September 2001

Manx Last Night of the Proms, 15th September 2001

Every year, almost to the day, the Manx National Youth Band and Manx Concert Brass partake in the "Manx" Last Night of the Proms in the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas Isle of Man. This event usually takes on all the characteristics that you would find in the Albert Hall, Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance, The Fantasy on British Sea Songs, an appropriately misbehaved audience etc, but this year international events have forced a change in the program to reflect the feelings of the civilised world at this time. The program, as in the Albert Hall has been changed in respect of those who tragically lost their lives in New York earlier this week. Our thoughts are with them and their families at this time of immense loss.

3rd Section National Championships, Preston September 22nd 2001

At time of writing, only 7 sleeps to go!! After a hectic summer program, which involved our hugely successful Gala Concert, our trip to the Lake Garda region of Italy, the members of Concert Brass have pulled out all the stops, turned up for "extra" rehearsals, sectionals, and the odd "team building exercise" in order to help us achieve our goal of becoming National 3rd Section Champions of Great Britain. Our musical advisor, Mr Derek Broadbent has been over to the Island to coach both the Manx National Youth Band, and to fine tune our interpretation of Michael Balls excellent ""An English Suite". The travelling party leaves Douglas on the 9:00AM sailing to Heysham, then on by coach to "The Tickled Trout", our base for the weekend just outside Preston.

The Runners & Riders - 3rd Section National Finals 2001

Band Conductor Area
Armthorpe Elmfield Hayden Griffiths Yorkshire
Beaumaris 'B' W. Fred Evans Wales
Becontree Brass William Rumford London & SC
Bream Silver Nigel Howard West of England
Cantium Brass John Goold London & SC
Clydebank Burgh David Laughland Scotland
Cwmbran John Burns Wales
Ferryhill Town Steve Robson North of England
Foresters Brass 2000 Don Blakeson Midlands
Helston Town Edward Ashton West of England
Horbury Victoria Ian Shires Yorkshire
Lancashire Life Morcambe Andrew Warriner North West
Langbaurgh Brass Tim Oldroyd North of England
Manx Concert Brass I.J.G.Clague North West
Raund Temperance John Fletcher Midlands
Tullis Russell Mills Scott Barker Scotland

The Open

As I am writing, the Open is in full swing in the Birmingham Symphony Hall. We would like to wish all competitors the best of luck, especially Williams Fairey from the North West Area, who's conductor Mr Howard Snell is a resident of the Isle of Man.


The Manx National Youth Band has to say farewell to two of its players who are leaving the Island to further their studies. Both Stephen Somers (Bb Bass) and Kathryn Power (Eb Horn) are about to commence their studies at Salford University, both on the Brass Band Musicianship course there. On behalf of the band, we wish them the best in their studies and future careers.

Ladies 'n Gentlemen, put your hands together for Mr Stephen Somers... NOT Kathryn Power
Stephen "Spock" Somers "Almost" Kathryn Power
(couldn't find a proper picture)


The members of Manx Concert Brass would like to record a formal vote of thanks to His Worship the Mayor of Douglas, Mr. Councillor S. Pitts J.P. and the Mayoress for the fine reception accorded to them on Wednesday 12th of September. The members of Manx Concert Brass were invited to the reception to receive the Mayors best wishes for our forthcoming National Final Competition. Apparently, an extremely good night was had by all I hear.....