January 2005

Success at the Butlins Mineworkers Open National Brass Band Festival

Woo hoo!  We won!  Read all about it here!

Read the review on 4BarsRest - it's fantastic!

Some of the comments we've received...

"The winners were excellent and stood out for me...They were clear winners." Alan Hope, Mr Adjudicator.

"Just read the result on 4BarsRest. Congratulations to Nigel and the Band. A fantastic result! Best wishes for the coming Regionals" Steve Tripp (Portishead Town Band)

"Just a short note to congratulate you guys on your result @ Skegness from the City of Bristol.. A bode of things to come.." Dave Pennell (City of Bristol Band)

"Excellent Result at Butlins!. Well done from Wottons BBb Bass section." Gareth Chappell (Wotton Under Edge Band)

"Congratulations on your fantastic result at Butlins. You did Gloucestershire proud." Kristyann (Forest of Dean Area Wind Band)

"I really believed you could do it!" Dan Slater (Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band)

"Well done to everyone on a super win at Butlins. What a first class start to 2005. Congratulations!!!!!! to everyone on a super victory!" David Mason

"Congratulations" Robert Morgan (BFBB & Lydbrook Band)

"Well done, great news!" Nigel Seaman (Markham & District Colliery Band)


Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to you from all of us at Tewkesbury Town Band. We hope it is one filled with much fun, much happiness and much music!

Change of Date - Proms 2005
An error was made with the announcement of the date of our Proms concert on the website and in the Christmas Concert programme. The date was published as June 11th but it is actually a week later on Saturday 18th June 2005.

We are still pleased to be host to one of the greatest Euphonium players in the World, Steven Mead. Steven will be joining the band to entertain the crowds in the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury before jetting off the following day to Austria to perform again that evening! Get your tickets early so you don't miss out! Tickets will be available shortly from the Roses Theatre Box Office on 01684 295074. Sorry - we can't help being simple!
- Why not check out his website to get a taste of what's to come!

Contest Concentration!
This year the Band will be taking some direction from Steve Sykes on both the Butlins and Area test pieces. Four extra rehearsals have been organised in order to help the Band develop beyond our wildest dreams!! - well that's the plan anyway! We will of course continue to be directed in regular rehearsals and on the day(s) by our own musical director, Nigel Morgan. Details are on the Diary page.

Training Band
Training Band will restart on Sunday 9th January 2005. Due to the senior band's Steve Sykes rehearsals the times will be changed to:
6:30pm - 7pm Beginner Band, 7pm - 8pm Intermediate Band. This will also apply on Sunday 6th & 27th February and Sunday 6th March. There will be NO Training Band on the weekends of 21st to 23rd January and 11th to 13th March as the senior band is away playing at competitions in Skegness and Torquay. Sorry for the changes but I look forward to seeing you on Sunday 9th!!

We still have specific vacancies for a Solo Cornet player and a Bass Trombone player. If you're looking for a new Band then why not come along and give us a try! Call our secretary Sue Corrigan on 01453 546096 or email us at melbo@zoom.co.uk for more details.


Sunday 9th Rehearsal with Steve Sykes on Stantonbury Festival 2pm - 6pm
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd Butlins Mineworkers Open Contest, Butlins, Skegness - Test Piece: Stantonbury Festival by Ray Steadman-Allen


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February 2005

Welcome Clive
We would like to welcome Clive Miles who has stepped in to help us out on Solo Horn at the forthcoming West of England Regional Contest in Torquay on Saturday 12 March. Clive plays Solo Horn with the non-contesting Gloucestershire Constabulary Band and is a good friend of the Band. We are pleased that he has offered to help us out for the Area Contest and are enjoying listening to his sonorous horn playing in practice.

Ding dong, Donna's back!
We were pleased to welcome back in to our bandroom Donna McNeill this Wednesday. Donna has come back to help the band out at the Areas. Previously Donna played Principal Euphonium with the Band until work meant that she could no longer commit to the band full time. This time however, Donna's come back to add a 'ting' and a 'ding' to the Band's performance as she will be helping out our percussion team as they just didn't have enough hands for all the parts. You can always rely on Donna to add a laugh (or two) to the Bands sound and we're delighted that she's back. Welcome back Donna!


Congratulations, Nigel Morgan MDE!!!!

We would like to congratulate Mr Nigel Morgan on becoming the longest serving Musical Director of the Band. At today's rehearsal, 2 February 2005, he reached the milestone of 7 years 225 days in charge of the Band. This surpasses the 7 years 223 days clocked up by Mr Robert Jenner during the 1980's.

We would like to Thank him on behalf of the Band for his many hours of service to the Band and hope that there will be many more to come.

Nigel has taken the Band from a small but committed group of 15 players when he joined the band on 22 June 1997 to a Fourth Section Champion Band  in 2005. He has seen the Band develop a healthy support within Tewkesbury and Gloucestershire, so much so that the Band now holds two sell out Christmas Concerts in the Roses Theatre. He has taken the Band on tour to Germany on two occasions (1999 and 2002) and has been present for the Band's 25th and 30th Anniversary celebrations.

He has also led the Band to much contest success during the 7 years 225 days to date, taking the Band up to the Third Section for the first time in its history in 2002. Sadly we were relegated to the Fourth Section once again from 1 January 2005. However, as can be seen below, Nigel's expert work with the conductor's baton (albeit the baton of the Training Band conductor) has meant that our sadness has soon turned to joy with our recent victory at the Butlins Mineworkers Open National Brass Band Festival!!

Woo hoo!  We won!  Read all about it here!

A New Garden

We would like to congratulate John Jemmett on his appointment as Second Horn with the Championship Section band, Flowers. He has proved himself a committed player during his time with Tewkesbury Town Band and we wish him every success with his new horticultural friends! His consistent presence both at practices and engagements will be missed.....though we suspect he may still appear in our band room whenever he can (or maybe not after this picture!). Congratulations and Good Luck!


Sunday 6th Rehearsal with Steve Sykes on Divertimento 2pm - 6pm
Sunday 20th Rehearsal with Steve Sykes on Divertimento 2pm - 6pm


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