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2013

December

2013 - The Year in Review
1st January to 31st December 2013
It’s that time of the year when we temporarily look back and review what was achieved during the year that has just gone and look forward to the year to come. 2013 was another busy year for the Band and one that saw our Bands appear at a healthy mixture of new events, regular annual events and most importantly numerous events in support of our local community.  

The year started in unusual fashion as after three weeks of intensive practise by the Band snow prevented our trip to participate in the Butlins Contest in Skegness. This was to be our only contest appearance of the year due to controversial changes to the brass band registration processes meaning that we did not attend the Regional Contest in Torquay in 2013. Unfortunately this has led to the Band being relegated to the Fourth Section from 1 January 2014.  

During the year the Bands appeared at three beer festivals. The Senior Band played at the Tewkesbury Winter Ales festival in February and the Cotswold Beer Festival in July whilst the Training Band provided the musical entertainment at the Churchdown Beer Festival in August.  

Two milestone birthdays were marked by parties featuring the Band. The first being the 65th birthday of Band supporter John Lee in March (husband to Flugel player, Linda, and father to trombonist, Matthew and the second being the 60th birthday of our very own Musical Director, Nigel Morgan, in April. Also in April the Band held its AGM featuring a short concert from the Training Band.  

2013 also marked the sad passing of two of the Band’s founder members. In May the Band’s first Musical Director and the man who started everything back in 1974, Miles Amherst, joined the big music society in the sky. He was joined in October by Band stalwart, Peter Williams, who sadly died in hospital on his 80th birthday. The Band were honoured to play at Pete’s funeral and to attend the funeral of Miles, both of which took place in Tewkesbury Abbey.  

The summer arrived and saw the Senior and Training Bands make their usual appearances at community events around the Tewkesbury area. First in the calendar as for most years was Tewkesbury Abbey Fete at the end of May. This was followed by a busy June for the Training Band with appearances at Bishop’s Cleeve Street Fair, John Moore School Fete and St Catherine’s Church Fete in Gloucester. The Training Band also held its excellent annual Cabaret Evening in Churchdown where the members of the Training Band take the opportunity to stand up and play short solo or ensemble pieces to highlight their progress over the year.  

In June the Senior Band gave its first serious concert of the year with a French themed Proms Concert in the Roses Theatre featuring the music of Offenbach, Saint Saens and many other French composers as well as the beautiful playing of two of our young soloists who have made the step up from out Training Bands to the Senior Band, Daniel Hart (I Hear You Calling Me) and Hannah Norman (Little Red Bird).  

For the first time both the Senior Band and the Training Band performed at the Pershore Midsummer Festival of Brass. A fantastic family day of music and good company for all, especially when the weather is good!  

At the beginning of August the Training Band went on its 9th annual band camp to the Midlands and linked up with the very friendly Bulkington Silver Band for a social event and short concert. They also played at Plantasia and Bosworth Water Park before returning home. The Senior Band enjoyed some unusually good summer weather for its appearances on the bandstands in Worcester and Malvern.  

In September the Band appeared at Kemerton Village Fete under the baton of trainee conductor, Matthew Lee, due to Nigel having a well-deserved holiday. This was followed by the annual Mop Fair Parade in early October and our annual leading of the Remembrance Parade in November.  

That leads us nicely into the hectic Christmas period that saw 18 appearances of the Bands in a month! The annual concerts at the Roses were a great success, as were all of the other Christmas events that kept us busy right up to Christmas Eve.  

Finally a few statistics from 2013:
·         The bands [Training and Senior] met on 168 out of the 365 days for either rehearsals or engagements.
·         The bands gave 42 public performances.
·         Average attendance at the 84 senior band rehearsals was 22.64 [Helen Walters, Martin Cullwick & John Warner attending more than 90% of the senior band gatherings]
·         Between the 3 bands there are over 60 players. Many in more than one of the bands as part of the progression structure.
·         There were 20 appearances in Tewkesbury, including 3 in the Abbey and 3 at the Roses Theatre.  

All in all a fantastic year! Here’s looking forward a great 40th Anniversary Year in 2014.

Tewkesbury Christingle Servie 2013 Tewkesbury Abbey Christingle Service
Tewkesbury Abbey [3:15pm - 5pm] - Tuesday 24th December
Well that's it all over for another year.

A wonderful Christingle Service performance by a 31 strong Training Band (with several past members also present for the service) to an Abbey congregation of over 1,000 people.

Thanks to all members, family and supporters of the Band for another great year. Happy Christmas from all at Tewkesbury Town Band.

Caroling at Morrisons

Tewkesbury Morrisons [10am - 7pm] - Monday 23rd December
A big Thank You to all of the members of our Band family who have been part of our very busy Christmas period. We couldn't do it without your support and enthusiasm.

Thanks also to those who braved the weather to play carols at Morrisons on Monday 23rd December from 10am until 7pm. The Band and Training Bands have now completed 17 Christmas engagements since the 23rd November....that's a lot of Christmas music!
A Festive Afternoon with the Training Band
Watson Hall, Tewkesbury
Sunday 22nd December

The afternoon of Sunday 22nd December saw a fantastic Christmas Concert in the Watson Hall by the Training Band. All played well and it was great to see the future of Tewkesbury Band continues to have good foundations.

The concert was opened with a percussion feature written for the Brass Band Aid project by Alan Fernie 'African Funk' and starred our up and coming young percussionist, Ben Stock. This was followed by one of Helen Walters' original works 'Rainbow Rock' played by the Beginner Band before the Intermediate Band took us to the world of pop with an arrangement of 'Walking on Sunshine'. The Beginner Band then reprised their pirate antics from the Roses Theatre concerts with Steve Legge's 'Three Pieces for Young Pirates'.

Another young soloist, Amy Williams, then stepped forward to slow the tempo and highlight her lyrical playing as she played 'Tranquility'. Taking the tempo back up the Intermediate Band led us in a 'Fire Dance' before horn player and songstress Alice Henning stepped forward to give another excellent rendition of Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'. The Beginner Band then gave us a 'Tromba Tango' before the Intermediate Band took us back to the world of pop with the upbeat 'La Bamba'.

It was then time to get festive with a selection of Christmas favourites arranged into 'A Christmas Fantasy' before the Beginner Band gave us a slightly different rendition of 'When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney' to the one seen a week before! The Intermediate Band then gave us another rendition of Henk Hogestein's wonderful arrangement of 'Silent Night' before taking us on a chilly flight to the North Pole with 'Walking in the Air'. As always 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' made an appearance before things were calmed down with 'The Christmas Song' and a final sing-along carol 'Angels From the Realms of Glory'.

All of this was followed by the usual party food and games. A special mention goes to Tom Petticrew who was voted Training Band member of the year (unfortunately he was unable to attend the concert so will have to receive his trophy at the next Training Band practice).
   
Tewkesbury carols Town Centre Caroling
Tewkesbury [10am - 3:30pm] - Saturday 21st December
A good day carolling in Tewkesbury. The weather stayed dry despite the forecast.

A large contingent from the Band turned out to play carols from 10am until 3pm hopefully raising a good collection to allow the Band to keep up its good work during 2014.

