The Ratby Day Time Band held its inaugural rehearsal on Wednesday 9th February at the Ratby bandroom.  The trustees of the organisation recognized the benefits for meeting up and doing what bandsmen do well and that’s play together.  Overwhelmed by the turnout, 28 brass players and 2 percussionists were eagerly seated for baton down at 12.30 led by conductor Ian Bartram.

The community spirit was to the forefront as players came from sixteen bands.  Some living on the doorstep whilst others were welcomed from farther afield, one travelled 44 miles to attend.

Ian made a welcomed return after 28 years to conduct in the bandroom having been Musical Director at Ratby back in the early 1990’s.

The age range for a ‘new’ band is something of a milestone in that the age range of the players was so diverse ranging from early 20’s (Wednesday being a day off work) to several in their 70’s!  The wealth of experience was also a revelation in that as a collective the 31 ‘banders’ had given over 1,600 years to the brass band movement!  The 2 hour rehearsal literally flew by so roll on next week when we look forward to our next rehearsal.

Not to be outdone the trustees also recognised the niche of several younger members who formed the “Youth Group”. Led by Sheila Allen this talented group of youngsters met for the first time to play challenging music tailored to assist with their personal development.

These musical groups add to the Senior and Mid Bands who are working very hard in the lead up to the Midlands Regional Championships later this month.  Not forgetting our Junior Band and Beginner “Tooters” who also meet on a weekly basis.

What a wonderful achievement to have two new bands starting in the organisation in the same week.