October 2004

On Saturday 2nd October 2004 two bands; the Gloucestershire Constabulary Band and Tewkesbury Town Band, gathered together to perform a concert in memory of Alan Bobs with an aim to raise money for a charity that became very close to his heart, the James Hopkins Trust. It really was a fantastic evening and I'm sure that Alan would have loved it.

It began with a recollection of one of Alan's solos. He had had a great build up from the conductor and the band and made a fuss of getting ready to play. As he tried to play his first note nothing came out. He tried  and tried but it wouldn't come. Eventually he took the instrument apart, turned it upside down, and then pulled a string of sausages from the bell!! That was the kind of person Alan was - so long as it's harmless, let's make it fun.

Following this, the Constabulary Band were the first to take the stage, conducted by Greg Morgan. They opened in grand style with John Williams' 'Olympic Fanfare and Theme'. This was followed in traditional style with 'The Impresario' before Dave Bishop stood up to entertain the crowds with a Ken Smith arrangement for solo Bb Bass of 'The Policeman's Lot' from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance - how appropriate! They then continued with their very own march, 'On the Beat' and finished in a blast of 'Breezing Down Broadway'.

Next came the most entertaining (and most feared by the players and conductors) part of the night! The plan was to change the bands over...whilst playing 'Hootenanny'....do you think it could work??.....it did! In fantastic style too! The piece began with the entire Constabulary Band still in their seats. After the first 8 bars or so the trombones and basses left the stage, soon to be replaced by their equivalents from Tewkesbury Town Band. As soon as they were in place it was time for the Baritones and Euphoniums to leave, then the horns, back row cornets and eventually the front row, each section immediately being replaced by their counterparts. Once we were all changed over then MD Nigel Morgan, donned a policeman's helmet and blew his whistle from the back of the hall. He was on a call to arrest Greg Morgan who was still conducting at the time. Once Greg had been arrested and suitably locked away, (we did let him out eventually), Nigel came back to conduct the band, all persons now present and correct!

Tewkesbury opened with our own march, 'Tewkesbury' and then took the audience on a train journey with 'Ticket to Ride'. Next it was principal cornet Martin Musto's turn to wow the audience with a beautiful rendition of 'Share My Yoke'. Following this we went for a 'Light Walk' and then a quick 'Can-Can from Orpheus' to finish up the first half. If anyone took a video of the concert I'd love to borrow it to see the three can-can girls from the Police band that were dancing behind me!

The Band's returned for the second half as one and opened with the lively, 'Florentiner March'. We then continued with a selection from 'My Fair Lady' before the Trombone tribute began. On went the policeman's hats and up they stood for the trombone feature 'The Bold Gendarmes'. They then took their hats off but stayed standing to play the trombone trio 'Frolic for Trombones'. I'm sure Alan would have loved to see the six of them all stood in a line playing like that and would probably have wanted to be a part of it! Next was a time of reflection as we played the moving tune 'In Perfect Peace'. Then it was the build up to the end with a great performance of 'Procession to the Cathedral' followed by the last section of Eric Ball's 'The Kingdom Triumphant' - that was my favourite piece! It wasn't enough though as the audience wanted more and so we rattled through 'Radetsky March' to finish off.

It was a very enjoyable concert to play in and hopefully to listen too. We are pleased that over £800 was raised for the charity that night and hope that the money can help change some other peoples lives, even if it is just for a short while.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Alan Bobs.


Saturday 2nd Joint Charity Concert with the Gloucestershire Constabulary Band - Pates Grammar School, Cheltenham 7:30pm Tickets £5 available by calling 01285 654554 or 01452 612216
Friday 8th Tewkesbury Mop Fair Parade, Tewkesbury High Street
Sunday 10th GBBA Brass Festival [Training Band] - Lakers School, Berry Hill, 2pm FREE Entrance!
Saturday 23rd Youth Organisations Promotion Day [Training Band] - Watson Hall, Tewkesbury
Poppy Appeal Concert with Churchdown Male Voice Choir - Churchdown Community Centre


September 2004

Cornet & Trombone Players Required!
We still have a vacancy for a solo cornet player and a bass trombone player to strengthen our ranks! As you can find out on this site, we are an active contesting band with many enjoyable concerts and events happening all year round. Not sure? Come along to a few practices to see if you like us! Email Helen on melbo@zoom.co.uk for more details.


