The band travelled back over to Oldham for the first time since 2019 to take part in the 2022 Whit Friday March Contest on June 10th. First one in 3 years due to Covid. Our road march was 1914 and we took on the challenge of Ravenswood on the stand. The challenge paid off as the band were awarded the following:
The band had a great success this weekend at the North West Regionals in Blackpool! After being drawn the daunting place of first band on, the band played Facets of Glass to the early birds who made the 9:30am start time to watch. 14 bands and a trip to the pub later, the band were awarded 3rd place and best Soprano player for 3rd section. Our high placing means we have been promoted to second section from next year. The band are over the moon with the result and are looking forward to the challenge ahead.
After 18 months off the City of Chester Training Band & City of Chester Junior Band both resumed to rehearsals back in July 2021. Within a few weeks of getting back up to speed with playing in an ensemble again, the Training Band have been able to perform at a number of engagements recently such as the Chester Marathon, Chester Half Marathon, Gresford Carol service, Saughall Carol service and Huntington Carol service. The Junior Band remain under the guidance of Ewan Easton MBE, and the numbers are steadily rising again post return. We have a wide variety of ages within the two groups. 7-11 in the Junior Band and 11-80 something with a full range in between in our Training Band.
Both bands are keen to return to full numbers again and are looking forward to doing a wide range of concerts and engagements throughout the year.
If you are interested in learning an instrument this year or joining please contact Tony Blain, Coordinator, on 07904272611 or e-mail: [email protected] Many of our players have returned to playing after a long break.
The City of Chester Band are preparing to compete at the North West Area Brass Band Championships held in Blackpool Winter Gardens on Sunday 27th February 2022. Sadly the 2021 instalment of the Championships had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the competition resumes as it was in 2020 with the band remaining top of the third section. City of Chester were unlucky to not gain promotion to the second section last time with a respectable 5th place, however another good performance this time around could secure promotion and a place at the National Finals in September.
* (Indicates that the band were in a different section that year, so a median average position awarded).