Civic Carol Service

Tewkesbury Methodist Church, Tewkesbury [7pm] - Thursday 19th December
On Thursday 19th December the Band made its annual appearance at the Tewkesbury Civic Carol Service. The service was led by the local Salvation Army leader and featured a selection of  delightful Christmas readings, great playing by the band and some beautiful singing from Lois Short of the Gloucester Philippine Society and Helen Wilson from Cheltenham Salvation Army.
Candlelit Carols with Tewkesbury Sea Cadets
Tewkesbury Sea Cadets HQ, Tewkesbury [7pm] - Wednesday 18th December
A small group from the Band enjoyed providing the musical accompaniment to the carols at the candlelit service held by the Tewkesbury Sea Cadets in their headquarters. It was a well attended event despite the awful weather conditions outside. After the Service the cadets treated us to mulled wine and mince pies.
Christmas in Bishop's Cleeve
St Michael & All Angels Church, Bishop's Cleeve [7:30pm] - Tuesday 17th December
The Band enjoyed its annual appearance at the Cleeve Vale Rotary Club carol concert entertaining the old and not so old with a selection of festive music and plenty of Christmas carols. The audience were treated to a good singalong and the usual mix of festive information & stories from a member of the Rotary Club. The concert also included some nice singing from a member of Cleeve High School.
Two Evenings of Tewkesbury Festive Fun
Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December

The Bands gave their annual installment of festive fun at the Roses Theatre on the evenings of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December with two satisfied Roses Theatre audiences. It all started with a 'Little Drummer Boy' (Ben Stock) rhythmically drumming the Band into their positions on the stage before a frenetic trip through a collection of Christmas tunes in Gavin Somerset's 'Festive Frenzy'. This was followed by two fantastic arrangements by Salvationist Dave B Elliott. First principal cornet, Helen Walters, led the Band in the wonderful 'When a Child is Born' before the trombones helped herald the birth with a 'Fanfare For the Child'!

The Training Band then took over the stage to show off their talents over the two evenings with their usual mix of Christmas and fun music. First it was an upbeat arrangement by Matt Kingston of the popular tune 'La Bamba'. The Beginner Band then took us on a trip on the Jolly Roger with 'Three Pieces for Young Pirates' before the Intermediate Band played a clever arrangement of 'Silent Night' by Henk Hogestein. The audience were then invited to join in with the singing of two Christmas favourites 'Angels From The Realms of Glory' and 'The Christmas Song'.
   

There was a little 'Christmas Joy' from the pen of Erik Leidzen before the audience were invited to sing 'The First Nowell' whilst Father Christmas' storytelling elf, Elfread, got ready to make his appearance to recount the tale of Julia and Peter and their encounter with Father Christmas as they learnt 'The Gift of Sharing'.

The second half of the concerts were opened in joyous fashion with Rieks van der Velde's 'A Christmas Prelude'. This was followed by some beautiful playing by euphonium players Hannah Norman and Julia Edgeworth-Simmonds of Keith Wilkinson's arrangement of Adolphe Adam's 'O Holy Night' as a duet.  The audience were then invited to sing the carol 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear' before the annual presentation of the Band Awards:

The Miles Amherst Junior Progress Cup was won by young cornet player Daniel Hart.
The Fred Poole Memorial Trophy for the musician of the year was awarded to our 77yr old Bb Bass player Betty Clark.
The Jeffrey Clark Associates Cup for the band member of the year was awarded to Band Secretary and Baritone player Sue Corrigan.
The Francis Martin Memorial Cup for section of the year was awarded to the Baritones.
The Dave Crowe Memorial Cup for cornet player of the year was awarded to principal cornet and Training Band leader, Helen Walters.

   

Some great singing from our guest choirs, Churchdown Parton Manor Junior School on Saturday and Alderman Knight School on Sunday, followed the awards and raffle.

During 'Jingle Bells', Father Christmas then appeared dancing around the stage. But was it an imposter? A trombonist Father Christmas took to the stage stuck in a chimney as first trombone, Hadrian Walters, entertained everyone with the solo 'When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney'.  The concert was then rounded off with Father Christmas' other favourite tune 'Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer' with a 'White Christmas' encore.

Two great concerts. Happy Christmas everyone from all at Tewkesbury Town Band....just over a week of Christmas appearances by the Tewkesbury Town Band to go before the day itself!
Whole Foods Dec 2013 Carols at Whole Foods Christmas Event
Whole Foods Market, Cheltenham [11am - 1pm] - Saturday 7th December
No Saturday in the month of December would be complete without a little carol playing somewhere!

So this weekend saw a group of band members make an appearance outside the Whole Foods Market in Cheltenham to entertain the shoppers with a selection of festive favourites.

The weather was mild and the staff at Whole Foods were extremely hospitable to all the players with regular offers of hot drinks to warm us up.

Charity Concert in Gloucester

St Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Goucester [7:30pm] - Wednesday 4th December
The Band's 17th annual appearance at the Pied Piper Charity Christmas Concert took us to a new venue, St Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Gloucester.

The Band performed well in this cosy venue to an appreciative audience.  The band played the carols between the various other acts (two choirs, a saxophonist, some young dancers and a reading from the Director of Gloucester Rugby Club) before entertaining the audience with a short set featuring 'Fanfare for the Child', 'When A Child is Born', 'O Holy Night' (beautiful playing from Julia and Hannah) and 'Christmas Joy'.

A fun festive evening raising money for two good causes, the Pied Piper and Cloud 9 charities.
A Montpellier Christmas
Montpellier, Cheltenham [3 - 5pm] - Sunday 1st December
A hardy group of band members enjoyed a fun afternoon at the Montpellier Christmas fair in Cheltenham with numerous good comments being received from the passing shoppers. We played one set in the midst of the stalls before moving in front of the Christmas tree to round the event off with a festive sing-along led by the Band and singing from the Beauregard Youth Choir.

December

Sunday 1st A Montpellier Christmas, Montpellier, Cheltenham [3pm - 5pm]
Wednesday 4th Pied Piper Concert, Gloucester [7:30pm]
Saturday 7th Carol Playing at Whole Foods, Cheltenham [11am - 1pm]
Saturday 14th Band Christmas Concert, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury [7:30pm] featuring  Churchdown Parton Manor Junior School Choir
Sunday 15th Band Christmas Concert, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury [3pm matinee] featuring  Alderman Knight School Choir
Tuesday 17th Bishop's Cleeve Rotary Club Christmas Concert, St Michael's Church, Bishop's Cleeve [7:30pm]
Wednesday 18th Sea Cadets Carol Service, Tewkesbury [7pm]
Thursday 19th Civic Carol Service, Tewkesbury [7pm - 8pm]
Saturday 21st Carol Playing in Tewkesbury High Street [9:45am - 4pm]
Sunday 22nd  Training Band Christmas Concert & Party, Watson Hall, Tewkesbury [2:30pm]
Monday 23rd Carol Playing at Morrisons, Tewkesbury [10am - 8pm]
Tuesday 24th Christingle Service, Tewkesbury Abbey - Training Band [3:15pm]

November

The Training Band Comes to Churchdown
St John's Church, Churchdown [7pm] - Saturday 30th November
The Training Band was invited to give a concert at St John's Church in Churchdown on the evening of 30th November. They opened the concert with the traditional brass band march 'Slaidburn'  before following it with Darrol Barry's upbeat modern concert march 'Starchaser'. Having warmed the audience up on this cold winter evening with the introductory items it was time for the first soloist of the night, Amy Williams on baritone. She stood up to lead the band wonderfully in the serene piece 'Tranquility'. The mood was then lifted back up tempo with a smile as the Training Band played a great arrangement of the bright and breezy Katrina & the Waves tune 'Walking on Sunshine' which was quickly followed by another popular pop tune 'La Bamba'.

