2015 is looking like another busy year for the band with bookings in the diary already for a events in December!
Family and friends are invited to join us for our Race Night on Saturday 7th March at Whitcliffe Mount. A fun fund raiser for the band and open to everyone for an opportunity for fun, excitement and a chance to win big!
Band members will then be competing individually at the TYMBA solos’s event on Sunday 22nd March and pitting themselves against other individual players to fight it out for a chance to perform in the TYMBA Musician of the Year final.
The first event will be a joint concert and coffee morning with Cleckheaton Music Centre on Saturday 28th March. Full details will be released later but the band are looking forward to playing alongside Cleckheaton Music Centre once more.
Moving on to April will see the band playing at the Harrogate International Festival once more. There is also the annual St George’s Day Parade at the end of April.
For more information about what the band is up to then look at our events page.
The Christmas fun continues this Saturday with the band leading the parade to switch on the Christmas lights in Cleckheaton.
It’s a great event and brings out the crowds and is one that the band is proud to support.
The Band will be leading Remembrance parades in Bingley and Ossett this year. We will be leading the parade in Bingley in the morning and Ossett in the afternoon.
It’s a great honour to be leading this parade and to be able to pay our respects to those that gave so much for all of us.
We Will Remember Them.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
by John McCrae, May 1915
The band is set for it’s first public performance of 2014 performing at the Harrogate International Youth Festival on Easter Saturday 19th April.
The band will be playing in the parade followed by a Beat Retreat ceremony later on in the day. Joined by other members of the National Youth Marching Band this promises to be an exciting event.
A full report and pictures will follow but if you’re wanting something different to do over the Easter holiday then there’s lots going on in Harrogate. Further information can be found on the HYIF website – http://www.hiyf.co.uk/
On Saturday 16th November Spen Valley Scout & Guide band were joined by local school choirs and the big man himself Santa Claus for the annual Christmas Lights Switch on in Cleckheaton.
Donning Santa hats to add to the festive spirit the band led the parade and Santa around Cleckheaton. Santa and his helpers then carried out the big light switch on to welcome cheers by the crowds of people watching, a fantastic firework display then followed. Well done to all band members that took part, you played brilliantly and the spectators looked to enjoy the performance.
Carl Nelson, District advisor for Bands commented “It’s always great to play in Cleckheaton and show the local community what scouting and guideing can offer.”
If anyone would like to join the band or find out more take a look at our Join Us
Members of the band once again took part in the London Lord Mayors show on Saturday 9th November as part of the National Youth Marching Band.
Meeting at 3:15am the band members boarded the coach to head to central London for the day. The band were greeted with a cup of tea and a sticky bun before heading to the start of the parade where it was pouring down with rain.
Spirits were not dampened by the rain, partly being spurred on by having the band of HM Royal Marines behind them.
Unfortunately coverage on the BBC did not show the band to the full potential however the sound was fantastic, with a comment made by the parade marshal about how impressed he was with the quality of playing the band demonstrated.
Tired and cold the band members boarded the coach to return to Cleckheaton but once again an enjoyable experience was had by all.
Well done to all band members who took part, you were a credit to both the band and Spen Valley District.
Spen Valley Scout and Guide Band will be attending two Remembrance Parades this Remembrance Sunday.
In the morning they will be playing in Bingley for the parade and Remembrance service at the War Memorial before travelling over to Ossett in the afternoon to lead the parade to All Saints Church and then for a Remembrance service at the War Memorial in the town centre, where the Last Post will be sounded.
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.