Awards at our AGM !!

At our AGM last Monday we handed out awards for the Musical Directors award and the Bands Person of the year as voted for by the members.
The results were as follows:

Butcher Trophy – Musical Director’s Award
This award was presented by our MD – Mark Ager, to our 1st Horn player, Sarah Munn. Sarah stepped up to play Solo Horn at the Oxford Contest and played several Solo’s as part of this. In addition – as we all know this has been an incredibly difficult time for Sarah and she has continued to perform amazingly!! Well done Sarah !!


Charles Bayford Trophy (Bands Person of the Year)

This award is voted for by the bands members. There were many nominations including: Sarah Munn, Jim Gelder, Lisa Huttlestone, Stuart Black, Jim Munn & Christine Solway, but with a huge majority of the vote, this award was presented posthumously to Steve Munn.
Sadly Steve passed away after a courageous battle with cancer just before Christmas, but he continued playing with us right up to November including performing with us at the Oxford Contest. Always a larger than life member of the Band, this award is part of many tributes to Steve who continues to be missed by us all. The award was presented by band Chairperson – Lisa Huttlestone to Sarah and Jim on behalf of Steve.

Ware Brass at Christmas !!

Join us for our 2 Christmas events this year, our Christmas Concert in St.Marys Church on Saturday 10th December at 19:00, followed by our Christmas Singalong where you get to sing your favourite carols, which will be outside out Ware Priory on Sunday 18th December starting at 15:00.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ware-brass-christmas-concert-tickets-462425064817

No tickets required for the singalong, entry is free, wrap up warm!

Ware Brass Victorious at ODBBA Entertainment contest !!

The band entered the ODBBA Entertainment contest, held on Sunday 6th November. Playing a lively programme featuring Valero, Live and Let Die, Irish Blessing, Balkan Dance, & Legends of Cyfartha we came away with the following results !!

1st in 2nd Section for Music and Entertainment, Best soloist – Stuart Black and Best Instrumentalist – Stuart Black!

A total of 4 trophies – well done all !!

Phillip Littlemore awarded Honorary Life Member

Ware Brass were proud to name Phillip Littlemore as an Honorary Life Member of the Band at the final rehearsal prior to the L&SC Area Contest where the band were placed 7th. Lisa Huttlestone, Band Chairperson, presented Phillip with the award and a special edition Ware Brass Pint Glass !!

Phillip, conducted the band from 2006 to 2017 when he relocated to the Isle of Wight, but came to our rescue 10 weeks ago when he agreed to come back as Musical Director to take the band to the L&SC Area Contest. Commuting 4 hours each way, for 10 weeks is amazing dedication !! Phillip has contributed so much to the band over the last 16 years and this is a truly well deserved award. It’s great to now have Phillip as a life time member.

Ware Brass Placed 7th @ L&SC 2nd Section Area Contest

Ware Brass were pleased to be placed 7th at the L&SC Area Contest at Stevenage on Saturday 19th March 2022. Despite the band being seriously affected by COVID, their performance of Aeronauts by Goff Richards was commended by the adjudicators and secured them 8th place in the overall grading table for the 2nd Section.

Trombone Section win Best Trombones in L&SC 2nd Section Area Contest

The Ware Brass Trombone section of Adrian Ricketts & Jim Munn were awarded with the Prize for Best Trombone section at the L&SC 2nd Section contest at Stevenage on Saturday 19th March 2022. Despite being a player down due to Covid, their performance in Goff Richards – Aeronauts was considered best in Class. Sometimes – less is more !!

New Full time MD from April 2022 Onwards

Ware Brass are delighted to announce that from April 2022 they have appointed Mark Ager as their full time MD.

Mark Ager is one of the most successful conductors in the region. He conducted Haverhill Silver Band for 18 years winning the First Section area Contest three times (2006, 2011, 2015), achieving top 5 placings in the Championship Section twice (2007 & 2017), winning the First Section at the Butlins Mineworkers Contest (2006) and winning the Crawley Entertainment Contest (2012). Before conducting Haverhill Mark conducted the Clacton-on-Sea Co-operative Band where the band was placed in the top 4 Championship bands at the Area Contest for three consecutive years (1996,1997 and 1998). Mark has conducted a number of high profile concerts with top name soloists at both Haverhill Silver Band and Clacton-on-Sea Cooperative Band including David Childs, Tom Hutchinson, James Shepherd, David Thornton, Steve Sykes, Don Lusher and Peter Skellern.

As a player Mark, under the Direction of Keith Wilkinson, John Berryman and Bramwell Tovey, competed in all the major British contests with GUS including winning numerous area contests and the Best of Brass and placings at the British Open, the National Brass Band Finals and Granada Band of the Year.

Mark also has a long-standing love of local Drama and Musical Theatre. He is appearing in Made in Dagenham in Haverhill in June 2018, being produced by the Centre Stage Company, and has recently performed in the Vicar of Dibley and Brassed off (where he was also the Musical Adviser). He has been the Musical Director of a number of shows produced by Haverhill Operatics Society and Dunmow Players including Guys and Dolls, Mikado, Merry Widow and My Fair Lady. This included taking Dunmow Players to the Gilbert and Sullivan Buxton Festival and conducting their professional orchestra.

Musical Director Update!!

Musical Director Emeritus, Phillip Littlemore

We are delighted to welcome the return of Phillip Littlemore as our musical director and he will be at the helm until April 2022. Phillip is stepping in to the role following Michael Dawson’s departure due to personal reasons. 

Phillip originally joined Ware Brass as Musical Director in April 2006 and wanted to concentrate the bands efforts towards concert-giving and, with the band’s blessing, embarked on that path continuing to entertain the concert-goers of Ware as well as further afield. The Concert Spectaculars performed at the Drill Hall each November are stuff of legend and have included, among many, the Swinging 60s, Heroes & Villains, Star-Spangled Spectacular and Magic & Fantasy. Of course, Phillip and the band continued to compete in the Regional Championships each March and with Phillip’s musical direction the band was promoted to the 1st Section in January 2014.

In July 2017 Phillip and his family moved to the Isle of Wight. Therefore, after 11 years of outstanding collaboration it was time for Ware Brass Phillip to part.

As we find ourselves without a musical director for the next few months, Phillip has kindly agreed to take up the baton once more although this time he journey is a 220-mile round trip, with two ferry crossings – that’s dedication!