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May

  Tewkesbury Big Weekend Parade
Saturday 19th May
On Saturday 19th May the Training Band joined with several other community groups and primary schools to take part in a royal parade for Tewkesbury's Big Weekend! As the last group in the colourful parade, they paraded down the High Street and Church Street then up to the rugby club playing Festival March and a special arrangement of Crown Imperial for a Royal feel to mark the occasion of the Royal wedding earlier in the day! 

We had lots of fun and hope everyone in Tewkesbury had a great time too.


   
Cabaret Time with the Training Band
Kemerton Village Hall
Saturday 12th May

The Training Band held a fantastic Cabaret Evening in Kemerton Village Hall on the evening of Saturday 12th May that show-cased the amazing talent within the Band. The format of the evening is an informal concert with drinks and nibbles for the audience whilst the Beginner Band and Intermediate Band members perform short solo pieces and the two bands perform a few concert items.

The Intermediate Band opened the concert with the Robbie Williams anthem 'Let Me Entertain You' which it was hoped would be the theme for the evening. The Beginner Band then played one of their favourite tunes 'Rat-A-Tat' before the first young soloist stood to perform.   One of our newest learners, Noah Sauven, played a tune entitled 'Off To Town' from his tutor book. He gave an amazing performance as did Toby Alexander playing 'Skating', Matthaeus Haseldon playing 'Goodbye Friends', Mauro Lara playing 'March of the Drunken Dragon', Harry Reilly playing 'Ode To Joy', Christopher Walter & Grandma playing 'Together And Alone', Elsa Jorgenson playing 'Spring', Rhys Thomas playing 'The Ocean' and Daisy Burn playing 'Greensleeves'.

The Beginner Band gave a rendition of the theme to 'Postman Pat' wearing Jess the Cat masks and the Intermediate Band brought the first half to a close with the tune 'On The Wings of Glory'.

After a short interval the Intermediate Band dressed in the Medieval tabards commenced the second half of the concert with 'Medieval Times'. The Beginner Band played 'March of the Toads' with obligatory frog/toad masks. The fantastic soloists in the second half were Theo Dews playing 'Sloop John B', Ellie Steele playing 'My Favourite Things', Leon Wildman playing 'Caribbean Son', Josh Cross playing 'Hedwig's Theme', Matthias Wildman playing 'The Acrobat', Theo Wildman playing 'Chicago Blues', Nathan Thomas playing 'Chameleon', and Derinda Wildman 'Bare Necessities'. Amy Williams took things to the next level by using electronics to play a duet with a recording of herself with the catchy title 'Duet No. 2'.

The Intermediate Band then left the enthusiastic audience of parents, family and friends dancing as they played 'Blame It On The Boogie'. A great night of entertainment featuring our stars of the future.

May

Saturday 12th Training Band Cabaret Evening, Kemerton Village Hall - Training Band [6pm]
Saturday 19th Tewkesbury Big Weekend Parade - Training Band [3:30pm]
Saturday 26th Concert with Niklasreuth Youth Band, Watson Hall, Tewkesbury [7pm]

April


Britain In Bloom - Tewkesbury and the Band on TV!
Monday 30th April
Hopefully everyone managed to catch Episode 11 of Series 1 of the BBC TV Show 'Britain in Bloom' that featured our wonderful town and a brief glimpse of the Band playing in Victoria Gardens.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0b222gk/britain-in-bloom-series-1-11-tewkesbury

Gloucester Beer Festival 2018 Gloucester Beer Festival
Saturday 28th April
The Band provided some early afternoon entertainment at the Gloucester Beer Festival on Saturday 28th April. We played the usual mixture of light popular music and beer festival favourites. These included pieces to mark the 100th Anniversary of the RAF ('Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines', '1914' and 'RAF March Past'), songs from the 1980's ('Madonna - Queen of Pop!', 'Super Trouper', 'Superman', 'Marching Through The Movies') and some original pieces for brass band ('A Stroll In The Park', 'A Brand New Day', 'Mexican Holiday').

We hope everyone had a fun time today.
Ripple Church Concert
Sunday 22nd April
On Sunday evening the Band presented a fantastic concert at Ripple Church. The Band has played several concerts in the church over the past four years to assist them with the raising of funds for a toilet. This concert took place on the weekend that the new church toilet was officially opened representing the successful conclusion to the parishioners fundraising.

