1974 - 2017
Rose & Betty Ellis
Percussion and 2nd Horn
1979 - Now
After being inspired to start playing by Keith Rose (now there's a unique experience! - Only joking!) Betty joined Tewkesbury band in 1979. Betty has played Baritone, Euphonium, Eb Bass, Bb Bass, Glockenspiel and is currently playing Tenor Horn.
During her time in the band, Betty has been Chairman for 3 years, Secretary for 8 years and is now enjoying being an 'ordinary' band member (if they exist!).
Her musical talent obviously comes from her Grandfather who had an orchestra in the 1920's and made violins!
Musical Background: Betty started learning to play in 1979 and taught herself to play. Betty had had piano lessons in her youth!
Which Bands / Ensembles do you (have you) played with on a regular basis? Tewkesbury Town Band.
What has been your most outstanding banding experience to date? Achieving 3rd section and winning at Skegness (2005).
What are your favourite pieces of music that you have played? Daisy Daisy, Tryptich (Philip Sparke), Doyen
What are your favourite pieces of music to listen to (any genre)? Rachmaninov's 3rd Piano Concerto, Polotsvian Dances (Borodin) and Rodeo (Aaron Copland)
What are your musical ambitions? To keep playing as long as possible (without becoming an embarrassment).
Musical Background: Keith started to play in 1948 when he played bugle in the sea cadets.
Which Bands / Ensembles do you (have you) played with on a regular basis? Keith has played with Tewkesbury British Legion Band, Royal Air Force Voluntary Band, Gloucester Hussars TA Band and has played with Tewkesbury Town Band since it was reformed in 1974.
What has been your most outstanding banding experience to date? Winning at Skegness (2005)
What are your favourite pieces of music that you have played? Hinemoa, Benedictus
What are your favourite pieces of music to listen to (any genre)? Jazz and swing of the 40's and 50's.
Who is your favourite performer and why? Frank Sinatra
What are your musical ambitions? To carry on playing to my best ability.
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