July

Cotswold Beer Festival
Once again we enjoyed our appearance at the Cotswold Beer Festival’s Saturday lunchtime session. We sat on the precarious stage and played many of the well-known musical items that the audience at the Beer Festival enjoy….everything from 'Concerto D’Aranjuez' to 'The Pink Panther'!! A good time was had by all, and a few drinks were drunk!

Over The Rainbow Festival
We were proud to be invited to take part in the morning remembrance service in Tewkesbury Abbey as part of the festival to mark one year on from the incredible floods of 2007. We played the Vaughan William’s arrangement of the ‘Old Hundredth’ with the organ to accompany the first hymn of the service, and played along with the organ in ‘Praise My Soul’ to conclude the service.

Cheltenham Music Festival

We were pleased to be invited to play a part in the Cheltenham Music Festival with an outdoor concert in Imperial Gardens. We had been asked to include some music by Vaughan Williams and Holst in our programme and had been preparing movements from Vaughan William’s ‘English Folk Songs Suite’ and Holst’s ‘Second Suite in F’ to feature in the second half of our afternoon programme. Unfortunately the wonderful British summer weather intervened with a downpour soaking the park and preventing us playing our second half!

We did however manage to play our first half programme before the rains came and entertained a sizeable audience who were enjoying the free musical entertainment in the park. We played a mixture of the pieces that we have been playing all summer including ‘Hymn to the Mountain’, ‘O Happy Day’, ‘Mexican Holiday’, ‘Rock Around the Croc’, ‘Jamie’s Patrol’ and ‘Mid All The Traffic’.

Cabaret Night
On Friday 11th July the Training Band held its annual Cabaret Evening, an evening where the members of the Training Band have the opportunity to showcase what they have learnt by playing solo and ensemble items to family, friends and band supporters. This year the cabaret evening was being held at the Gupshill Manor in Tewkesbury and was combined with a social evening for the whole Tewkesbury Town Band family.

The evening’s entertainment began with a performance of the ‘Grease Selection’ by the Intermediate Band; this came complete with Pink Ladies, John Travoltas and disco lights! The first soloist to take the stage was the youngest member of the Petticrew family, Tom. He played one of the pieces from his tutor book ‘Light up the Fire’ with great confidence. He was followed by young baritone player Tom Keene who also featured an item from his tutor book ‘Careless Love’.

Our multi-talented trombone/trumpet/cornet playing Megan Taylor then gave us a jazzy rendition of one of her Grade 5 trombone pieces ‘Hillbilly’. This was followed by a rendition of ‘All Square’ on cornet by Tom’s younger sister, Emma Keene.
 

One of the Training Band’s longest serving members, and like Megan a multi-talented player (cornet/percussion), William Norman gave a moving rendition of the cornet solo ‘Pie Jesu’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Following William was one of out newest and youngest members, Amy Williams, who came to the stage all smiles in a fantastic clown outfit to play the ‘Dance of the Clown’ from her tutor book.

The youngest member of the Windsor family, Lucy, provided one of the highlights of the evening with a moving performance of another Andrew Lloyd Webber piece ‘Love Changes Everything’ on her horn.

The soloists were given a rest as the Beginner Band played an arrangement of ‘Drunken Sailor’. The youngest member of the Norman family, Hannah, then gave a confident performance of ‘As Long As He Needs Me’ on her euphonium despite not feeling too well. The amazing Von Windsor Family made their annual appearance to give us a thrilling rendition of ‘March in May’….no lederhosen this year though!
 

Next up in an explorer outfit came trombonist Cameron Purveur to give us a thrilling rendition of the theme from ‘Indiana Jones’. This was followed by one of the funniest sights I have ever seen, trombonist Matthew Lee took the stage dressed in a monkey costume including mask to play the Jungle Book classic ‘I Wanna Be Like You’.

This was followed the popular TV theme ‘Dad’s Army’ played by Alex Blencowe on his cornet dressed as a soldier.

Another of our cornet stars, Grace Windsor, then gave a beautiful rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘All I Ask of You’. The tallest trombonist, Jonathan Petticrew then ably took on the challenge of the popular trombone solo ‘The Acrobat’ with collapsing keyboard accompaniment by Kim Benbow! The final solo of the night came from another duel instrumentalist (Soprano Cornet/Bb Cornet), Hannah Williams, who gave an amazingly musical and moving rendition of the Frank Sinatra song ‘My Way’ on her Bb Cornet.