Two great bands in honour of one great Trombone player!
This Saturday (2nd October 2004), our band is joining up with the Gloucestershire Constabulary Band to provide an evening of fun and entertainment in memory of Alan Bobs who died at the beginning of this year. Alan was a great trombone player and one of the nicest men I have ever met. He played with our band many times and came on both tours to Germany with us. Proceeds from this concert will go to the James Hopkins Trust for special children. The concert will be held at Pates Grammar School in Cheltenham (just off Princess Elizabeth Way) and tickets cost just £5. Ticket are available by calling 01285 654554 or 01452 612216.

Training Band to take part in GBBA brass festival.

Our Training Band will be taking part in a brass festival on Sunday 10th October 2004 that has been organised by the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association. Also taking part will be Lydbrook Training Band and Parkend Band. Each band will play a programme of approximately 30 minutes of concert music and then John Berryman will work with each band on some points picked out from their performance. The event is being held at Lakers School, Berry Hill (next to the RFDC near Coleford) and admission is free to all.

The Band is all Syke'd up!

On Sunday 26th September 2004 the Band had a workshop day with internationally renowned Tuba player and band instructor Steve Sykes. Working mostly with the test piece for the Butlins Mineworkers Contest in January, Stantonbury Festival, the band explored various aspects of general playing including balance, intonation and style. It was a fantastic day, very informative and so long as the Band remembers it all and puts it in to practice all the time, very productive! Thanks Steve.

Christmas Concert tickets!
Christmas Concert tickets for the 11th and 12th December 2004 are now on sale from the Roses Theatre Box Office on 01684 295074 at £8 & £5 each but you better be quick if you want one as even with the extra night this year they are nearly all gone!!



Trom on his Travels!
Bass Trombone player Dan Slater has decided to move to a band closer to home. Dan has now joined Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band who are to be promoted to the First Section from January 2005. Dan has been a great member of our Band and we tried hard to find him a job a little closer when he left uni but failed!! Good luck Dan and we hope to see you back for a blow soon!

This departure means that we now have a vacancy for a Bass Trombone player. If you'd like to come along to see if you fancy this seat then please contact us soon!...please!....with sugar on top!.....

"Anniversary Celebrations were fantastic!"
This year has been an exciting one for Tewkesbury Town Band who have been celebrating their 30th Anniversary. Whilst you can trace the history of bands in Tewkesbury back to 1838, the current band was formed in 1974 by the local town and borough councils due to popular demand for a band.

In celebration of 30 years of making music together the Band organised a series of events throughout the year to mark the occasion. It began with the commissioning of a new march from the pen of composer Andrew Duncan. The march is titled ‘Tewkesbury’ and 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.  The Band as a whole are thrilled to have a piece of their own and hope that those who hear it enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoy playing it. The Band would like to thank Andy Duncan for creating such a fantastic piece of music of which the Band and the town of Tewkesbury can be proud. The process of commissioning the march was really very easy and most enjoyable to do. The Band would also like to thank the Summerfield Charitable Trust who made this possible by providing financial support to cover the cost of the march. 

‘Music on the Move’
The premier public performance of this new march was on the next set of planned celebrations. Over the weekend of the 29th-31st May 2004 the Band performed 14 concerts in and around Tewkesbury. The ‘Music on the Move’ Tour began in Tewkesbury and then took the Band to Bishop’s Cleeve, Alderton, Toddington, Gotherington, and Churchdown on the Saturday, Winchcombe, Twyning, Upton upon Severn, Apperley, Bredon, and Aston Cross on the Sunday, and then to the grand finale on the Monday when the Band played twice back in Tewkesbury at the Abbey fete. It was a marathon of concerts and involved a lot of loading and unloading of the coach but overall the Band had a really good time. At each venue the Band played a free concert of 30 minutes or more and crowds came out from all the villages to listen.

For a full write up of the September weekend and some pictures click here!

Would you like to keep a part of our history?
Then you can by purchasing an Anniversary Glass for just £10. Download a form below and return it to keep a souvenir of the first 30 years of Tewkesbury Town Band.

Glass Form.doc


Saturday 4th

30th Anniversary Concert, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury 7:30pm

Sunday 5th 30th Anniversary Lunch
Sunday 19th Battle of Britain Parade, Tewkesbury [Afternoon]


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