of 15 competing bands in the 1st Section.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Musical Director - Jonathan Lush-Camps LRSM. Jonathan was previously Musical Director of Hyde Band between 2005 and 2008 when he led the band to victory at the West of England 1st Section Regional Championships in 2007. The band subsequently achieved 8th place at the National Finals in Harrogate the same year under the baton of Jonathan. He is noted for his musical knowledge, boundless energy, enthusiasm and sense of humour. We welcome Jonathan back to the band and are very much looking forward to an exciting future.
It is with great sadness that the band announces the resignation of Helen Kinder as Musical Director. Helen will be flying out of the country in August to commence her new teaching post in India!
Helen joined the band in 2011 and has led us to victory with 1st places at the GBBA and WBBA Contests (first section) in 2012 and several other podium place performances.
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