Band Dinner and Dance
The band held their annual dinner and dance and awards ceremony on Saturday 28th November at Bosuns Diner in Charlestown.
Congratulations go to Kayleigh Mitchell who picked up the Player of the Year, Mike Saville who won Best Performance of the Year and Silkiest Player, Richard Hawkey who won Bandsman of the Year, Katie Hughes for Most Improved Player, and to Mike Saville, Ben Orchard, Harriet Teagle, and Ken Cassidy who were awarded the Best Section award.
A great evening was had by all!
Funding from the Foyle Foundation
We would like to say a massive thank you to the Foyle Foundation who have very kindly provided us with a grant of £5,000 towards instruments for the band, which is very much appreciated!
Roche Brass proudly represented the West of England at the 1st Section National Finals in Cheltenham on Sunday 20th September, and were delighted to come away with a respectable 8th place out of a strong field of 17 bands under the baton of Tom Davoren.
The band had a great time under the leadership of Tom and would like to thank him for all of his hard work. Thanks must also go to our Resident Musical Director Lee Clayson for preparing the band for Tom.
Congratulations go to Goodwick on their deserved win.
West of England Bandsmen's Festival Success
Roche Brass entered the 1st Section of the West of England Bandsmen's Festival at Bugle on Saturday 20th June to defend the title they won in 2014.
Under the baton of David Hirst, Roche Brass put in a fine performance of the set Testpiece, Fantasy for Brass Band, and the set March, The Centaur, claiming victory by 2 clear points in both pieces ahead of Yeovil, Helston, Forest of Dean, and Shrewton. Solo Euphonium player Robert Jose also picked up the award for Best Player in the Section.
Thanks also go to the bands Resident Musical Director Lee Clayson who prepared the band excellently once again in preparation for David Hirst to take over the week before the contest.
Roche make the Cutt
Roche Brass are delighted to formally announce the appointment of Garry Cutt as their Musical Advisor.
Garry lead the band to victory in the 1st Section of the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival in 2014, and again at the West of England Regionals in March to secure a place at the National Finals at Cheltenham in September.
The band also gained victory at the Exmouth Entertainment Contest in 2014 under their Resident Musical Director Lee Clayson, so are now the current holders of 3 separate titles.
Band Manager, Richard Hawkey said ‘this is a magnificent capture for the band and we are all really looking forward to working with Garry on a more regular basis over the next few years. Garry’s experience and knowledge will be invaluable to the band as we continue to progress. The band have only been together for 2 and a half years, but are already making massive strides and currently hold the titles of West of England Bandsmen’s Festival 1st Section Champions, Exmouth Entertainment Contest Champions, and now West of England Regional 1st Section Champions!’
The formal link up with Garry is a very exciting one for the band and one that they hope will last for many years to come. Garry will work alongside the bands Musical Director Lee Clayson in preparing the band for contests and also act as an advisor for the bands general musical activities. Due to other prior commitments, Garry is unable to lead the band to the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival at Bugle and the National Finals this year, but has played an important role in securing the services of David Hirst for Bugle and Tom Davoren for the Nationals.
Musical Director, Lee Clayson added ‘Garry is one of the most respected and successful conductors in the brass band genre and we’re delighted to make his connection with the band more formal. With his experience, and the ability and commitment being demonstrated by the players in the band, we are looking to build on the successes achieved over the last 12 months. The next stage of the bands development is looking very exciting!‘
On his appointment, Garry Cutt stated ‘I am delighted to put this on a more formal basis, working with Lee and the Band to add to the stability and future of the organisation. ‘
The band are now very much looking forward to working with David Hirst in preparation for the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival in June and under Tom Davoren for the National Finals in September.
Donation from the Norman Family Trust
We would like to say a big thank you to the Norman Family Trust for the very kind donation of £250, which is very much appreciated!
Roche Brass performed at the Regional Championships in Torquay on Sunday 15th March.
The band entered the 1st Section, playing A London Overture by Philip Sparke under the direction of Garry Cutt.
We were delighted to be announced as the West of England 1st Section Champions out of a strong field of 15 bands, which is a fantastic achievement in the short amount of time that we have been together.
The band will now be representing the West of England, along with 2nd placed Yeovil Town at the National Finals in Cheltenham in September.
A massive thank you to Garry Cutt and our resident Musical Director Lee Clayson for preparing the band and making this fantastic achievement possible. It was a double success for Lee who also guided Soundhouse Brass to a win in the 3rd Section on the same day!
Horse Racing Fundraising Event
A fantastic £502 was raised from the horse racing event on Friday 6th February.
A big thank you to Mike and Anne Tregaskes for organising the evening, to Roche Victory Hall for hosting the event, and to everyone who supported us!
Funding for the purchase of a Box Trailer
We would like to say a massive thank you to Roche Parish Council and John and Linda Smith who have very kindly donated money to the band for the purchase of a box trailer.
This will make life so much easier and is really appreciated!