Unite pays tribute to Armed Forces

Remembrance concert


On Sunday 11th November, a ten-piece ensemble from the band performed a Remembrance Concert at The Garrison in Barnsley. It was good to pay tribute to our Armed Forces, and it was especially poignant, given that it was the Centenary of the end of World War 1.

Bochumer Musiksommer


Band ‘Unite the union’ between Sheffield & Twin City

A tired but happy Unite the Union Band returned home exhilarated by the fantastic ‘thumbs up’ given to them by the people of Bochum after their two performances at Bochumer Musiksommer 2018. This massive spectacle now in its 12th year, is held in Sheffield’s twin town, Bochum, North Rhine Westfalia in Germany. Playing host to over 160,000 visitors to the city and with over 1000 artists appearing on several stages over the three days makes this one of the biggest Music Festivals in Germany.

The band received a special invitation to perform from Bochum Lord Mayor Oberbürgermeister Eiskirch and Bochum Council and given two prime time slots for performances on Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 12 noon to open the show. This year around 1,000 artists were engaged over three days, 127 concerts from classical to jazz to electronic music being presented on seven stages and other venues around the city. 
A video message of ‘Good Luck’, specially recorded by Mr Len McClusky, General Secretary of Unite the Union and sent to the band, acknowledged the fantastic opportunity for the band to represent the city of Sheffield and fly the Unite flag in front of tens of thousands of visitors to Bochumer Musiksommer.


Len McCluskey@LenMcCluskey

I've recorded a special message for the Unite brass band, off to Germany to fly the flag for Unite and the city of Sheffield.

Click link to play: https://www.dropbox.com/s/83ilhqp5iquylol/lmluck.mp4?dl=0 

“For the first time, after a long time, the twin cities have returned, Nordhausen with a concert choir and Lord Mayor Kai Buchmann, Sheffield with the Unite the Union Brass band. We want to revive the town twinning," said Oberbürgermeister Thomas Eiskirch at the opening in the evening.
Unite the Union Band’s performance on the main Moritz Fiege stage was very well received and soon the near capacity audience were swaying, clapping and dancing to the sounds of Sheffield’s own famous film and music artists and writers including Human League and Tony Christie, who himself lived for a time in the outskirts of Bochum. Pre-recorded narration spoken in German cleverly done by the band linked their whole set together and finishing their performance with an arrangement of Oktoberfest and festival standard ‘Rock Mi,’ chart hit for German/Austrian group Voxxclub, was a real winner, now the party really was in full swing!  
A chorus of “Zugabe,” “Zugabe” (more, more) from the thrilled audience echoed around the square as the band left the stage swamped by enthusiastic and animated congratulations from a waiting Oberbürgermeister Eiskirch himself, town councillors, marketing organisers and members of the public, many of whom returned to see the band perform again on Sunday.

It is hoped that the band will return to perform again at Bochumer Musiksommer next year.

See photo album on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/unitebrassband

Photo DVD Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/v12gjgzlgnip43o/musiksommer.mp4?dl=0

 4br.jpg - Unite feature:  https://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=33824

Message from Len

bochumbus.jpgA view of the rear of the coach and some the band on their way to Bochum, Germany.

Unite the union Band excitedly loaded their coach and set off bound for Bochum, Germany late on Thursday evening.  A ten hour, 540 mile journey including travel through the tunnel was in front of them but that didn’t  dampen their spirits knowing that they had been given a great opportunity to perform on the spectacular  ‘Bochumer Musiksommer ‘main stage on Saturday evening by special invitation of Bochum Lord Mayor, Oberbürgermeister Eiskirch.
The band had received many, many messages from well – wishers during the week prior to departure but the most special one came from Mr Len McClusky, general secretary of Unite the Union. On the way to Germany the band had a stop and took a moment to see and hear the message of good luck from the man himself.

The band were delighted and felt honoured to receive this fantastic message of support from so high up, it really spurred them on to do a good job in representing Unite over the next days. They were also representing the City of Sheffield and the snack they passed around the coach obviously reflected their hopes that the invitation would be a ‘matchmaker’ and help cement the relationship between Unite the Union Brass Band and the people of Bochum.

Full report on their success coming soon.

Spectacular German Music Festival Invite

bochumstage.jpgStage venue - Dr Ruer Platz       

Unite the Union Band have been handed a special invitation to perform at the prestigious 'Bochumer MusikSommer' on the weekend of
Friday 7th September to Sunday 9th September 2018. This massive spectacle, now in its 12th year, is held in Sheffield’s twin town, Bochum, North Rhine Westfalia in Germany. 
Playing host to over 160,000 visitors to the city and with over 1000 artists appearing on several stages over the three days makes this one of the biggest Music Festivals in Germany.
The band have been given two prime time slots with performances scheduled for Saturday at 6pm  and Sunday at 12 noon to open the Sunday show.



There will be beer and drinks stands and street food stalls offering typical German and also representative food from several countries available.
The  "currywurst mit pommes" is a must try!  

