In addition to our concert band, who practice on Monday nights, and the intermediate band (Brass Wind & Fire), who practice on Wednesday nights, in the past we have run training courses for beginners. Plans are now being finalised for the next season, which will run weekly on Wednesday nights as a separate (hour) session, followed by the opportunity (if desired) to join the band for the second half of their session – initially as observers, but as the course runs on, there’ll be an opportunity to join in and play some of the pieces.
No prior knowledge or experience (apart from a working pair of ears, and, ideally, an instrument) will be required. There is a limited stock of instruments for loan, first come first served.
More details will be on this website soon – if you want to express an interest, do drop us a line at our email address, linked below. We hope to start the sessions in January 2019.
Thanks from the band for the warm welcome we received at last Saturday’s show – the first time we’ve ever followed a Fancy Hat competition. Our luck held out for a second year of playing this show, which is out in the open – what rain there was came after we’d finished our set.
The concert band has two confirmed bookings for September:
Sat 8th for the Bathampton Village Show, an afternoon performance
Sunday 16th at Portishead, where (as currently planned) we will be performing two sets, at the Open Day. Travel arrangements for this day will need to be co-ordinated for the limited number of car parking spaces we have allocated – please listen out at the next rehearsal sessions to ensure you know the details! (And if you’ve volunteered to drive !!)
The revised setlist for September (both concerts) is as follows:
asterisked scores are as distributed at 20th Aug rehearsals
Air from County Derry
*Disney Film Favourites
*Meet the Beatles
*Best of Leroy Anderson
*Marches of John Williams
Saxes will rock
Blue and the Grey (NB Robert Longfield arrangement)
Best of Henry Mancini
*It Don’t mean a Thing
Vera Lynn (band only version – all repeats played)
Thanks to everyone who turned up at Soundwell Church last month to hear the band play, with proceeds in aid of their adopted charity.
It’s always good to play to a full house, and we were able to give the audience a ‘little extra’, with the presentation of our annual award (the Jim Churchill cup) to Yvonne. (She’s wearing the glitzy number for her vocal number, not the presentation – which was a surprise to her).
Hot on the heels of the concert on Thursday 5th comes the highlight of the year, the band AGM, which is on Monday 9th July, at Lansdown. Open to members of all bands, with an opportunity to play along with the usual Monday crowd’s rehearsal.
This is your opportunity to have your say on the organisation of the band, find out what happened in the last 12 months, and vote in next year’s committee (and maybe even put yourself forward in a role).