After a short interval to allow seating arrangements to be adjusted the whole of the Tewkesbury Town Band organisation combined to give a short concert including a mixture of pieces from each Band’s repertoire. The massed band started the concert with our own signature tune ‘Tewkesbury’. We then played the Beginner piece ‘Tromba Tango’ followed by the Intermediate Band piece ‘Toccata in D Minor’. The upbeat ‘O Happy Day’ followed before Nigel got to do the captain impression for the introduction to the Intermediate Band piece ‘Spongebob Squarepants’. The concert was brought to a close with the Beginner Band piece ‘Folk Frolic’. It was then time to enjoy the food and drink!
 

Ross on Wye Bandstand

On Sunday 6th the Band appeared at Ross On Wye Bandstand and was lucky with the weather. A good audience sat in the park surrounding the bandstand to be entertained by our mix of old favourites and new items.

We opened with the fabulous ‘Hymn to the Mountain’, included our tribute to Vaughan Williams with two items from the ‘English Folk Songs Suite’, and featured our young soloists William Norman (‘My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose’) and George Cullwick (‘Little Brass Monkey’). The mood was calmed down at various points in the programme with ‘Mid All The Traffic’ and ‘All in The April Evening’, and raised with ‘O Happy Day’, ‘Mexican Holiday’ and ‘Sway’.

Celebrations!
Saturday 5th July was a busy day for the Band, and everything went to plan despite the usual wonderful British summer rain. The afternoon began with an outdoor Proms style concert at the Beechwood Residential Home in Ryall. The Band squeezed under a marquee to shelter from the occasional showers and proceeded to entertain the residents and staff of the home with a selection of items from our current programme.

We had also included a few items that the residents of the home may be familiar with, even if our younger members had never heard of the songs since they do not feature in the current top 40. George Cullwick gave his premiere performance of his solo ‘Little Brass Monkey’ and William Norman entertained the audience with ‘My Love is Like A Red Red Rose’. The concert was brought to a rousing close with the familiar flag waving Proms items ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Fantasia on British Sea Songs’.

After a very tasty cholesterol boosting strawberry cream tea, courtesy of the residential home, the Band packed up their kit and made their way to Ripple Village Hall to help …..celebrate their 60th Birthday. The party organiser had been searching for a brass band to help them celebrate and we were pleased to be able to join in the celebrations. We played a 45 minute concert in the village hall to an audience of family and friends. The concert included man of our light concert items such as ‘Rock Around the Croc’, ‘Seventeen Come Sunday’, ‘Sway’ and ‘O Happy Day', as well as the inevitable ‘Congratulations’ and ‘Happy Birthday

Martyn & Carole Leaving

We are sad to say farewell to Martyn & Carole Sudworth who have left the band due to changes to their personal circumstances. Since 2005 they have played an invaluable role as members of our Euphonium/Baritone section. They have travelled with the Band to sunny Skegness for the Butlins Contest (where they took part in the Big Blow), Torquay for the West of England Area Contest, Miesbach, Sidmouth and Dorchester. Several of the Band’s members were also pleased to take part in their bandstand wedding ceremony last year. We wish them all the best for the future.

 

July

Saturday 5th Beechwood Residential Home [2:30-5pm]
Saturday 5th 60th Birthday Party, Ripple Village Hall [6-7pm] (Private Function)
Sunday 6th Ross on Wye Bandstand [2:30-4:30pm]
Friday 11th Cabaret Evening, Gupshill Manor, Tewkesbury - Training Band [7pm]
Saturday 12th Cheltenham Music Festival, Imperial Gardens, Cheltenham [3-5pm]
Sunday 20th Over The Rainbow Festival, Tewkesbury Abbey [10am]
Saturday 26th Cotswold Beer Festival, Postlip Hall [12pm-3pm]

August

Training Band in Dorchester
On Friday 8th August 2008 members of the Training Band (and a few senior band members!) met outside Tewkesbury School to load the coach with their instruments and tents for a weekend of fun on our annual camping weekend. This is our 4th camp having previously been to Sidmouth in 2005 & 2006 and Dorchester in 2007 as shown on the back of our blue and yellow tour t-shirts.
 

Once everything was loaded on to the coach (and the driver had recovered from the shock of how much stuff was to be loaded in!) then the Band headed down the motorway to Dorset and to the Lyon’s Gate Camping and Caravan Park near Cerne Abbas. A few members of the Band had gone down to the camp site early and were there to great us as the coach made the tight manoeuvre into the campsite! Everything was unloaded and the task of putting the tents up began. Everyone had been encouraged to make a sign for tent to show who was inside which was later judged by the camp site owner and his family. The Lee family were the winners with the Stephenson family as runners up. Once the tents were up, it was time for our picnic lunches in the deer glade whilst a few others continued to try and work out how to put up the gazebo!
 

