October 2002

Christmas Concert is a sell out!
It's only mid-October and already all the tickets for our Christmas Concert at the Roses Theatre have been sold! Over recent years, the concert has continued to gain in popularity and has become a sell out concert annually, last year all tickets being sold by the end of November. Due to the high standard of our playing and all the festive entertainment, this is now a not to be missed concert! 
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October 12th saw the band attempt to make it's first ever CD. An enjoyable day was spent recording the bandstand favourites of Tewkesbury Band! Pictures above! 
playing at holzchirchen one tom.jpg (84815 bytes) Having now just about recovered from our tour, a photo night is still to be arranged though, the band is now getting back into routine as it prepares for the coming months.

In the meantime you can
Click here to see all our photos from our tour to Germany! (Updated 08/10/02). 

On October 12th the band will be spending the day at Alderman Knight School with the aim of recording some material for a future CD by the band. More on this soon.

It's that time of year again - the start of our contest season. We are now hard at work practising for the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association Contest on Sunday 24th November 2002. The contest consists of two parts: a march contest and an own-choice test-piece contest. What are we playing? Well that's for us to know and you to find out so you better come and listen at the contest! (See Diary page for further details of the contest).

To complement the serious rehearsals on the test-piece, the band is also starting to prepare for Christmas! All the old favourites are coming out as well as some great new pieces to get everyone in the festive mood! Don't forget that our Christmas Concert is on Sunday 15th December at the Roses Theatre. This concert is a sell out year on year so our advice is to get down to the Roses box  office now to ensure your seat at the Christmas celebration of the year!


Wednesday 9th Mop Fair Parade, Tewkesbury [18:15] A select few members of the band will lead the procession to open the mop fair!

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September 2002

Musical Chairs

As a result of personnel changes and in order to strengthen areas of the band for the forthcoming GBBA contest there have been a number of internal movements within the band. 
Following the return of Neil Crowe to the band on Soprano, Adrian Pawley has moved back to the front row. One of the band's young prodigies
, Tom King, has followed his moves along the back row with promotion to the front row. Another young player, Helen Poole, has moved along the back row from Second Cornet to Repiano.
Adrian Jowett has returned to strengthen the Euphonium section after several years as our Solo Horn player. Finally, Sue Musto has returned to the Horn Section as First Horn after several years playing first Flugel Horn and then front row Cornet.

Welcome back Neil

We are pleased to announce the return of Neil Crowe to the band after many years away playing with higher section bands in the County. Neil likes to challenge his embouchure to the extreme by playing either Bb Bass or Soprano!!! He has returned to Tewkesbury to play soprano, a position that he held with the band for a number of years in the early 1990's before moving to Bb bass on his travels. Welcome back.

Cheerio Dan and Goodbye Sue!

This month we sadly bid farewell to two band members: 

Dan Slater, who has been playing bass trombone with us since the beginning of the year whilst he was undertaking his sandwich year placement at RAF Innsworth, has returned to Sunderland University to complete his degree. During his brief spell with Tewkesbury Dan proved himself to be an excellent bass trombonist with a great personality. Dan will be greatly missed by the band. We wish him well in his final year at university and hope to see him again soon.

Sue Sollis, who joined the band in January on cornet has left to join Stourport Band. Sue provided support to the cornet section in various roles (front row, repiano, 2nd cornet) throughout the year. She will be remembered for her forgetfulness and her laughing on our tour! We wish her well for the future.

Click here to see photos from our tour to Germany!

A Postcard from Germany! 03/09/02

Just a note from the band to say hi and we're back. A great time was had by all, much beer drank and food consumed...the concerts were great too!

Check back in a few days for a full report!


Sunday 15th Battle of Britain Parade

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