Todmorden Hippodrome were treated to a powerhouse performance by The Jäger Maestros on Friday 18th July with the band performing to a packed house of actors celebrating the end of their current set of shows.
The Jägers performed their new show set of two 45 minute halves crammed full of German oompah goodness and exciting choreography that they have fashioned for when they return to Manchester’s Bierkeller in August.
Audience members were left wanting more after revelling in the now celebrated Jäger Maestros mixes of pieces with many members booking the band to appear at future events.
“We have to have them back. That was one of the best nights we’ve had here…and I mean ever!” said the organiser.
Residents of Todmorden will have the opportunity to see the Jägers in August where they will be reappearing by popular demand at the Polished Knob pub and will be living up to their billing as “Oompah Rock Gods”.
Jäger Maestros principal trombonist, Ryan Watkins, has been signed-up to represent Geneva brass instruments.
Ryan joins a long and prestigious list of brass artists who represent the distinguished brass instrument manufacturer such as LSO trumpet legend, Rod Franks, celebrated Australian conductor, David King and principal cornet of Norwegian band, Eikanger Bjørsvik, David Morton.
Currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, Ryan has been a member of the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick band for the last two years, having previously played with other famous brass bands such as Yorkshire Imperial DUT, Carlton Main Frickley and Fairey. Ryan also performs with Austonley Brass, a ten piece brass ensemble created by fellow Jäger Maestro, James Garlick which features some of the country’s finest brass players.
Ryan’s attributes are renowned in the brass world, being presented with the British Trombone Society ‘Young Trombonist of the Year’ award in 2012 and progressing to the final BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year competition earlier in 2014.
Showing his delight at having been appointed as a Geneva artist, Ryan professed, “I am so pleased to be associated with Geneva. They are without doubt one of the top brass instrument ranges available and using their instruments with the Jägers helps produce a fantastic, soloist sound across all styles of music.”
All of the Jägers are delighted for Ryan and hope that his appointment will be long and prosperous.
The Jager Maestros celebrated their one year anniversary back in our home village of Littleborough, holding “A year from the bottom of a Stein” gig.
Originally being held on Saturday 12th July, this was to be a brand new show compromising of traditional and contemporary music, full band choreography and a whole spectacle of talents displayed by our front man “Hertz Van Rental.” With interest being shown from people all over Manchester, the Saturday night show had sold out within two weeks, giving us the opportunity to add an extra night’s performance onto the agenda. Friday 11th July and Saturday 12th July were fantastic nights, with the whole crowds loving every second of the show ranging from traditional german drinking, singing and schwaying, to dancing and partying along with classics such as Come on Eileen and Bavarian Rhapsody. We would like to thank all the 300 people who attended the two nights for all your continued support!
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"There wasn't a person in the room who wasn't full of praise for the brilliant Jäger Maestros. Members at the Todmorden Hippodrome were in for a treat for their annual end of season party, now dubbed as "the best one ever". Within a couple of minutes, the Jäger Maestros had everyone laughing, dancing and having a great time. From young to old(er) the band appeal to everyone with their comedy and fantastic music. The people at the Hippodrome thoroughly enjoyed their night and would highly recommend them to anyone wanting a good time."
Mark Whitehead, Todmorden Hippodrome.