Concert Band rocks Regents Park

An image of the band on Regents Park Bandstand
Regents Park Bandstand

Wow, what a fantastic weekend for the Shepherd Group Concert Brass Band!

After an early Saturday morning start the band travelled down to Hemel Hempstead for their first concert of the weekend. The band performed on the Rainbow stage, a purpose built performance area in the middle of Hemel Town centre.

Crowds watching the Concert Band on the Rainbow Stage in Hemel Mepstead
The Band in Hemel Hempstead

Day two, we set off for Regent’s Park for the main event, our Concert in the Royal Park. With the sun shining and already a large crowd gathering, possibly in anticipation of a Yorkshire brass band.

People watching the Concert Band in Regents Park
An appreciative crowd

I think it’s only fair to say that the Concert that the band gave that afternoon was one that will live in the memory of the players for a long, long time. The playing was superb, the atmosphere within the band was unbelievable and the crowd reaction was described, by a park employee, as “quite incredible, never seen a reaction to a brass band like this one”. So, after the final notes of Sweet Caroline had drifted over the nearby lake, the band headed back to York. They showed just what the Shepherd Group of bands are all about and I’m sure, made many friends in both Hemel and Regents Park. A stellar weekend.

Mike and the CB on the Regents Park Bandstand
All ready to entertain.

We have a Concert Band Quiz winner!

The Concert Band ran a recent quiz in order to raise funds to help out with the costs for the upcoming appearance of the band in Regents Park. The quiz inquisitor was of course Mike Pratt and those of us familiar with his efforts on the coach to Durham and Blackpool will not be surprised tat there were football questions in there.

The answer sheets have all been submitted, marked and scrutinised and the winner with a superb score of 46 correct answers out of 50 is Jayne Janes. We will be contacting Jayne directly with the deatils of her prize. For those who were not quite as accurate, the correct answers are all listed here. Thanks very much to all those who took part, every little helps.

Pop Groups and Artists

1 Oasis

2 Crowded House

3 Elbow

4 Joy Division

5 Dire Straights

6 Kanye West

7 Taylor Swift

8 Fleetwood Mac

9 Blue Oyster Cult

10 Iron Maiden

11 Elkie Brookes

12 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

13 Neil Diamond

14The Drifters

15 Bonnie Raitt

16 Thin Lizzie

17 Alice Cooper

18 Simply Red

19 Dr Dre

20 The Who

Beers and Lagers

21 Fosters

22 Stella

23 Landlord

24 Budweiser

25 Carlsberg

26 London Pride

27 Tennants

28 Old Speckled Hen

29 Bishop’s Finger

30 Moretti

Yorkshire Towns and Cities.

31 Leeds

32 Skipton

33 Doncaster

34 Selby

35 Filey

36 Ben Rhydding

37 Brighouse

38 Settle

39 Bedale

40 Pickering

British Football Teams.

41 Aston Villa

42 Exeter City

43 Stevenage

44 Fleetwood

45 Preston

46 Elgin

47 Mansfield

48 Hamilton

49 Stoke

50 Oxford

Holding Back The River

Holding back the river

12th April 2016

Photos from the concert

On 6th March our Concert Band had the great privilege of playing at the York Barbican in a special gala concert to help raise money for flood victims. The concert, which was named “Hold Back the River” featured artists from all over York and all proceeds went directly to those affected by the terrible floods over Christmas.

Concert Band MD Michael Pratt said:

“The Band felt so honoured to be asked to play tonight, the atmosphere has been amazing the whole band played brilliantly, I’m so proud!”


So far the York Disaster Fund has raised over £1,300,000 for flood victims and concerts such as this one are vital to keep the momentum on the appeal going so here at Shepherds we are delighted to have been able to help out.