The first half of our concert was based around the theme of a day. We opened with an original brass band composition, the rousing up tempo “A Brand New Day” by the popular Scottish composer Alan Fernie. This had the audience in toe-tapping mood and this was continued into our next piece, a fantastic arrangement of the gospel tune “O Happy Day” by Swiss composer Jean Francois-Michel. Our day had got off to a bright sunny start. So it was only appropriate to present the song “Oh! What A Beautiful Morning” as part of a selection of the music from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!” arranged for brass band by Denis Wright.

Taking advantage of the good weather it was time for the Band to take a “A Stroll in the Park”, one of the Band’s long-time favourite original brass band pieces from the pen of composer Philip Sparke that features one of those tunes you just can’t help humming wherever you go. All that exercise meant it was time for a rest and a snack. So the Band stopped to take “Tea for Two” in the form of an arrangement by Alan Fernie of the Victor Young song.

Legs were then stretched out on the veranda to watch a glorious setting of the sun over the horizon as the Band played the calming “Sunset Serenade” by Austrian composer Thomas Doss. The audience were then rudely awakened in a nice way as principal cornet Rebecca Marshall stood to let them know that ‘none shall sleep’ with a wonderful rendition of “Nessun Dorma”. Bedtime for the children was fast approaching so the Band featured its Front Row Cornets and Trombone Section in an expressive rendition of Billy Joel’s exquisite “Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)” arranged for brass band by Philip Harper.

Once the children are asleep it was time for the nightshift to begin as the Band rounded off an extended first half to the concert with a version of the Beatles song “A Hard Day's Night” arranged by Alan Fernie.

Following a short interval the Band then played a short selection of pieces to commemorate the end of the First World War and to mark the 100th Anniversary of The Royal Air Force. This commenced with a rendition of the tune “Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines”. We then paraded through the streets with the march selection of first world war songs entitled “1914”.

In recognition of the RAF’s milestone we played the “Royal Air Force March Past” before drawing the concert to a close with the popular tune from the movie re-telling of the famous dam busters story, Eric Coates “The Dam Busters” arranged for brass band by Dawson. Following a fantastic reception from the audience the Band stepped into the fantasy world with the theme to the original “Superman” movie.

The evening was concluded with the consumption of a delicious spread of cakes provided by the parishioners and drinks. It was a fantastic night and we look forward to our next concert in Ripple Church.

April

Sunday 22nd April Concert, Ripple Church [6:30pm]
Saturday 28th Gloucester Beer Festival [12:45pm-1:30pm & 2:15pm-3pm]
       

March

Palm Sunday Parade
Sunday 24th March
A beautiful sunny Spring morning greeted the Band as it accompanied the Palm Sunday procession at the Abbey with the hymn tune 'All Glory, Laud and Honour' and 'Sing Hosanna'.
Aviva Awards Ceremony
Monday 20th March
Martin Cullwick and Nigel Morgan had a great day representing the Band, with lovely people, including Will Greenwood, rugby world cup winner, celebrating the Aviva awards in Manchester!

Thank you to Aviva for the £9500. The work on converting the old toilet block into our new Bandroom has started.
West of England Area Contest, Torquay
Saturday 10th March
As usual we made our way down to Torquay for the annual West of England Regional Contest in the Riviera Centre. We were drawn to play as band number 4 on the Saturday morning. There was an appropriately atmospheric opening and some stylish playing from the band throughout. Nice cornet solos from our principal cornet, Rebecca Marshall kept the picture of Napoleon in people's minds.

As with all performances there were moments of unease but generally we gave our best and it's now in the hands of the adjudicators. Three young players made their contesting debuts on the day, Mattias Wildman, Genevieve Haselden and Louis Appleyard. This is a fact that we continue to be proud of as we work hard with our Training Band to sustain the future of our Band. On stage there were 20 players who have been trained (or re-trained by the Band after a long gap from playing as youngsters).

After our performance we enjoyed the delights that the seaside town of Torquay has to offer; a paddle on the beach, cream teas, ice creams, crazy golf, and fish & chips.

We finished 15th out of 18 this time round. A little disappointing but and a result that sees us relegated to the Fourth Section next year.

March

Friday 9th to
Sunday 11th
West of England Regional Contest, Riviera Centre, Torquay - Test Piece: Napoleon On The Alps by Philip Harper  [Contest on  Saturday 10th]
Sunday 25th Palm Sunday Parade, Tewkesbury Abbey [9:15am]

 

February

  Back to School!
Monday 26th February
This afternoon a quartet of players from the Band (Hadrian Walters, Helen Walters, Ruth Turner and Jon Knight) entertained a fantastic audience of well-behaved children at St Peter's Catholic Primary School in Gloucester. We shared our love of music and brass playing with them and hopefully inspired a few of them to take up music in the future!
 
