To celebrate another successful year, which saw the band pick up its first win in the Second Section and best results in its long history after being promoted at the beginning of the year, the band gave back to the local community with lots of Christmas cheer.
The band put on a concert in the Village to thank everyone for their continued support. The audience were in fine voice as they sang their hearts out to classic Christmas Carols and swayed along to the Brass Band Christmas classic Schneewaltzer.
The band also took the time to showcase the up and coming talent from our “champions in the making”, the Crofton Silver Bandits, led by their musical director Jack Turner.
After their first full year following their rebranding, Jack took the time to show where the Bandits had come from at the start of the year (when many of the band could only play a few notes) to where they are now, being able to go out and perform in the local community.
It also saw the introduction of a new award for the Bandits in memory of a former player and long standing support of the band, John Ellis. This was for the Bandits’ “Player of the Year” which was awarded to Conor Woodcock and was presented by John’s nephew, Mark Lazenby. Although it was hard to pick an individual for the prize, Conor, who has only been playing Trombone since January, stood out for his great attitude to playing in rehearsals and for his good attendance throughout the year.
Starting from the 10th January 2018, the Bandits will introduce a new beginners’ group before the main Bandits rehearsal to help welcome more new players to the band. This will be at 6:15pm-6:45pm every Wednesday followed by main Bandits rehearsal 7:00pm-8:30pm.
As is tradition on Christmas Day morning, Crofton Silver Band were out in the village carolling to raise money for Wakefield Hospice. Through the generosity of the locals in the village we were able to raise a grand total of £485 for the worthy cause and we would like to thank all those who came out for their donations as well as a nice tipple or two on route.
Thank you to all our supporters for a wonderful year. We look forward to more great moments in the New Year.