It was then time for the surprise package of the concert as horn player, Alice Henning, stood up to sing beautifully the Adele song 'Rolling in the Deep' to the backing of the Training Band. The audience were still talking about her performance as they left for home later in the evening. A slideshow of images was shown as the Training Band followed this with a suite of five short items in varying musical styles entitled 'Real-Pop'. To conclude the first half the band played the percussion led Brass Band Aid piece by Alan Fernie 'African Funk' with our diminutive percussionist, Ben Stock, leading the way.

The second half of the concert was a veritable festive cornucopia! The band opened with a selection of Christmas favourites wrapped together into 'A Christmas Fantasy' before encouraging the audience to join in and sing the carol 'Deck the Halls'. The theme from the animated Christmas tale 'The Snowman' followed before the band played a clever arrangement of the popular carol 'Silent Night'. Finally the audience were invited to join the band in a good sing-along of 'Frosty the Snowman', 'The Christmas Song' and 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'. All that was left to do was to wish the full house audience a very Merry Christmas.
Mitton Manor Primary School Christmas Evening
Mitton Manor Primary School [6 - 8pm] - Friday 29th November
The Training Band experienced a fantastic festive setting at Mitton Manor School featuring a bandstand with coloured lights and plenty of snow from a snow machine. The Training Band were wrapped up warm as they played outside on a chilly evening entertaining the pupils, family and friends attending the school's Christmas fair.
Mitton manor Christmas 2013
Mitton Christmas 2013
Alderman Knight School Christmas Fayre
Alderman Knight School [6 - 8pm] - Thursday 28th November
On the evening of Thrusday 28th November the Training Band were pleased to be invited to make their annual appearance in support of the Alderman Knight School Christmas Fayre. They were placed near the entrance to the school and provided a selection of festive favourites to welcome people into the Christmas Fayre. Many stopped to listen and applaud before moving on to browse the stalls.
AKS Christmas Fayre Nov 2013
The Big Switch-On in Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury High Street [2:30pm - 4pm] - Sunday 24th November
The Training Band started their busy week yesterday with some fantastic carol playing to entertain the people of Tewkesbury and its surroundings who were attending the Christmas Lights festivities. They played to the gathering crowds who were enjoying the street fair and market on the High Street prior to the big switch-on of the Town's lights by Father Christmas at 4:30pm.
Tewkesbury Christmas Lights 2013
Tewkesbury Christmas Lights 2013 2
Photo courtesy of Jack Boskett
Bishops Cleeve Lights 2013 The first busy Saturday of the Christmas Season
Victorian Christmas Fayre, Gloucester Quays [10:30am-12:30pm] / Bishop's Cleeve Lights [4-5:30pm] - Saturday 23rd November
The Senior Band began its marathon Christmas season on Saturday 23rd with just a month to go to Christmas day.

First the Band entertained the shoppers at a very busy Victorian Market at Gloucester Quays with a selection of Christmas favourites.  This was followed by an early evening appearance at Bishop's Cleeve for the turning on of the village's Christmas lights. Thankfully this year was a much drier affair than last years washout....albeit it was just as chilly!
Sunny Remembrance
Tewkesbury - Sunday 10th November
After a week of terrible rainy weather the sun finally came out to shine on the morning of the Remembrance Parade meaning that there was a healthy early morning audience to watch the parade down the High Street to the Abbey for the Service of Remembrance. After the Service the Parade made its way back to The Cross for the laying of the wreaths and the annual Act of Remembrance.
 

November

Sunday 10th Remembrance Day Parade, Tewkesbury [Meet 9am; March Off 9:30am]
Saturday 23rd Victorian Christmas Fayre, Gloucester Quays [10:30am - 12:30pm]
Saturday 23rd Bishop's Cleeve Christmas Lights Ceremony [4pm - 5:30pm]
Sunday 24th  Tewkesbury Christmas Lights Ceremony - Training Band [2:30pm]
Thursday 28th Alderman Knight School Christmas Fete [6pm - 8pm]
Friday 29th Mitton Manor Primary School Christmas Fete [6pm - 8pm]
Saturday 30th Training Band Concert, St John's Church, Churchdown [7pm]

October

Peter Williams  Peter Williams RIP
14 October 1933 to 14 October 2013
This evening we received the immensely sad news that one of the Tewkesbury Town Band founder members and driving forces behind the Band’s continued existence over the years, Pete Williams, passed away in Tewkesbury Hospital this morning.  Today was his 80th birthday and a group of Band members had been planning to visit him in hospital to play Happy Birthday to him. Sadly we never got this opportunity.

Pete was one of the first to greet me (and many others) to the Band making me feel welcome from the moment I entered the band room over 22 years ago. He encouraged all around the Band and never failed to support the invaluable work of those training others to play, regularly contributing to the Training Band’s band camp ice cream fund! He always claimed he loved children but couldn’t eat a whole one. 
Trombones 1992  Pete was a consistent and invaluable member of my trombone section until his retirement from playing after his wife had a stroke and he took on the responsibility for caring for her. His participation at the National Brass Band Finals at Nottingham in 1999 being one of many highlights during his playing career as well as playing with the Band as it won the Butlins Mineworkers Open National Championship Fourth Section in 2005. He enjoyed his beer and cake and our tours to Miesbach in Germany gave him plenty of opportunity to sample both!

Pete was the second Chairman of the Band, taking on the responsibility from the Band’s first MD Miles Amherst, in 1975. He served the Band as its Chairman for 13 of its 39 years to date and kept the Band going over those periods in its history when membership had dwindled as low as 13 players. The current strength of the Band with its two Training Bands and a membership around 69 players made him very proud. 
Trio 2002 
Pete was always among the first at practice and dedicated a lot of time to the refurbishment and sound dampening of the band rooms on Ashchurch Army Camp. I remember the weekend spent building a suspended roof in the portacabin we initially practiced in on the Army Camp only to discover less than 6 months later that the Army wished us to move to the old rifle range! In recognition of his dedication to the Band Pete was awarded a lifetime membership in 2004 and was latterly nominated as a Vice-President of Band. Pete was awarded the Jeff Clarke Cup as Band Member of the Year in 2001 and 2007. Pete was a great ambassador for the Band and a respected member of the Tewkesbury community.

Outside of banding Pete enjoyed his gardening and was an avid beekeeper with an in depth knowledge of bee-keeping, so much so that he served as a tutor on courses at Hartpury College. He also had a keen interest in bandstands and their history. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this sad time.

The funeral of Peter Williams was held in Tewkesbury Abbey at 12pm on Friday 25th October 2013. A Band comprising past & present players played several pieces prior to the funeral including the march Berliner Luft, Nearer My God to Thee, three trombone trios (Frolic For Trombones, Sunshine Corner, There Is A Redeemer). After the service as Pete's coffin was carried out of the Abbey the Band gave him an appropriate send off by playing our march 'Tewkesbury'.
 

