Tiny Team Dodd

Here’s one of our promising Year 3 class brass musicians. After only two terms of lessons, he’s impressing all of us.

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Licensed to Thrill! 

One of our talented tuba players impressed Mr. Dodd with her articulation and dynamic range today. We are proud of her commitment … Grade 3 ABRSM is on the horizon!

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Here is the (Brass) News

Our brilliant euphonium player attended the Grimethorpe Youth Band rehearsal at Barnsley Civic last weekend. He had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with so many talented, inspiring and friendly young people and teachers!

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Brass Success

Thanks to Straight Talk and Barnsley Music Hub for highlighting the success of our brass ensemble at the recent National Youth Brass Band Competition in Coventry.

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Here is the News…. 

Many thanks to the Barnsley Chronicle for covering our success story!

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Young Musicians 

Congratulations to four of our Birkwood Brass musicians. On Saturday, they performed solos in Barnsley Music Hub’s Young Musician competition. Our promising brass players scooped gold and platinum trophies. We are all very proud of you!

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Feeling Famous

Here are our prize winning Brass Ensemble posing for their latest press photographs. The Barnsley Chronicle were keen to hear all about their success story!

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Congratulations!

 

It was lovely that Look North reported on Birkwood Brass’ success – how kind!

 

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Golden Day

Birkwood Brass, staff and our incredible community travelled to the National Youth Brass Band Competition at Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry.

Our pupils did us proud – they performed a spectacular programme for the adjudicators and were awarded Highly Commended!

We are all SO proud of the (getting very famous) #teamdodd and their dedicated and talented conductor Mr. Dodd.

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National News

 
Our amazing brass group spent the morning in a photo shoot with a photographer who works for the Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian. He complimented our pupils on their professional behaviour. Here is a behind the scenes exclusive!
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Mayor’s Musical Stars

 
The 2nd part of our Birkwood Brass tour took us to Barnsley Civic, where our children opened the prestigious Mayor’s Musical Stars Concert. The concert was held to celebrate Barnsley’s outstanding musical talent and to raise funds for the Mayor’s chosen charities.
Birkwood Brass were ‘note perfect’ and received positive comments from many of the audience, as well as the Mayor.
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Filming For Look North Part Two

After a very successful filming at Grimethorpe Colliery Band ‘s headquarters, Abi from Look North called in at school to continue with interviews. Mrs. Allen, Mr. Dodd, Professor Roger Webster (of Grimethorpe Colliery Band) and our incredibly talented musicians were interviewed for a special feature which highlights Birkwood’s positive links with our neighbours, the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band!  Thank you to Mrs. Sutton for all of her hard work and dedication to our Musical Stars!

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Beautiful Birkwood Hoodies

Mrs. Allen has treated Birkwood Brass to brand new hoodies. We will be wearing them on our ‘tour’ to the National Youth Brass Band Competition in Coventry this Sunday.

 

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#TeamFuller’s New Recruits

Here are our newest guitarists from Year 2 and Year 3 with their teacher, Barnsley Music Hub’s Mr. Fuller.

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Birkwood Brass on Tour 2018

Our amazing brass band started their ‘Summer Tour’ at the TOP. The children were invited to perform IN Grimethorpe Colliery Band’s practice room. This is part of a Look North feature about the support given to Birkwood from the world’s most famous brass band.

This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our musicians and they most certainly embraced it. Many thanks for making our children and their families so welcome Grimethorpe Colliery Band; special thanks to our friends Roger Webster and Michael Dodd.

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Our Brass Stars

The whole school loved watching videos of our very own brass ensemble, Birkwood Brass. We are excited to see them on BBC Look North!

 

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He’s a Winner!

Congratulations to one of our AMAZING tuba players from Year 6. We are extremely proud that you have acheived a Merit for ABRSM Grade 3 tuba!

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Chord Progression Here are our Year 5 guitarists showing off some of the chords that they have learned recently with Mr. Fuller.

Here are our Year 5 guitarists showing off some of the chords that they have learned recently with Mr. Fuller.

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Rock Around the Glock

Here we are performing glockenspiel accompaniments to this half term’s Charanga song.

 

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Choir Rehearsal and World Book Day Combo

 

Mrs. T and Mrs. S were privileged to spend time rehearsing with our talented choir. The children are sounding fantastic-and they look great in their 2018 World Book Day outfits too.

 

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Violins in Action

 

Here are our three violinists in a short, but very sweet, impromptu performance. We’re sure you’ll agree they are sounding great – well done girls!

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Perfect Preparations

 

Our choir are enjoying preparing for a performance during the Christian season of Holy Week. This beautiful hymn is sounding really lovely.

 

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In the Mood for Music

 

We really enjoyed the introduction to our Charanga Music song for the half term. It is lovely to watch the Woodpeckers express their feelings through free movements and song. We’re looking forward to adding instruments next week! 

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Performing Tomorrow… Today!

Our euphonium player is taking every opportunity to learn from THE EXPERT! Mr. Dodd is delighted to share his skills with such a talented and willing student. We are all ‘blown away’ by this beautiful silky tone.

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All That Jazz 

 
Birkwood Brass are competing in the ‘Beginners’ category of the National Youth Brass Band Championships in April. Here they are rehearsing one of their pieces which shows their versatility.
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Top Tuba Tunes! 

One of our talented Birkwood Brass musicians is working hard in preparation for his ABRSM grade 3. As you can hear, his hard work is paying off!
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Music Makers 

 
This lovely group of Year 6 Birkwood musicians are choosing to relax in the music room during lunchtime. Their music making is beautiful!
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Impressing Mr Dodd! 

 
There’s never a shortage of volunteers to share their learning! Here’s one of our newest cornet players in action.
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Just an Extra Musical Minute… 

 

This keyboard player is preparing for his Rock and Pop exam. Here he is at the end of his lesson, sneaking an extra few minutes, jammin’ with friends.

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Great Glocks!

 

The Woodpeckers are making excellent progress in their Charanga Music sessions. Here they are playing a 2 part accompaniment to Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’.

 

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