April 2004

The Wedding!

On 24 April 2004 the Band helped two of its members, Hadrian Walters (first trombone) and Helen Morgan (assistant principal cornet), celebrate their marriage in style. The Band provided the music for the wedding ceremony at Bishop’s Cleeve church. The Band was joined by the bride and groom at the wedding reception in the Officers Mess at RAF Innsworth where it provided a short concert of light music for their family and friends.

The bride entered to Peter Graham’s wonderful fanfare featuring the cornets and trombones, “Summon the Dragon”; the title of this piece also allowing for numerous jokes to be made regarding the future life of the groom! The groom had to make a hasty dash from his seat in the band to the altar after playing the opening intrada to this piece. The band had entertained the gathering congregation with a selection of music including “Highland Cathedral”, “Swedish Folk Song” and “Gabriel’s Oboe”. Whilst the register was being signed the Band played the descriptive pieces “Silver Mountain” and “In Perfect Peace”. The bride and groom walked out to the joyful “Rondo Romantica” by Otto Schwarz.


AGM Concert Astounds the Audience!
On Wednesday 7th April 2004  Tewkesbury Town Band held its AGM in Tewkesbury Town Hall. As in recent years, the meeting was preceded by a concert from the Training Band. First up was the Beginner Band who opened with David Beal's 'Wild West Yonder' - a great tune that creates many images of cowboys riding over the mountains. Following this they got the audience clapping their hands, stamping their feet, nodding their heads and shouting 'hooray' in an arrangement by Helen C. Morgan of  'If You're Happy and You Know It'. Their final piece was their favourite - Gary Young's 'Rat-A-Tat'.

Before the beginner band left the stage, we had a presentation to make to Grace Windsor. Grace has passed her Grade 1 Cornet exam with distinction and received her certificate and results. [I was in trouble with her Mum though for keeping them in suspense a few days longer than necessary so that I could make this presentation a surprise!].

Following this it was time for the Intermediate Band to impress the audience and that they did. They opened with Nick Mills' 'Festival March' and as they immediately dropped to the p marking half way through, there was a gasp of amazement from members of the senior band in the audience! The next piece was music from a film and tv series, 'Inspector Gadget', arranged by Helen C. Morgan. They then continued with another Nick Mills piece, 'Calypso', and then an arrangement by Gary Young of the traditional tune 'Soldier, Soldier'. The Bands big finale piece was from Johan Nijs' 'Little Europe', this time number 5. Greece. It starts nice and gently and then doubles in speed for the last section before the end - I think the players even impressed themselves!

Congratulations on another great concert!



Sunday 4th Palm Sunday Service, Tewkesbury Abbey 9:15am
Wednesday 7th Band AGM including Training Band Concert , Tewkesbury Town Hall
Friday 23rd St George's Day Parade, Tewkesbury
Saturday 24th Helen & Hadrian's Wedding, Bishop's Cleeve Church
Sunday 25th Civic Parade, Tewkesbury

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March 2004

A review of the Area Contest will follow shortly! (...honest!)

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Sunday 28th West of England Regional Contest, Riviera Centre, Torquay - Test Piece: Vizcaya by Gilbert Vinter

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February 2004

"Tewkesbury" by Andrew Duncan
As part of the Band's 30th Anniversary celebrations, we commissioned a new march, 'Tewkesbury'. There was much excitement in the band room this week as the march had arrived and was waiting to be played for the first time ever! Composed by Andrew Duncan, the march has a military feel to reflect the history of the town of Tewkesbury, and the current band's link with the army through its practice room on Ashchurch army camp; as well as including some more reflective moments depicting the beautiful abbey that we have here in Tewkesbury.

As noted in the dedication at the top of each part, the march will first be performed on our Anniversary Tour that is going to take place to visit several of the villages surrounding Tewkesbury over the weekend of 29th-31st May 2004. [Watch this space for more news on this and other 30th Anniversary events.]

The first playing of the march in the band room was followed by "Wow, that is a really good march, which is fun to play" from everyone in the band. Our regular listeners were also suitably impressed. We are looking forward to many years of playing it.

The Band would like to thank Andy Duncan for creating such a fantastic piece of music that the Band and the Town can be proud of, and enjoy for many years to come. We would also like to thank him for his friendly, helpful approach to the whole process. He made the process of commissioning a new original march easy and something that it was fun to be a part of. 

The Band would also like to thank The Summerfield Charitable Trust for their support in our celebrations. We received a grant of £600 earlier this year to enable us to complete projects such as this one. Thank you.


GBBA Entertainment Contest
Congratulations once again to Portishead as they romped to victory at the annual Gloucestershire Brass Band Association Entertainment contest on Sunday 15th February 2004. Whilst we gave a fun, musical performance, we only managed to bring home 4th place in the third section (ok..it was only out of four!) and 9th place overall when competing against all sections (there were 13 bands in this one so it's not so bad!!).

Our programme opened with the strident 'Cortege from Mlada' and was then contrasted with the entertaining Salvation Army swing number 'Lightwalk'. The mood then quietened as Martin Musto gave an emotional performance of Schubert's 'Ave Maria' as a cornet solo. After that it just got 'stupid' as Helen Morgan joined Martin to play the cornet duet arrangement of 'Something Stupid'. Following this, the Band launched into football style celebrations with 'Carnival de Paris' before closing our programme with the beautiful 'Highland Cathedral'.


Regionals Test-piece 2004
During September the test-pieces for the Regional Contests of the Besson National Brass Band Championships were announced. The piece that has been selected for the Third Section contests is 'Vizcaya' by Gilbert Vinter.

A description of this piece taken from the sleeve notes to the recording made by Fairey's in 1993 of this piece provides the following information:
'Vizcaya' in common with some of Gilbert Vinter's "lighter" pieces, started life as an orchestral work. His interest in the national music of other countries was with him all his life and the MLO broadcast many of his works which were based on folk music from around the world. Fête Basque (1966) was one of these, describing the atmosphere of a festival in the Basque region of the South-West region of France. Vinter used the piece as the basis of 'Vizcaya' arranging it the following year for band whilst also adding a slow introduction based on two further Basque melodies and altering the ending for the sake of musical completeness. It has to be said that there are moments in the work when its orchestral origins have led to unidiomatic brass writing, but it remains an intoxicating optimistic piece, full of Mediterranean sunshine.


Sunday 15th Gloucestershire Brass Band Association Annual Entertainment Contest - RFDC, Coleford

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