August 2002

Thank You and Good Luck - Unfortunately this month, two players have left the band, Amy Corrigan and George Raggatt. Both players have given loyal service to the band while they have been with us. 
Amy joined the band in 1996 playing soprano cornet. However, after playing tenor horn on a march one day, decided that that was the instrument for her. Amy is now heading off to the sun, sea and sand as she is going to work in Ibiza and Tenerife - it sound like a hard life! 
George started playing with Tewkesbury Band in 1998 on 3rd cornet and worked his way up onto the front row as he progressed, even enjoying a spell as principal for a while. George is a talented player who plays with several county and youth orchestras. He has decided to leave the band a he cannot dedicate enough time to it and wants to concentrate more on his trumpet career.
Good Luck to both of you and thank you for your dedicated time in the band. 

Germany - View an updated version of the itinerary for our tour to Germany next week!

New photos! - Look back as far as the Jubilee celebrations in May/June to see some new photos of the band in action!


Priory Park, Malvern Sunday 11th August
At last the rain stopped (after completely soaking me during the week!) so that we could play our last summer concert (in England) to a park filled with happy people, sitting on the grass surrounding the bandstand in Malvern.
We opened our programme in Tewkesbury Town Band style with 'Mississauga Spirit' and the rest as they say, is history! 
Bromsgrove Bandstand Sunday 4th August - Here's some photos of the band playing at Bromsgrove. Review to follow shortly!
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Sunday 4th  Bromsgrove Bandstand [14:30-16:30]
Sunday 11th  Malvern Bandstand [14:30-16:30]
24th - 3rd September Tour to Miesbach, Germany. See what we'll be getting up to on our Tours 2002 page!

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July 2002

New carpet for the Bandroom - To help provide a better acoustic in the bandroom a merry group of band members spent the morning of Saturday 20th July laying a carpet kindly donated to us by RAF Innsworth. The Bandroom now looks extremely smart and on first listen the new carpet has improved the acoustic dramatically.

Germany - View our proposed itinerary for our tour next month on the 2002 tours page!

Money! - The band is in the early stages of applying for a lottery grant to buy a new set of instruments, in order to provide the training band with a full set of instruments. If you've had any successful or unsuccessful experience at this and you are willing to share your advice then please get in touch with us. See our feedback page for contact details.

New young players! - Recently we have welcomed three new young people to our band. They are Sarah-Jane, who plays cornet, Ben, who also plays cornet and Trevor, playing tenor horn. Also, two members of our training band, Guy Irvine (tenor horn) and Oliver Holdsworth (cornet) have now progressed so much that they are coming to the first hour of main band rehearsals to find out what it's like to play in the real world! (and they're doing really well!).

Stratford Park, Stroud 29th July 2002: Summer in the Park

What could be better on a hot sunny summers day than to spend it in the park being entertained by music played by a high quality brass band? If this is your idea of an idyllic summers day then Stratford Park in Stroud was the place to be on Sunday 29th July 2002. 

The band was on top form as it presented a selection of delightful gems from its summer programme. Highlights included a performance of 'Postman Pat' that thrilled the children in the park and even le to calls of "encore!" from the junior audience members. The popular 'Summer Nights' captured the spirit of a hot summers day well and had the audience dancing. To mark the 25th Anniversary of the only brass band recording to make it to the top ten of the pop charts the band played 'The Floral Dance' (sadly Terry Wogan couldn't make it to assist the audience in their singing!). 

The only thing missing from a great afternoon out was the post-performance ice-cream!


Stanway House: Cucumber sandwiches and Champagne with the Conservatives.

On 21st July the band were invited by local MP Laurence Robertson to play at the Conservative Association Garden Party at Stanway House. The weather was kind and the gardens of Stanway House provided an excellent backdrop to our performance. The band was well received by the partygoers and the selection of music from our Summer repertoire provided something for all tastes.

This event also saw the first performance this year of three pieces. The trombone section were featured in the old trio favourite "Frolic for Trombones" and gave a performance that ensured anyone who was enjoying an early afternoon nap was awake to hear the following items. 

Later, the horn section were featured in the classic "Air from the Suite in D." A performance full of expression led to rapturous applause from the audience. The third new item was another piece from the pen of Ken Smith in the form of a modern arrangement of the traditional tune, 'Scarborough Fair."


Midsummer Madness - Pershore Festival of Brass

The highlight of the banding calendar in Worcestershire is the annual brass festival at Pershore, which is now in its 13th year. The festival has continued to grow in popularity and now has top quality bands from farther afield asking to participate.

After observing the 10am fanfare by Perscoran Brass from the top of Pershore Abbey tower announcing the opening of the festival, it was straight to our opening performance in the marquee at the Angel Inn. To herald the start of our programme we gave a rousing performance of 'Mississauga Spirit'. This was then followed by the children's corner selection of theme tunes from 'The Adventures of Tin Tin', 'Thomas the Tank Engine' and 'Postman Pat.' 

A high octane performance of Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' was followed by the big band swing of Ellington's 'Mood Indigo.' In true big band style the trombone section stood to perform their smooth trio section and the piece also featured an impressively cool cornet break by our principal cornet, Helen Morgan, who played from memory. 

The popular 'Summer Nights' followed to get the audience jiving in the sunshine for our lively finale. 'Clog Dance,' Carnaval de Paris' and the 'Can-Can' brought our set to a big finish. George Raggatt switched to his trumpet to open up 'Carnaval de Paris' in tremendous form, following Sue Pawley's gentle start to the piece on flugel. 

After a beverage (non-alcoholic of course!) and a chance to listen to some of the other participating bands, we moved over to Pershore Abbey for our second performance of the day at 1pm. This commenced with a sparkling rendition of the concert march, 'McArthur Glen' by Darroll Barry.

'Mr Jums' slowed the pace down before the audience were given the opportunity to paso doble in the aisles to 'Spanish Gypsy Dance.' The highlight of the concert was then provided by Donna McNeill's performance on the euphonium of 'To a Wild Rose' which had the audience weeping from it's expressiveness and sincerity. R. Vaughan Williams' arrangement of 'Seventeen Come Sunday' brightened the mood (despite the solo cornets not being able to read their part due the stage shaking so much from Nigel's enthusiastic conducting!) before 'Mood Indigo' calmed proceedings down again. 

Ken Smiths finest hour followed a lively performance of 'Chorale and Rockout' (Animal style drum solo courtesy of Dave Butler). The closing pieces both being Ken Smith arrangements suited the Abbey's wonderful acoustic. First up was the 'March from Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony' which gained rapturous audience applause. This was followed by the thunderous yet gentle theme from the film 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.'

What we did in July

Saturday 6th Pershore Festival of Brass [10:30am Angel Inn, 1pm Pershore Abbey]
Sunday 21st Conservative Association Garden Party, Stanway House, Stanway [12:45-15:00]
Sunday 28th Stratford Park Bandstand, Stroud [15:00-16:45]

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