Goodwick Win 1st Section prize at the 2015 National Brass Band!
Goodwick Brass win first prize at the First Section 2015 National Finals in Cheltenham, for more information click here
Goodwick Brass Band rehearse twice a week at their bandroom in the Phoenix Centre in Goodwick. We meet on Mondays from 19-30hrs to 21-00hrs and Fridays from 19-30hrs to 21-30. We also have a Community band who practice on Thursday evenings at 19-00hrs.
The band's musical director is Matthew Jenkins. Matthew , our former principal euphonium player did his music degree at the Royal College of Music and Drama Cardiff. Whilst he was studying in Cardiff he played euphonium with the infamous Cory band under Dr Robert Childs and sat alongside David Childs.
There's a friendly atmosphere that exists within the Band. We have over forty five members whose ages range from 9 to 77, a real community spirit. The average age is somewhere around 23. This allows for the numerous teenagers we have, which is great for any band, as having so many youngsters enables the band to continue building.
We are proud of our achievements over the past few years, setting up a band involves introducing music to young people as well as public entertainment. We have a policy of offering free tuition to anyone who would like to join us regardless of whether they have any musical knowledge or not. Our oldest "beginner" is 63. We provide instruments to Band members and the young ones are able to take them to school for lessons (which also helps a stretched Education Authority). This policy is reflected in the high standard of playing of our young members - have you heard the Quartet? - Some of our players are hoping to study music as a career. Three of our members have been selected to play with the National Youth Brass Band of Wales and one member plays with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.
If any bandperson is visiting the area and wishes to have a blow with the band, come along and join us either on Friday or Monday nights at the bandroom in the Phoenix Centre, Wern Road, Goodwick.
Support the Band
There is a significant expense connected with running the band which ranges from new instruments to new music, we rely solely on funding from performance fees, membership subscriptions and our own fundraising events to secure the future of the band.
If you would like to donate, the easiest way is by using your mobile phone. Simply send a text message to 70070 including our code - TUBA01 - and a monetary amount:
You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. After you've sent the text, you'll receive a confirmation text back containing details on how to add Gift Aid, meaning the band could benefit from an extra 25%.
This is a free service, and anyone on any mobile network can use it to donate to the band. Your donation will be deducted from your mobile phone credit, or added to your monthly phone bill. You won't be charged for the text message either.
By sponsoring the band, your organisation would receive constant advertising and recognition through the medium of the band. Sponsorship of a brass band is a source of cheap and highly effective advertising, that seems to remain a generally untapped route of publicity for many businesses and organisations.