There was a change to the schedule for the afternoon as the band had been asked at the last minute to play at the local pub in the evening and the Cerne Abbas Giant had become overgrown so could hardly be seen. This meant that instead of going for a walk the band stayed on the site and had a short rehearsal followed by the start of The Big Band Camp Quiz 2008 (which will be continued at some point as we only managed to get through 3 rounds!). The Quiz started with a pre-team-selection balloon game and then the chaotic team selection process! Then the teams needed to know information such as how many baked beans would need to be placed end to end to reach the moon for the initial Estimations round before heading off in search of weird and wonderful items for the ‘Find the List’ round. The ‘Whatdyamacallits’ team won the Scales round with a full set of C,D,E,F,G,A and B major scales from Alex Blencowe which gave them the overall lead.
 

The quiz was interrupted by the smell of chips as 56 portions of chips (and fish and sausages and fishcakes…etc) were brought from the local chip shop for our tea which was again enjoyed in the deer glade. It is quite a sight to see over 50 people eating fish and chips in a forest clearing! Following dinner, the Band headed to the Hunter’s Moon pub (under new management!) for our first concert of the tour. The appreciative audience were treated to delights such as our Grease Selection, Drunken Sailor, Tranquillity and Tromba Tango. The Band then enjoyed a drink or two before heading back to snuggle into our tents! As the cockerel welcomed in the new day at 4:10am, the Band began to wake and were drawn out of their tents by the smell of bacon cooking for breakfast (by about 8am!).
 

Once we had all enjoyed a sausage or bacon roll then it was time for band practise before heading off for a day at the beach. However…the weather had other things in mind! The rain started just as we were about to get the instruments out and didn’t stop until about 4am the following morning. Instead of practise, we boarded the coach for an earlier start and headed to Bournemouth. Unfortunately the rain followed us for the day but it didn’t stop the band having a photo on the beach and quite a few had a paddle in the surprisingly warm sea!
 

On the way back, a few of our party who were ahead of the coach in a car were unfortunate to witness a car accident and kindly stopped to help and ensure everyone was ok. We were pleased to hear later that all involved had returned safely from the hospital with only minor injuries. Back at the campsite, we had our own task of clearing out and moving tents which had become flooded or were just about to disappear into a puddle! This went on for some time, as did the task of lighting the BBQ under several umbrellas! Eventually it got going though and a production team went into action in the gazebo buttering rolls etc for tea!

One by one people started emerging from their tents and dashing across to the gazebo trying to stay as dry as possible to enjoy the BBQ food! After dinner, with the rain still coming down, two people moved into another tent which had a spare pod and five took up the generous offer from the local priory where our own Abbey Priest (and Training Band member’s father) was staying for a dry and warm bed for the night. Things started to settle down and a few of us remained around the BBQ in our waterproofs toasting marshmallows…until…whoosh! The gazebo took off across the Deer Glade! We managed to catch it and then proceeded to take it down in the dark and push it underneath a car for storage overnight!

As the cockerel crowed again on Sunday morning after a wild night, things were more peaceful and the sun came out! Again the band was drawn out of its tents by the smell of breakfast cooking and then headed to the deer glade for a short informal concert to make up for the one we had to cancel the night before due to the weather. Although it was informal, some players took it to the extreme and came still in their pyjamas!

The Band then got on the coach and headed in to Dorchester where most families found the Weatherspoons (as there was very little open in Dorchester on a Sunday!) for lunch before a fantastic afternoon concert in Dorchester’s Borough Gardens as the big finale for the tour. Although we all got a little wet over the weekend it just added to the fun which was had and left people planning for next year. It surely wont rain like that again….will it?!!

 

 
   

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August

Friday 8th to
Sunday 10th
Training Band Trip to Dorchester
Sunday 17th Stroud Bandstand [2:30pm-4:30pm]
Sunday 31st Abbey Park Bandstand, Evesham [2:30pm-4:30pm] - Cancelled due to rain

September

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 we would like to announce that the tickets for our concerts on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th 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 [Lakeside Primary School Choir are appearing on the Saturday and John Moore Primary School on the Sunday].

Tickets are available from the Roses Theatre Box Office on 01684 295074 and from their website: http://www.rosestheatre.org/

 

Congratulations and a Sad Goodbye
We are pleased to say Congratulations to a good friend of the Band, Gavin Neill, on passing his law exams and qualifying as a lawyer. Unfortunately since he has found a job with a law firm in Dublin we are sad to say farewell to our flugel player, Mandy Hounsome. We wish them both well with their new life in Dublin and hope to hear from them in the future.

Helen Poole, our assistant principal cornet, has offered to take over from Mandy on flugel and we look forward to her continuing the good work that Mandy has done over the past two years.

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