Auf Wiedersehen Robin!
Sadly the band said farewell to one of our long serving and most popular Cornet players, Robin Purser, at the end of September. Robin has moved to Newcastle, where he has started a new job as Programme Development Manager at The Sage in Gateshead. Robin began playing the Cornet under the instruction of Ron Caddock and continued to progress, ultimately completing a Music degree at Cardiff University in 2005.

As a mere school boy Robin joined the Band back in 1995 aged 12 and played with the band for five years. On completing his degree Robin stayed in Cardiff to work for another year. After playing with the band at our 30th Anniversary Concert along with other past players, he then travelled to Tewkesbury most weekends to play with the Band.

Robin re-joined the band in 2005 when he moved back to Tewkesbury, working with Cheltenham Festivals. Since then he has been a valued and committed member of the band and although we will miss him we wish him all the best in Newcastle. One good thing is that Robinís family still live in Tewkesbury. Hopefully Robin will regularly return to the Band when he comes home for his essential (and famous) Mum's Sunday roast dinners!

A Flying Affair! Brize Norton Party in the Park
Brize Norton - 18th September 2010
The Intermediate Band, along with some guest players from the Senior Band, entertained the crowds for the second year running at RAF Brize Nortonís Party in the Park on the 18th September. This is an event for station families, service personnel and members of the local community to enjoy time together and raise money for charity. The bands first performance was near the entrance, playing as party goers arrived. The kit was then carried over to the main stage for the second performance. Some band members were a little nervous playing on a huge stage, to so many people. No need to worry, everyone played brilliantly and entertained the audience with popular music such as Congratulations, Pinball Wizard and Hava Nagila. During the performance the band had to take a short break as the Vulcan flew directly over the stage with a deafening noise. When performances were over, players and supporters enjoyed a picnic and listened to the variety of music groups taking to the stage. Later, everyone looked skywards as the RAF Falcons parachute display team dropped in. The evening finished with a fantastic fireworks display.


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 don't miss out! The tickets for our concerts on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th 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:


Saturday 18th Brize Norton Fun Day - Training Band


Rain and Robin Hood: Band Camp in the Midlands!
Ibstock - 20th to 22nd August 2010

This year the Training Band decided to head North to Ibstock, Leicestershire for their 6th annual camping tour. Tents were pitched in the rain. Following a picnic lunch in the gazebo the sun came out and everyone dried off. After weeks of suspense about what colour the camp T-shirts might be this year it was finally revealed - burgundy. Sighs of relief from some as they had heard a rumour it was yellow. A rehearsal, craft activities and games of frisbee took up the rest of the afternoon prior to a wonderful meal cooked on site by Chris Poole, Steve Edgar and Helen Poole.

That evening getting everyone into the gazebo for the evening quiz was a tight squeeze. The musical and general knowledge rounds were followed by each team having to make up their own camp rap with musical accompaniment. Team Ben & Co won the quiz and a special mention must go to team Four Portions of Jamís rap entitled ĎBand CampÖ.Damp Campí, it received the loudest applause.

Saturday, after breakfast, it was onto the coach to travel to Nottingham. Free time in the morning allowed everyone to see the town and have lunch. The heavens opened again just as the band arrived at Nottingham Castle. On the generous bandstand, that had enormous sash windows on each side, the players didnít get wet. Our dedicated supporters, and the occasional tourists who were braving the weather could be described as drowned rats. There were the occasional glimpses of sun during the afternoon giving hope to everyone.

The sun did come out on Sunday (hooray!) and remained with us for the rest of the day. After a leisurely morning on site the tents were taken down (dry!). The coach loaded, the band travelled to a local pub in Coleorton. The band played in the pub garden prior to enjoying a traditional roast lunch. Our camp chefs for the weekend were treated to a chocolate dessert to thank them for their hard work. Helen Walters, Training Band conductor and camp organiser, was given a chocolate bear as a treat to remind her of Here Comes Bobby the Bear, one of the pieces played over the weekend. [article by Penny Windsor]

60th Anniversary Celebrations
Churchdown Horticultural Show, Churchdown - 14th August 2010
The Intermediate Band played at the Societyís 60th annual show. This date was booked nearly two years in advance, after missing the event last year. As the sky was full of threatening clouds the band set up on the community centre stage, in view of the many exhibits on show. With all the fruit, vegetables and flowers in the hall '
Ground Force' was one of the most popular pieces of music played during the afternoon.

After the event the players were invited back to the Windsor's for tea and cakes. A not-so-royal garden party was moved indoors due to the rain. [article by Penny Windsor]

Stroud Bandstand
Stroud - 8th August 2010
Our final bandstand appearance of the year was at Stroud Bandstand on a dry but overcast Sunday afternoon. We opened our programme with the exciting London inspired 'Fanfare Britannica' by James Hosay. This was followed by the American spiritual influenced work from the pen of James Curnow 'Jubilation' before principal cornet Helen Walters took centre stage to play Peter Graham's exciting 'Glorious Ventures' with great panache.

This was followed by a little light classical music from Russia in the form of Shostakovich's 'Second Waltz' which had the audience dancing in their seats. The cornet section then joined forces to lead the band and audience on a journey to the Iberian peninsula with Bert Kaempfert's 'Spanish Eyes' before the band took the audience further on their travels with a brief trip to Mexico with 'La Cucaracha'. Helen Poole transported us back to closer shores with a beautiful rendition of the traditional Celtic tune 'How Can I Keep From Singing?'. Nigel Morgan then took his braves on a trip to the mid-West of the USA for an evening of tribal dancing around a traditional campfire as the Band donned head-feathers and entertained the audience with Mario Burki's atmospheric 'Indian Fire' to conclude our first half.

We commenced the second half of our programme with a real toe-tapping upbeat march from the Salvation Army 'Service Our Joy'. This was followed by a rapid journey through several popular moments from Italian opera in the form of Alan Fernie's 'Italian Fantasy' before our Solo Horn, Clive Miles, took us back to the USA and Kansas in particular with his rendition of the popular 'Over The Rainbow'. Staying in a musical frame of mind it was back to London to visit that magical nanny, 'Mary Poppins' in a symphonic arrangement by Andrew Duncan.

Our final soloist of the day was Susan Stayt-Mackey from our percussion section on the ancient car horn which was prominently featured in the theme tune from 'Herbie Fully Loaded'. This was followed by a tribute to Tom Jones in his 70th year with an arrangement of one of his most popular tunes 'It's Not Unusual'. Staying in the popular music vein we then played the trombonists favourite due to the huge number of glisses contained within it, 'Candyman'. Our afternoon concert was rounded off with an original brass band piece 'A Klezmer Karnival' by Philip Sparke that weaves several Yiddish tunes into a whirl of music.

We would like to Thank the following people who helped us out on the day due to illness and holiday commitments of band members, Jim Mason on Soprano, Debbie and Shona MacDougall on cornet, Kieran Morgan on Eb Bass and Ryan Morgan on Bass Trombone.


Sunday 8th Stroud Bandstand [2:30-4:30pm]
Saturday 14th Churchdown Horticultural Society Show - Training Band
Friday 20th to
Sunday 22nd
Training Band Tour to Ibstock

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