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The following awards were presented at our Christmas Concert.

2011 Award Winners:
Miles Amherst Trophy - Lucy Windsor
Fred Poole Memorial Cup - Gerry Petticrew
Jeff Clarke Cup - Hadrian Walters
Francis Martin Memorial Cup - Horns including Flugels
Dave Crowe Memorial Cup - Hannah Williams


Miles Amherst Junior Progress Trophy for the Junior member who has made most progress during the year - Lucy Windsor

Lucy started to play the Cornet with the Band in 2005. She soon found that her real calling was for Tenor Horn though! Now age 15, Lucy is a valued member of the Senior Band and also plays Solo Horn with the Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band.


Fred Poole Memorial Cup for the Musician of the year - Gerry Petticrew

Gerry joined the Training Band in 2007 after a gap from playing since he was at school! He soon joined the senior band and changed from Tenor Horn to Eb Bass as there was a space which needed filling in the band! Gerry has made fantastic progress and now confidently leads the Bass section following George's departure to University this year.

Jeff Clarke Cup awarded to the Band Member of the Year - Hadrian Walters
Voted for by the members of the band rather than the Musical Director, this award recognises all the work Hadrian does for the band as well as his playing. Trombone player Hadrian regularly sources music for the band and is greatly involved in the Training Band giving weekly lessons and helping out. Hadrian has played with the Band since 1991. 20 Years!  


Francis Martin Memorial Cup for the Section of the Year -  Horns including Flugels





Dave Crowe Memorial Cup for the Cornet Player of the Year - Hannah Williams

Hannah has been an outstanding member of the Cornet section this year. Whilst Helen (Principal cornet) was pregnant and then a new mother, Hannah played a brilliant supporting role and then stepped in to the role of Principal Cornet whilst Helen was absent from the Band. Many thanks from Helen and the Band to Hannah for taking this on and doing it so well!


Forthcoming Events


Praise Concert, Tewkesbury Methodist Church - Wednesday 16th November 7:30pm
Tewkesbury Town Band would like to invite you to their Praise Concert at Tewkesbury Methodist Church on 16th November  2011.

The concert starts at 7:30pm and will feature a variety of hymns, moments of reflection and spiritual music including items based on the Old Hundredth, Laudate Dominum, Amazing Grace, Peter Go Ring Them Bells, What A Friend We Have In Jesus and many more.

Tickets which will be available on the door are £5 and entry for children under 16 is free.  We hope to see you and your friends there.

Christmas2011  Christmas Concert, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury - Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December 7:30pm

Tickets for our Christmas Concerts in the Roses Theatre are on sale now. These concerts have become increasingly popular over the past few years and are known to sell out early. So don't miss out!

We can promise our usual mix of the spectacular, thrilling, festive and downright silly! So to avoid being disappointed get down to the Roses and buy your tickets now! The Training Band and local school choirs will also be appearing at these concerts.

Tickets are £10 (Concessions £8). We hope to see you and your friends there.

Tickets are available from the Roses Theatre Box Office on 01684 295074 and from their website:



Summer on the Bandstands
Ross on Wye Bandstand – Sunday 21st August

Malvern Bandstand – Sunday 28th August
  During August he Band made its annual appearances on the Ross on Wye and Malvern Bandstands. Both Sunday's were typical British summer days, plenty of grey sky, drizzle and blustery wind!

Training Band’s 7th Annual Band Camp
Sidmouth, Devon - Friday 5th to Sunday 7th August
BandCamp2011Practice Friday 5th August

The happy campers gathered at Tewkesbury School to pack the coach and travel down to the Lyons Gate Campsite near to Sidmouth. On arrival at the campsite the first task was to pitch the tents and set up the communal cooking tent.

We then had our packed lunches before getting out our instruments for an al fresco rehearsal of our programme items for the weekend. The children and several of the adults then enjoyed some free time to play games and use up some of their excess energy running around the campsite. 

The evening was spent in Sidmouth taking in the atmosphere of the Sidmouth Folk Festival, listening to the various busking musicians on the seafront and watching the fireworks out in the bay. 
BandCamp2011Tram1 Saturday 6th August

On the Saturday the Training Band members awoke to the usual delicious breakfast cooked especially for them by the official Band Camp chefs, Steve Edgar and Christine Poole.

Having stocked up on energy the Training Band then made its way to the Tramway Station at Colyton where we entertained the passengers on the trams with a short concert on the platform. The band members then travelled along the Tramway on open top tram to the station at Seaton where the sun shone whilst we gave another short concert.

It was then time for the traditional band camp meal of fish and chips at the seaside before a stroll around the sites of Seaton and a wander along the seafront. Unfortunately the weather turned inclement and our waterproofs had to come out for the return journey by tram to Colyton to catch the coach back to the campsite. 

The band camp chefs then rustled up a good selection of hearty meals to help us energise our brains for the traditional Band Camp team quiz with those rounds set to test the average brass-banders knowledge of the red hymn book and other useful general knowledge.
BandCampTram2 Sunday 7th August

The Band were up early on Sunday morning for yet another delicious breakfast before making their way to Ottery St. Mary Church to play in their Sunday morning service. The Band played a few of its pieces whist the congregation was arriving for the service and then joined with the organ for the hymns in the service. Several of the congregation gave positive feedback as to the Band's performance and made us feel a welcome addition to their service.

We then returned to the campsite to put down our tents and pack the coach ready for the return journey to Gloucestershire.

Before setting off home the Training Band members stopped off at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary to see the numerous donkeys that are being cared for there and to enjoy an ice cream!


Friday 5th to
Sunday 7th
Training Band Tour to Sidmouth
Sunday 21st Ross on Wye Bandstand [2:30-4:30pm]
Sunday 28th Malvern Bandstand [2:30-4:30pm]


For Previous Month's news:

For January's news - Christmas in January (delayed Training Band Concert), Skegness Fun at Butlins

For February's news - Winter Ales Festival

For March's news - Training Band Concert, Light Music Making in Torquay and the AGM

For April's news - Palm Sunday and Progressive Youth

For May's news - New Arrival, Highnam Court Spring Fair & Tewkesbury Abbey Fete

For June's news - St Catherine's Church Fete, Proms Goes to the West, A Celebration of Brass, Training Band Cabaret, Massed Bands in Evesham

For July's news - Holy Trinity Church Fete, Pershore Festival of Brass, Cotswold Beer Festival, Band Social Day

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