  Stateside - An Autumn Concert
Churchdown Community Centre - Sunday 13th October
On the evening of Sunday 13th October the Band gave an Autumn Concert in Churchdown Community Centre to an appreciative audience. The first half of the concert had an American theme since we were expecting a visit from one of the Band's American friends, Paul Gunther. Sadly he was unable to attend the concert due to having to rush back to the USA as his granddaughter was in hospital. We wish him and his family all the best and hope that his granddaughter made a speedy recovery.

The Band opened the concert with a bright little march by Peter Graham 'Stateside'. This was followed by Jacob de Haan's descriptive evocation of the story of 'Oregon', one of America's north-western states. A piece that takes the listener on a musical journey by train on the Northern Pacific Railroad, the listener is taken through the fascinating Oregon landscape. An adventurous journey filled with musical descriptions of Indians, cowboys, gold-diggers and hooded wagons.

The Band's American journey then moved Southwards to the home of jazz with a little swing led by Principal Cornet, Helen Walters, in Duke Ellington's 'Mood Indigo' before she was joined by Katie Travers and Debbie McDougall to play a cornet trio version of Creamer & Layton's 'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans' that as well as their exceptional cornet playing featured their talents on triangle, car horn and duck whistle!

The band then moved to the world of American music and dance movies from the mid-20th century with Sandy Smith's excellent arrangement of music made famous by the talented dance Fred Astaire with the simple title of  'Astaire'. Our first half was rounded off by James Curnow's well-crafted selection of gospel tunes 'Jubilation'.
Our second half featured a mixture of music from our summer programmes and a few new pieces. It commenced with Goff Richards bright and jolly march 'Barnard Castle'. Soprano Cornet, Kev Bennett, and Principal Cornet, Helen Walters, then took us to the musicals in endearing fashion with a duet of the song 'As Long As He Needs Me' from Lionel Bart's musical version of Charles Dickens 'Oliver'. Not to be outshone by the cornet section it was the turn of the trombones to play their trio 'Sunshine Corner' to brighten up the autumn evening!

The major item of the second half was Dorothy Gates setting of three well-known Irish folk songs representing her time growing up in Belfast 'The Ravenhill Suite'. Each movement was introduced by one of the band members reading the poem behind the music. So Linda Lee introduced the first movement the jaunty 'I'll Tell Me Ma', before Julia Edgeworth-Simmonds introduced the hauntingly beautiful middle movement 'My Lagan Love', and finally Matthew Lee overcame microphone troubles to recite the words to the jolly Irish jig 'The Flower of Sweet Strabane'.

Our concert was brought to its conclusion with a final trip to the musicals featuring 'The Ugly Duckling' in an arrangement by Alan Fernie and a selection of tunes from the perennial favourite 'The Sound of Music' cleverly arranged for brass band by Japanese composer, Naohiro Iwai.

A great Autumn evening's concert enjoyed by all. A big Thank You to Geoff Henning &  Paul McLaughlin for helping us out on Bass  and Shona & Debbie McDougall for helping us out on cornet.
 
Tewkesbury Mop Fair Parade
Tewkesbury - Wednesday 9th October
The Training Band took to the streets of Tewkesbury on the evening of Wednesday 9th October to lead the Town Dignitaries to the Opening Ceremony for the annual Mop Fair. Once their short march was completed the younger members were able to join in all of the fun of the fair whilst those involved with the Senior Band returned to the bandroom for a rehearsal.
Tewkesbury Town Band Mop Fair 2013 Tewkesbury Town Band Mop Fair 2013 2

October

Wednesday 9th Tewkesbury Mop Fair Parade, Tewkesbury High Street [5:45pm]
Sunday 13th Autumn Concert, Churchdown Community Centre [7:30pm]
Friday 25th Funeral of Peter Williams, Tewkesbury Abbey [11:30am]

September

September Farewells
The month of September is regularly a sad time for the Band as it bids farewell to those young members that have worked their way through our Training Band system into the Senior Band and have reached that age where they leave home to further their studies at universities around the country. This year we bid farewell to two talented cornet players that both joined the Training Band around ten years ago and have both proved reliable and enthusiastic players since, Grace Windsor and Harrison Williams. Grace is leaving to study Chemistry at Reading University and Harrison Williams is continuing his musical studies at Birmingham Conservatoire.

We wish both players a good and prosperous time at university and hopefully we will see both players when they return home during the university holidays.
Tewkesbury Town Band Kemerton Fete Kemerton Village Fete
Kemerton - Saturday 14th September
The Band enjoyed a fun afternoon at Kemerton Village Fete on the afternoon of Saturday 14th September. Our usual MD, Nigel Morgan, was on holiday in the North of England so it was an opportunity for one of our budding young conductors, Matthew Lee, to lead the band through a light programme of fete friendly popular tunes in three half hour slots across the afternoon.

The weather held and there were plenty of straw bales for the audience members to sit on and listen to the band whilst enjoying a snack or two.

A huge thank you to Christine Warner on horn and Kieran Morgan on Eb Bass. The highlight of the afternoon for many of the band members was the delicious pig roast!

September

Saturday 14th Kemerton Village Fete [1pm - 3:30pm]

August

A Fine Summer Concert in Malvern
Malvern Bandstand - Sunday 25th August
The Band made its annual trip to a very sunny Malvern on Sunday 25th August to entertain the large knowledgeable audience that always assembles in the park near to Malvern Theatre to enjoy an afternoon in the park listening to good music.

As at Worcester earlier in the month the Band opened their programme with a rousing rendition of Goff Richard's march 'Barnard Castle'. This was followed by a musical overture in the form of a trip to the mountains of Austria for a selection of tunes from 'The Sound of Music' arranged for brass band by Japanese composer Naohiro Iwai. The audience where then questioned on their breakfast preferences with the tune 'How D'ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning?'.

The Band then entered into the laid back Sunday afternoon feeling with principal cornet Helen Walters leading the Band in a smooth rendition of Duke Ellington's 'Mood Indigo' before moving back up-tempo as the Band took the audience on a quick spin around the dance floor with a selection of popular tunes made famous by the dancing of Fred Astaire in an arrangement by Sandy Smith simply titled 'Astaire'. Staying in the middle of the twentieth century with another star of the stage and screen, Danny Kaye, we then played the song based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale 'The Ugly Duckling' before finishing the first half of our concert with Ravel's 'Bolero'.

The second half commenced with TJ Powell's march 'The Spacemen' before we filled the afternoon air with the sound of gospel and spirituals. First we entertained the audience with Matt Kingston's arrangement of 'Go Down Moses' before hopping 'All Aboard The Gospel Train' to 'Sunshine Corner' where a trio of trombones were to be found. Maintaining the Sunday mood the Band then played Matt Kingston's arrangement of Parry's 'O Still Small Voice of Calm'.

