Mon 20 Nov 2023

The band would like to welcome some new additions - Kara Sutcliffe on flugel and husband Richard on solo horn and Josh Sarbutts on front row cornet.

Look out for their profile updates coming soon.


We are still looking to recruit a euphonium players, trombones and basses - please contact band manager Vicky Penney (07388 049980) if you would be interested in joining the band.


Fri 10 Feb 2023
VBS Poynton welcome new Musical Director.

2023 holds the promise of being year of confident progress for the Vernon Building Society Poynton Band.

Following a period of well documented challenges, which included the departure of Musical Director Stig Mærsk, who recently took up the appointment as Director of the prestigious Slesvigske Musikkorps in his native Denmark, the band now looks forward to the new contesting year and beyond.

New MD

It will be spearheaded by their new Musical Director, Adam Delbridge-Smith, a recent graduate of the RNCM in Manchester, who told 4BR: "I'm thrilled to be able to lead the band in what promises to be an exciting future."

In addition, new players have also joined the ranks, with the experienced Tim Brocklehurst on soprano, Macey Wareing on solo cornet, Louis Miller on second cornet, Victoria Kenworthy-Nash on tenor horn and Jen Hulme on baritone.

Band Manager Steven Atwell told 4BR: "There has been a welcome renewal of purpose and togetherness with the organisation and things are really looking up for 2023.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Stig for six amazing years and wish him and his family the very best of luck for their future in Denmark. His musicianship, personality and friendship will be hugely missed."


He added: "We have however been very fortunate to find someone in Adam who shares our positivity and commitment and who has an infectious determination and inspirational confidence.

That has seen new players join us, and although we still have a couple of places to fill, we cannot wait to get back to contesting at the North West Regional Championships."


Fri 21 Oct 2022
We are back with a Christmas Concert



Wed 16 Jun 2021
Alan Lawton – MBE

It is with sadness that the band has learned of the passing of their former musical director and talisman, Alan Lawton on Monday 14 June 2021 aged 85.

Alan was a respected and revered figure within the brass band world.  A talented cornet player (with the Fairey band) he first came to conduct Poynton Band in 1974.  Alan’s dedication to brass bands was rewarded in 2007 when he received his MBE.  An award richly deserved.

Although his health was failing Alan remained an integral part of Poynton Band wanting to know what was happening at ‘his band’.  There are many players who owe their success to Alan.  On hearing of his passing, David Johnson, the band’s long serving percussionist said:

‘My banding heroes are all but gone now.’

A sentiment that will resound throughout the banding world. 

Alan’s passing will be mourned by many, but his memory and association with Poynton Band will live on forever. 


Mon 16 Mar 2020

Following current advice from the Government and Brass Band England the band has taken the difficult, but necessary, decision to postpone our forthcoming concerts at the Royal Northern College of Music and our Vice President's concert at Poynton Civic Hall.


Tue 10 Sep 2019
More contest success at Dr Martin Contest.

Yesterday the band played at the fantastic Dr Martin Contest in beautiful Yarm.

Playing the march The Cossack, the baritone solo Rule Britannia (played by the faultless Natsumi McDonald) and Philip Sparke's amazing test piece Music of the Spheres.

The band won the prize for the best march, 2nd place in the solo and finished in 2nd place overall.

Our congratulations go to the winners The Reg Vardy Band and all those who performed on the day.

Thank you maestro Stig Mærsk for all your hard work..


Wed 18 Jan 2017
Stig Maersk to Direct Band at North West Regional Championships

The Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Band are delighted to announce that they have secured the services of Stig Mærsk to direct them at the North West Regional Championships in February, following the departure of Neil Samuel to Blackburn and Darwen Band.

Born in Denmark, Stig was principal cornet with the Danish National Champion Band, Concord Brass, before concentrating on his studies and trumpet at the Danish Royal Academy. Since graduating he has played professionally with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Band of the Danish Royal Guards and worked as Musical Director of The Aarhus Band and The Concord Band. In 2013 he was appointed as Musical Director of the National Youth Band of Denmark.

Since moving to the UK, Stig has conducted Hepworth, Pemberton Old Wigan, Wakefield Metropolitan and Yorkshire Imps. Stig conducts several bands in Scandinavia, and has shared the contest stage with Göta Brass and Christianshavn Brass Band, and is currently working on a project with the elite group, Danish Concert Brass, which is a band consisting of invited players from the leading bands in Denmark.

Stig was appointed to the position of Musical Director of the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band in February 2016. Conducting the band at the North of England areas when they qualified for London, Stig became the first Dane to conduct at the National Brass Band Championships, held at the Royal Albert Hall on October 8th, 2016.

The band would also like to offer sincere thanks to resident conductor Iain McKnight for stepping in over Christmas, leading rehearsals and fronting a fantastic Christmas concert to a packed Civic Hall in Poynton. Preparation ahead of the North West Regional Championships is in full swing and Iain is working the band hard ahead of Stig's arrival.


Wed 11 Jan 2017
New Faces to Boost our Ranks Ahead Of Regionals

We are pleased to announce the signing of Will Dakin (soprano cornet) and Sam Noden (solo euphonium) ahead of the North West Regional Brass Band Championships at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

Will, currently in his final year at Sandbach School, starts at the RNCM in September and is also a member of Lions Youth Band. Will told us “I am absolutely delighted to begin my adult banding career with VBS Poynton. I’m excited to see what the future will bring!”

Sam, a first-year RNCM student, moves to Poynton from Dobcross Band. Sam told us “It’s an honour to be accepted by such a successful, progressive band. I am ready for the challenges that face me on solo euphonium at Poynton.”

We are especially pleased to welcome such fine, young players to our band.

On behalf of everyone at VBS Poynton Band, we wish a very warm welcome to both Will and Sam and hope they have a long and happy time with us. Their signings move us closer to securing a full team for Blackpool, with just a few cornet seats left to fill.

Both players will make their debut with band in concert at Boarshurst Band Club on 29th January before taking to the contest stage for the first time at the ‘area’ on 26th February.




Fri 17 Jun 2016
Floods Hit VBS Poynton Library

We suffered a major flood to the basement of our band room following the flash floods which caused such havoc in Poynton last Saturday (11th June).


The band’s library was badly affected with approximately 50% of it (over 800 sets of music) being lost to the floods. Percussionist, Dave Johnson who oversaw the clean-up operation said ‘It was soul destroying to have to throw away so many pieces of music including original handwritten music from the 1920’s.’ 

The band refuse to be down beat.  On 18th September the band will be representing the North West at the National Finals when we hope to be crowned National Champions of the 1st Section. 

We continue to be busy raising funds to help towards the cost of attending the Finals.


The band’s Chairman Gary White says: ‘We need to raise over £4000 and any donations from individuals or companies will help us achieve that target’. Donations can be made online through Golden Giving


Wed 25 May 2016
Ray Booth

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Ray Booth.

Ray had been associated with the band most of his life joining the band in 1948 - he used to play tenor horn. He was also on the committee and did lots of jobs when the band bought Clumber Road church. He was also a trustee before stepping down due to ill health. He was well known in the band world and also well known in Poynton. Ray will be greatly missed by all that knew him. 

Thanks for all the good times Ray!


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