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December

Christingle Service, Tewkesbury Abbey
Christmas Eve

Christmas is here...the Training Band had a different perspective on events at the Tewkesbury Abbey Christingle Service this year as they entertained over a thousand people waiting for the service. Dan Hart, Rebecca Marshall, Jon Knight, Amy Williams and Harry Williams provided a few carols to the waiting queue before the Training Band moved indoors to play carols whilst the congregation were directed to their seats. That is it for the Band's Christmas playing. We wish all our members, friends, family and supporters a very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.
Carol playing at Morrisons
22nd December

A good days carolling at Morrisons in Tewkesbury saw a few hardy souls play for a large percentage of the 9 hour stint and most of the Band's members make an appearance across the day. There were plenty of good comments from the public and lots of contributions to our collection. A big thank you to all who played, collected, supported and donated today.
Christmas Concerts at the Roses Theatre
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th December

A fantastic weekend of Christmas Concerts completed. Thanks to everyone who made them such a success from those who sold programmes, transported chairs and instruments, played instruments, sang in the choirs or simply listened. It wouldn't have been the same without you.

The Band opened with an arrangement of the Leroy Anderson classic 'A Christmas Festival Overture' featuring a clever mix of popular carols. This was followed by 'The Box of Delights' from Hely-Hutchingson's Carol Symphony. Rebecca Marshall then took centre stage to beautifully play the lush melody 'They Were Looking For A King'. Things were speeded up by a dashing sleigh ride through the snow in the form of Prokofiev's 'Troika'. Keeping it classical the Band concluded our first set with Bizet's 'Farandole'.

The Training Band then took the stage for their short concert. They opened with the March from 'The Nutcracker '. This was followed by an original piece by Helen Walters 'The Little Penguin' before Amy Williams stood to wonderfully play Vivaldi's 'Winter' on her baritone. Two carols from around the world followed with the German carol 'Gaudete' and the Japanese carol 'Hitjusi Wa Nemuri'. Their fantastic performance finished with a collection of dancing polar bears as they played Helen's 'Dance of the Polar Bear'.

Next a world war evacuee appeared on stage to introduce and conduct the Band's final piece of the first half, a selection of music from the 1971 film 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks'.

After an ice cream or drink the concert recommenced with the bright and sparkling 'Christmas Carillon' by James Curnow. Our young principal cornet, Dan Hart, stood to play the fun popular Christmas tune 'Santa Baby' with great aplomb. The band then played a swing version of the carol 'O Christmas Tree' in an arrangement by Max Stannard entitled 'Yo! Christmas Tree'.

It was then time for the annual Band Awards which this year included a new low brass award in memory of John Warner. The winners were:
Musician of the Year - Ben Stock
Young Player of the Year - Amy Williams 
Band Member of the Year - Derinda Wildman
Cornet(s) of the Year - Dan Hart & Rebecca Marshall 
Low Brass Player of the Year - Martin Cullwick 
Section of the Year - Baritones
A big congratulations to all the winners. Hadrian Walters was also presented with a glass plaque to mark his 25 years with the Band and was granted Life Membership for his service to the Band.

The school choirs then took stage to wholly entertain us with their great singing and choreography. On Saturday the Tirlebrook Primary School Choir sang a fantastic selection of songs from their iSing Pop Christmas show that had the audience bopping along. On Sunday the amazing pupils from Alderman Knight School sang a selection of songs from their Christmas collection in their own inimitable manner. Everyone was then invited to join in our final three numbers: Jingle Bells, The Sleigh Race and Rudolph. We hope everyone had as great time as we did. Happy Christmas from all at the Band.

Training Band Concert and carol services
Sunday 11th December onwards
It has been a busy week for the Band that started with a fantastic concert by the Training Band at St Nicholas ' Church in Ashchurch. That concert highlighted the amazing progress that continues to be made by this group and saw Genevieve and Amy receive their Grade 3 and Grade 7 exam results respectively. Groups from the Senior Band played at the Sea Cadets Candelight Service on Wednesday and the Tewkesbury Civic Carol Service on Thursday. It was an honour to participate in both services. Today and tomorrow we will be ending the week on a high as we play our two Christmas concerts at the Roses Theatre. There are still a few tickets left so don't miss the opportunity to join the Band, the Training Band, Tirlebrook Primary School Choir (Saturday) and Alderman Knight School Choir (Sunday) for some festive fun.
Carol playing in Tewkesbury
Saturday 10th December
Today the Band played carols in Tewkesbury from 10am until approx 3pm. The weather wasn't feeling festive - rather warm and rather wet but we carried on!
     
Pied Piper Concert
Wednesday 7th December
The Band were delighted to participate in the annual Christmas Celebration concert held to raise funds for the local Pied Piper Charity. The Band as usual provided the accompaniment for the carols that interspersed the concert as well as performing a short set of festive music to round the concert off. The concert opened with a welcome from the parish priest of St Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Monsignor Liam Slattery, before the audience were invited to sing the carol, O Come All Ye Faithful.