The invitation is very significant to some members of the band who have made many previous visits to Bochum, representing the City of Sheffield on many occasions at the Maiabendfest celebrations. This is an exciting opportunity to re-kindle the friendships made several years ago and make some new ones too.

Unite join forces with the Garrison

Unite the Union Band Ensemble will join forces with the Garrison. Hanson Street, Barnsley for a very special event on Saturday 30th of June
between 11.30 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. This special event is for 'Armed Forces Day' to celebrate all our ex and current Armed services and emergency personnel.

As well as Unite the Union brass band, the fantastic Viva La Vintage will be performing, providing all your old time favourite tunes with a timeless twist. It will be an honour to have the Royal British Legion in attendance too.

The outstanding hospitality and generosity of Garrison will be extended further by providing free tea and coffee all day for ex and current Armed Forces personnel and from the 30th of June onwards will be offering a 10% discount on all food and drinks for military and emergency personnel on evidence of ID.

They are really doing their bit, so come along and do your bit, enjoy some quality entertainment and show your support for a very worthy cause !                                      


A Musical Extravaganza Must!


Photo: Courtesy of Russell Hague Photography

It’s time to make sure you get your tickets to see Unite the Union in “Musicals in the Gardens” on Sunday 1st July starting at 7.00pm
Music in the Gardens has grown into an event recognised not only within Sheffield but now nationally as a special series of music concerts in the entertainments calendar. It is four evenings of music featuring world recognised top artists.
Sunday, "Musicals in the Gardens" is the final evening set in the beautiful surroundings of The Botanical Gardens, Sheffield, so bring a chair or blanket and lay back in the lazy evening sunshine and soak up fabulous music whist enjoying a picnic, a plate of something hot from high quality food stalls, a good honest pint of real ale from Bradfield Brewery or a glass or two of something fruity in the company of people with whom you can unwind. Well, what’s not to like? It is a music festival for those people who do not fancy the idea of attending a music festival.

Music in the Gardens is now in it’s 14th year and is organised by the combined efforts of Rotary Clubs from South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire. To date, Music in the Gardens has raised more than £330,000 for local, national and international charities and projects.

This year’s entertainment will be songs from West End musicals from Unite the Union Band and songs from Broadway from Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra with a Proms Finale and an incredible display of fireworks to finish, all in all a dazzling evening extravaganza not to be missed!
It is very popular so get your tickets now to save disappointment! 
Tickets available from www.musicinthegardens.co.uk 

‘Sounds of Brass' feature for Unite !

Unite the Union Band will be featured on CRMK radio ‘live’  broad cast of ‘Sounds of Brass’ on Wednesday 23rd May at 12 midday to 2pm.
Sounds of Brass is a dedicated on line radio programme for Brass Bands showcasing Music, news and events included in a weekly live 2 Hour Broadcast every Wednesday 12-2pm UK time. The show will include Unite the Union Brass Band  and their new CD “20 years on” with music from the Full Monty also “Flight” with Keith Muggeridge, Steven Mead, Sheona White and Paul Haigh.

Sounds of Brass presenter Chris Johnston is no stranger to Unite the Union Band’s home of South Yorkshire, he was  born into a family deeply involved in the Brass Band movement since 1963. In his early years he was brought up in the Yorkshire and Derbyshire area and was a member of several Mineworkers Brass Bands, such as Cresswell Colliery, Rossington Colliery, Dinnington Colliery, and Thurcroft Colliery. Eventually Chris settled in Milton Keynes. His hobby has always been playing in or conducting brass bands and he now brings you his radio show so you can listen to the great “Sounds Of Brass”.

To tune in simply follow the link:  www.soundsofbrass.co.uk

A fabulous evening of music making!

Unite the Union Band and Sheffield Chorale joined forces on stage in March playing to a full and appreciative audience at St. Andrews Church, Psalter Lane in Sheffield. Sheffield Chorale is a very experienced and renowned ensemble of very high quality so it was indeed an honour and pleasure to be invited to join the 50-60 strong mixed voice choir and their conductor Neil Taylor in an evening of varied and entertaining music.
The band‘s contribution provided a good programme balance, carefully chosen pieces by conductor John Roberts were very well received by both choir and audience and calls to repeat the event next year will hopefully be heard and swell the audience even greater !


Sheffield Chorale  24 March  

Wonderful to see a packed house at tonight's Festival of Brass and Voices - thank you so much for joining us. Enormous thanks to the incredibly talented @unitebrassband for sharing the stage and for playing so rousingly. A fabulous evening of music making!

The band's new CD "20 years on" is now available

Incredibly, it is now 20 years since the band appeared in the making of hit film The Full Monty, a movie that turned brassbanders into film stars!
The initial tracks on this CD feature music from the movie including Hot Stuff, Flashdance and of course The Stripper!

In addition, songs by Sheffield musicians Joe Cocker, Tony Christie and The Human League are present in this exciting, varied and eclectic mix, joined by some original compositions from the Sheffield Branch of the Salvation Army giving a uniquely original take on the diversity of the Sheffield music scene across the ages. To complete the picture a nod is given to Sheffield’s own Sean Bean in his role as the swashbuckling Sharpe!

