Christmas Covid 19,20,21 Tour Bye Bye Jack! Geralds trip to the North Pole

We had to curtail some of our usual indoor gigs due to the ongoing Covid pandemic this year and were unlucky with the wintry weather so sadly we only managed to get out and about on two occasions.

We did however manage to have a pre Xmas tour rehearsal when said our fair-wells to Jack Ruddick who has decided to hang up his drumsticks after over 20 years with the band. Jack has been a stalwart of the band being a fantastic musician and an inspiration to the many young percussionists that he has taught over the years. We are lucky that one of his former proteges John Bradford has taken over the kit.

He we see our illustrious MD Dave Hignett, and Chairman and founder of the band Steve Quilliam presenting Jack with a token of our appreciation for all he has done over the years.

Luckily we guessed correctly that Jack likes a drop of Irelands finest. Best wishes Jack.

When we did get out It was nice to be able to play on our home turf outside the Co-op in Prudhoe who are always very generous in supporting us.

We always love playing at Newcastle Central Station as it is at least dry if not warm. many thanks to all those passengers who showed their appreciation and donated in our red buckets and newly acquired contactless ‘bucket’

Merry Christmas and very best wishes for 2022 from PCB. Fingers crossed for a better year.

Geralds trip to the North Pole

Helen Walker our very talented French Horn player has produced a lovely video featuring some music from PCB and featuring other members of the band.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Percussionists Wanted!

If there are any aspiring percussionists out there, please come along on Saturday mornings from 9.45 at Highfield Middle School, Prudhoe, to join the percussion ensemble under the guidance of Mark Edwards.

You will have the opportunity to learn to pay tuned percussion such as xylophone and glockenspiel, timpani, cymbals, hand percussion as well as drums!

It is completely free thanks to the generous support of the wonderful Mark Jon Bolderson Percussion Foundation who sponsor the percussion section of the band .You will gain also the invaluable experience of playing with a large music ensemble! 

All you have to do is turn up! 

Mark playing with the Tyne Valley Big Band

First Post Lockdown Gig Sele First School

We had a lovely sunny day for our first gig in nearly two years playing for the Sele First School PTA Carnival who made us very welcome. The was even a special place in the skipping ring for our MD Mr Dave Hignett.

They have some very big cats with blue feet in Hexham!

The band sounded great playing all our old favourites including Sesame Street.

Sharp eyed viewers will have noticed that we have a new drummer , John Bradford, who replaces Jack Ruddick.Jack has recently retired after many stalwart years, playing since the band started. We wish him many happy years of retirement .

We’re Back!

Its been a difficult time for everyone during the Covid 19 pandemic but we are now in a position to resume rehearsals following relaxation of national Covid restrictions. We hope everyone has remained well during this time. Many thanks to everyone who donated towards our Xmas video and for everyone using our webshop. This has meant that we have had some income to keep us afloat and enable us to restart.

We are therefore planning to meet on 11th September at our usual venue, Highfield Middle School Baton down 9.45 am!

We will still follow a degree of social distancing and hygiene measures to minimise any risk of Covid19 transmission.

We are always happy to welcome new members as this is the start of our band year so it is a good time to come along.

Covid19 (20, 21 Update)

There was a glimmer of hope that we might have been able to get back to playing together again but the recent extension of Covid restrictions due to the so called ‘3rd Wave’ takes us into our usual summer break. We are hopeful that things may be getting back to normality to aim at resuming rehearsals and events in September but this obviously depends on guidance at that time.

Keep an eye on the calendar in the meantime.

PCB release their very own Xmas Zoom Tune ‘A Fairytale of New York’

We would usually be out and about playing all our favourite Xmas tunes and raising money for band funds at this time of year. Sadly the Covid-19 pandemic has curtailed all such activity so we decided to try and do something virtually and get together over the ether to produce our very own Xmas Video ‘A Fairytale of New York’

Our chief ‘Herder of Cats’, Caroline Guirr, has spent the last few weeks putting everything together and the resulting video is brilliant. Many thanks to Caroline and Mr D O’Hignorhan for the lovely arrangement of the Kirsty McColl and the Pogues classic.

If you would like to support the band with a donation you can now do so through the PayPal link below. You can do this even without a PayPal account.

We do appreciate any donations and hope you enjoy the video.

Happy Xmas and best wishes for 2021 from Prudhoe Community Band.

PCB Mothballed (Covid -19)

Keen eyed readers will have noted that our calendar of events has dwindled due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. We are all socially distancing and keeping our heads down until it all blows over.

We will be following guidance regarding when we might be able to resume rehearsals and gigs so watch this space.

Hope everyone keeps safe and well and see you in happier times

In The Bleak Midwinter

We are currently in the middle of our pre Xmas fundraising tour to try and raise money for band funds. Many thanks to everyone who has been kind enough to donate something in our charity buckets.

We have had some nice dry inside venues for a change and would like to thank Tanfield Railway, Newcastle United F.C. Prudhoe Co-op and Newcastle Central Station for making us so welcome.

Newcastle United Xmas Fayre at St James Park

Nest week we will be at Hexham Xmas Market before our final Gig at Newcastle Central station to round off the term.

Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2020 from Prudhoe Community Band.

It’s Nearly Xmas

The fine players of PCB have been having a well deserved rest over the long summer break, some more well deserved than others.

Our MD Mr Hignett has been hard at work laying paving flags between his many holiday trips.

It’s apparently important that Trumpet playing conductors protect the very delicate thumb and first three fingers of the right hand from injury. To this end we have seen photographic evidence that most of the flags were laid by Mrs B. Hignett, no relation, and his long suffering son!

We were sad to say goodbye to Alexis Cairns at her last Gig with us in Newcastle Central Station. Alexis has been with us for many years and will be greatly missed, we wish her well in her further studies in Music Education at the University of York.

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As we reach the season of ‘mist and mellow fruitfulness’ winter approaches and ones thoughts turn to reconvening for music making and merriment!

To that end our room booker in chief and esteemed Treasurer Mr Lamb has once again secured the use of our rehearsal facilities at Highfield School, with baton down at 9.45 on 7th Sept 2019.

We always welcome new members young and old alike so now is a good time to come along if you want to dust off that instrument in the cupboard and have a go.

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PCB at Beamish (not on the Bandstand)

The Band love to play at this great venue but a last minute change of plan saw us in the warm and dry of the Masonic Hall playing under the all seeing Eye.

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IMG_3508Grandmaster Hignett IMG_3533 IMG_3523 IMG_3536As he often reminds us Mr Hignett has royal connections having played for the Queen (Eliz 2 not Victoria), so is well used to such grand surroundings

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