Summer Fun at Band Social
Aston on Carrant – Sunday 31st July
BandSocialJuly2011pic1 Great fun was had at the Band social for players and their families at the end of July. All three band’s joined together to play a variety of music before having a picnic and playing a game of rounders. When Nigel asked ‘Who would like a turn conducting?’ many young hands shot up, he then swapped his baton between pieces for the instrument of the willing volunteers.

From baritone to cornet from trombone to drum kit he went around the band and had a go playing many different parts. Thanks to the Lee Family for hosting the event, to Pete Hart for umpiring and keeping order in the rounders match and everyone else who helped in any way on the day.

Cotswold Beer Festival
Postlip Hall – Saturday 30th July
  The 35th CAMRA Cotswold Beer Festival goers were once again entertained by our Senior Band during the Saturday lunchtime slot of the festival on July 30th. The band, on stage in the Tithe Barn, played four sets with short breaks in between. Many beer festival favourites were played including 'The Stripper' and 'Fantasy on German Folk Songs', ('Ein Prosit' being heartily sung by the crowded barn throughout the piece.)

During the final set the crowd shouting for Dam Busters were teased several times as the band played the first few bars and then changed to another item. The piece was finally played to a huge roar before the successful event ended with 'Land Of Hope and Glory'.
Several videos of the Band playing at the Beer Festival can be found on You Tube including:
Baggy Trousers
The Stripper

Pershore Midsummer Brass on Mad 4 Brass Bands Day
Pershore – Saturday 9th July
PershoreMarq2011 MAD (Making a Difference) 4 Brass Bands Day took place on Saturday 9th July. This is a new initiative from the British Federation of Brass Bands to demonstrate the huge contribution bands make in our local communities across the country. 200 bands performed at over 140 venues/events across the UK . It is hoped to make it an annual event.

On this day Tewkesbury Town Band took part at the 17th Pershore Midsummer Brass Festival, as it has done every year it has taken place, with Betty Ellis and Keith Rose playing at every festival. Twenty-four bands took part during the day with events being staged at four different venues around Pershore. Our Senior Band gave two concerts during the afternoon.

The first was in the Marquee in the garden of the Angel Inn, a relaxed venue where the audience was sat both inside and out, though a heavy shower during our performance filled the tent. The Band opened its programme with the bright march 'Missassauga Spirit' before taking the audience on a trip through the wild west movies of the nineteen fifties and sixties in a selection entitled 'Great Western Themes'. Our soprano cornet player then took centre stage to play the solo 'On With the Motley'. This was followed with a little Russian music in the 'Waltz from the Second Jazz Suite'.

Our flugel player, Helen Poole, then entertained the audience with a beautiful rendition of the classic Chris de Burgh song 'Lady in Red'. This was followed by a little Madness with 'Baggy Trousers' before the Moulin Rouge inspired Offenbach classic 'Can Can'.
Pershorechurch2011 An hour later a second contrasting concert was given in the Baptist Church. Here the pieces played by the Band were a concise version of the pieces played at our Praise concerts.

We opened this concert with the Salvation Army march 'Service Our Joy' and followed that with the clever Pines of Rome inspired arrangement by Alan Fernie of 'Onward Christian Soldiers'. The band then calmed the audience down with William Himes wonderful arrangement of 'Amazing Grace'.

Our third soloist of the day was Martin Warner on euphonium. Martin played 'Benedictus' from The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace) by Karl Jenkins. Our conductor, Nigel Morgan, gave a health warning about the sudden volume change in the middle of the piece. This was followed by the up beat 'O Happy Day' and Peter Graham's arrangement of a 'Swedish Folk Song' before our final item of the day.

This was a piece entitled 'The Saint and The City' by Jacob de Haan which was commissioned by the town of Zwolle in the Netherlands and is based on a myth local to that area featuring St Michael and a dragon that is terrorising the town. The music is very descriptive featuring scary chords to represent the dragon and the hymn tune Laudate Dominum to represent Saint Michael.

Concerts over, it was time to relax and listen to other bands and catch up with friends. Being a non-competitive event players from different bands often help A great event that Tewkesbury Town Band look forward to each year.

Holy Trinity Church Fete, Longevens / Bishop's Cleeve Street Fair
Saturday 2nd July / Sunday 3rd July
Over the weekend of 3rd/4th July the Intermediate Band performed at Holy Trinity Church, Longlevens for the first time, and Bishops Cleeve Street Fair for the second year. 'Four For Fun' was featured on both days, a collection of popular tunes arranged for young brass featuring 'Amarillo', 'The Rose', 'Delilah' and '500 Miles'. During the breaks from playing band members and their families enjoyed the sunshine and the activities that were taking place. Plenty of ice creams were consumed.

More Success for Our Younger Members
Music For Youth, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Three of the Senior Bands young players, Grace and Lucy Windsor and Jon Petticrew, played with the Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band in the Music for Youth festival. They took part in the Open Brass Bands section held at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Hannah Williams would normally play with the GYBB but was unable to attend as she was on a music tour in Vienna.

Music Grades
Well done to those band members who have recently achieved music grades:

Alex Blencowe- Grade 7 Trumpet.
Hannah Williams - Grade 5 Drums.
Hannah Norman– Grade 5 Euphonium.
Amy Williams - Grade 4 Baritone.
Michael Blake - Piano Diploma.


Saturday 2nd Longlevens Church, Gloucester - Training Band
Sunday 3rd Bishop's Cleeve Fair 12pm - 4pm - Training Band
Saturday 9th Pershore Midsummer Festival of Brass
14:40 – 15:20 The Angel Inn
16:20 – 17:00 Pershore Baptist Church
Saturday 30th Cotswold Beer Festival, Postlip Hall [11:30am-3pm]
Sunday 31st Band Social, "Melanda", Aston on Carrant [3pm -late!]

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