June

Alderman Knight School Fete - 21st June 2003
The sun had it's hat on for the annual appearance of the band at the Alderman Knight School fete. An event we enjoy immensely as we help our long time supporters from the school raise funds to keep up the excellent work done by this special school.

We were joined in the playing ranks by some of our good friends. Jane Mason was filling in on 1st Baritone for the missing Juliet Jeffrey and Dave Butler was helping out on kit percussion in the absence of Pete Strawson. Finally, our good friend Dan Slater had made the trip all the way from Kettering to join us on bass trombone... crazy but true! A big thank you to all and it was great to see you.
We had two half hour slots, either side of a charity football match, in which to entertain the fete goers. The first included 'The Middy', 'Pirates of Penzance' and the spectacular cornet trio (played by a quartet!) Sea Breezes. Children's corner came next with a junior conducting competition being held between two of the junior members of the band supporters club (David and Matthew Crowe!).

The second half began with 'Seventy-Six Trombones' and ended with 'Raggy Trombones' which we subtitled 'Shaggy trombones' since it followed the premier by the band of 'Scooby Doo, Where Are You?'. Another junior conductor was called in at short notice in the form of James Musto to guide the band through Thomas the Tank Engine. A future tyrant with the baton if today was anything to go by!!
Overall, a fun afternoon in the sun which hopefully raised lots of funds for the school.

News!

Brassed Off!
Eb Bass player, Ken Smith, has recently been involved in not one, but two runs of the stage show, Brassed Off. Playing firstly with Stourport-on-Severn Brass Band and then being asked to help out City of Birmingham Brass Band at the Birmingham Rep. Brassed off?... I don't think so!

Congratulations!
Congratulations to local teenager and friend of the band, Nick Walkley on his achievements on the National Youth Brass Band's Easter course.
"Nicholas Walkley, cornet, won the most coveted Maud Wright Award, presented to the member deemed by the NYBB course staff to have given the most meritorious service to the band." [Brass Band World Magazine, May 2003].
Nick was also awarded the Kate Ogden Award.

Aaargh!
We are sorry for the lack of updates to the site in recent weeks. This was due to computer problems...our hard drive died...but now we've hopefully got it all fixed and reviews and news will be updated a.s.a.p.!

"You said  what??!!"
Just a reminder that all the views portrayed on this website are mine and Hadrian's (mostly Hadrian's!!) and may not reflect the views of Tewkesbury Town Band as a whole.
 
Musical Chairs Again!
While we've been busy fixing our computer, all sorts of changes have been going on in the band!
Firstly, we would like to welcome back to the band, Martin Musto and Sarah Crowe. Martin has returned to the position of principle cornet with us after 18 months of playing principle with Championship section band, Lydmet Lydney. Martin started playing with Tewkesbury Band when he was about 6 so he is definitely returning to his roots. Sarah Crowe has followed her husband, Neil, back to Tewkesbury band after giving birth to their third son. Sarah is a very talented player and joins the band on flugel horn.
Due to these additions to the band, there have been a few changes! Helen Morgan has moved down the front row off principle and she is joined by Sue Pawley who has come back on to cornet after playing flugel. With Tom and Adrian still on the front row as well, it looks to be a very strong section!

Ready, Aim, Play! - New Bandroom location
The May bank holiday weekend saw a magnificent team effort from the band members and families as we moved bandroom; from the hut we had been occupying for the past 18 months on Ashchurch Army camp to the old rifle range there. This exercise required us to remove all evidence of our occupation of our old hut. Thus, the various elements of our home-made acoustic dampening system had to be dismantled i.e. the carpet and underlay had to be taken up, the jigsaw puzzle of the suspended ceiling taken down and the drapes removed from the walls.

Whilst one team of volunteers was in the hut doing this, another team was at the old rifle range dismantling a partition wall with sledge hammers. Once the partition was down, the bucket and mop brigade invaded to clean the place up.

The essential lunch break at the Queens Head followed before we returned, paintbrushes and rollers in hand to add a taste of magnolia to the walls. By now, the new bandroom was starting to take shape and all that was left to do was re-lay the carpet and underlay from that we had earlier taken up from the hut floor. Somehow, despite the different shapes of the rooms and the new room appearing to be larger, the carpet was almost a perfect fit once it had been reshaped a little! With the stands, chairs and percussion kit in place we once again had a bandroom!

All the time in the background, Sue, the band librarian, had been methodically transferring our music library to its new location. Our new bandroom with the extra space offered by the adjoining length of the rifle range itself provides lots of exciting potential for the band and we hope to be reporting on more developments in the near future. A big Thank You to Ashchurch Army Camp for continuing to house us. Finally, a huge Thank You to all who took time out to help ensure the band made a rapid and efficient transfer to its new premises.

