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Date of Entry: Monday 26 April 2010 at 19:19:51
Name:richard johnson
Male (age 36)
Town / City:Knottingley
County / State:West Yorkshire
How did you find us?: Search Engine
Comments: Hi to everyone at KCB,
I was a member a long time ago along with my Brother Andrew, first played way back in the '80's. I owe a lot to graham for getting me to play the Eb Bass, met some great people and had some great times (two trips to germany spring to mind!!).
All the best. rmj.
Date of Entry: Wednesday 7 May 2008 at 21:35:17
Name:Craig Kidd JP
Male (age 38)
Town / City:Kellington
County / State:North Yorkshire
How did you find us?: Surfed on in
Comments: Nice to see the band is going from strength to strength, I'm just getting back into playing after a long break and I was remenissing and I thought of my old Music Teachers Graham Dean & Dennis Wilby, isn't google a wonderful tool, thats how I came across the site. I still have the photo of the Yorkshire Show Concert in 1978? on my website with those dam red lycra tops.
Oh happy Times!

Date of Entry: Tuesday 18 March 2008 at 23:03:26
Name:Steve Addy
Male (age 37)
Town / City:Barnburgh
County / State:South Yorkshire
How did you find us?: Surfed on in
Comments: Its great to see the band still going strong after all these years. Regards to Graham who was my schoolteacher at Englands Lane and taught me trombone. I played with Knottingley Schools Band in those red shirts and black trousers until my teen years kicked in! Its funny how things go full circle as my wife to be is a music teacher and has rekindled my interest. I hope to drop in and see a concert later in the year. Who knows I might even take up lessons again! Steve

Date of Entry: Wednesday 19 December 2007 at 23:04:51
Name:George Hart
Male (age 66)
Town / City:Knottingley
County / State:West Yorkshire
How did you find us?: Surfed on in
Comments: Christmas brings many memories of the very busy time I spent in the band during the period 1980/90,s, from taking my youngest son Darren, to band practice I tried to play the double bass, became band chairman for about 10yrs. also tried to conduct the band in Graham's absence, occasionally my twin boys, Kevin and John, were roped in when on leave from the band of Her Majesteys Royal Marines. {They were a bit better musicians than me} allthough no more enthusistic. We all at the Harts residence enjoyed our time with KCB. all the best for the New Year.

Date of Entry: Wednesday 28 November 2007 at 12:18:02
Name:Kath Lawrance
Town / City:Wolverhampton
County / State:West Midlands
How did you find us?: Word of mouth
Comments: Met with parents of band members whilst on holiday in Malta in 2002 and have maintained that friendship. We are now patrons and visit West Yorkshire each Christmas for the Patrons' concert. The band did a surprise concert for my 50th birthday. I love the band and their wonderful music!

Date of Entry: Tuesday 18 October 2007 at 23:46:30
Name:Neil Johnson
Male (age 35)
Town / City:Knottingley
County / State:West Yorkshire
How did you find us?: Search Engine
Comments: As a former member, it's great to the the band is still going strong and that there are still one or two familiar names on the members page. I'm currently playing Solo Euph with the EYMS band in Hull, and will be playing at the Royal Albert Hall in a few weeks time. Please pass on my thanks to Graham - without his help and encouragemnet in those early years (and patience!), this would not have been possible. Best wishes for the future and regards to those members who may remember me!

Date of Entry:Friday 29th April 2005 at 23:35
Name:Ernest Harrison
Male (age 80)
Town / City:Castleford
County / State:West Yorkshire
How did you find us?: Surfed on in
Comments: I very much enjoy attending your concerts, especially when they include the oompha band. I get on very well with members of your band and find them very easy to communicate with. I am very pleased that I gave one of your cornet players his first cornet, and that he still has it.

Thank you for the many happy times I have spent with you.

Date of Entry:Tuesday 15th March 2005 at 22:15
Name:John Fawley
Town / City:Huddersfield
How did you find us?: Surfed on in
Comments: Just found your website. Enjoyed looking around. Brought back memories. Keep up the good work Graham. All the best for 2005.

Date of Entry:Sunday 30th January 2005 at 11:45
Town / City:Vienna
How did you find us?: Surfed on in
Comments: really a very interesting and well done site - respect !!

musical greetz from vienna...

Date of Entry:Saturday 08th January 2005 at 21:30
Name:Simon Marshall
Male (age 23)
Town / City:Leeds
County / State:West Yorkshire
How did you find us?: Surfed on in
Comments: Hey all, as I skip throught the current band members list, I see many a familiar name on there. I am glad that the band is still thriving, after all, it was such a big part of my life for around 8-9 years. As I look back I have many a fond memory of times spent playing infront of different crowds of people. Unfortunatly, I no longer play an instrument, but have moved onto Club DJing, recently playing in New York and Washington DC. I hope that all of you are well, and wish the band every success in the future. Take care guys, realise your dreams. With love, Simon

Date of Entry:Sunday 21st November 2004 at 16:40
Name:darren jones
Male (age 37)
Town / City:castleford
County / State:west yorkshire
How did you find us?: google
Comments: glad to see the band is still thriving after all these years. hope it will be able to continue for many more years to come.

