July 2005 part 2 (don't miss the pictures in part 1)

Stratford Surprise
Despite dark clouds and rain on the way, the weather surprised us as the sun shone over Stratford upon Avon on Sunday 31st August 2005. As is usual in Stratford during the summer holiday season there was a sizeable audience for our appearance on the bandstand. The Band had managed to sober up from the beer festival the day before and entertained the audience with a selection of popular tunes from our summer programme.

The Band began its programme with its signature march 'Tewkesbury', before playing a programme containing items such as the 'Pirates of Penzance', 'Cavatina' and 'Everybody Needs Somebody'. The latest addition to our summer programme '(Is This The Way To) Amarillo' entertained the audience and was a highlight for some. Jonathan Allan did a stirling job as our sole Bass player on the day keeping the rhythm going with our guest percussionist Dave Butler. Thanks also go to our other guests Roger Thompson and Stuart Blake.

Festival Fun
The Band played at one of our favourite events of the year on Saturday 30th July - the Cotswold Beer Festival at Postlip Hall. With favourites such as 'New York, New York', 'The Can Can' and 'Something Stupid', crowd stirrers such as 'The Stripper' and '(Is This The Way To) Amarillo' plus a few classics too, the crowds were entertained while they had the hard task of choosing which beer to try next! The hardest part for the Band is having to sit on the stage surrounded by beer and only being able to sample small quantities in the breaks between entertaining the festival goers! Thanks to our guests (arms really had to be twisted to get them to turn out to this one!) on the day: Roger Thompson, Ken Smith, Rebecca Briscoe, Wendy Eamer and Dave Butler.

A Gliss and a Roll achieves a Goal - Part II
As we announced a few weeks ago, our top class drummer Peter Strawson has been accepted to study music at Salford University. This weekend, Malvern Bandstand was Pete's last engagement with the band and this Wednesday, it was his last rehearsal. A presentation was made of  a card featuring some memories of his time with the band, and a tankard engraved with the Band logo and the words "Good luck Pete, from all at Tewkesbury Town Band". - I'm sure that it will be well used! Pete will be remembered not only for his playing abilities, his new trombone skills, and his great personality, but also for  his drunken dancing in Torquay and falling asleep in the bar before randomly running off towards his room! Good luck Pete in everything you do and we hope to see you in the bandroom again in the near future for a visit or two! 

Heatwave in Malvern
Sunday 17th July was another hot summer day. In the afternoon the Band gave a concert on the Bandstand in Malvern Winter Gardens. Despite the heat the Band gave a fantastic fun afternoon concert that as usual was much appreciated by the large audience in the park. The Band commenced with its signature tune, the march 'Tewkesbury' before performing a programme to suit all tastes including 'The Best of Bond', 'Dambusters', 'Ticket to Ride', 'The Can-Can' and 'Dancing Chorus'.  Our thanks go to our guest players on the day Matt, Emma, Stuart and John.

The other excitement of the afternoon was when I had to leave the bandstand to get a bottle of water to avoid the onset of heatstroke since the trombone section had been sat in the direct sunshine for almost two hours. I am pleased to report that I am feeling much better now.

After the afternoon concert several members of the Band adjourned to the home of the Band's former bass trombonist and good friend, Dan Slater, for a BBQ and a few drinks!

New faces
A warm Tewkesbury welcome to two new players, Carole Hinton and Martyn Sudworth, on Euphonium and Baritone respectively. Carole and Martyn have been helping the Band out since the Summer Proms concert in June and having enjoyed the experience have decided to join us. They are joining us from Filton Band based in Bristol. We look forward to having them as a regular part of our musical team. We have no photos at present but promise to bring you some suitably silly pictures as soon as possible!

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July 2005 part 1

Cabaret Fun
Saturday 16th July 2005 saw our Training Band take part in their very first Cabaret Evening. Held at the Reddings and District Community Centre, the concert involved band pieces and solos, trio's and quartet's. Over people attended the evening and were all seated around tables with a plentiful supply of wine, soft drinks and snacks to hand. 

Our compere for the evening, Nigel Morgan, welcomed the audience and invited them to sing along as the Training Band Mousketeers entered singing the Mickey Mouse March, all complete with Mickey Mouse ears and some actions. Following this, the Band took to the stage to play an arrangement of the same tune.

The first act to follow this was some members of our trombone section. Jonathan Petticrew, Matthew Lee, Cameron Purveur and Peter Strawson chose to play a piece from their tutor book and from Beethoven's 9th symphony, Ode To Joy. These players set the standard high for the rest of the night. It was great to see a line of four straight slides all moving together!

Then it was time for two solos. First up was Trumpet player Megan Taylor. Megan chose to play a piece that she is practising for her Grade 6 exam, Transposition Blues. Then entered a "Chinese" girl. Grace Windsor chose to play the beautiful slow melody from the film Mulan, Reflections, and dressed up to look the part as well as impress the crowds with her playing.