The children of St Peter's Primary School choir then entertained us with some wonderful singing featuring Silent Night, Something Special, I Will Rejoice and Love Has Come. They were followed by an amazing blind thirteen year old girl, Ashleigh Tirley, playing the organ having learnt how to play the tunes entirely by ear after hearing them. A talent she displayed later in the concert by joining with the Band in the playing of the carols for the audience to sing along to.

After the Holly And The Ivy it was the turn of the Gloucester Salvation Army Songsters and Timbres to entertain us with three songs (The Christ is Born, Softly and Worship The King) and a display by the Timbrels featuring plenty of tambourine gymnastics. Bishop Rachel Treweek then told us a story in the form of a tongue twisted version of the Cinderella fairytale. A male singer, Robin Lock, sang three songs - Bethlehem Down, The Three Kings and Peace - before the audience were given the challenge of singing While Shepherds Watch to the tune Lyngham.

The Band then concluded the musical content of the Concert with its short set. We opened with James Curnow's Christmas Carillon based around the Carol Ding Doing Merrily on High. Rebecca Marshall then stood to gracefully play the beautiful solo They Were All Looking For a King. This was followed by a solo from our other young front row cornet player Dan Hart. Dan took us to the pop charts with a bright rendition of Santa Baby. We completed our set with a trip to Russia and a snowy sleigh ride in Prokofiev's Troika. The audience had one final chance to sing with Hark The Herald Angels Sing before the concert was closed with a thank you from the Chairman of the Pied Piper Charity. A great night that hopefully raised plenty of money for a fantastic charity.
Alderman Knight School Christmas Fayre
Saturday 3rd December

The Training Band had the pleasure of entertaining the shoppers at the Alderman Knight School Christmas Fayre on Saturday 3rd December with a wonderful mix of festive music from around the world.
     
St Nicholas' Church, Ashchurch Christmas Tree Festival
Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th December

The Band is pleased to have been invited to join the St Nicholas' Church (Ashchurch) Christmas tree festival weekend.
The theme for the festival this year is 'peace'.
     
November    
Montpellier Christmas Festival
Sunday 27th November

The Band entertained the shoppers at the Montpellier Christmas Festival in Cheltenham with plenty of carols. For our second half, we were joined by some enthusiastic singers for a festive sing along session. That completed the fourth carolling event of the weekend.
     
Bishop's Cleeve Christmas Lights
Saturday 26th November

The Band once again added a bit of extra festive cheer to the turning on of the lights in Bishop's Cleeve. Fortunately it stayed dry this year for the crowds to gather to see Father Christmas pull the switch....then run to the end of the car park to see the lights!
     

Tewkesbury Abbey Christmas Fayre
Saturday 26th November

The Training Band once again added some festive sounds to the wonderful Abbey Christmas Fayre. Amy Williams featured as a soloist with the Band in a simple but sonorous arrangement of Winter.
     
Mitton Manor Primary School Christmas Fayre
Friday 25th November

The Training Band was excited to take part in the wonderfully festive Mitton Manor Primary School Christmas Fayre. Amongst the fairy lights, snow machines and real donkeys, the Band added some festive sounds in their second Christmas engagement this year.
     
Tewkesbury Festival of Lights
Sunday 20th November

We were honoured to have professional bell ringer and vice president of the band join us for Jingle Bells at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Tewkesbury. The training band performed splendidly to add some festive cheer to the lovely event. Well done all.
Remembrance Sunday Parade
Sunday 13th November

The Band was once again proud to lead the huge parade through Tewkesbury on Sunday morning to the Abbey and then from the Abbey to the Memorial Cross for the Act of Remembrance. At 11am Daniel Hart played a fantastic rendition of the traditional Last Post and Reveille . The Band then led the parade back down and up Church Street and back along the High Street.

On Friday 11th and Sunday 13th November several members played the Last Post and Reveille at different Acts of Remembrance in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

October    
Training Band Cabaret Evening
Saturday 15th October

Report to follow
 
     
John Warner Memorial Concert
Saturday 2nd October

On Saturday night the Band was delighted to join with the Malvern Chase Brass Band to give a charity concert in memory of John Warner to raise funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance. John played Bass Trombone and later Percussion with us from 2006 until he tragically died in a cycling accident in 2015.

The Malvern Chase Band opened the concert with an entertaining programme that commenced with The Wombling Song (one of John's favourite cartoons). This was followed by two tunes made famous by the musical group Sky, Carillon and Toccata. John's daughter then played a fantastic solo, Che Faro Senza Euridice, despite having a chest infection. The popular Beatles tune Yesterday followed before Nathan King, a young trombonist who had been inspired to take up playing by John, stood to play the trombone solo The Acrobat. Malvern Chase Band concluded their set with an arrangement by John of the Bruckner piece Locus Iste.