Date of Entry:Monday 19th July 2004 at 11:15
Name:L. Hartshorne
Town / City:Castleford
County / State:West Yorks
How did you find us?: Local Event
Comments: Enjoyed hearing KCB play in Queens Park, Castleford. Was sorry the event was not better attended.

Date of Entry:Thursday 11th March 2004 at 22:00
Female (age Antique!)
Town / City:Birmingham
County / State:Mids
How did you find us?: Link
Comments: Hi all,
Just passing through. Came across you off a link on another site. Nice site.

Date of Entry:Thursday 11th March 2004 at 20:05
Name:Emma Binns
(age 25)
Town / City:Normanton
County / State:West Yorkshire
How did you find us?: Surfed on in
Comments: Old band member here... THought you would like to know that I now have two boys aged two and four, they already like the music so you never know we might see you soon. If anyone wants to get in contact please email me, it would be lovely to here from you. Take care Emma

Date of Entry:Sunday 15th February 2004 at 13:20
Name:master blaster
(age 23)
Town / City:Idaho
County / State:ZP
How did you find us?: WebRing
Comments: nice site

Date of Entry:Tuesday 09th December 2003 at 13:50
Name:L M
Male (age 34)
Town / City:Carrara
County / State:Queensland
How did you find us?: Search Engine
Comments: As a fan of Brass Band music I miss the sound of a full bevy of players giving their best. I say this as I migrated to Australia in 1988 from Halifax where I was a Snare drummer in a marching band and would suggest you include some MP3 samples of your bands music on your site. This would expand your exposure to the 6.8 billion people on this earth some of which may one day might search the internet using the syntax `"brass band" + mp3 + download` after watching "Brassed Off" on TV. I have fond memories of Knottingley and if you know Shirley (Nee)Barnes then say hello for me and thanx for 1986 and I wish you and your band many more years of keeping the tradition going.

Date of Entry:Monday 25th August 2003 at 13:25:00
Name:Pete Strawson
Male (age 22)
Town / City:Delightful village in........
County / State:Surrey
How did you find us?:  
Comments: Hello to you all who know me from the Methodist band and also to those who don't! I was passing and thought it would be rude not to say hello - see some of you in a few weeks........

Date of Entry:Wednesday 26th March 2003 at 19:40:00
Name:Angela Sanderson
Female (age 18)
Town / City:Knottingley (York)
County / State:West Yorks
How did you find us?:  
Comments: Nice to see that you are still going strong, and to see some of the old faces.
I'm currently at York university, studying teaching with english, but still play the cornet and flugal.
Hope your future concerts go well and the band continues for a long time.
Love Angela

Date of Entry:Monday 17th March 2003 at 19:45:00
Name:Craig Lawrence
Male (age 17)
Town / City:Wakefield
County / State:Yorkshire
How did you find us?: Alan McNaught
Comments: Hey, call me FLOZi.

I am a friend of Alan's and he happened to tell me about this site. I think it is very good, i am very interested in learning more about KCB. I would like to join, but alas, I only play the violin. O well. Keep up the good work, maybe add some more updates?

Thank you,

WebMaster's reply:Plenty of updates and new photographs added since your note.

Date of Entry:Saturday 13rd July 2002 at 14:00:00
Name:Gary Sidwell
Male (age 39)
Town / City:Jubail
County / State:E Province
Country:Saudi Arabia
How did you find us?: Search Engine
Comments: Just a quick note of thanks for making me so welcome at a few of your rehearsals during my recent vacation back home. It was an absolute delight to meet Graham Dean again, after what has been a few years too many. I hope last weeks concerts went well and once again a big thanks to all.


Date of Entry:Thursday 30th May 2002 at 02:05:53
Name:Steve Williams
Male (age 46)
Town / City:Plymouth
County / State:Devon
How did you find us?: Search Engine
Comments: I enjoyed browaing your site very much, especially being an ex-junior member c196something. I look forward to browasing some more soon and hope the band are doing well. All the best for the future.

Date of Entry:Sunday 30th September 2001 at 19:18:24
Name:Dave Brooks
Town / City:Plumpton Green
County / State:East Sussex
How did you find us?: WebRing
Comments: Found it very intresting and found some contacts of some lost players.