  Afternoon Tea Concert
Sunday 25th February
The Band had an enjoyable afternoon entertaining an audience of music lovers with an appetite and a sweet tooth at an Afternoon Tea concert in the Watson Hall. As well as a plethora of musical treats the audience were provided with a scrumptious feast while they listened.

The Band opened with the theme tune to 'The Magnificent Seven' before leading the audience on a journey through four decades of movies with Nigel Hall's arrangement 'Marching Through The Movies' (taking the listener from Colonel Bogey via Colonel Hathi's March & Star Trek to Raiders Of The Lost Ark).

The audience were then invited to work of a few calories by dancing to 'La Cucaracha', a selection of early tunes from 'Madonna' (Material Girl, La Isla Bonita & Like A Virginia) and 'Rock Around The Croc' (an amalgam of Rock Around The Clock and See You Later Alligator). The first half was rounded off with a trip to the musicals with the popular tune 'Mack The Knife' and a selection of songs from 'Joseph and His Technicolour Dreamcoat' by Ray Steadman-Allen.

After the interval and with the Band's members energy reserves restocked from eating cake the Band gave it's first public performance of the piece selected for the West of England Regional Contest Third Section in two weeks time, Napoleon On The Alps by Philip Harper. The Band gave an atmospheric rendition of this interesting musical depiction of the famous painting of the same name. We now have two weeks to refine our performance ready for the competition in Torquay.

The Queen classic Don't Stop Me Now followed before the concert was wrapped up with a nod to the centenary of the end of the First World War and the formation of the Royal Air Force with the marches RAF March Past and 1914. Finally we played The Dambusters in recognition of the 75th Anniversary of this famous airborne raid.

A good time was had by all and a few extra kilos added to a few of our weights! 
CAMRA Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival
Saturday 3rd February

The Band enjoyed entertaining the drinkers at the annual CAMRA Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival in the Watson Hall this weekend - especially the well thought out participation in 'The Dam Busters' - complete with paper airplanes for everyone!
Training Band Concert - St Nicholas' Church, Ashchurch
Friday 2nd February
The A fantastic concert by the Training Band at St Nicholas' Church in Ashchurch this evening.

The first segment featured the Beginner band with several members with less than two months playing experience. It began with 'Cheesy Feet Rock'. This was followed by the original 'Batman' theme and an original piece from Patrick Verhaegen called the 'March Of The Toads'. There was another TV theme tune in the form of 'Bob The Builder'. The Beginner Band then concluded their set with the ever popular 'Rat-A-Tat'. A rousing finish to their concert.

After an interval featuring tea and cake the Intermediate Band took the stage for their concert. They opened with 'Space Trek' to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. The concert had a latin theme and the first item to warm the audience on a chilly evening was 'El Manisero' which bounced along with a great Cuban feel. The mood was then calmed with the beautiful Japanese tune 'Song Of The Seashore'.

The next latin tune was 'Tingalayo'; a crazy song about a donkey that eats with a knife and fork. This had the audience swaying along nicely. A rendition of 'Mack The Knife' kept the tempo upbeat, as did 'La Cucaracha' (another song with crazy lyrics). Another original work from Flemish composer Patrick Verhaegen followed. This was the lush 'Loving Music' that was beautifully played by the band.

The final latin piece of the night was a version of the most recorded Spanish language song, 'La Paloma'. The Intermediate Band then gave a stunning version of 'Singing In The Rain' during which they turned into a choir and sang the words. The raffle followed this before the concert was concluded with the tune 'Silver Trumpet'.

A good concert that saw the Church and the Training Band each receive more than £200 from the proceeds of the tickets and raffle. A big thank you to everyone who participated either playing, organising or listening.

February

Friday 2nd Training Band Concert, St Nicholas Church [6:30pm]
Saturday 3rd Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival [12pm - 2pm]
Sunday 25th Afternoon Tea Concert, Watson Hall, Tewkesbury [3pm]

 

January

Throwback Thursday!
Thursday 18th January
A throwback to a few years ago when we recorded a march for Bill Hunt that he had composed "Beating The Bounds". You can read a little about it and see the video created to accompany our playing here.

https://www.llantrisant.net/inde…/freemen/beating-the-bounds
Time for Celebration
Wednesday 17th January

The Band had a little celebration after practice last night in honour of winning the AVIVA funding and gaining all the relevant paperwork for the new bandroom project to really get in to action now!

Many thanks to Nigel, Martin and Mark for the huge amount of work they have put in to get it to this stage!

