Sue Ryder Charity Concert 
Wednesday 17th October 2001

The band and choirs (Tewkesbury C of E School Choir and Malvern Male Voice Choir) provided an enjoyable and entertaining programme enjoyed by all in aid of a good cause.

The band kicked off the show in style with Arthur Sullivan's March of the Peers, a long standing summer programme favourite and a good piece to test the acoustic of the schools concert hall. The Lonely Mill overture followed and gave a taste of what was to come later with some wonderfully sonorous euphonium playing by the bands principal euphonium Gareth Marchment. The band ably accompanied Gareth in two contrasting solos Grandfather's Clock and Myfanwy later in the first half. In Grandfather's Clock he used his technical ability to dazzle the audience, and in Myfanwy made his euphonium sing for them. 

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The bands principal cornet, Martin Musto, provided his usual soulful rendition of
I Hear You Calling Me, before the audience were invited to don wellies and take to the garden with the Ground Force. Sadly for Nigel, Charlie Dimmock has yet to put in an appearance to help him sort his garden out! The bands contribution to the first half was completed with the theme from the film Backdraft which was dedicated to the New York Fire Department in the wake of the September 11th tragedy.

The remainder of the first half saw a wonderful performance by the School's choir, accompanied for two items by the Malvern Male Voice Choir. Their mix of old favourites and energetic foot-tappers was heartily appreciated by the audience and the band.

The Malvern Male Voice Choir warmed up the audience for the band in the second half with their spine-tingling harmonies.

The band then invited the audience to put on their dancing shoes for the rhythmic Mambo No.5 before our Eb bass soloist Jonathan Allen led them to the ballroom for some slow, stylish dancing with The Bass in the Ballroom. Jonathan's lengthy cadenza allowed Nigel the chance to take a breather and entertain the children on the front row.

The Pink Panther
then entered the room to buy his Ticket to Ride on the Beatles' tribute to Gods Wonderful Railway, atmospherically arranged for brass band by Alan Fernie. On deboarding the train the audience was treated to an Instant Concert on the platform which was applauded to the point of encore, allowing the band to play out with the rousing When the Saints.

A good evening was had by all and the quality of the bands playing kept some of the audience members intending to leave in the interval, following their children's performance, rooted to their seats for the second half.

Sue Ryder Concert Review. Click the article to read all about it!

Also in October,
New recruit

During October the band was pleased to welcome a new horn player, Beverley Walkley, to the band. She is returning to her Tewkesbury roots from Gloucester Excelsior band and provides a fantastic addition to our horn section.

YBS were in Town!
On Saturday 27th October 2001, one of the top brass bands in the country visited Tewkesbury. Read all about it!

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