We then caught a rocket to space with the theme tune from the comedy 'Red Dwarf' before venturing where no man has gone before with another TV theme, this time it was the perennial theme from the original 'Star Trek'. Our afternoon concert finished with a rapid whirl through a myriad of tunes interspersed with the William Tell Overture theme, 'The Lone Ar-Ranger' by Philip Buttall.  Once again we would like to say a big Thanks to Rob Folland and Paul McLaughlin on euphonium, Greg Morgan on percussion and Chris Daw on Bb bass for helping us out.
 

Churchdown Beer Festival
Churchdown Social Club - Saturday 24th August
On the afternoon of Saturday 24th August the Training Band once again provided a little light entertainment for the members of the bowls club and the patrons of Churchdown Social Club as they enjoyed a tipple or two at the Churchdown Beer Festival. As with last year the summer weather seemed to disappear and grey skies took its place. However the Training Band did at least manage to play outside next to the beer tent this year unlike the downpour of 2012. This meant that our trip to sample the beer, soft drinks and burgers from the BBQ was a lot shorter!
 

Sunday Concert in a Worcester Lake!
Gheluvelt Park, Worcester - Sunday 11th August
On Sunday 11th August the Band took to the bandstand in the middle of the lake at Ghulevelt Park in Worcester for a summer's afternoon concert. The good summer weather continued and a good crowd enjoyed a relaxing afternoon in the park eating ice cream and listening to the Band.

The Band opened up with Goff Richard's sparkling march 'Barnard Castle' before taking the audience to the mountains of Austria for a selection of popular tunes from 'The Sound of Music' arranged for brass band by Japanese composer Naohiro Iwai. Young cornet player Daniel Hart then took centre stage to play a beautifully sweet rendition of 'I Hear You Calling Me'. The tempo was then lifted as the Band took the audience back to the era of black & white music and dance films with a selection of popular tunes made famous by the dancing of Fred Astaire in an arrangement by Sandy Smith simply titled 'Astaire'. Staying in a similar era the audience were then asked 'How D'ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning?'. Calming the mood down, principal cornet Helen Walters led the Band in a cool blue rendition of Duke Ellington's 'Mood Indigo' before we rounded off the first half of our concert with a dazzling performance of Ravel's 'Bolero'.

The second half commenced with TJ Powell's march 'The Spacemen' before the trombones took us to the deep South of the USA for a few spirituals. First it was a fine arrangement of 'Go Down Moses' by Matt Kingston before the audience were invited to 'Sunshine Corner' to listen to a trombone trio. Our gospel set was rounded off with anothe of Matt Kingston's arrangements, this time a jazzy version of 'All Aboard the Gospel Train'.  Being in the middle of a lake we couldn't pass up the opportunity to play a tune for the lake residents and so they were given a rendition of 'The Ugly Duckling'. It was then time for a trip to the depths of space as we played the theme tune from the comedy 'Red Dwarf' before reflecting on the quiet nature of deep space with a beautiful arrangement of the hymn 'O Still Small Voice of Calm'. Not wishing to disappoint those in the audience by not playing their favourite tune we then breezed our way through an arrangement of the William Tell Overture spattered with numerous brief excerpts from popular tunes, 'The Lone Ar-Ranger' by Philip Buttall. Our afternoon in the middle of a lake surrounded by ducks was rounded off with the march 'Marching Onward'.

A big Thanks to Rob Folland and Paul McLaughlin on euphonium, Greg Morgan on percussion and Geoff Henning on Bb bass (and a little trombone) for helping us out.
 
A Fantastic Midlands Band Camp
Wolvey Campsite, nr Bulkington - Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August

The Training Band took to the road to Wolvey in the East Midlands for their annual band camp weekend braving all the weather can throw at them whilst they sleep under canvas! As usual spirits were high and the band members arrived at the campsite just after midday to set up their tents and Band Camp HQ (the Gazebo which has survived several years and is still going strong).

After camp had been struck and the Training Band members had got settled into their weekend home it was time for the unveiling of the Band Camp T-shirts for 2013. This year a nice lime green colour! This was rapidly followed by a pre-concert rehearsal in the gazebo whilst the Band Camp chefs prepared our evening meal.

 
Tewkesbury Training Band with Bulkington Silver Band
Concert in Bulkington
After our meal it was time to make our way to Bulkington War Memorial Club for a fun and very sociable evening with the local brass band, Bulkington Silver. Each Band played a short concert programme for the audience and the members of the other band to listen to before both bands joined together in a massed bands performance of several items.

The members and supporters of Bulkington Silver Band provided an amazing buffet spread for the post-concert social evening and the club had a bar for soft and alcoholic drinks to be purchased. A very enjoyable evening for all and it was very nice to make new friends with the members of Bulkington Silver Band. 
 
After a good night's sleep (hhmmm!) the Training Band campers enjoyed the usual hearty breakfast provided by the excellent Band Camp catering team. This was followed by a trip to Plantasia (Dobbies) at Mancetter where we were to play an afternoon concert as part of a fun day that they had organised around our visit. The Band members enjoyed an amazing experience trying to find their way round the five mazes in Maze World and thankfully none got lost before our concert appearance in the afternoon.

There was an appreciative audience for our concert and we even attracted a potential candidate for a new conductor in the form of the Plantasia mascot. The younger members of the band also enjoyed bouncing on the nearby bouncy castle!
 
Leaf Conducting Band
Bosworth Class ic Car Rally The return to the campsite  led to the Band Camp BBQ followed by the ever popular Big Band Camp Quiz which sees the campers split into teams to compete against each other over several multi-faceted rounds.

The final band camp concert took place on Sunday morning at a Classic Car Rally at Bosworth Water Park. Unfortunately true band camp weather appeared for this event cutting it short! So instead the Training Band members and their supporters decided to have a final meal at The Chase Hotel pub.
 

August

Friday  2nd to
Sunday 4th
Training Band Tour to Wolvey and the East Midlands
Friday 2nd - Concert with Bulkington Silver Band at Bulkington War Memorial Hall [7:30pm]
Saturday 3rd -Concert at Plantasia (Dobbies) [12:30pm]
Sunday 4th - Concert at Bosworth Water Park (Classic Car Rally) at 12pm
Sunday 11th Gheluvelt Park Bandstand, Worcester [2:30pm]
Saturday 24th  Churchdown Beer Festival, Churchdown Social Club - Training Band
Sunday 25th Malvern Bandstand [2:30pm]

July

Fun at the Cotswold Beer Festival
Postlip Hall, nr Winchcombe - Saturday 20th July


On the 20th July the Band enjoyed another great outing at the Cotswold Beer Festival...great music from the band supplemented with an excellent selection of real ales and ciders.

The usual enthusiastic audience especially towards the end of the lunchtime session and some great playing by the band.

More pictures from the Beer Festival courtesy of Gilbert A Turner can be found by following this link:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gilbert-uk/sets/72157634694237679/ 

 
Kev Tewkesbury Town Band Postlip 2013 
Tewkesbury Band Pershore Abbey 2013 Sunshine at Pershore
Pershore Midsummer Brass, Pershore - Saturday 6th July
It was a good day at Pershore Midsummer Festival of Brass for all of the Tewkesbury Town bands. The weather was the best it could be and the playing was great! The day had started with several of the Training Band members playing with youngsters from several other youth bands from the Pershore area in a massed band.

