Education & Seminars

NABBC National Convention Report - 2014

New Musical Arrangements

Clifton and Lightcliffe Band

A musical close to the 2014 convention was provided by our old friends from, The Clifton and Lightcliffe Band. Directed by John Clay, it’s clear why he and this first section band are so successful. It’s his appetite to share his wonderful experiences and the need to make good music. It is also worth noting that the wonderful achievements John and the various bands based at Clifton have experienced during the last 30 years would not have been possible without the support and contribution of his efficient and thoroughly well organised banding wife, Jane. This is quite a partnership!

John explained that when choosing a programme, he always has a responsibility to both his audience and band members. He is always looking for ‘good’ music which entertains and improves the skills of his players. As an example, the publisher for Kirklees Music, David Horsfield provided three new arrangements and David gave a very interesting insight into ways to get music published.

And so to conclude, NABBC President, Russell Gray directed the Clifton and Lightcliffe Band in a wonderful finale which celebrated good music, a great band and grand company.