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Alderman Knight School
Even Father Christmas paid a visit to listen to the training band play at the Alderman Knight School Christmas Fayre on Wednesday 16th November 2003! The band played many carols as well as some of our concert items to add to the festive feel of the evening. It was a lovely event and the training band played superbly! Well done to all involved.
TTB Training Band has a busy Christmas schedule!!
Young people in Training!
The Training Band has been through a few changes over the summer and the results are already beginning to show. All training band practices now take place in the main bandroom rather than at the Town Hall. Not only is this easier for us, but allows the training band to get a feel of what happens in the senior band. This also allows the training band to have two rehearsals a week now on Fridays and Sundays (it also mean that they can play football in the break!). Also new is the Beginners Band that now meets on a Sunday. This gives the less experienced players a chance to learn to play in a band from an early stage. The standard of playing from this new band is amazing and they will definitely be performing in our sell-out Christmas concert this year! For more details of the Training Band why not have a look at their page.
Band members make the Grade!
Congratulations go to Elly King and Megan Taylor who have recently passed the exams of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music. Elly King passed her Grade One playing Flugelhorn earlier this year and Megan Taylor has just passed her Grade 2 exam playing Trumpet. Both students got very positive remarks to accompany these certificates and should be proud of their achievements. Congratulations!
Last night, Wednesday 9th April, the Band held its AGM in Tewkesbury Town Hall. The meeting was preceded by a stunning concert from our Training Band that really highlighted their progress over the last twelve months. Opening with Stuart Johnson's 'Fanfare' and followed by his 'Musette' the performances demonstrated the skills of all the players, some who have only been playing for about 3 months, all playing together as a group with the intermediate band. We have so many players now that we have a beginners group and an intermediate group who joined together to make an impressive looking, and more importantly, sounding, band.
Next up was three of our beginners; George Cullwick (Eb Bass), William Norman (Cornet) and Melissa Burd (Soprano cornet). Unfortunately, the fourth member of the group, Becky Musto (Tenor Horn) was unable to make it to the concert as she had chicken-pox. The three did a splendid performance of 'Trotting Tuba' though that got one of the loudest applauses from the audience of the night!
Next was a bit of fun as the intermediate band played an arrangement of the 'Birdie Song'. The tempo was then taken back down again as it was the chance for two of our intermediate group to shine; Elly King (Flugel) and Guy Irvine (Tenor Horn), playing the beautiful melody, 'Danny Boy', sympathetically accompanied by the rest of the band.
And so it was to the last item, Andre Wagnein's 'Take it Easy'. This piece has three movements; 1.Take it Fast 2.Take it Slow and 3.Take it All. It was a tricky piece but was performed with such style and enthusiasm, it was a performance that the main band would have been proud of! Well done everyone!
Oliver Moss receives Most Improved Junior Player trophy!
At this years Christmas Concert, Oliver Moss was awarded the Miles Amherst Junior Progress Trophy for the Junior member who has made the most progress during the year. Oliver has continued to make progress in the training band this year and has now started coming along to the main band for a hour each rehearsal as well where he has impressed us all with his playing! Well Done Oliver and we hope you continue to practise and improve in 2003!
Sunday 15th December 2002 saw the training band give their third performance at the Tewkesbury Town Band Christmas Concert in the Roses theatre, Tewkesbury. They opened their programme in style with an up-beat, rock piece titled 'Mini Rock' by Andre Waignein. This got the audience tapping their feet with its great beat! This was followed by an arrangement of 'The Bare Necessities' from the Jungle Book that began in unison all playing the tune and then expanded into a swinging arrangement that had the audience dancing. The band then transported us to the dusty deserts and rowdy saloons of the American West in David Beal's 'Wild West Yonder' before being reminded to have a merry Christmas with their Christmas Selection that included Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, Silent Night and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Well done to all the training band members!
The Training Band, being the dedicated musicians that they are, got up bright an early one November Saturday morning to have an extra-long practice at Alderman Knight School as they were going to miss out on their usual Sunday slot due to the GBBA Annual Contest. As they were rehearsing for the Christmas Concert, the beautiful, melodic festive sounds were heard by some staff from the school. They were so impressed that they invited the Training Band to play at their school Christmas Evening. During December they were joined by a few members of the main band and they impressed all who heard them as they gave everyone a sneak preview of their Christmas concert pieces as well as sight-reading a selection of Christmas carols. It was a very impressive performance and set them up well to perform in the Roses Theatre later that month. Well Done.
17th April 2002 saw the Training Band play another excellent concert at the
start of the Tewkesbury Band AGM. Looking smart in brand new bright blue
sweatshirts with colourful badges they played to a terrifying audience of mostly
band members and parents.
They opened their concert with the appropriately titled 'Curtain Up!' from the Look, Listen and Learn Trio Book. This was then followed by Elly King (Flugel), Jessica Butler (Trombone) and Emma Bishop (Baritone) superbly playing for us 'Together and Alone' and 'The Steam Roller' from their L,L&L tutor books. It was then the turn of the advanced group to show off their abilities in a quite difficult arrangement of the 'James Bond Theme'. This was played by Oliver Moss (cornet), Raphael Raggatt (cornet), Caitlin Moreby (cornet), Kimberly Preston (tenor horn) and Guy Irvine (tenor horn). The whole band then joined together again for a very impressive of the training band hymn, No.43 Lloyd.
Well done to all those involved!
£1000 for new instruments from the National Foundation for Youth Music