More Players on the Way!
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Adrian and Sue Pawley are expecting their first child, due in October. Congratulations to you both and we hope everything continues to go well.

 

June

Saturday 14th

Brass Plays the Proms Concert, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury 7:30pm

Saturday 21st Alderman Knight School Fete 1pm (?) - Just off Junction 9 of the M5

May

Twinning Association Concert, Churchdown
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30th May 2003

"FOR the first time ever Tewkesbury Town Band played in Churchdown on May 30, at a concert with the Churchdown Male Voice Choir, attended by the Mayor of Tewkesbury Borough, Cllr Jim Mason.

MC'd by Barry Woods, the choir sang a number of favourites to the capacity audience, under the direction of their musical director John Blenkinsopp, and accompanied by Pam Taverner. Nigel Morgan conducted the band.
 

Barry said the choir was delighted to return to the familiar surroundings of the Churchdown Community Centre. Pianist Pam was invited to cut the red ribbon on the new piano from the 100 club.

Many in the hall were off to Twickenham next day so everyone sang The Gloster Boys with great gusto.

Proceeds from the concert went to The Anthony Nolan Trust, the Tewkesbury Town Band and the Twinning Association. Major Tom Hancock, chairman of the Twinning Association spoke of the close ties with Miesbach and the exchange visits enjoyed by 2000 children.

After presentations, band and choir joined together in the Huntsmen's Chorus by Weber, Soldiers' Chorus by Gounod and Pomp and Circumstance by Elgar. A very fitting finale." 

By Marguerite Hazell, Gloucestershire Echo.
 

Tewkesbury Abbey Fete - 26th May 2003

Review to follow shortly!

Stratford-upon-Avon Bandstand - 25th May 2003
The Spring bank holiday was as usual subject to changeable weather; this was definitely the case on Sunday whilst we were on the bandstand at Stratford-upon-Avon. It was tough conditions for the Band on the bandstand. There were dry spells during which an audience appeared, followed by swift downpours which dramatically reduced the audience numbers to a few hardy brass band followers.

Despite the tough conditions, the Band managed to attract a reasonable audience and provided a good afternoon of musical entertainment.

The programme was similar to that of Evesham the week before, with the strident 'Jubilee fanfare' opening proceedings, followed by the Overture: 'Pirates of Penzance'. The Euphoniums led the band beautifully in the ever popular 'Music of the Night' before Helen Morgan tool the band to Latin America as she breezed through 'Fiesta Mexicana'. From Mexico, there was a quick jaunt through 'Scarborough Fair' to see 'Tin-Tin' in Switzerland before alighting 'Thomas the Tank Engine' to Spain where we pulled in at the station just in time to see the 'March of the Toreadors'!
 
The fourth movement of Northern Landscapes 'Flight' began the second half of our programme in style. Neil Crowe then took centre stage with his lilting rendition of the film music 'Bilitis'. The crowd were then invited to take the roles of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John as we played 'Summer Nights' from the popular musical 'Grease'. Another popular movie tune 'Everything I Do' followed featuring the beautiful flugel sound of Sarah Crowe. there were more aquatic antics from Betty Ellis and Keith Rose in Alan Fernie's superb arrangement for brass band of 'The Ugly Duckling'. The expressive 'All in the April Evening' provided a mellow moment before the tempo rose again to the finish via our American adventure with 'Kennesaw Mountain Blues' and 'Cranberry Corners'.

Evesham Bandstand - 18th May 2003
Our first bandstand appearance of the Summer took place at what was for many years our last venue of the bandstand season, Evesham. A pleasant, if slightly compact, bandstand in a wonderful riverside park location.

Unfortunately, the weather was not as kind to us as we would have liked, with dull grey chilly conditions limiting the size of our audience. However, our stalwart supporters and the keen members of the Evesham brass band appreciation society were present. They were treated to our first performances of several new items. Highlights being:

♫ 'The Ugly Duckling', expertly arranged for brass band by Alan Fernie and starring Betty Ellis on the duck whistle
♫ The exuberant popular classic, 'March of the Toreadors'
♫ 'Kennesaw Mountain Blues', an American style blues by the experienced American composer Stephen Bulla
♫ The beautiful melody from the film, 'Bilitis', played beautifully by our soprano cornet player, Neil Crowe, and
♫ Helen Morgan's confident presentation of her solo item 'Fiesta Mexicana', a latin party piece.

These were presented along with several old favourites to a wonderfully appreciative audience.

May

Sunday 18th Evesham Bandstand
Sunday 25th Stratford-Upon-Avon Bandstand
Monday 26th Tewkesbury Abbey Fete
Friday 30th Twinning Association Concert, Churchdown Community Centre

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