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Cabaret night tickets selling fast

06/09/2017 18:00
Tickets have nearly sold out for the Saturday night of our Swing, Groove & Funk-themed cabaret weekend, but there are still plenty of tickets left for the Sunday evening. Contact us for ticket information.

Contact details for Kippax Band Social Club
06/09/2017 18:00
You can contact our new Band Club Manager, Mel, for all enquiries and bookings. Contact details are shown below:
Tel: 0113 2864061
Mob: 07783 462751

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Concert review - Kippax Band club, 11th June

15/06/2017 18:00
On a warm June evening Kippax Band heated up a packed club with an explosive new programme.
Starting from an empty stage, sections filed on in order, the basses first to provide a thumping starting rhythm for ‘Blackbird Special’. Never letting up as horns, trombones and euph/bari’s followed, the front line brought syncopation played on trumpets, as Nigel Derbyshire and his team brought serious technical skill in a big band style.
The end of the piece deserved a rest- but not on this programme, as the band immediately launched into Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long’ keeping the tempo and the band standing tall.
MD Ian Knapton’s conducting style owed more to John Travolta than John Philip Sousa, and the compilation was extremely well received, especially by Aileen Fairburn, whose cheers can be heard loudly on a video available on Facebook
The band were honoured and delighted to entertain Aileen, especially this evening- as the whole concert was dedicated to the late Keith Fairburn and his six decades of dedication to Kippax band. However the night was a celebration rather than an overly solemn affair- and it was in this overall warm and supportive atmosphere from a capacity audience that 2nd Baritone Stephen Rowlay performed a sensitive inaugural solo, ‘Donegal Bay’. The band have no doubt that if Stephen manages to cram banding in between his international travels, then this performance marks the first of many solos from him.
Stephen was followed by one of Kippax’s longest serving bandsmen, Colin Moss, whose performance of ‘Imagination’ within the Roald Dahl compilation ‘The World’s Greatest Story Teller’ proved what can be achieved with intense aptitude, incredible inherent musical ability- and forty years playing solos in the club!
Not content with simply sitting and playing instruments for the first half, Kippax also became additional percussionists (‘The World’s Greatest Storyteller’) a quintet and a choir (‘Kumbaya’), and finally accompaniment to group singing, as the audience were asked to rise and join the band in an emotional and strong two verses of ‘Jerusalem’. A hymn cherished by all the Fairburn family, Keith’s sons Dean and Lee played horn and euphonium with the band. Lee, being a current bandsman was more readily equipped; Dean admitted that he had to unstick the valves on his horn in preparation!
After a rousing ‘Valero’ to start the second half, the band happily honoured another Fairburn request- ‘The Smile’. A clever mix of classic traditional hymns (‘Lord of All Hope’, ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’ and ‘The Old Rugged Cross’) coupled with new harmonies and sweeping transitions, the piece is always well received.
Hymn tunes are always well balanced when accompanied with a cracking march, and Kippax chose ‘The Wizard’, excellent preparation for Morley March contest next week.
Front line cornet player Emma Cassells then proved her musical flexibility across both instruments and vocal range, as she sang the Sound of Music classic ‘Climb Every Mountain’. Solo Horn Heather Houghton brought gentle sensitive playing to Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’. The band hope the rousing applause she received only strengthens her confidence and self-belief.
The band then finished as they’d started- in the big band style with a rendition of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Sir Duke’. The band don’t only own the club, they command the stage, and as MD Ian Knapton danced off stage left, he can only be left with the feeling that there are great things to come in this organisation.
Come see for yourself. The band have performances at Bramley Church and Morley March contest this weekend for you to enjoy. Their Facebook and Twitter pages will keep you informed about all their activity and future engagements, and they love to receive your feedback and comments there too.

Death of Keith Fairburn

17/05/17 18:41
It is with great sadness that the Kippax Band announce the death of Keith Fairburn. He died in St. James’ Hospital Leeds after a short illness linked to ongoing health issues. It is especially poignant that Keith had decided not to stand for re-election as Band Secretary this year due to his deteriorating health, and his last formal day in office was the day that he died.

Keith is known throughout the banding community not only for being an exceptional bass trombone player, but his industrious allegiance to a single band for close to six decades. He is survived by his wife Aileen, whose commitment to Kippax Band is equally legendary, and their two sons, Lee and Dean, current and former players respectively.

Band Chairman Colin Moss said, “Kippax Band are devastated by Keith’s death. Our thoughts are with Aileen, Lee, Dean and all the family. Keith’s tireless dedication is woven throughout the very fabric of our institution, and his impact on the band can never be underestimated. We can only honour him by recognising his legacy in all our future successes.”

Kippax Band will announce funeral arrangements in due course,
but in the meantime, ask that you direct any band queries in the first instance to Rob Lovatt, Acting Band Secretary on 07933 540 857, or Colin Moss, Band Chairman at

8th place at Yorkshire regional championships

06/03/17 18:41
The band placed 8th in an 11 band field at the Yorkshire ‘Areas’ on Sunday. Whilst we are disappointed with the result the Band remain committed to building on the foundations we are putting in place and look forward to progressing as a team.

The result didn’t dampen our spirits too much though as we headed back to the Band club and enjoyed a good curry, a few drinks and some all round good banter!

Kippax Band is proud of its forward-thinking, energetic group of very talented musicians, all dedicated to the finest music making

2014 marked the the bi-centenary of Kippax Band with a series of special events and concerts taking place throughout the year to mark this historic occasion. The Band was also delighted to announce a 5 year sponsorship association with Kippax Parish Council which commenced in December 2013.

Kippax Band has always been closely connected to the local community who have, over the years, provided many players past and present. The band also provides its services to the community through parades, Church services and Council organised events.

Kippax Band is also delighted to own its own Social Club, which is based on the same site as the bandroom. The club caters for different social events including line dancing, and is a venue for parties, weddings, and christenings. On the second Sunday of each month either the Kippax Band or a guest band performs in the Club to capacity audiences.