SFB Blog

Butlins not to be this year

This weekend the band would be travelling to Skeggness for the Butlins National Brass Band festival to complete in the 4th section. Many of the band players have been really looking to this annual contest, and was dishartened when it was annonced of the contest being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The band looks forward to returning in 2022.

Author: P. Owen10th January 2021

Lockdown Hits again

It was annonced today that England will go into a third national lockdown, as the UK Prime Minister warned that the NHS risked becoming overwhelmed by a surge of the new COVID-19 strain.

As we hoped for some relaxation of restrictions allowing us to make music together again, the pandemic continues to put a pause on keeping brass alive in nottinghamshire.

Our members continue to rehearsal at home with some attempts of online band rehearsals.

Please stay safe, and we hope to see you on the other side.

Author: P. Owen4th January 2021

Welcome 2021

The SFB family would like to wish all our followers and supporters a Happy New Year and hope 2021 turns out better for us all.

Author: P OwenDate: 2nd Jan 2021

Christmas 2020

By now the band would of already been out in community for light ' switch on' events across the local area. And in the band room we would be working hard a this year christmas program for our annual Christmas Concert. Unfortunately we continue to practice at home, as strict government restrictions remain in place for the Nottinghamshire area. Many of our members are missing making music together and can't wait to get back in to the band room, it's going to be strange times not being able perform this christmas for our followers and local community.

From all the members of Sherwood Forest Brass we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope music helps you through this troubling time during this festive period.

Merry Christmas, Stay Safe

Author: P.Owen1st December 2020


Musical learning continues at home

Musical Director Christine Lippeatt has been working really hard keeping the band occupied over lockdown by creating weekly challenges to practice, yesturday following strict restrcitions some members meet up to have practice together in a players barn.

It was really nice to be making music together again, even though it was just a few.

Author: P. Owen12th September 2020

The band says Thank You

As millions of people step out of their front doors to clap for the NHS, players across the band follwed suit taking their instrutment with them and performed 'Over the Rainbow' tonight. They hope to repeat this next week.

Author: P. Owen21st May 2020

Covid-19 update

Band stops making music

Along with many other Brass Bands, it has been decided that all musical activites and events are cancelled until further notice, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and national Lockdown.

Author: P. Owen25th March 2020

Success at Butlins

The band returned to Butlins Skegness yesterday to compete in the Butlins Mineworkers Championships.

After months of rehearsals they took to the stage for there final performance of the test piece "Bournemouth Suite" by Benjamin Tubb-Hearne. A confident and colourful performance by the band earned them position in the prizes coming 4th.

Well Done Everyone!

Author: P. Owen10th January 2020

A Brass Band Christmas

Last Night the band hosted their annual christmas Concert "A Brass Christmas" at Clipstone Social Club.

It was festive fun filled evening with games, sing-a-longs and live Music performed by the band, featuring our training band the "Acorns". Lead by Musical Director Christine Lippeatt a programme favourite Christmas Music and Carols gave the concert a festive feeling that was enjoyed by all.

Thank You everyone who came to support us.

Author: P. Owen16th December 2019

IT's beginning to look alot like Christmas!

The Band started their festive session today playing carols at Clipstone Light Switch-on, We continue tomorrow where we're out again performing a range of festive favourites at Sherwood Forest Arts and Craft Centre. Check out our What's On page for our latest events and concerts over the Christmas Period.

Author: P. Owen23rd November 2019

Acorns joins Legends in Concert

The Acorns had the honour of opening the Legends Revitalised concert at Askern Miners Welfare last night.

The older ones of the training band joined in with the encore Don't Stop Believin' and were welcomed and supported by our hosts.

Author: P. Owen11th November 2019

Acorns Battle it out!

The Acorns have been busy over the last few weeks learning solo pieces, and at last night's rehearsal the acorns battled it out in our own little solo competition. Our little acorns (Beginners Group) began the contest with Dannii, Alex and Hugo taking the stage. Adjudicators Ben and Derwyn where very impressed with their confident performances with little errors, First prize went to Hugo, with Dannii and Alex picking up prizes for their performances too. Next to hit the stage was our acorns (Training Band), who have been practicing "Little Brown Bird Singing". Lynne went first with a good performance but improvements could be made, following was Garner and Antonio who both played speedy but confident performances. Next to take the stage was Caroline who a part being nervous and a few mis-pitches gave a great performance. Finally our most nervous player of the night Tilly hit the stage, after a scrappy start due to nerves, she performed very well, keeping to tempo, and with few errors. Our adjudicator Christine gave great feed back and gave First Prize to Caroline. They are now continuing with their hard work preparing for our up-coming Summer Concert in June.

Author: P. Owen9th April 2019

Midlands Area 2019

It's been a exhausting day as the band takes the stage at this years Midlands Area Brass Band Contest.

Author: P. Owen10th March 2019

SFB returns to Butlins

Yesterday the band took to the stage at the Butlins national mineworkers brass band contest at Skegness.

Author: P. Owen13th January 2019

Festive Season has begun!

Today the band join their local community at the Clipstone Light Switch-on celebrations for their first Christmas performance of 2018. First to take to the stage, we performed a range of Traditional Christmas Carols including Hark! the Herald, Silent night, Jingle Bells and finishing the slot with We wish you a Merry Christmas. This creating a festive atmosphere while the crowds walked around the large number of stalls and stands.

The weekend hasn't finish yet, tomorrow we out in Edwinstowe for our annual visit to the Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre for they Christmas Weekend. We will be there from 11am - 4pm playing a range of traditional Christmas Carols and Festive Songs. So why not come and join in the fun and take a visit yourself.

We would like thank everyone who donated at today's event and your support in helping us with our mission in giving free musical opportunities for anyone who has interest in playing or learning to play a brass or percussion instrument, Keeping Brass Alive in Sherwood.

Author: P. Owen12th November 2018

SFB remembers the fallen

Yesterday band members paid their respect to all who have served, sacrifice and changed our world during World War l.

Solo Cornet player Lynne Ashley had special request by the Royal British Legion (Clipstone/Forest Town Branch) the honor of playing the Last Post during the service at the Clipstone memorial. This year being her first time and being nerves she played extremely well, and has been booked for next year.

Band Sergeant Philip Owen had the honor of placing the Band's wreath on the memorial. this is 3rd year the band has laid a wreath commemorating the military and colliery bands who served and gave their tomorrow for our today.

Author: P. Owen12th November 2018

New website goes live

The band's media team have been working endless over the last few months on improving the website with a fresh new look with easy navigation and a clean layout.

Check out our new features

  • New Blog - find out what we up to and get the latest news and announcements.

  • What's On page - Find out information our latest concerts and performances. in addition pre-pay your concert tickets online with new SFB Box Office.

  • SFB Shop - We are still working on the shop, once finished you will be able to purchase all our latest merchandise and clothing.

  • Support Us - We are a fully non-profitable organisation where all funds go back into our mission to provide free musical opportunities to the community's of Nottinghamshire. So why not support us by joining our new patrons scheme or sponsor us.

Check out our new website, We hope you like it as much as we do.


Author: P. Owen29th October 2018