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Jack Manchester - Band Announcement Print E-mail
Monday, 15 January 2018 10:52

JACK MANCHESTER   1923-2018

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jack Manchester, aged 95. Jack had been involved with this, and only this band all his life as a player and committee member, playing whatever instrument was in demand at the time and occupying all the various seats of responsibility on the committee.

 

Yet to several former players, including myself, he was a highly respected and outstanding teacher with some of us progressing to play in Yorkshire's top Championship section bands, yet after all those years of teaching Jack never charged a single penny!

One of his many qualities was his ability to influence the ‘pleasure’ of practising, most unusual these days, and Jack quietly enjoyed watching his students make progress.

 

In 2010 he was awarded the Meltham Town Council’s Community Shield in honour of his life-time comittmnent to Meltham and Meltham Mills Brass Band, richly deserved, and a few years later Jack removed up to South Uist in Scotland to be closer to his family and it was there where he passed away.

 

The brass band fraternity have lost not only a dedicated life-long bandsman, but a true gentleman and a special friend to many.

 

The funeral will be held at St. Bartholomew’s C of E church in the centre of Meltham at 11am on Saturday 27th January.


Any ex Meltham and Meltham Mills players who wish to play at Jack’s funeral, please contact us either via the website, Facebook page or direct with band members.

 

Stuart Fawcett

 
Meltham Band Christmas Concert Review 2017 Print E-mail
Friday, 22 December 2017 20:01

 

ANNUAL BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT


A large and enthusiastic audience enjoyed an excellent concert in the Parish Church as both Senior and Junior Bands presented a well balanced mix of festive items, carols and traditional band pieces.

Amongst the festive items we enjoyed some lovely Flugelplaying by Gene Kinder in Peter Graham’s arrangement of ‘Away in a Manger’ which was soon followed by Euphonium soloist Chris Farrington in a glorious rendition of ‘O Holy Night’

Other highlights were Philip Harper’s quite stunning ‘Yule Dance’ and Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s ‘Carol of the Bells’

The Junior Band really excelled themselves at this concert in presenting a confident and most musical performance, particularly in Alan Fernie’s arrangements of ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘The Essential Glenn Miller’, and it was really nice to see them combine with the Senior band in ‘Jingle Bells’ to close the first half during which Sherry, Mulled Wine and Mince Pies were served by the Junior’s parents; this really was a most entertaining and happy evening.

Stuart

 
Junior Band Methodist Church Tree Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 December 2017 19:55

The junior band decorated a christmas tree for the Meltham methodist church christmas tree festival and each bauble was a photo of a member of the junior band.

 

 Junior Band Christmas Tree 1

 

Junior Band Christmas Bauble 1

 

Junior Band Christmas Bauble 2

 
Meltham and Honley Ladies Choir Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 December 2017 20:17

InTown Poster

 
Meltham Christmas Concert 2017 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 20:36

Christmas Concert 2018

 
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