Meet the Bands
The Youth Band was formed in 1995 and is the last band in the organisation that players perform in until they reach the age of 19.
The band rehearses in the bandroom on a Saturday morning from 10.30 a.m. until 12.00p.m. under their musical director Emma Clark. Entry into the youth band is for players who have reached the required level and a vacancy becomes available or by applying to be in the youth band at this more advanced level.
The youth band has experienced playing at a number of music festivals and competitions and has been successful in the Newcastle Festival of Music, winning the under 19 class and also the Joan Taylor cup for the best overall band. It also takes part in The Music for Youth Festival at various venues. They also take part in the National Concert Band Festival and in 2016 gained a Gold Award for their performance.
The Band gives many concerts in a year often supporting local charities and appear at local events. It joins forces with the beginner, junior bands and the co-operative Funeralcare Band in joint concerts twice a year.
The Beginner Band is the most recent addition to the organisation and was set up in January 2010. Conducted by Shelley Robinson, it is the final piece in the realisation of a plan to have a structured system in place to introduce young musicians to the fun of banding. Some members of the band have only been playing for a very short time and know only a few notes when they come to us. They are ably helped by some members of the youth band to improve and perform in band concerts with the junior and youth bands. Along the way they will gain the skills needed to progress to the junior band. New members are always welcome. The beginner band rehearses on a Monday evening from 6.30 p.m. untill 7.30 p.m in the bandroom. Details of how to become a member of the co-operative Wind Bands can be found on the contacts page.
The Junior Band was set up in January 2005 to cater for young musicians in the age range 8-14 years. Players progress to the Youth Band when the required standard is achieved and there is a vacancy for that instrument.
The Junior Band, is conducted by Jordan Edge. The Band has experienced playing at a number of festivals and competitions. They have gained many awards at the Newcastle festival in the 14 and under age group. In July 2011, having taken part in a Music for Youth regional heat at Warrington, the band qualified to play in the national finals at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Part of their performance can be heard in the multimedia section of the website. This was followed in November by being invited to play at the schools’ prom at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It was a wonderful experience for all concerned.
Entry to the junior band is gained by reaching the required standard in the beginners band or players can apply to join the junior band directly. The junior band rehearses in the bandroom on a Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until 10.15 a.m. Details of how to join can be found on the contacts page.
The Youth Band.
The Junior Band.
The Beginner Band
Please scroll down for details of the Youth, Junior and Beginner bands
Natalie Jones is currently conducting the starter group and the beginner band. She is a year 13 student at Sandbach High School’s Sixth Form College, currently studying English, History and Music. She participates in various musical groups with school and has been in the Co-operative bands for 9 years. As part of her time with the band she has been able to play at venues such as the Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Natalie is now working towards doing her grade 5 theory and grade 7 flute exams. Natalie is aspiring to become a primary teacher and volunteered wheeling at a local primary school; additionally she has been a leader at Brownies and Rainbows for 4 years. Natalie says that The Co-operative Wind Bands have significantly increased her confidence and ability whilst simultaneously giving her invaluable experiences and friendships.
The band at Nantwich Civic Halll
Jordan hails from Nantwich & attended Sound & District Primary School & then went onto Brine Leas School. He then attended South Cheshire College for 2 years studying Music Technology. He is currently studying music at Keele University- focusing in areas such as performance, orchestration and music of various cultures.
Conducting the Junior Band has given me the opportunity to gain confidence & develop my technique. In the future I aim to become a secondary school music teacher.
The Bandroom, Unit 17 Underwood Business Park, Underwood Lane, Crewe, CW1 3TJ
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The co-operative Wind Bands
Youth, Junior and Beginner Wind Bands