The Senior Band then gave an excellent concert in Pershore Abbey featuring a varied selection of spiritual music. We opened with Ivor Bosanko's rousing march 'Marching Onward' before moving over to the Southern States for the trombone led 'Go Down Moses' cleverly arranged for brass band by Matt Kingston.

The Band then invited the audience to join them 'Aboard the Gospel Train' featuring an excellent jazzy solo from our principal cornet, Helen Walters, and some amazing Bb Bass waffle from trombonist Geoff Henning (joining us as a guest player on Bb Bass for the day) during the bass solo. One of our young front row cornet players, Daniel Hart, then took centre stage to play a beautiful rendition of 'I Hear You Calling'.

The trombones then brightened things up as they took the audience to 'Sunshine Corner'. Everything was calmed back down with another of Matt Kingston's arrangements 'O Still Small Voice of Calm' before the Band concluded its short concert with Steven Bulla's arrangement of spirituals 'Jubilation'.
The Training Band really showed the great development programme at Tewkesbury Town Band and really entertained the audience in No. 8 Theatre with a programme of mostly original brass band music! We even challenged the organisers to find additional chairs to seat all of our players, young and old.

They opened their programme by playing the movement 'Sports & Games' from Patrick Verhaegen's 'Playinitis' without their conductor, Helen Walters. They then impressed the audience with their rendition of Jacob de Haan's beautiful 'Concerto d'Amore'.

The cornets then provided a lush lead in an arrangement of the hymn tune to 'Nearer My God to Thee'. There were other movements from 'Playinitis' played by the massed Beginner & Intermediate Bands spread across the performance. Finally their concert was rounded off with Alan Fernie's animated 'Disney Matter'!
Tewkesbury Training Band Pershore 2013 
Marquee Tewkesbury Band Pershore 2013   Finally the Senior Band played an upbeat programme of light music with a tinge of a space theme in the sweltering hot marquee at The Angel Inn. The Band opened with the TJ Powell march 'The Spacemen' before asking the audience about their breakfast etiquette in 'How D'ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning?' If you are in space I'm guessing its a case of simply catching them!

We moved on in blues style to that well known centre of space exploration Kennesaw with 'Kennesaw Mountain Blues'. Our young soloist for the marquee was euphonium player, Hannah Norman, who once again gave a great solo performance of 'Little Red Bird'. To celebrate the birthdays of all those astronauts and would be astronauts in the audience we played Martin Ellerby's cleverly worked march based on the theme of 'Happy Birthday', 'Birthday Honours'.

It was then time for a little space comedy with the theme from 'Red Dwarf' before the seriousness of going where no man has gone before with the theme from the original 'Star Trek' series.

 Well done all and thanks to all who helped make our performances special especially our guests, Will Norman on percussion, Geoff Henning on Bb Bass and George Cullwick on Eb Bass!

July

Saturday 6th Pershore Midsummer Festival of Brass [Senior Band: 10:55am & 1:55pm / Training Band: 12:10pm]
Saturday 20th Cotswold Beer Festival, Postlip Hall [11:30am-3pm]

June

Proms 2013 Fantasia Vive La Francais Proms Concert
Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury - Sunday 23rd June [7pm]
The Band performed an excellent concert on Sunday evening in the Roses Theatre with a grand total of 37 players on the stage! Excellent playing by all and it was strange for me to sit & listen from the auditorium! 

The 'French Military March' got the concert off to a fantastic start before the full overture from 'Orpheus in the Underworld' (with amazing cadenzas from Kev Bennett on soprano and Helen Walters on cornet). More beautiful playing from Helen followed in the 'Shepherd's Song from Auvergne' before some excellent & very funny dancing and woodblock playing by Ben Stock in the 'Clog Dance' (from La Fille de Mal Garde). The Band rounded of its French themed first half set with an arrangement of Ravel's 'Bolero'. 

The brass group from St Thomas Rich's Grammar School completed the first half with some great playing and an entertaining set including 'Gonna Fly Now', 'Mr Jums', 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'Everybody Loves Somebody'. It's great to see a local high school putting so much effort into producing a good brass band!

The second half of the concert commenced with a tribute to the 'Dam Busters' followed by two great young soloists, Daniel Hart with 'I Hear You Calling Me' (beautifully played on cornet) and Hannah Norman with 'Little Red Bird' (wonderfully expressively played on her euphonium). A little Thank You to one of our Vice-Presidents, Roger Workman, followed with the playing of Martin Ellerby's 'Birthday Honours' to mark the 75th Anniversary of Cotteswold Dairy.

The whole concert was then rounded off in patriotic fashion with the Proms favourites ('Fantasia on British Sea Songs', 'Jerusalem' and 'Pomp & Circumstance No.1'). A very enjoyable evening...Thanks to all who made it so!
Hannah solo Proms 2013
Proms 2013 Finale
John Moore School Fete
John Moore Primary School, Tewkesbury - Friday 21st June [5pm]
An enjoyable warm summer's evening saw a great performance by the Training Band at the John Moore School Fete as they provided good background music to the various school children and their families as they sought to raise funds for their school. The Training Band played a variety of pieces from their summer repertoire highlighting the breadth of music played by a brass band & the wide age range of its membership; hopefully some of the parents noted the existence of the Training Band and the opportunity for their child to expand its musical horizons.
   
St Catherine's Church Fete
St Catherine's Church, Gloucester - Saturday 15th June [1pm]
On Saturday 15th June the Training Band made another of their annual appearances. This time at the St Catherine's Church fete in Gloucester playing a mixed programme of music from their current repertoire throughout the afternoon to entertain the fete-goers. Matthew Lee did a fantastic job as the stand in musical director for the day whilst Helen Walters attended her cousin's wedding in Cornwall.

   
Bishops Cleeve Street Fair 2013 Bishop's Cleeve Street Fair
Bishop's Cleeve - Sunday 9th June [1:45pm]
After the busy Cabaret Evening last night the Training Band made their annual appearance at the Bishop's Cleeve Street Fair playing an entertaining programme of music for all those attending. The highlight of the afternoon being the fly past by a spitfire which was timed to perfection to be accompanied by the band playing 'Land of Hope and Glory'.
   
Training Band Cabaret Evening
St John's Church Hall, Churchdown - Saturday 8th June [6pm]
This years Training Band Cabaret Evening took place in Churchdown on the evening of 8th June. As usual the main stars of the evening were the individual soloists and duet performers, some having only been playing for just a few months.

The Beginner Band opened the concert standing and playing from memory one of the movements from Patrick Verhaegan's suite 'Play-In-Itis' called 'Sports & Games'. This was followed by one of the youngest Training Band members Caitlin Gillett (aged 7) taking the stage as the first soloist of the evening dressed in a balloon covered costume to play a piece inspired by her Grandfather's business 'The Balloon Song' on her horn. This was followed by two more of our new cornet players playing a duet with the strident name of 'Megamarch'. Next it was the turn of young euphonium player Daniel Lewis who taught us how to count with a piece entitled 'One, Two, Three'.
 