The Intermediate Band then took over with the theme music from the popular cartoon, Scooby Doo. The next piece shoulde perhaps have been the first piece of the evening as it was titled Curtain Up. Rehearsed by the Ashchurch Trio [Ellen McGillivray, Matthew Lee and Nicole McGillivray], unfortunately Ellen was ill over the weekend and so had to be substituted on the night. Unfortunately it was by me! Back to the slow melodies, Silvina Howard then played a lovely rendition of Danny Boy, appropriately dressed in short trousers, waistcoat and flat cap. The audience was then called to stand to attention as a British Grenadier entered by the name of Rebbekah Musto who played their tune on her Tenor Horn dressed in a fantastic soldiers uniform.

The audience was then invited to buy a teddy bear, have a go on the raffle (to win a fantastic chocolate cake, among other prizes), and top their drinks up as we broke for an interval.

As tradition stands in many concerts, the raffle followed the interval. Everyone was on the edge of their seats waiting to see who was going to win Frank Dreighton's chocolate cake and The Little Penguin bottle of wine (unfortunately we didn't play The Little Penguin on  this occasion!). Anyway, the cake went to Megan's family and Caitlin won The Little Penguin. Plenty of other prizes were won and shared out amongst the tables, well mostly amongst one table anyway!!  

The Band then returned, donned their cowboy hats and rode off into the sunset playing Wild West Yonder. Cornet player, Oliver Moss, then stood up and played Henry Purcell's Trumpet Tune. The audience began to get worried as a policeman entered the hall, only to be relieved that it was George Cullwick, dressed ready to play The Policeman's Song, from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, on his Eb Bass. George was then presented with the news that he had passed his Grade 3 with distinction! The audience then dared to ask for 'more' as Oliver Twist did. Luckily, William Norman was on hand to play a selection of three tunes from the musical. His selection was titled 'Please Sir, Can I Play Some More?' and included As Long As He Needs Me, Consider Yourself and Where Is Love?. 

"It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, it's time to meet the Muppets on The Muppet Show tonight!" The Intermediate Band then entertained the crowds with Cameron Mabon's arrangement of The Muppet Show Theme.  Cornet player Hannah Williams then took centre stage, dressed as an American Indian from the Disney film, Pocahontas. Hannah played the beautiful melody from Pocahontas, 'Colours of the Wind'. So quickly we had got to the last 'solo' item. William Norman, Megan Taylor, Lucy Windsor and Charlotte Leatherby raced through the audience dribbling footballs and then stood on one foot to play the football favourite, Match of the Day, arranged as a duet by Peter Lawrence.

The Band and a number of different cardboard bears then joined the together to play Here Comes Bobby the Bear. This is a piece about Bobby, who is a happy circus bear and throughout the pieces you hear cries of "hear some Bobby the Bear!". The audience loved it and even asked for more!

Our first Cabaret Evening was a great success. I was very proud of every band member who took part and there were endless positive comments from the audience. Thank you to everyone who helped to organise the day and who was drafted in to help on the night! Well done everyone!

Grade Successes

We are pleased to be able to write about more exam passes within the Training Band.  George Cullwick, Oliver Moss and Rebbekah Musto have all recently studied for various Associated Board of the Royal School of Music exams on their respective instruments and have passed with flying colours. 

Rebbekah Musto passed her Grade 2 Tenor Horn exam with a merit despite being quite ill on the day! George Cullwick has kept to his form and passed his Grade 3 Tuba exam with distinction, and Oliver Moss has passed his Grade 5 Cornet exam, also with merit. Congratulations to all of you on your great achievements.

Tewkesbury Water Festival
The hot summer weather continued to the afternoon of Saturday 16th July meaning that sun cream and sunglasses were essential items for all members performing in the Victoria Gardens behind the Town Hall as part of the Tewkesbury Water Festival. The Band was also close to the tea and cake stall meaning that there were plenty of people around enjoying snacks and the good music!
The Band played two half hour slots featuring a selection of pieces from our summer programme to date. Our own march 'Tewkesbury' got proceedings of to a rousing start, this was followed by 'Rondeau' from Abedlazer, the 'Best of Bond', and a 'Television Showcase'. The audience was very receptive and the Band gave its usual high quality entertaining performance. Several members of the audience were seen tapping their toes to the likes of 'Summer Nights' and 'Scarborough Fair'. Others were noted clapping along to 'Radetsky' and the more energetic were spotted dancing to the 'Can Can'. Thankfully none were noted having a siesta in the afternoon sun. A big thank you to our guest players on the day: Ron from the Gloucestershire Constabulary Band, ex-member Andy Shepherd, and a possible new friend Jemima from Tewkesbury School.


