November

Alderman Knight School Christmas Fayre
Thursday 29th November saw the Training Band out in force again to provide Christmas music for our friends from Alderman Knight School's Christmas Fayre. There were the usual fantastic selection of Christmas stalls to spend our money at in the short break between our two playing slots. We managed to attract a static audience to our playing and some of them even joined in with a little carol singing!

Turning on the Tewkesbury Christmas Lights

On Sunday 25th the Training Band made its first Christmas appearance at the Town's Festival of Christmas Lights. The Training Band members played a selection of carols and other Christmas tunes from 2:30-3pm and from 3:30-4pm. This kept the crowds browsing the numerous festive street stalls entertained until Santa arrived to turn on the lights at 4:30pm. We even provided the audience with song sheets so that they could sing-a-long with our playing!

Remembrance in Tewkesbury

On Sunday 11th November the Band led the annual Remembrance Day parade through Tewkesbury from outside the Roses Theatre in Sun Street down to the Abbey for the morning service at 10am before leading the parade back to The Cross. At the Cross the Band provided accompaniment for the hymn singing and for the laying of the wreaths. This was followed by the playing of the last post and reveille by Helen Walters to signal the beginning and end of the two minutes silence.
 

CD Recording

On Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November the Band spent two 6 hour days at Alderman Knight School recording our first ever professionally produced CD. The two days were very intense and our levels of concentration were tested to the full as we recorded a seventeen pieces from which the final selection could be made. As with any recording there were several re-takes and the odd squeaky drum stool!! Hopefully we recorded enough material for the producer to collate a good CD from.

The CD will include music from that we have been performing over the past few years in the parks and at our concerts. There are several solos and numerous popular tunes. We are now waiting to hear the finished product and hopefully it will be available in time for our Christmas concerts. More information on the music included nearer to the release date.

November

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th CD Recording
Sunday 11th Remembrance Day Parade, Tewkesbury [Meet 9am; March Off 9:30am]
Sunday 25th Tewkesbury Christmas Lights Ceremony - Training Band [2:30pm]
Thursday 29th Alderman Knight School Christmas Fayre - Training Band [6-8pm]

 

October

Congratulations - A New Addition!
On Monday 22nd October 2007 one of our euphonium players, Julia Edgeworth-Simmonds, gave birth to a baby boy. Reuben William Simmonds was born at 9:19am weighing in at 7lb 7oz. The Band sends their congratulations and say "hi" to Reuben - "Training Band is on a Friday...."!!

'Spot' the Difference!
Inside this costume is one of our band members. Can you guess who it is?!
HINT: Look on the individual members pages to find another photo of Spot!

Mop Fair
The Band and many of its Training Band members led the evening procession of the Mayor and other dignitaries for the opening of the annual Mop Fair in Tewkesbury on Tuesday 9th October. The Band led the parade from Gander Lane to the fair at The Cross playing the simple but jolly 'Circus March' from a suite of tunes by Chris North that currently forms part of the Training Band's repertoire.

Flood Appeal CD

On Wednesday 3 October the Band recorded "Beyond the Sea" at Tewkesbury School for the forthcoming Flood Appeal CD that is the brainchild of Jon Benns, the owner of Tewkesbury's music shop 'The Music Trade'. He has managed to co-ordinate a CD that includes many Tewkesbury musicians and musical groups for what will be an eclectic CD featuring the likes of local ska band Spunge alongside ourselves and Carlton Etherington! The CD is entitled "A Drop in the Ocean" and will be available on 1 December for 10 from The Music Trade, Alison's Bookshop, Treens Electrical and the Tourist Information office.

October

Wednesday 3rd Recording track for Flood Appeal CD, Tewkesbury School [7:30pm]
Tuesday 9th Tewkesbury Mop Fair Parade, Tewkesbury High Street [6pm]
Sunday 14th Civic Parade, Tewkesbury [5:15pm]

September

Christmas Concert Tickets now on sale
Okay its a little early to mention Christmas, but our Christmas Concerts in the Roses Theatre have become increasingly popular over the past few years and are known to sell out early. So we would like to announce that the tickets for our concerts on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December are now on sale.