Cabaret Toy Shop 2013 Jungle book Cabaret 2013
Inspector Clouseau (Shannon Huntley) then arrived on stage to give us a rendition of the 'Pink Panther'  on cornet. After a lengthy introduction regarding the history of the piece the Intermediate Band played an arrangement of Tchaikovsky's 'March Slave'. Seven year old Matthias Wildman then played one of the fun tunes from the Look, Listen & Learn Tutor Book 'Dance of the Clown'. After this it was the turn of the Henning family featuring as The Bizarre Quartet to play a piece written by father Geoff Henning called 'The Bizarre Quartet'. Caitlin's brother, Adam, then showed us his talent on the cornet with a version of the tune from the tavern in Star Wars 'Cantina Band'. It was then time for a bit of rock as Ben Stock on the drum kit to rock out to the sounds of 'Summer of 69'. After that the Intermediate Band gave us a piece from pop legends Take That 'Shine' before Ella Hart on cornet took things classical with the 'Theme from the New World' by Dvorak.

Time for some TV themes as Isaac Parry played the famous theme from the football show 'Match of the Day' and the Wildman family starring as The Wild Band dressed as builders gave us 'Bob The Builder'. Kirsten McKeown took us on a percussion based 'Maiden Voyage' before Amelia Henning gave us a description of 'Morning' in the Henning household. The first half of the programme was brought to a conclusion with the Training Band leader, Helen Walters, swapping her baton for a cornet and Matthew Lee taking the baton to lead the Intermediate Band in Jacob de Haan's  'Concerto d'Amore'.

Our cabaret evening always involves dressing up. Some soloists were dressed up in costume to complement the piece of music they had chosen. Many costume changes also went on for the whole band. During the Beginner Band donned a mixture of costumes to reflect the characters in the Toy Shop Suite (Toy Soldiers, Robots or Ballerinas). The second half opened with the first of these being 'Toy Soldier's March'. Alice Henning then entertained the audience with the theme tune to the popular cartoon 'Flintstones' on her horn. This was followed by trombonist Emmeline Turner who was already making her third Cabaret appearance at the age of nine playing an arrangement of the theme from Vivaldi's 'Spring'.  The Beginner Band ballerinas were then featured as the Beginner Band played 'The Music Box' from the Toy Shop Suite.
Cabaret 2013 Conducting John Derinda Cabaret 2013
The fantastic mix of ages involved in brass banding and within the Tewkesbury Town Band family was then highlighted by the next duet which featured senior citizen and long time tuba player, John Lampitt, and the slightly younger trainee tuba player, Derinda Wildman. They had a combined age of 124 and played a great rendition of the gospel song 'Steal Away'. Kieran Bennett then treated us to the 'James Bond Theme' on his trumpet. Next it was the robots turn as the Beginner Band played 'Robot's Dance' from the Toy Shop Suite.

Daniel Hart took on the difficult task of a 'Mission Impossible' on his cornet highlighting the talent that has taken him through the various bands to being a member of the Senior Band. This was followed by Theo Wildman on horn taking us on a trip to the West End musicals with a version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Love Changes Everything'. It was then time for the various Beginner Band characters to combine for the Toy Shop Suite 'Parade'.  The final two soloists of the evening were two of the more experienced Training Band members, Henry Hick who stunned the audience with a fantastic rendition of 'Happy Farmer' on the tuba and Amy Williams who played an arrangement of Gabrielle's 'Rise' which showed off her high register playing of the baritone. The concert was then rounded off by the Intermediate Band and some monkey business from Tom Petticrew and Matthew Lee in Alan Fernie's arrangement of disney tunes into 'Disney Matter'.

Many thanks go to Nigel Morgan (our compere for the evening) and everyone who helped move percussion, sell raffle tickets or set up the room. It all helped to make the evening such a great success.

June

Saturday 8th Cabaret Evening, St John's Church Hall, Churchdown - Training Band [6pm]
Sunday 9th   Bishop's Cleeve Street Fair 1:45pm & 3pm - Training Band
Saturday 15th   St Catherine's Church Fete, Gloucester - Training Band [1pm]
Friday 21st John Moore School Fete, Tewkesbury - Training Band [5-8pm]
Saturday 23rd Proms Concert, Roses Theatre [7pm] - Box Office: 01684 297054 www.rosestheatre.org

May

Tewkesbury Abbey Fete 2013 Tewkesbury Abbey Fete
Tewkesbury Abbey - Monday 27th May [12pm]
Spring Bank Holiday Monday saw the band make its annual appearance at the Tewkesbury Abbey Fete on what turned out to be one of our best Spring Bank holiday's weather wise for several years. It was however windy meaning that the players had to be alert to sudden gusts that could blow their music off the stands. The Band opened our programme with the TJ Powell march 'The Spacemen'.

The Band then played several easy listening favourites to entertain the fete going public. These included a fantastic duet by Kev Bennett on Soprano and Helen Walters on cornet playing John Carr's 'Two of the Tops' , the cornet feature 'Spanish Eyes' and a little rhythm & blues with 'Kenneshaw Mountain Blues'.

The second half saw the trombone section (who were missing Hadrian Walters on the day due to his recent operation) play the fun trio 'Sunshine Corner'. A big thank you to Matthew Lee who has ably stepped into Hadrian's shoes whilst he is incapacitated.  There were a few tunes for the budding young conductors at the fete, 'Thomas the Tank Engine' and 'Postman Pat'. The concert was rounded off with the space theme featuring two TV theme tunes 'Red Dwarf' and  'Star Trek'

Thanks to Paula & Mark Taylor on Tenor Horn and Greg Morgan on percussion for helping us out at this event.
   
  Sad News: Death of the Band's Founder, Miles Amherst
Saturday 11th May

It was with great sadness that the band learned at practice last night that the man who started it all on 13 March 1974, Miles Amherst, passed away on Saturday 11 May 2013. Our thoughts go out to all his friends and family. 

Here is an archive clip of this great citizen of Tewkesbury conducting a massed band of past and present players at our 30th Anniversary Concert in 2004.

The funeral of Miles Amherst will take place on Friday 24 May 2013 at 3:30pm in Tewkesbury Abbey. His son Michael has said that all are welcome to remember his life.

The Gloucestershire Echo article about Miles can be found here: http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Founder-Tewkesbury-s-Abbey-School-Miles-Amherst/story-19013278-detail/story.html#axzz2TepTqcCK .

Band Personnel Changes
As with any club or society over time there are changes to the membership. Our band structure allows for individuals to begin their playing of a brass instrument in our Training Band, starting in the Beginner Band as soon as they are confident enough to participate and progressing to our Intermediate Band as they become more competent as players. The ultimate aim being for these players to make their way up into the Senior Band. This is why it is with great pleasure that over the past few months we have seen Daniel Hart, Rebecca Marshall, Hannah Norman and Emma Keene make the progression from the Intermediate Band into the Senior Band.

The Band was sad to say farewell to Bb bass player Chris Daw at the end of March. Chris made the decision to move to another band as he wanted to do more contesting. We wish him well in his future banding. 

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

Adam Gillett -Grade 3 Trumpet
Emma Keene -Grade 5 Cornet
Kieran Bennett -Grade 2 Cornet

May

Monday 27th Tewkesbury Abbey Fete

April

Nigel Morgan as boy Surprise 60th Birthday Party
St John's Church Hall, Churchdown
Saturday 27th April


The Band gathered at St John's Church Hall, Churchdown to throw a surprise party and short concert to celebrate the 60th birthday of our Musical Director, Nigel Morgan. Whilst we got the hall set up Nigel's wife, Katy, took him on a shopping trip to Morrisons! As they arrived back home the band gathered in the entrance to the Church and Church Hall to play several renditions of '
Happy Birthday' whilst the surprise set in.

