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Open Rehearsals for the Co-Operative Wind Bands

On Saturday 8th & 15th July there are open rehearsals for the Junior Band  (Grade 2- Grade 4 level) 9 a.m. - 10.15 a.m.


On Monday 3rd & 10th July there are open rehearsals for the Beginner Band 6.30p.m. - 7.30 p.m. ( for children knowing a few notes, maybe having taken part in Wider Opps. or First Access schemes. )

All rehearsals are in the Co-Operative Bandroom at Unit 17, Underwood Lane Business Park, Crewe CW1 3TJ

There are no auditions & all music is provided, if you require any additional information please contact [email protected]

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Allen Vizzutti and George Shelby at Sandbach School Theatre Space

On Monday 3rd July the fantastic Allen Vizzutti and George Shelby will be performing in Sandbach at the Sandbach School Theatre.

Allen Vizzutti is a composer, performer, and teacher, and has performed a wide variety of styles with a huge roster of luminaries such as Chick Corea, 'Doc' Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen Of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, Japan’s NHK Orchestra and the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, , the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Wind Symphony and the Kosie Wind Orchestra. As Artist in Residence, Allen has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas State University, Ohio State University, West Texas State University, the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and the Trompeten Akademie of Bremen Germany. He is currently Artist In Residency at the University of South Carolina. His extensive treatise, The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method and his New Concepts for Trumpet(Alfred Music Publishing) have become standard works for trumpet study worldwide. He’s also performed on over 100 motion picture and TV soundtracks, including Back To The Future and Star Trek.

George Shelby has recorded and performed with artists as diverse as Beyoncé, Michael McDonald, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Toto, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Sting, Elton John, Chaka Khan, Johnny Mathis, and many others. His TV and movie credits include Glee, The Grammy Awards (tribute to Aretha Franklin, with Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Florence Welch, Oleta Adams, and Martina McBride), The X FactorLate Show with David Letterman (with Brian Setzer), and more. He’s also performed for the PBS series Live from the White House: A Tribute to the Women of Soul with Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, Janelle Monáe, Ariana Grande, Melissa Etheridge, and Tessanne Chin. George is a multi-album recording artist, and continues to perform at jazz festivals around the world, including Montreal, Montreaux, Monterey, Tokyo, Manila, Nice, and Paris.

Starting at 7pm the first half of the concert will feature Allen Vizzutti and George Shelby with an all star rhythm section including Dave Hassell (drums), Paul Kilvington (Piano) and Frank Grimes on bass.


Following the interval Allen and George will be joined by the Love Music Trust Big Band.


Tickets for the concert are £10 (and £7.50 for concessions) and will be on sale from however spaces are limited.


I hope you will have the opportunity to join us for either or both of these great events as chances to see world class players such as these on our doorstep don't come along every day!

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Saxophone Day

We are pleased to announce that the Sandbach Saxophone Day will be running again this year and bookings are now being taken!

Please click here to find out more info and to book your place

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Summer Celebration Concert Tickets are now on sale!!

Tickets for the annual Love Music Trust Celebration Weekend in June are now on sale and we'd love it if you could join us!

To book find out more and to book please click here.

Some pictures from last years event

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Big Band Concert

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The Love Music Trust Big Band are holding a concert at Keele University on 3rd May.

It would be great if you could join us! The concert starts at 5.30pm admission is free.

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Orchestral Residential Concert

On Sunday 30th April at 4pm there is a free 1 hour concert at the Maxwell Davis Centre (Music Department) at Sandbach School. The students who are attending the Gifted and Talented Residential Orchestral course this weekend will be showcasing what they have learnt. The concert will feature John Wallace performing the Hummel Trumpet Concerto who will also be joined by fellow Wallace Collection member Tony George to perform a new arrange of Teutates. Additionally the orchestra will play excerpts of Dvorak's 8th Symphony, the Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture and Riverdance. The orchestra will be conducted by Russell Grey.

We look forward to seeing you there!!

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Schools Music Competition Results

The Primary Final and Secondary Final were both held at the Victoria Hall on the on 27th & 28th March. The four winners saw off competition from over thirty other school ensembles. On Monday the Secondary Schools final took place, the schools who took part in the final were Sandbach Wind Orchestra, Malbank Instrumental Ensemble and Alsager Jazz Ensemble. Everyone sounded fantastic and Alsager Jazz Ensemble were crowned the winners! The choral performances were breathtaking it was lovely to hear Poynton High School, Brine Leas Choir & Alsager High School. The winning choral group was Alsager High School. Thank you to Richard Evans and Keith Orrell for judging. On Tuesday, the Primary School final took place Shirley Court and Andy Scott joined us to judge the event. The ensembles performing were Rode Heath Violin Ensemble, Bunbury Aldersey Brass Ensemble and The Dingle Instrumental Ensemble. Everyone played wonderfully and Rode Heath were crowned the winners. It was lovely to hear so many children in the choral category with, Lacey Green Primary, Stapeley Broad Lane, Cranberry Academy performing.The winning choral group was Stapeley Broad Lane. Congratulations to all schools who entered, it has a been a fabulous competition and wonderful to see so many young people performing on stage.

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Popera! Concerts

Over three days we held this year’s Popera! Concerts The repertoire featured melodies of Pop and Opera songs which the children from 38 schools learnt. During the 7 concerts over 1000 children attended and BBC Radio Stoke came down to listen to the performance at Brine Leas!! The children thoroughly enjoyed singing the Pop song but also being operatic and dramatic!

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Barnaby Bear Concert

On Monday 27th March The Dingle, Bunbury Aldersey, St Vincent’s, Chelford, Alsager Highfields, Nantwich Primary Academy, Ash Grove and Little Bollington all went on an adventure around the world with Barnaby Bear. The Y1 and Y2 children had been working towards this concert during sessions in their schools. The children sung songs which took Barnaby from Ireland to Spain and further afield to Arizona. Congratulations to all children who took part. Keep your eyes open to see see where Barnaby goes next!


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Saxophone Orchestra World Premiere

The Love Music Trust has commissioned Barbara Thompson, to write a piece for our Saxophone Orchestra to be premiered at the ‘Sandbach Concert Series’ on Wednesday 22nd February 7pm at St Mary’s Church Hall. The piece entitled ‘The Bells of London’ Barbara Thomson MBE is an English Jazz Saxophonist, Flautist and composer who has said

"I am a composer who seems to see music in very visual term The piece began one misty Sunday morning while recording the great bells pealing out over London. It was an extraordinary and unexpected adventure which was inexplicably forgotten as the day passed and the real world flooded back in. But hearing those few random arpeggios triggered that memory. I hope you enjoy the result”

The world premiere of this piece will be showcased at Sandbach Concert Series. The ensemble would like to thank Andy Scott, for his time in working on the arrangement of ‘Bells of London’ both behind the scene and in the rehearsal room, it couldn’t have happened without him. The Saxophone Orchestra currently has 14 members and keeps growing. The Orchestra are also attending this year EurSax17 congress in Porto and shall also be playing the piece while they’re away. The Orchestra is led by Royal Northern College of Music graduate Jamie Sharp. The students of the Orchestra regularly play in many ensembles across Cheshire. To join the ensemble unnamed

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