Date of Entry:Sunday 16th September 2001 at 11:01:51
Name:Chris Lord
Male (age 22)
Town / City:Wakefield
County / State:West Yorkshire
How did you find us?: Word of mouth
Comments: Cracking web page. Keep it up Ken. Say hi to everyone in the band for me. I'll try and pop up sometime for a blow.
WebMaster's reply: Thanks for that Chris. For those of you that don't know, Chris was a past member of KCB and still occasionally joins the Band, though he mainly plays for Crofton Silver Band these days. Chris (and everyone else) is welcome to come and join us for a blow at any time.

Date of Entry:Saturday 1st September 2001 at 12:23:52
Name:Leigh Anthony Phillips
Male (age 28)
Town / City:Tonyrefail
County / State:RCT
How did you find us?: Surfed on in
Comments: Enjoyed browsing your informative pages. Please feel free to pay our site a visit. Keep up the good work.

Date of Entry:Sunday 26th August 2001 at 01:20:40
Name:Elizabeth Dawson
Female (age 58)
Town / City:Badsworth
County / State:West Yorkshire
How did you find us?: Word of mouth
Comments: I am a retired school mistress and I just love to keep in touch with your band. I attend your concerts whenever I can and visit your web site regularly, usually during the night as I have problems sleeping and do not want to keep my husband awake. I attended your recent anniversary concert and it really did bring back memories of previous concerts. It was lovely, I really enjoyed it. However, there is something I am curious to find out. Where was the young lady who helps with the conducting? I particulary liked the showbusiness piece and noticed she did not conduct it, I hope she has not left the band.
WebMaster's reply:Jennifer did indeed leave us towards the end of 2000, and joined another band much nearer to her home in South Yorkshire. But I'm delighted to say that since moving to Hemsworth in 2003, she has returned to the Band, where her wonderful talents are really appreciated once again.
Glad you find the site useful for keeping up to date with the Band.

Date of Entry:Saturday 11st August 2001 at 00:20:00
Name:Michael Baker
(age 35)
Town / City:wakefield
How did you find us?: Search Engine
Comments: Sorry to hear about long time Patron Mrs Austerberry at your anniversary which is maybe why the concert was not as good as usual standards.... to be honest this was one of your concerts that me and my wife didn't enjoy.... the program wasn't varied enough for the audience.. the lighting effects were terrible as usual.. We know you are trying to make the band less stereotypical of other brass bands but is there really all the need for these effects? This will be the last concert we will be attending of Knottingley Concert Brass as five or six years ago this was a thriving band but you have lost your spark....... Sorry to be so negative but the website is great i feel I had to let you know our feelings of the concert..Good Luck
WebMaster's reply:We are sorry that Mr & Mrs Baker did not enjoy our special concert, but thank them for taking the time to express their views. See the concert review for information on the lighting system problems, but we will be taking all these comments into account for future events.
Do you share these opinions? Please let us know what you think, as all your suggestions (positive or negitive) will help us to provide the kind of performance you want from the band.
Michael: If you read this, you requested a reply, which I would very much like to do, but you did not supply your email address. Please contact us again, as we would very much like to follow up on your comments and hear about any suggestions you might have for improvments. Many thanks. The same goes for everyone, of course!

Date of Entry:Thursday 4th January 2001 at 22:25:53
Name:Sergeant Sheep
Town / City:Ystradgynlais
How did you find us?: WebRing
Comments: Congratulations on a well laid out web site. Best wishes for 2001!
SS :)

Date of Entry:Thursday 03rd August 2000 at 10:55:00
Name:Andrew Mackereth
Male (age 35)
Town / City:Nuneaton
County / State:Warwickshire
How did you find us?: Surfed on in
Comments: I am delighted to get a mention on such an excellent web site, thank-you very much.
I have been very honoured to be able to work with your band on a number of occasions. You are very special people. Keep up the good work.

I am flattered to be described as local?!?
WebMaster's reply:Agreed, Warwickshire is not often described as local to Yorkshire! However, on a global scale.... :-)
Description on the Sessions page now amended to reflect Andrew's correct location, sorry about that. I believe I had been originally been informed that Andrew was from this area of the country.

For those of you that don't know who Andrew is, he has kindly given his time to lead the Band on a number of occasions for some of our workshop sessions. These have been extremely enjoyed by the Band, and are something we hope to continue with in the future; Andrew willing and able of course. Many thanks for your kind comments, Andrew.

Date of Entry:Thursday 27th July 2000 at 13:50:00
Name:Andrew Fielden
Male (age 33)
Town / City:Wootton Bassett
County / State:Wiltshire
How did you find us?: WebRing
Comments: A very comprehensive and easy to use web site.
I'm pleased to see the band is thriving, and going from strength
to strength.