Croft Primary School Fete
The sunny Sunday afternoon of 10th July was the occasion of the Training Band's third fete appearance of the summer, this time at the picturesque venue of Croft Primary School in Painswick. A new audience were provided with entertaining music from the current repertoire of the Training Band in three short performances. Sandwiched between the performances a local group of Morris Dancers provided a display of their talents and even managed to encourage some of the Training Band parents to join in their last number.
The Training Band performances included the popular 'Here Comes Bobby The Bear', 'The Cathedral Suite', 'Germany' and the 'Netherlands' from the Little Europe Suite, the Training Band's signature tune 'Festival March', the tricky but fun 'The Simpsons', plus many more. The audience feedback was excellent with many comments of surprise at the high standard of the Band. 


Outdoor Proms Spectacular
Saturday 2nd July was the date of several major concerts around the world.....and one amazing outdoor Proms concert in Sanders Park, Bromsgrove to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Bromsgrove Hospital Carnival. The event was the brainchild of Jules Evans and our Thanks go to her for making sure everything ran smoothly on the evening. The Band played three half hour programmes interspersed with songs from The Gemini Choir. 
Our first segment featured our own march 'Tewkesbury', followed by the 'Television Showcase'. As we began to play the size of the audience continued to grow and the picnics began. Martin Musto then played the expressive Salvation Army solo, 'Share My Yoke', in his usual mellifluous manner. The audience were then invited to take a 'Ticket to Ride' to meet Special Agent 007 in the 'Best of Bond'. A challenge to name all of the Bond films was issued to the audience though I am not aware of anyone accepting the challenge, despite being given a few clues in the music.

The second segment began with a tribute to the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II featuring the theme from 'The Dambusters' and a sing-a-long medley of songs from the 1940's 'Keep Smiling Through'. Clive Miles stood up to provide another great performance of the horn solo 'If'. There was more audience participation in the form of clapping to the 'Radetsky March' and some energetic dancing to the 'Can Can'. The finale to this programme was 'Victory' (from the Cry of the Celts) featuring the Lord of the Dance theme.

The final section began with an exciting 'Dancing Chorus' and a brief visit to Elizabethan times with 'Rondeau', before the big Last Night of the Proms finale featuring 'Fantasia on British Sea Songs', 'Jerusalem',  and 'Pomp & Circumstance No. 1'. The audience participated enthusiastically in the hornpipe section of the British Sea Songs with plenty of whooping and clapping, leading to the need to play an encore. A baritone singer from the Gemini Choir led the audience in the singing of 'Rule Britannia'. The audience then sang a rousing rendition of 'Jerusalem' before being treated to an apparently (we were unable to see anything due to it happening behind the marquee that we were playing in!) amazing firework display that was choreographed to the music of 'Land of Hope & Glory'.

A fantastic evening that rivalled anything that the Live8 Series of concerts had to offer!!

Indoor Garden Party!
Friday 1st July saw Tewkesbury Abbey stage it's first ever Indoor Garden Party! The current Town Mayor of Tewkesbury had organised a Garden Party featuring local musical groups as entertainment to raise funds for her charities for the year. Sadly, the rains came down and the location of the Garden Party planned for the Abbey Gardens had to be altered....luckily the Abbey had no other events planned for the evening and the Garden Party could be moved indoors. The Band were the second act on, following an excellent choir and a refreshments break. Due to several of our players having other commitments on the evening we had supplemented the Band with several members of our Training Band and several friends from the Gloucestershire Constabulary Band. A big Thank You to all concerned. 

The Band provided it's usual high standard of entertainment to a sizeable audience, which hopefully raised plenty of funds for the Mayor's charities. We opened our programme with the popular 'Radetsky March' where Nigel got the audience clapping along in time with the Band. This was followed by a special request from the Town Mayor, 'Summer Nights'. This was followed by Clive Miles playing the beautiful horn solo 'If'. Next was a 'Television Showcase' (featuring the theme tunes from The A-Team, Miami Vice, and The Muppet Show) where the audience were invited to guess the TV shows from cryptic descriptions. The Band then took the audience on a dance through 'Tango for Band', before the audience were invited to play Name That Tune to the first 1,2,3,4 notes of the 'Can Can'. A fun conclusion to an entertaining evening.


Friday 1st Abbey House Gardens, Tewkesbury [8pm-8:30pm]
Saturday 2nd Broms Proms Concert, Bromsgrove [7:30pm] - FREE ENTRY! Bring a picnic and your friends!
Sunday 10th Croft School Fete, Painswick - Training Band
Saturday 16th Tewkesbury Water Festival [2pm]
Saturday 16th Cabaret Evening - Training Band Click here for more information!
Sunday 17th Priory Park Bandstand, Malvern [2:30pm-4:30pm]
Saturday 30th Cotswold Beer Festival, Postlip Hall - To Be Confirmed
Sunday 31st Stratford upon Avon Bandstand [2:30pm-4:30pm]

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