April 2002

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St Georges Day 2002.jpg (62138 bytes) 23 April: A Dragon Slayed - Our second community parade of the year saw us lead the St. George's Day parade through Tewkesbury with a selection of marches including of course "The Standard of St. George". Rapturous applause greeted the band as it reached the final destination at the back of Tewkesbury Abbey having successfully negotiated its way through the town from Sun Street. There was only one troublesome moment (skilfully captured by the Echo photographer) where the whole band was out of step except for the first trombone! The event on the evening of Tuesday 23 April proved popular with a sizeable crowd lining the streets to watch the parade and the re-enactment of the legend of St. George and the dragon. Sue St Georges Day 2002.jpg (60070 bytes)

20th April: Last night we once again enjoyed a social evening expertly organised by Christine Poole. Skittles were flying, beer (and soft drinks!) were flowing and food was being enjoyed! Tom King, despite being the youngest member there, managed to survive the longest in the skittles game killer, and I'm not really sure which team won the big match! As yesterday was my birthday as well, I cannot think of a better way I could have spent it! Thank you Chris (and Helen) for helping us have so much fun! (Here's a few pictures from the evening!).

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"How much?" screams Pete! Helen's hair - need I say more?!! My Birthday Cake!

The Tewkesbury Band AGM took place on Wednesday April 17th in Tewkesbury Town Hall. Before the meeting began we were treated to a concert given by our very own training band. It was an excellent display of young talent. Read about it by clicking here. The meeting then described a year of ups and downs for the band, the highlight being our promotion to the third section. The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer positions have remained the same on the committee but other members have changed. See the committee page in the near future to find out who has been elected this year!

The band gave a good performance at the West of England Area Contest on 7th April at the Colston Hall in Bristol but a few nerves around the band led us to 15th place out of 19 bands. This was however our first attempt at this contest in the Third Section and so was a creditable attempt. Also, following history this is a good result as back in 1998 we were placed 15th in the fourth section and we followed this in '99 with a third placing so we are now looking to repeat this pattern next year! 
I would like to give credit to all the other bands in our section as I believe that it was a very strong section full of performances that in other years may have been winning ones.

What we did in April

Sunday 7th  West of England Area Contest, Colston Hall, Bristol - Test Piece: St Austell Suite by Kenneth Downie
Friday 19th Band social event! (Also my birthday!!)
Tuesday 23rd St George's Day Parade, Tewkesbury [19:30] - marching from Sun Street to Gander Lane, Tewkesbury


March 2002

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The band has been busy this month preparing our performance of St Austell Suite by Kenneth Downie for the West of England Contest on the 7th April. For a good review of the piece follow this link to 4BarsRest.

What we did in March

Sunday 24th Palm Sunday Service, Tewkesbury Abbey - The band follows the donkey around Tewkesbury Abbey!


February 2002

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The band continues to grow!

This month we have welcomed more players to our happy home of Tewkesbury Band!

Dan Slater is joining us for six months on bass trombone whilst on an Industrial Placement Sandwich Course working for the RAF at Innsworth before returning to the University of Sunderland to finish his degree. Dan has played under the baton of Professor Chris Jeans, former Black Dyke Mills principle trombone, and Mr. Bob Morton, currently principle horn Carlton Main Frickley. He has previously played with Youth Brass 2000, Ancient Order of Foresters, Brass 2000, and Pride Valley Brass. You can see him (in one of Youth Brass' lovely gold & black waistcoats!) at www.youthbrass2000.com - news, French tour, some trombones!

Ken Smith from Avonbank Band has come along to play Eb Bass. He has brought with him his own great arrangements of He-Man and Mozart's Don Giovanni (disco style!).

Uncle Rich! (Richard Morgan) has joined us on tutti cornet ready for the Area contests and our Germany Tour later in the year. The brother of our MD Nigel, he lives in the Forest of Dean and has played for many years with Forest Brass.


GBBA Entertainment Contest - 10 February 2002

The Band took to the contest stage as a Third Section band for the first time in its history on 10 February 2002 at the GBBA Entertainment Contest. This contest was held at the Royal Forest of Dean College and was an open contest with all of the 14 bands entered playing against each other whatever their grading with prizes also being awarded to the top three from each section. Due to the recent departure of our principal cornet and insufficient time to register Sue, our new tutti cornet, we took the stage with an under strength cornet front row. However, a fantastic performance by George Raggatt and Sue Musto on the day and a consistent performance by the band saw us finish 2nd in our section to Ynyshire Band from Wales and beating West of England rivals Portishead.  Overall we finished a creditable 9th in the contest which featured First and Second section competition. For all the results click here!

What we did in February
Sunday 10th GBBA Entertainments Contest, RFDC Coleford


January 2002

New Players

We are pleased to announce the arrival of the following keen and enthusiastic players to the ranks of the band:

Sue Sollis who joins us on tutti cornet from neighbouring Avonbank Band as a top class addition to our front row cornet line.

Judy Bailey who has recently moved into the area from the North-West and joins us on second trombone.

Peter Strawson who has joined us on kit percussion. Pete replaces Dave Butler, a long and loyal servant of Tewkesbury Town Band who decided to retire from full time banding after our 2001 Christmas Concert. We would like to thank Dave for  his service to the band over the years and hope to see him at our gigs during the year. Pete is studying at the University of Gloucestershire and plays for the Methodist Youth Brass Band.

Principal Cornet leaves

We are sad to announce the departure of our principal cornet player, Martin Musto, to return to Lydmet Lydney Band as their principal cornet. Martin began his playing career with Tewkesbury Town band many years ago before spending two successful years with Lydney from 1995-1997. He returned as our principal cornet in 1998 and helped the band achieve its first National Finals appearance in 1999 and it's promotion to Third Section status from January 2002. We wish him well in his new role and look forward to seeing him babysitting his children at our gigs during the year whilst his wife, Sue, plays!

Martin's departure creates an immediate vacancy for a principal cornet player so if you are an accomplished musician with a desire to join a friendly and fun band then please contact us

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