The band then gave a good short concert  to Nigel's friends and family featuring: TJ Powell's march '
Spacemen',  the Cornet feature 'Spanish Eyes',  the Trombone trio 'Sunshine Corner',  'Baggy Trousers',  'Schneewalzer',  An amazing premiere solo performance with the Senior Band by Hannah Norman of 'Little Red Bird', and finally 'Congratulations'. As with any good party this was followed by plenty of food and drink!

Happy Birthday Nigel!

Introductory Music

Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th April
Those who attended the Tewkesbury Manor Players recent production of Calendar Girls were treated to several tracks recorded by the Band whilst they were waiting for the performances to commence. This was a good collaboration between the two organisations and hopefully the Manor Players audience enjoyed the introductory music.
Tewkesbury Town Band AGM
Tewkesbury Town Hall - Wednesday 10th April 7pm
On Wednesday 10th April the Band held its annual AGM in Tewkesbury Town Hall. As usual the evening's proceedings commenced with a short pre AGM concert by our Training Band to the Town Mayor, band members, family and friends.

The Intermediate Band opened the concert by playing an arrangement of 'Trumpet Voluntary'. This was followed by the Beginner Band playing two items from a suite called 'Play-in-itis' by Belgian composer Patrick Verhaegen, 'Go Kart Racing' & 'Sports and Games' before the Intermediate Band gave a beautiful rendition of the brass band classic  'All In The April Evening'. The Beginner Band then played the march, 'March of the Toads', also from the pen of Patrick Verhaegen. The short concert was completed by the Beginner Band playing 'The Soldiers March' from the Toy Shop Suite and the Intermediate Band bringing things up tempo with an arrangement of the Take That classic 'Shine'.
2013 Committee   After a welcome by the Chairman the proceedings of the meeting were handed over to the President of the Band, the current Town Mayor, Councillor Ken Powell. A short formal meeting outlined the Officer's reports and band accounts prior to the election of committee members for the year ahead.

Committee members, players and supporters were thanked for every part they play within the Tewkesbury Town Band family. It is everyone working together that makes the Band such a success.
Chairman: Helen Walters
Secretary: Sue Corrigan
Treasurer: Christine Poole
Committee Members: Julia Edgeworth-Simmonds, Matthew Lee, Pete Hart, David Greenaway,
Martin Cullwick, Jenny Norman
Librarian: Sue Corrigan
Contest Secretary: Jenny Norman
Project Manager / GBBA Rep: Mark Windsor
Band Manager: Kev Bennett
Newsletter Editor: Penny Windsor
Friends Secretary: Pete Hart

April

Saturday 16th AGM - including Training Band Concert, Tewkesbury Town Hall
Saturday  27th Surprise 60th Birthday Party for MD, Nigel Morgan, St John's Church Hall, Churchdown

March

Palm Sunday Parade
Tewkesbury Abbey
Sunday 24th March

The Band once again managed to gather a group of early risers to lead the Abbey Palm Sunday parade from the grounds of Abbey House to the Abbey itself. The sun came out to shine on the occasion and the donkey behaved as the band led the congregation in the processional hymn "O Glory Laud and Honour" as they made their way to the West end of the Abbey for a bible reading before singing "Sing Hosanna" to band accompaniment.
Spring into Spring Spring Into Spring: Discover Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury School
Saturday 23rd March


Several of the Band's members manned a stall at Discover Tewkesbury's Spring Into Spring event held at Tewkesbury High School  to promote all that our Town has to offer in the way of social and community activities. There was a good cross-section of the Town's clubs, societies and community organisations present and several of these put on displays in the drama hall where our stall was located.

There was  health level of interest in the Band from those attending the event and several of the sea cadets had fun trying out the instruments. A big thank you to those members of the band that took time out of their Saturday to help promote the band.
Surprise Party
Bredon Village Hall
Saturday 16th March


On Saturday 16th March the senior band was pleased to entertain partygoers at a surprise party for John Lee's 65th Birthday at Bredon Village Hall. John helps the band throughout the year as a roadie and is husband to flugel player Linda and Dad to Trombone player Matthew. Mother and Son joined together to perform a duet of a piece that is special to Linda & John, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.

Much fun was had by all at the party afterwards!

March

Saturday 16th John Lee's 65th Birthday Party, Bredon Village Hall
Saturday 23rd Promotional Stall at the Spring Into Spring: Discover Tewkesbury Event, Tewkesbury School
Sunday 24th Palm Sunday Parade, Tewkesbury Abbey [9:15am]

February

Tewkesbury Winter Ale's Festival
Watson Hall
Saturday 2nd February

The first outing for the year for our Senior Band in 2013 was to the 18th Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival at the Watson Hall on February 2nd. With around 70 beers to choose from our audience would have had a hard choice when voting to pick the ‘Beer of the Festival’. The eventual winner being ‘Walloonatic’ from Cotswold Spring Brewery. An entertaining programme was played for an hour prior to a big screen showing of the days Five Nations Rugby matches. Beer Festival favourites such as Dam Busters, Baggy Trousers and Schnee Waltzer plus other lively pieces went down well while the festival goers studied the form of the ales on offer.

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

Adam Gillett - Grade 2 Trumpet
Henry Hick - Grade 5 Euphonium
Harry Sargeant - Grade 8 Trumpet & Cello
Rebecca Marshall - Grade 5 Cornet
Matthew Lee – Grade 5 Piano

February

Saturday 2nd Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival

January

Snow stops Skegness trip!
Butlins Mineworkers Open Brass Band Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January


In the New Year Senior Band practices started earlier than usual, on 2nd January, preparing for the Butlins contest at Skegness just over two weeks later. With lots of hard work by everyone and many extra rehearsals they were ready. Then came the snow on 18th January, the day of travel.

The journey was planned to start late afternoon. At the start of the day it was thought to be possible. Unfortunately the snow fell heavier. With freezing temperatures expected for the evening cross country journey, and with safety in mind, the coach company made the decision to cancel the trip. A great disappointment for everyone.
Nigel Morgan the Band’s conductor sent out a message to all the players. “You had all worked very hard and had achieved a good standard of performance on the piece such that, with a bit of luck, we perhaps could have looked forward to a good result.”

It was remarkable how A Gallimaufry Suite, the set test piece for the contest had come together. Out of the 27 players due to perform the piece five were contesting for the first time and three were going to be playing an instrument that they hadn’t contested on before. One of those players was Linda Lee who took on the challenge of the Flugel part that had a solo section in one of the movements of the piece. She did an excellent job in mastering it.

As two of our members were not able to rehearse and contest with us due to A Level exams the Band wishes to thank Debbie and Paul from Nailsworth Band who were standing in to cover their positions. Thanks also goes to Ed who was helping us out and playing the drum kit part, never having played in a brass band before,
or the Band.
   

January

Friday 18th to
Sunday 20th
Butlins Mineworkers Open Brass Band Festival, Butlins, Skegness - Test Piece: A Gallimaufry Suite by Philip Harper -  Snow prevented Travel

 

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