The Kibworth Band
Welcome to the Kibworth Brass Band
The Kibworth Brass Band is a friendly village Brass Band based in Kibworth Beauchamp, South Leicestershire. The band was founded in 1905 and has had many successful years in it's past, being a frequent visitor to the National Finals, and also to the Blackpool Contests. We are currently graded nationally in the First Section.
The band plays many varied styles of music from traditional brass band music, jazz - dance and swing band, modern pop, classics and film music, as well as the best of modern compositions written for brass band. This variety of music allows us to play for a wide range of events including formal concerts, fetes, BBQs, weddings, birthday parties, proms, firework displays, formal dinners and much more.
We rehearse on Monday and Wednesday evenings at our purpose built band room and are always happy to welcome new players and visitors.
We are available for hire – from a full brass band to a smaller group, please follow the link for more information.
The Kibworth Centenary Youth is the branch of our organisation which offers opportunities for children to learn and develop as players. We have two youth bands, the Kibworth Centenary Youth Brass Band and the Kibworth Centenary Training Band who rehearse on Monday and Tuesday evenings respectively. The youth band offers children of grade 2 standard and above to play in a concerts and competitions in order to further their development as players until they are ready to join a senior band. The training band - as the name suggests is a band which trains beginners of below grade two standard to be able to play in the Youth Band. Our Centenary Youth arm also offers tuition, for more information on our Youth Opportunities, please follow the link.
23rd Apr 2018:
Principal Cornet Appointed
The band are pleased to welcome our new Principal Cornet player - Nick Lear.
Nick started playing the cornet at the age of 6 on the advice of his doctor to help manage asthma - something that clearly worked as within a few years the inhalers were no longer needed.
He started to play with the Torbay Youth band then quickly moved on to the senior band. He moved on to the Totnes Band before moving to university to study Mechanical Engineering where banding was still a regular past time playing with the City of Birmingham band. Following graduation, Nick moved to Swindon as a graduate with Rover Group cars and played 3rd man with Aldbourne band. This was a short stay as work moved him back to the midlands and Nick rejoined the City of Birmingham band. This was where Nick met his wife Sam.
In 2004 they moved to Coalville and joined the Leicestershire Coop band with Nick sitting on the end chair. Nick remained as principal cornet for 12 years leading the bands rise from the 3rd section to the Championship section picking up a number of soloist prizes along the way. Nick was also a regular featured soloist with his preference for trumpet solos such as Tico Tico, Mission 459 and Flourish.
Nick has more recently had short spells with Derwent and Foresters before deciding to join the Kibworth Band where he is looking forward to enjoying his playing.
Away from band Nick is a Delivery Manager at an IT company and a keen supporter of Manchester United - although he would like to get to more games.
9th Apr 2018:
More exam successes
We are pleased to announce some more exam successes from our youth band.
In this sitting we had no fewer than 10 students sit exams, and all have passed including 6 merits and 3 distinctions.
Lily - Grade 1 cornet with Merit
Ben - Grade 2 Tuba with Merit
Barnaby - Grade 2 Cornet with Distinction
Isobel - Grade 2 Trombone with Distinction
Archie - Grade 4 Tuba with Merit
Erin - Grade 5 Trombone
Ciaran - Grade 5 Music Theory with Merit
Alex - Grade 5 Euphonium with Merit
Lauren - Grade 5 Trombone with Merit
Isaac - Grade 5 Horn with Distinction
29th Mar 2018:
Left in his Wake
We are sad to announce that Jack Wake has stepped down from his position as second euphonium for the band.
Jack is coming up to exam time for university and was feeling he'd struggle to juggle the work load alongside commitments with the band and has stepped down for the time being to focus on his university work.
We wish him all the best for the future.
12th Mar 2018:
New Direction - John Hudson
After working with us for the area contest we are pleased to announce that John Hudson has been appointed our Musical Director.
John started playing the cornet at the age of 11 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. At 14 he was principal cornet with Wakefield Schools Band and a year later became leader and Principal Cornet with Yorkshire Schools Band. In 1976 he joined Grimethorpe Colliery Band where he enjoyed playing concerts in the UK and as far afield as Australia. More recently John was Principal Cornet with Virtuosi (GUS) Band and has enjoyed conducting bands up and down the country with some success.
John has a history with the band and conducted us when the band was last in the Championship section back in 2010. John's experience and expertise are a breath of fresh air in the bandroom and we look forward to working with him going forward.
10th Mar 2018:
Midlands Regional Area Contest
Todays the day of the Midlands Area Contest.
We have been working under the baton of John Hudson, who was the Musical Director of the band some ten years ago. The piece this year was James Curnow's Brass Metamorphosis.
Unfortunately we were drawn last this year which meant a long day of waiting before we got the opportunity to play. The upside to performing so late is the hall is full of expectant bandsman and you have a real audience to play to, which is a real contrast to previous years when we have been in the first half of the draw playing to a near empty hall.
The band played well, and in John's words "did everything that I wanted us to" and whilst not an unblemished performance, was a controlled organised and accurate account.
When results came our we were pleased to say we have achieved an 8th place which will maintain our position as 5th in the table.
Full Results here:
1. Staffordshire (Leigh Baker)
2. Foresters Brass (John Davis)
3. Enderby (Simon Gresswell)
4. Rushden Town (Adele Hudson)
5. Oddfellows Brass (Rob Boulter)
6. Bedworth Brass (David Maplestone)
7. Burbage Buxton (Steve Critchlow)
8. Kibworth (John Hudson)
9. Bilton Silver (Rugby) (David Stowell)
10. Carlton Brass (Gary Wyatt)
11. Shirebrook MW Unison (Colum O'Shea)
12. Ibstock Brick Brass (Simon Willis)
13. Leicestershire Co-op (Graham Jacklin)
14. Gresley Colliery (David Purkiss)
15. Glossop Old (Duncan Beckley)
16. Harborough (Brad Turnbull)
17. Wigston (Chris Small)
18. Shirley (David Hirst)
8th Feb 2018:
Welcome to Henry Bamber
In preparation for the upcoming area contest we would like to welcome Henry Bamber to the band who is filling our second trombone vacancy.
Originally a cornet player Henry completed his grade 8 before making the switch to trombone under the guidance of his teacher, Keith Brickliffe. Henry is a local lad, coming from Market Harborough and currently plays with the local youth brass band champions, Youth Brass 2000 in the prestigious seat of Principal Trombone.
The band look forward to working with a young man of such talent and potential.
200 Club Winners
364: Mark Smith
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