In the summer-time…

...when the weather is typically Mancunian!

Hope you are enjoying this lovely British summer: sunshine, rain, wind and all!

Over the summer weeks, the GMP band volunteers have a bit of a break from rehearsals and gigs. Well, we say a break, but there are always a few gigs that we manage to squeeze in, because we just can't resist them.

Some of us go on holiday with families and friends, some take the opportunity to do gardening and DIY, and some even manage to get in a spot of performing with *gasp* other bands!

This summer there have been a few new additions to the GMP band family too, as some of our players have welcomed the arrival of new children. Future musicians in the making!

Rehearsals for the wind band and big band start up again in a couple of weeks, and the preparations start for the autumn/winter busy season. There are lots of new dates being added to the calendar on our website, so be sure to have a look and see if we're performing near you. You can also keep up to date with us on Twitter and Facebook - do please follow and like us.

If you're thinking about booking one of our bands for your event, please get in touch with our manager Barry (details on the contact page)

Meet our new conductor – Alexander Webb

It's with great delight that we welcome Alexander Webb to the ranks of the Greater Manchester Police Band volunteers, as our new conductor.

Alexander is a graduate of the percussion programme at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and in 2016 accepted a place to become the Timothy Reynish Conducting Scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music. He first studied with Guy Woolfenden and now studies with Mark Heron and Clark Rundell. He has also participated in masterclasses with Nicolas Pasquet, Jac Van Steen, and Sir Mark Elder.

He maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician balancing percussion performance with his conducting engagements. As a percussionist he has worked with the English Symphony Orchestra, Queen’s Park Sinfonia, Desford Colliery band, and in 2012 was awarded the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Scheme place for timpani.

As a conductor Alex has worked with a variety of ensembles across the UK; including The British Police Symphony Orchestra, Swindon Chamber Orchestra, National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, and Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. He has undertaken tours around Europe, Asia and to the United States; and has also made recordings for broadcast on BBC Television and Radio.  Alexander is very generously supported by the Waverley Fund.

Alex has already begun rehearsals with the wind band and has a couple of concerts with us under his belt. With some high-profile events coming soon, the band are thoroughly enjoying his conducting and are benefiting greatly from his knowledge and experience.

We hope you'll be able to see us perform soon, and enjoy Alex's conducting as much as we do!

Wythenshawe Community Carol Concert – 8 Dec

The GMP wind band were joined by a choir of local school children for an evening of carols and festive music at St. Luke's Church in Benchill on Thursday 8 December.

Chief Inspector Hemingway welcomed everyone to the packed church, who sang along to traditional carols such as Once in Royal David's City and Silent Night.

Michael Thomas conducted the band for the performance: he also plays French Horn with us. He said of the service:

"it was lovely to be welcomed to this division for such a special Christmas event. It was a pleasure to be part of so many people's festive season and it was great to hear such fine singing voices from the choir and congregation!"

The school children of Baguley Hall Primary School, Newall Green Primary School and Benchill Primary School gave fabulous performances.

Thanks to the organisers for inviting us and putting on such a lovely carol service. We hope to see you again next year.

Andrew Broome – Clarinet

andrew broome1Hi there! I'm currently a student in my second year studying at the Royal Northern College of Music.

I grew up in North Tyneside in Newcastle and I started playing the clarinet from the age of 8. Ever since then I've always wanted to play music, so I joined the Wind Band in North Tyneside a few years later.

Two months after starting College, I joined the GMP Wind Band, eager to be playing as much as I could. Since joining it's been an honour for me to represent them and a privilege to be a part of it.

I enjoy everything about the band like meeting the peandrew broome2ople, and the music playing itself! From film music to marching for a parade, every part of it is what I love doing and want to do after college. And that's to play music.

I also love pets, especially my dog Daisy, who lives with my family in Newcastle.

Frank Green – Trombone

0013 Frank started his musical career playing the cornet at school, from the tender age of 12. He joined the school band and Farnworth brass band. In 1968 he joined the Junior Musicians Troop at Woolwich, London and switched from cornet to the trombone. He went to Knellar Hall - the royal military school of music, and then returned to Woolwich to play bass trombone in the main band. He left in 1976 and took a break from playing, until picking up the trombone again and joining his local brass band in Radcliffe. Frank started volunteering with GMP about 12 years ago and now plays with the symphonic wind band and big band.