After a short turnaround of bands Tewkesbury Town Band took centre stage for our set. We opened with the March of the Cobblers before playing the ever-popular Second Waltz from Shostakovich's Jazz Suite. As a tribute to John's bass trombone playing his replacement of bass trombone, Martin Cullwick, stood to play the bass trombone solo King of the Road. A little fun followed with the school days inspired Baggy Trousers before John's son Martin stood to play the fantastic Benedictus from Karl Jenkins Armed Man suite which as usual had people jumping out of their seats at the loud climax. Our set was completed with renditions of Bolero and the Can Can.

After tea, coffee and biscuits the two bands joined together for a selection of massed band items. The first two being trombone trios (played on the night by 7 trombonists), Frolic For Trombones and The Bold Gendarmes. The popular London River overture followed before we had everyone clapping along to When the Saints Go Marching In. As is fitting in a concert as a tribute to a trombonist the encore was Seventy-Six Trombones.

Thanks to Christine Warner and her family for organising the event and we hope a lot of money was raised for the Air Ambulance charity.



     
September    
Farewells
September is one of those sad times when we say farewell to the young people who are either returning to university or going there for the first time.
It has been great to see those who returned during the summer and helped us out.

A big congratulations to our principal euphonium player Hannah Norman as she makes her way to Wolverhampton University. We look forward to seeing her on the many return visits that she currently has planned.

If you are a student coming to the University of Gloucestershire or know of someone who would like to play with a busy town band then please contact us.
     
Ashton under Hill Fete
Saturday 3rd September

The Training Band enjoyed playing at a rather wet Ashton under Hill fete this afternoon. They entertained the hardy listeners with a mixture of their light music. The weather did dry up for the dog show and tug of war events but it was such a shame for the organisers that the weather wasn't brighter.

September

Sunday 4th  Ripple Church Concert, Ripple [6:30pm]
Sunday 18th  Tewkesbury Civic Parade, Tewkesbury High Street [2:15pm]

August

Kemerton Village Fete
Kemerton
Saturday 27th August
The Band had a great time entertaining the people of Kemerton at their annual summer fete. We managed to avoid the rain whilst playing in the perfect sized gazebo but ended up trapped underneath it for a further ten minutes at the end due to a heavy thunderstorm. We had opened with a request for fine weather with Bring Me Sunshine and during the afternoon played a variety of light music including The Godfather Waltz, Carrickfergus, Skirl, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and I Don't Feel Like Dancing. In the end it was our playing of The Rainbow Connection that proved most appropriate.
 
 
 

August

Friday  5th to
Sunday 7th
Training Band Tour to Brixham
Saturday 27th Kemerton Village Fete [pm]

April

Gloucester Beer Festival
Blackfriars Priory, Gloucester
Saturday 23rd April

The Band enjoyed St George's Day afternoon playing to a large audience enjoying a relaxing drink in the sunshine at the Gloucester Beer Festival. The Band performed a programme of light sing-along music to an audience enjoying the sunshine in the courtyard at the Priory whilst sampling the wide selection of real ales on offer.

Our programme included: Fantasy on German Folk Songs, Schneewalzer,  The Godfather Waltz, King of the Road, Baggy Trousers, I Don't Feel Like Dancing, Life On Mars as a tribute to David Bowie, Dambusters, a tribute to Terry wogan in the form of The Floral Dance and We'll Meet Again.

Hopefully we will be back next year!
Tewkesbury Town Band AGM
Tewkesbury Town Hall - Sunday 17th April 6pm
On Wednesday 15th April the Band held its annual AGM in Tewkesbury Town Hall. As usual prior to the administrative element of the evening the band members, their family and supporters were treated to an excellent demonstration of the musical abilities of our Training Bands.

They gave a half hour concert showcasing items from the Beginner Band and the Intermediate Band. Helen thanked all the people who help her make these bands a success including the parents and other family members whose support and encouragement is essential. Young percussionist Ben Stock took a turn at conducting the Intermediate Band in Hymn for St Jim.

2016 Committee   Following the concert it was time for the AGM chaired by the Band's President the Town Mayor, John Badham.

A positive round up of the Band's year to February 2016 followed with reports from the Band's Officers and Musical Director. We have had another good year with plenty of activity and music making. The year ahead is looking trickier as we need to move band room. The good news is that a solution may be on the horizon.