Later tracks hail from further afield around Yorkshire with ‘Scarborough Fair’, On ‘Ilkla Moor’ and Goff Richard’s original work ‘A Yorkshire Fantasy’.
This new recording pays homage to our local musical heritage and to many of the writers and performers from “Gods own County”.

We hope you enjoy listening to our music as much as we enjoyed making it.

Copies of this CD are now available from Band members or via iTunes.

Unite's 'Full Monty' win at Bolsover Festival

Bolsover Festival of Brass is one of the biggest brass showcases in the UK and has brought the festival to an international audience by streaming it live on the internet. 
This nationally renowned festival is broadcast live to brass fans all over the world and is now watched in more than 34 countries. 
It was a long day for the band at Heritage High School competing in both the 1st section and Championship section contests at Bolsover Festival of Brass. The 1st section contest combat of 12 bands began at 9.00am.  An early start and rehearsal at 9.30am on a Sunday morning is never a good start for some, however the band were in fine form and at 11.30am performed their innovative Full Monty ‘set’ with aplomb to the thrill and delight of a full audience.
They obviously liked and appreciated the unusual approach and responded well to the background film and story portrayed, which included both serious and comic ingredients and even a cameo appearance by Mr Duncan Beckley (wearing the same jumper he wore during filming 20 years ago) to rapturous applause, laughter and during one very moving piece, a small tear in many an eye.

Such was the  atmosphere created in the hall during the septet performance by “the Old Monteenys” led by flugel soloist John Lee, who played the solo part for ‘Lomper’ Steve Huison in The Full Monty film (whilst stood in a grave), you really could feel it and definitely hear a pin drop!  

The performance and idea also found favour with adjudicator Mr Thomas Wyss who awarded the band 1st place overall plus Most Entertaining Band trophies. Then it was a seven hour gap before the band had to do everything again. this time in the much more challenging Championship section. Here 13 bands would spar for the prizes on offer.                                                                                                                                                         
Once again the band performed well and even played some pieces better than the morning performance. There were however some difficulties encountered with the film projection onto the wall and unusually there appeared to be more light reflection onto this wall than experienced in the morning, even though by now it was dark outside, which distracted and made viewing the film much more difficult for both the audience and even mentioned a couple of times in the remarks by the adjudicator who commented “I would have liked to see more." Requests to lower the lighting prior to the performance were dismissed by the organisers so the band had to soldier on. Results time came and the band had been awarded a very creditable 4th place overall.

So that made it Winners of the 1st Section trophy together with Most Entertaining Band trophy in 1st section and 4th place overall in the Championship section. The band would have liked to have found a little more favour with adjudicator Mr Steven Mead in the Championship section but hey ho, not a bad day's work.

We are very, very happy with both audience responses and the many comments and credits still coming in, just rewards for band member and project idea creator Kim Wear who worked tirelessly for weeks to get ‘the show on the road." Our thanks go to him and also to Duncan Beckley for his appearance in the ‘set’ and the band’s Musical Director John Roberts for accepting the idea and bringing the whole concept to performance. 


Championship Section: Adjudicator: Steven Mead

1. Elland Silver (Daniel Brookes) — 92
2. Yorkshire Imperial DUT (Martin Heartfield) — 89
3. Shepherd Group (Richard Wilton) — 87
4. Unite the Union (John Roberts) — 86
5. East London Brass (Jayne Murrill) — 81.5
6. Hatfield (Stan Lippeatt) — 81
7. Blidworth Welfare (David Hirst) — 77.5
8. Haverhill Silver (Mark Ager) — 76
=9. Bedworth Brass (Ryan Richards) — 74
=9. Longridge (Mark Peacock) — 74
11. Fishburn (Michael Franey) — 73.5
12. Foresters Brass (John Davis) — 73
13. Carlton Brass (Gary Wyatt) — 71

Best Soloist: Ben Jarvis (cornet) — Elland Silver
Most Entertaining Performance: Elland Silver
Winning MD Trophy: Daniel Brookes (Elland Silver)

First Section: Adjudicator: Thomas Wyss

1. Unite the Union (John Roberts) — 96
2. Skelmanthorpe (Jim Davies) — 95
3. Enderby (Simon Gresswell) — 93
4. Shepherd Group (Richard Wilton) — 92
5. Stannington Brass (Derek Renshaw) — 90
6. Foresters Brass (John Davis) — 89
7. Manger Old Stars (Marit Tommermo) — 88
8. Carlton Brass (Gary Wyatt) — 87
9. Gresley Colliery (Craig Stevens) — 86
10. Wigston Band (Chris Small) — 84
11. Shirebrook Miners Welfare (Colum O'Shea) — 83
12. Shirley Band (David Bishop-Rowe) — 82

Best Soloist: Dan Jackson (euphonium) — Skelmanthorpe
Most Entertaining Performance: Unite the Union

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