Three Band Christmas Concert


The Skelmanthorpe Band, Skelmanthorpe Prospect Brass and Skelmanthorpe Training Band were thrilled to present the Skelmanthorpe Mini Band at the Brass Band Community’s Friends Of The Band And Chair Sponsors’ Annual Three Band (or should we now say ‘Four’ Band) Christmas Concert, at Shelley College on the 17th December 2016.

Prospect Brass and its MD, Phil Garlick opened what was to be a fantastic evening’s entertainment.

Next to take the stage and make its debut at Shelley College was Skelmanthorpe Mini Band; the community’s fledgling instrumentalists. Under the baton of its MD, Gareth Owen the band both entertained and impressed the audience with an assortment of pieces ranging from Christmas classics and marches to pop and rock.

The Skelmanthorpe Brass Band Community is very proud to say that its thriving music training programme gives beginner instrumentalists of all ages the opportunity to develop communication, confidence and co-ordination skills while of course, having fun.


Following on was Skelmanthorpe Training Band under the musical direction of Alan Coe whose amusing stories had everyone chuckling in their seats.

With the audience suitably refreshed The Skelmanthorpe Band, led by its MD, Jim Davies opened the second half after which, the bands came together to perform the 1973 song Merry Xmas Everybody by the British rock band Slade and the 1945 Christmas song Let It Snow by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne.

In keeping with tradition, the concert concluded with an activity enjoyed by both audience and bands alike: the customary snowball fight which was won – easily by the bands! However audience members from the concert may disagree….

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