Aviva Fund Success - Thank You To Everyone Who Voted!
Tuesday 16th January
WE WON! Tewkesbury Town Band has been announced as a category winner in the AVIVA Community Award Competition for 2017. Securing the second highest number of online votes the band won through as a finalist at the close of entries in November. The results of the final judging panel were published on 16 January 2018.

The entered project is to reinvigorate a redundant public conveniences building in the town which has not been used for 10 years, and thus create a permanent Band Headquarters. The band will take a 99 year lease on the building from the Tewkesbury Town Council. The ultimate outcome of the project is therefore to leave a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy brass band music making within the community of Tewkesbury and the surrounding area, either as a player or as a member of the audience.

Winning £9,500 the band will be able start the necessary conversion and sound proofing of the building to provide a large rehearsal room for the full band, 2 individual lesson rooms, music library, instrument and equipment storage. All these are currently carried out in at least 4 separate locations.

The Band's Musical Director, Nigel Morgan, said "that in bringing the building and immediate surrounding area back to life the band will be providing a community asset right in the centre of town, making it accessible for young and old and those with mobility disabilities, as level access and ramps will be maintained."

The organisation provides free tuition in brass instrument playing together with free instrument hire to people of all ages but particularly to children and young people via its Training Band. Many of the young people are entered for music grade exams and some continue their music studies onto University, Music Conservatoires or join leading UK brass bands.

Between them the bands (Senior and Training) give approximately 50 performances each year in Tewkesbury, the surrounding area and nearby counties, as well as further afield including in its twin town of Miesbach, Bavaria. Tewkesbury Town Band also leads all major parades in the town such as Remembrance Day, Civic Parades and Medieval Parade.

The Band is really grateful to everyone who voted for their project, to A-Plan Insurance Gloucester who submitted their proposal and to AVIVA for the financial support given to all the winning projects this year.
Image result for "tewkesbury town band" torquay 2018 https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-3157

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/cheltenham-news/brass-band-set-spend-pretty-1082951
In Memory of Keith Rose
Saturday 13th January
Following on from our brief performance at the sad occasion of Keith Rose's funeral last month the Band was proud to perform at the Memorial Service held for him in Tewkesbury Abbey on the afternoon of Saturday 13th January. It was a wonderful tribute to a popular man and long serving member of our Band.

The Band played a the pieces Marching Onward, Morgenblatter and Spanish Gypsy Dance prior to the service. We provided the accompaniment to the three hymns: Praise My Soul, How Great Thou Art and Thine Be The Glory.

There were stories and memories from Keith's life and the Band played several pieces chosen to reflect his character and life: RAF March Past, Rock Around The Croc, Amazing Grace, Benedictus, and Dambusters.
 
A good service to honour a true bandsman.
 

January

Saturday 13th Keith Rose Memorial Service [1:45pm - 3pm]

 

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Multimedia
If you follow the links below then you will find a few excerpts from our 2008 Christmas concert. Enjoy!
George Cullwick playing '
The Bare Necessities'
Nigel Morgan dressing up for '
Jericho Revisited'
Some great dancing by the Training Band in '
I Don't Feel Like Dancing'
A fantastic original work by Robin Purser '
Weekend Rain' as performed by the Training Band.
The Training Band showing off their talents in '
Muffins Rhapsody'
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'Tewkesbury' CD

The track listing for our first CD recorded by Dr Jeykl Mobile Recordings is shown below:

1. Tewkesbury
2. Beyond The Sea
3. The Londonderry Air
4. Buglers' Holiday
5. Skirl
6. Feelings
7. Those Magnificent Men
8. Adagio
9. Bolero
10. Barnard Castle
11. Don Giovanni
12. Wild Rover
13. Sway
14. Amazing Grace
15. Nearer My God To Thee
16. Marching Onward
Andrew Duncan
Trenet & Lawrence arr. Frank Bernaerts
Trad. arr. Goff Richards [Soloist: Helen Walters]
Leroy Anderson arr. Roger Barsotti [Soloists: Helen Walters, Helen Poole & Robin Purser]
Allan Street
Morris Albert arr. Derek Ashmore [Soloist: Clive Miles]
Ron Goodwin arr. Eric Banks
Tomaso Albinoni arr. Jacob de Haan
Ravel arr. Christopher Wormald
Goff Richards
W A Mozart arr. Ken Smith
Trad. arr. Martyn Sudworth
Ruiz & Gimbel arr. Jan van Kraeydonck
Trad. arr. William Himes
Lowell Mason
Ivor Bosanko

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.

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