WebMaster's reply:I have since discovered that Andrew is in fact an original member of our Band, back in the beginning when it was known as Knottingley School's Band, and remained a player with the Band for many years. Several existing Band members remember Andrew well are are pleased he has been in touch. Maybe Andrew will call in if he visits this area of the country again? This invitation goes out to any old Band members, of course.

Date of Entry:Thursday 15th June 2000 at 00:20:00
Name:Shaun Nicholls
Male (age 24)
Town / City:Ackworth
County / State:West Yorkshire
How did you find us?: Ben Wood
Comments: Excellent Better Than Other Bands Home Pages, although Better Photographs are needed close ups/personell etc
WebMaster's reply: I have made a start now, with several individual photographs of Band Members and their musical achievements, which are now available off the members page.

Date of Entry:Friday 02nd June 2000 at 19:20:00
Female (age 44)
Town / City:ACKWORTH
How did you find us?: I am the Patrons' Secretary!
Comments: Well done Ken! A very impressive Web site! You must spend as much time doing the Website as I do organising the Patrons! Keep up the good work!

Date of Entry:Tuesday 16th May 2000 at 15:41:16
Name:Emma Reynolds
Female (age 15)
Town / City:Knottingley
County / State:West Yorks.
How did you find us?:
Comments: It took me ages to find the site, but when I did I was very pleased.
WebMaster's reply: The KCB site is very well indexed in good search engines these days.

Date of Entry:Friday 5th May 2000 at 10:03:55
Name:Clare Conlon
Female (age 35)
Town / City:Leeds
County / State:Yorkshire
WEB Page:
How did you find us?: Word of mouth
Comments: Just to say it's a great site and I look forward to re-visiting to keep up to date with the band.

Date of Entry:Saturday 18th March 2000 at 19:37:18
Name:Norman Every
Town / City:Delightful Village
County / State:Surrey of course
How did you find us?: Search Engine
Comments: Great to find you and such a great site. I'm getting the hang of this!!

Date of Entry:Sunday 12th December 1999 at 16:51:11
Name:Debra Jackson
Female (age 20)
Town / City:Chester
County / State:Cheshire
How did you find us?: KCB Doc
Comments: Very informative. I paricularly enjoyed the pictures of the band. The oompah band's costumes are a treat.
How about adding some bursts of music.
WebMaster's reply: Something is being planned for later. Watch this space!

Date of Entry:Thursday 05th August 1999 at 16:30:00
Name:David Matthew
Male (age 58)
Town / City:Castleford
County / State:W.Yorks
How did you find us?: Search Engine
Comments: Good to see you online. Enjoyed your performance at the recent carnival.
I'm a close colleague of Trevor Jones, who knows some of you folk. We work in the church together.

I've added a link to your site on our church site, Five Towns Christian Fellowship. The URL is

Best wishes

Date of Entry:Wednesday 05th May 1999 at 23:15:00
Name:Ruth Walton
Town / City:Pontefract
County / State:West Yorkshire
How did you find us?: Surfed on in
Comments: An interesting web site read by a former band mamber.

Date of Entry:Tuesday 09th February 1999 at 18:40:00
Name:Michael Smith
Male (age 11)
Town / City:Hemsworth
How did you find us?: I play in the band
Comments: the photos are good and clear

Date of Entry:Thursday 14th January 1999 at 11:40:00
Name:Nigel Bird
Male (age 36)
Town / City:Pontefract
County / State:West Yorkshire
How did you find us?: I'm on the Committee
Comments: Looks Good Ken.

Date of Entry:Saturday 09th January 1999 at 23:25:00
Name:Ruth Scott
Female (age 15)
Town / City:Pontefract
How did you find us?: Word of mouth - Ken told me dad!!!
Comments: Great site Ken, not too impressed with dad's head in the photo though!! :)

Date of Entry:Wednesday 09 December 1998
Name:Richard Whincup
(age 58)
Town / City:HEREFORD
How did you find us?: Kens posting to a.a.misc
Comments: A very informative and well laid out site, with a friendly atmosphere

Date of Entry:Tuesday 08th December 1998
Name:David Courtney
Male (age 28)
Town / City:Croydon
County / State: Happy
How did you find us?: Newsgroup, of course
Comments: Sorry to comment on HTML, but

More colour needed, the TABLES's could do with BGCOLOR="#eeeeff"
to bring out text from the background. You can vary from
TD's to produce a tastefull colour slide.

Also try and go to background world for some
colour backdrops.

The band picture was good, and the key was very well done.

Also on your own pages... Keep up the work on REXX :-)
WebMaster's reply: I've made a lot of improvments since then, and I will continue to do so. I hope you all like the site as it is now, and find it easy to navigate your way around. However, please feel free to comment on the changes... or suggest any improvements.

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