We can promise our usual mix of the spectacular, thrilling, festive and downright silly! So to avoid being disappointed get down to the Roses and buy your tickets now! The Training Band and local school choirs will also be appearing at these concerts.

Tickets are available from the Roses Theatre Box Office on 01684 295074 and from their website: http://www.rosestheatre.org/

GYBB: CD Recording
On Sunday 9 September, the Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band which feature four of our young players (Oliver Moss, William Norman, Hannah Williams and Grace Windsor) spent the day recording their first CD. This proved an intensive day with the inevitable re-takes and fine tuning of performances spread over 6 hours. We look forward to hearing the results!

Flood Aid! Cathedral Concert raises 2,213
On Friday 7 September the Band made its first appearance in Gloucester Cathedral as part of a joint concert with the Choir of the Gloucestershire Constabulary to raise funds for the Flood Relief Charity. There was an audience of over 500 people with many dignitaries also present (including the Chief Constable of Gloucestershire, the Bishop of Gloucester, several local Mayors and many more) to hear the Choir sing, the Band play and to donate funds to the charity appeal.

We thoroughly enjoyed playing in the Cathedral and gave one of our best ever performances. The Band opened the musical element of the concert with its our own signature march 'Tewkesbury'. This was followed by a few songs from the Choir, before our front row cornet trio (two Helen's and a Robin) took centre nave to play 'Bugler's Holiday'. Keeping the tune together was a major challenge in the echoey Cathedral acoustic but was achieved with aplomb.

This was followed by two pieces that really suited the acoustic, 'Prelude to Act 1 of La Traviata' and a Euphonium/Baritone duet (featuring Carole & Martyn Sudworth) 'Brindisi'. Both tunes sounded fantastic in the Cathedral and were well received by the audience. The Choir then sang their second set of songs before the first half of the concert was rounded off with Ravel's 'Bolero' which began quietly and gradually rose in volume to a huge climax with the obligatory noisy trombone glisses!!

The second half opened in resounding fashion with Trevor Sharpe's bright opener 'Fanfare & Soliloquy'. The Choir then quietened the mood with another selection of songs before the Band's principal cornet, Helen Walters stood up to play the 'Londonderry Air'. Changing the mood the Band then played George Gershwin's up tempo 'I Got Rhythm' which got the audience swaying in their seats.

Martin Warner on Euphonium then played the piece of the evening, 'Benedictus' from Karl Jenkins 'The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace'. Martin started the piece off subtly and expressively with the Cathedral proving the perfect acoustic, then about two thirds of the way through the piece there is a sudden change in dynamic with a full band and percussion entry at fortissimo. The audience who were not expecting this sudden change all leapt about three inches in the air, a sight to behold....luckily no-one suffered a heart attack from the sudden shock!!

The Choir had to follow this and sing their big finale, this they did with great style and ended their part of the concert with the Carousel classic 'You'll Never Walk Alone' to reflect the solidarity that the people of Gloucestershire had shown in the face of adversity. The Band brought the concert to a close in rousing fashion with one of their favourite pieces 'Marching Onward' from the pen of Salvationist composer Ivor Bosanko.

The concert succeeded in raising 2,213 for the Flood Relief charity through the retiring collection. The Band, the Choir, the compere (Mark Cummings of Radio Gloucestershire) all appeared for no charge, and the Cathedral was provided for free. A big Thank You to all who donated either their time or their money.

September

Saturday 1st Informal Concert at the Queen's Head Pub, Aston Cross [7pm]
Friday 7th Concert in Aid of the Flood Relief Charity, Gloucester Cathedral with Gloucestershire Constabulary Choir [7:30pm]

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