Committee members, players and supporters were thanked for every part they play within the Tewkesbury Town Band family. It is everyone working together that makes the Band such a success.
Chairman:   Betty Clark
Secretary:   Sue Corrigan
Treasurer:   Sue Wilmot
Committee Members:   Helen Walters, Derinda Wildman,
Pete Hart, Christine Poole,
Martin Cullwick, Hannah Norman

April

Sunday 17th AGM - including Training Band Concert 6pm, Tewkesbury Town Hall
Saturday 23rd Gloucester Beer Festival [12:45pm-1:30pm & 2:15pm-3pm]

March

Palm Sunday in Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury Abbey
Sunday 20th March [9:15am]

The weather on the morning of Sunday 20th March was a major improvement on last year's rain and it was dry as we  lead the Palm Sunday Parade from the gardens of Abbey House round to the front door of the Abbey.

We paraded around the Abbey playing the hymn tune St Theodulph to accompany the congregation singing '
All Glory Laud and Honour' as we made our way to the East End of the Abbey.

There the gospel readings were read before we concluded our playing with the accompaniment to '
Sing Hosanna'.
Torquay Fun & Disappointment
West of England Regional Contest, Riviera Centre, Torquay
Friday 11th - 13th March
The Band made the 140+ mile journey to Torquay on the evening of Friday 11th March in good spirits. After a good rehearsal when we arrived at our hotel it was time for some food, drink and a good sleep ready for the contest on Saturday.

We were drawn to play in the afternoon and so after our Saturday morning rehearsal had time to fill whilst waiting for the main event of the day. When we eventually took the stage to play the Welsh traditional tune inspired 'A Cambrian Suite' we gave a solid and musical performance with some beautiful playing by our young soloists.

Sadly the adjudicators weren't impressed and placed us 16th. Well done everyone, all the young soloists played well and Nigel was happy with the performance we gave. Sometimes the luck goes your way and sometimes it doesn't. The good news is we should still be a Third Section Band next year.  

All in all we were proud to be fielding 20 players that have either passed through our Training Band or being trained by the Band over the years. Of the remaining 8 players at least four have been with the Band for 15-20 years! This is testament to the fun and enjoyment we gain from our music making and the family atmosphere of the Band. 

March

Friday 11th to
Sunday 13th
West of England Regional Contest, Riviera Centre, Torquay - Test Piece: A Cambrian Suite by Michael Ball  [Contest on Saturday 12th]
Sunday 20th Palm Sunday Parade, Tewkesbury Abbey [9:15am]

February

  A Spring Afternoon Tea Concert
Watson Hall, Tewkesbury
Sunday 28th February
A fantastic concert to a packed Watson Hall this afternoon. Plenty of sandwiches and tea were consumed.

The first half opened with the overture '
The Lonely Mill' by the mystery composer Handel Lancaster. A fun number that serves as a great concert opener. This was followed by the 'Prelude to Act 1 of La Traviata'; a quiet number that really tests the bands sonorous playing.

Next there were three pieces highlighting our young soloists. First it was the haunting '
Godfather Waltz', then it was the duet 'As Long As He Needs Me' from the musical Oliver, and finally a beautiful arrangement of 'She Moved Through The Fair' by Matt Kingston. The first half was rounded off with Allan Street's Scottish carnival 'Skirl'.

The refreshments were brought out during the interval (a big thank you to all the ladies and youngsters who worked hard all afternoon keeping the audience fed and watered).

The second half commenced with a rendition of the piece that we will be playing at the West of England Regional Contest in Torquay in two weeks time, '
A Cambrian Suite'. The band played well and brought out the music in this Welsh tune inspired piece. A little more work over the next two weeks and we should give a performance we can be proud of.

After that we played an upbeat arrangement of '
Scarborough Fair'. It was then time to pay tribute to two of the celebrities that died during January 2016. First we played 'Life On Mars' in memory of David Bowie; then we played the 'Floral Dance' to mark the passing of Sir Terry Wogan. The concert was rounded off with a medley of music hall songs from the days of the 'Black & White Minstrels' TV shows. We hope everyone had a great afternoon.  
  Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival
Watson Hall, Tewkesbury
Saturday 6th February
A fantastic afternoon at the Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival. Great playing by the Band which started with The Muppet Show Theme featured a Bavarian segment (Auf De Jagd, Bier Her & Schneewalzer) followed by three traditional folk songs (Irish Rover, Scarborough Fair & Wild Rover) and a selection of American folk tunes in the form of Hootenanny.

Tributes were then paid to the recently deceased David Bowie with our rendition of Life on Mars, and Terry Wogan with the inevitable Floral Dance! Things then went wild amongst the drinking public as we played Dambusters and witnessed a mass flying of paper aeroplanes!

Encores were requested by the audience in the usual raucous manner and we duly obliged with Jerusalem and Swing Low Sweet Chariot as we warmed the audience up ready for their afternoon of rugby viewing.  

February

Saturday 6th Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival [12:45pm - 2pm]
Sunday 28th Concert in the Watson Hall, Tewkesbury [3pm]

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